We are fortunate to have multiple nonsurgical treatments at our disposal when the signs of aging begin to appear. Patients who consult with one of our experienced injectors have a lot to gain by exploring options such as Juvéderm.
What is Juvéderm?
Juvéderm is a brand name that describes an entire product line of soft tissue fillers. As a collection, Juvéderm dermal fillers are made with hyaluronic acid, an organic substance that the body makes naturally and will therefore readily accept in the form of injections.
How do Juvéderm Cosmetic Injections work?
Juvéderm’s base of hyaluronic acid is what smooths and plumps the skin. Hyaluronic acid binds to water molecules and holds them captive in tissue for a period of time. It is the joining of HA particles and water molecules that improves the appearance of the skin and facial contouring.
Juvéderm Injections Areas
Juvéderm products are regularly used in areas such as:
- Under the eyes
- Nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth
- Mesolabial folds between the mouth and chin
- Chin and jawline
Can Juvéderm Be Combined With Other Cosmetic Procedures?
Yes. Dermal fillers are often combined with other injectables, such as Botox or Kybella. The results of dermal filler treatment may also be enhanced with treatments like chemical peels, laser skin tightening, microneedling, or dermaplaning. Your provider can discuss how various treatments may be suitable based on your unique concerns and goals.
How Many Juvéderm Injections Will I Need?
Just one treatment is all that is needed to provide months of volume. Some patients choose to enhance the effects of this dermal filler with a touch-up done a few weeks after their initial injections. Beyond that, patients can expect to schedule injections periodically based on the particular product we have used. For example, Juvéderm touch-ups may take place approximately:
- Every 9-12 months for Ultra and Ultra Plus
- Every 12 months for Volbella
- Every 18 months for Vollure
- Every two years for Voluma
Individual results from Juvéderm injections vary from person to person. Your unique treatment plan is scheduled as needed based on when your results begin to fade.
Types of Juvéderm Fillers
Juvéderm Volbella is an ultra-smooth, ultra-fine filler that has been formulated for lip enhancement. The softness of this filler adds volume to the lips and reduces fine creases like smoker’s lines without altering the natural feel of the delicate tissue around the mouth.
Juvéderm Vollure was developed to treat the tissues around the nose and mouth with structure that is flexible to accommodate facial movements. Vollure is a medium-consistency filler that is appropriate for mild wrinkles as well as the deeper creases that can form around the mouth.
Juvéderm Voluma was one of the first products to be developed for the specific needs of the midface. Voluma’s denser consistency adds volume to the cheek area to enhance the roundness of the cheekbones that have flattened with age. The density of Voluma is intended for structural support in an area that doesn’t require a high degree of tissue flexibility. The results of Voluma treatment are supportive but also soft. The natural feel of the cheekbones is not diminished by the insertion of this filler into the deeper plane of tissue.
Juvéderm Ultra XC has been a longstanding product used to reduce the signs of aging including nasolabial folds, marionette lines, hollow temples, and more. Historically, Ultra XC has been used to reduce the appearance of mild to moderate facial lines and creases.
Juvéderm Ultra Plus
Juvéderm Ultra Plus contains the same powerful hyaluronic acid particles as other products in this line. Its consistency is denser for the correction of moderate to severe folds.
Does Juvéderm Look Natural?
Dermal filler injections can successfully reduce the signs of aging without diminishing your natural appearance. However, it is possible to overfill any given area. To avoid a fake or puffy look, schedule your Juvéderm treatments only with a trained, board-certified professional.
What to expect after Juvéderm injections?
One of the advantages of dermal filler treatment is that most patients develop only mild side effects. The inclusion of lidocaine in Juvéderm fillers makes the treatment itself very comfortable. Lidocaine quickly spreads throughout tissue to decrease sensation. Slight swelling may occur around the injection sites. This may be accompanied by pinpoint spots or bleeding. Discreet bruising sometimes occurs. Fortunately, all of the common side effects that could occur after Juvéderm treatment are temporary. Within a few hours, the skin should completely return to its new, rejuvenated normal.
“I have been a patient here for nine years and have never had a bad experience. They’re always running on time with appointments. The staff have always been professional and kind. Dr. Richey is excellent, caring, and compassionate. She always takes the time to answer my questions and puts it in a perspective so you understand. I am glad I found this practice and would recommend Dr. Richey to anyone!”
– Laura C.
Are There Any Necessary Preparations Or Post-Treatment Care?
Medications including aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Motrin should be avoided starting 5 days prior to dermal filler injections. Supplements including vitamin E, fish oil, Ginko Biloba, St Johns Wart, Ginseng, and Garlic should be avoided starting 7-10 days prior to the procedure Avoidance should continue for two weeks after injections. Additionally, patients should avoid excessive heat from showers, saunas, and hot tubs, as well as strenuous exercise and direct sun exposure after receiving injectable treatment. Your provider will inform you about when these activities may resume.
How Long After Receiving Juvéderm Injections Will I Be Able To See Results?
Juvéderm products increase volume by depositing hyaluronic acid beneath the skin. Hyaluronic acid immediately binds to water molecules, so results are seen before you leave the office. You will leave your appointment looking and feeling like a vibrant, younger You!
How long does Juvéderm last?
The results from Juvéderm treatment can last anywhere from a few months to a few years. Everyone patient’s metabolism, genetics, and sun habits may affect longevity somewhat. However, in general, each product has an average life span of:
- Four to six months for Juvéderm Ultra
- Six to nine months for Ultra Plus
- Twelve months for Volbella lip enhancement
- Eighteen months for Vollure
- Twenty-four months for Voluma
What Are The Possible Side Effects Of Juvéderm Injections?
The side effects of Juvéderm treatments are typically mild and transient. Many people return to work and other normal activities right after their appointment. The most common side effects to be aware of include:
- Swelling and bruising. If these side effects occur, they are usually very mild and can be managed with cold compresses or ice packs.
- Redness and tiny welts. These side effects may occur right at injection sites where the small needle has penetrated the skin. They are normal reactions that should fade quickly.
- Itching. Some patients notice mild itching in the treatment area. This could be caused by minor irritation from the injections themselves. Patients can apply ice to soothe itching if necessary but should avoid scratching or rubbing the area.
- Lumps or bumps. If the treatment area has a bump or lump, contact your provider for guidance about what to do. The area may smooth slightly with a gentle massage. However, this should be done carefully so as not to disperse the filler to surrounding tissue. In many cases, bumps resolve on their own in a week or two. If they do not, an enzyme can be injected to dissolve excess hyaluronic acid.
Schedule a Consultation
We enjoy helping our patients look as good as they feel. To learn more about Juvéderm and what it can do for you, call Columbus Women’s Care Beauty at (614) 852-2940. A thorough consultation and skin assessment can lead to new beauty heights. Treatment can be conducted immediately following your consultation with an experienced injector.