Safety & Side Effects
JUVÉDERM® is the #1 doctor recommended facial filler in Canada and in North America. It is made with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in your body. It combines with water in your skin to instantly smooth out lines and wrinkles, enhance lips and restore lost volume to cheeks and the jaw line. The product is safe and has been used for a number of medical applications for many years including joint problems and eye conditions, as well as skin lifting. JUVÉDERM® was also the first hyaluronic acid facial filler tested in persons of colour.
Before you decide on a treatment with JUVÉDERM®, you'll want to find a qualified aesthetic health care professional – someone familiar with JUVÉDERM® and the injection process. You can use our simple doctor locator tool to find an experienced aesthetic professional near you.
If you're considering wrinkle treatments with JUVÉDERM®, your healthcare professional should ask about your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment. JUVÉDERM® should not be used in patients who have:
- Severe allergies marked by a history of anaphylaxis or presence of multiple severe allergies.
- A history of allergies to gram-positive bacterial proteins.
In addition, you and your healthcare professional should discuss the following important treatment considerations in order to help avoid unsatisfactory results and complications:
- Patients who are using medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, may experience increased bruising or bleeding at the injection site (as with any injection). You should inform your healthcare professional before treatment if you are using these types of substances.
- If laser treatments, chemical peels, or any other procedure based on active dermal response is considered after treatment with JUVÉDERM®, there is a possible risk of an inflammatory reaction at the treatment site.
- JUVÉDERM® should be used with caution in patients on immunosuppressive therapy as there may be an increased risk of infection.
- The safety of JUVÉDERM® for use during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or in patients under 18 years, has not been established.
- The safety of JUVÉDERM® in patients with a history of excessive scarring (e.g., hypertrophic scarring and keloid formations) and pigmentation disorders has not been studied.
JUVÉDERM® is generally well tolerated. Reported side effects in clinical trials were mild to moderate in nature and lasted 7 days or less. The most common side effects included, but are not limited to, temporary injection site reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discolouration. As with all skin injection procedures (including collagen injections), there is a risk of infection.