You may be focused on one particular area of your face, or you may just want to know more in general. Either way, your healthcare practitioner will take the time to evaluate your face to come up with a personalized treatment plan.
The consultation may start with them discussing your specific area of interest. Don’t be too surprised if they take a couple of photos to use as tools to point out your unique face structure and how a dermal filler can be used. In addition, they may show you pictures of other people (or you can ask to see some!) to get a better idea of real life results.
If you decide you want the treatment, your healthcare practitioner will come up with a tailored treatment plan just for you. They will walk you through the treatment and if you are feeling ready book you in for the appropriate appointments.
Your appointment length will depend on your individual treatment plan and healthcare practitioner, although as a guide they commonly last between 30 minutes and an hour. Your healthcare practitioner will start by reviewing your treatment plan and giving you the ins and outs of what to expect that day. They will also discuss potential side effects, post procedure care and what to do if you experience any side effects after leaving the clinic. They will go over the number of injection points to show you how they will treat you.
When you are ready, they will first sanitize your treatment areas to prepare them for the injections. JUVÉDERM® dermal fillers include the anaesthetic lidocaine, which can help reduce any discomfort you may feel during the treatment.
Each injection is short, lasting a few seconds, and the amount of JUVÉDERM® used will be dependent on your main treatment objective. The treatment technique will also vary depending on what you are looking to achieve.
After each injection, your healthcare practitioner will massage the area to ensure that the JUVÉDERM® is placed properly. You will be able to see your results shortly after the treatment. There may be some swelling and redness at the injection points, but most people can return to their normal routine on the same day, depending on the treatment received.
Your healthcare practitioner may want to schedule a follow-up appointment in a couple of weeks, just to check in and make sure you are happy with the results. It’s a great opportunity to make sure you are completely satisfied with your treatment, or if you want a small touch-up to get the results you are after.
The price of each treatment varies according to the area being treated and the volume of product needed to achieve the desired effect. Your healthcare practitioner will work with you to create a customized treatment plan based on your own unique aesthetic goals and advise you on recommended treatment options and their costs.
Results are visible shortly after treatment. Most people return to their normal routine on the day they are treated, depending on treatment received.
Potential side effects associated with JUVÉDERM® products include temporary injection-site reactions such as:
These reactions may occur immediately or may be delayed, and can last for up to a week. Injection in the lip may cause more swelling and bruising due to the unique physiology of this area. As with any injection, there is a risk of infection. This is not a complete list of side effects. If inflammatory reactions persist for more than one week, or if any other side effects develop, seek medical attention as soon as possible.
Discuss these important treatment considerations before treatment in order to help avoid unsatisfactory results and complications:
- You are currently taking immunosuppressive therapy or medications which prolong bleeding, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or anti-coagulants, as with any injection, you may experience prolonged bleeding. You should inform your doctor about any medications you are currently taking
- You have recently had other skin surface treatments (such as laser treatment, skin peels, or dermabrasion) or have previously used fillers
- You have skin infections or inflammation such as acne or cold sores
- You scar frequently
- You have a history of autoimmune disease or deficiency, recurrent sore throats, rheumatic fever or porphyria
- You have untreated epilepsy
- You have allergies to hyaluronic acid, other filler products, gram positive bacterial proteins, lidocaine or other local anaesthetics, severe allergies with a history of anaphylaxis or multiple severe allergies
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding, or you are under the age of 18 years (under the age of 21 years if treating the lips), as the safety of JUVÉDERM® products has not been established.