What is juvéderm®?
juvéderm® is a family of facial fillers used by your cosmetic doctor to refresh your appearance by smoothing away unwanted lines and bringing back the natural contours of your face. Using hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in your body, juvéderm® combines with the water in your skin to gently restore lost fullness, smooth out lines and wrinkles, and subtly enhance lips, so you can look as young as you feel. The smooth formulation of juvéderm® provides results that look and feel very natural.
What areas can I treat with juvéderm®?
juvéderm® smoothes unwanted lines, restores natural contours and lost fullness in your cheeks, and enhances your lips to give you a youthful, natural and refreshed-looking appearance. juvéderm® is used for facial rejuvenation and enhancement. It can:
- Soften smile lines
- Accentuate and restore lost fullness in your cheeks
- Enhance your lips
- Restore the contour of your jaw line
The most appropriate lines to treat with juvéderm® are those that are described as static – the lines you can see when your face is still. juvéderm® can also be used to enhance your lips or accentuate cheeks for soft, subtle results that leave you looking your best.
What makes juvéderm® different from other facial fillers?
The juvéderm® family of products features unique VYCROSS® technology. It is a revolutionary gel formula that gives your skin a smooth, natural-looking appearance that lasts.
juvéderm® VOLUMA®, juvéderm® VOLBELLA® and juvéderm® VOLIFT® are specially designed with VYCROSS® technology to smooth and enhance the face for an overall refreshed look, as treatments can be combined and customized to meet the specific needs of each individual.
In addition, juvéderm® products contain lidocaine, a pain reliever that allows you to be more comfortable during and after treatment. Another main advantage of juvéderm® versus semi-permanent fillers is that it is reversible. With juvéderm® you can return to your pre-filler appearance if you don't like the results.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a complex sugar naturally found in many tissues of the body such as skin and cartilage. It binds to water to create more fullness and elasticity in the skin to correct the appearance of wrinkles and facial folds.
How will I look after my juvéderm® treatment?
juvéderm® smoothes away unwanted lines, restores natural contours and enhances lips to give you a smooth, natural and refreshed appearance. Most patients need only one juvéderm® treatment to achieve optimal results. juvéderm® is clinically proven to last up to 1 or 2 years, depending on which product your doctor recommends. You can see visible results instantly after your treatment, so you can enjoy your revitalized look right away. Actual treatment results may vary from one person to another.
Can people with different skin tones/colours be treated with juvéderm®?
Yes. Studies with juvéderm® showed no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of colour.
What should I expect before treatment?
Your physician will have an in-depth consultation with you to understand your needs and what facial features you would like to enhance. They will explain all the options to make sure that your juvéderm® treatment meets your expectations. Ensure you discusss the benefits and risks of all options with your doctor. They may even take pre-treatment photographs so you can see the difference after treatment.
Do I need an allergy test?
Allergy tests are not required with juvéderm®. Your doctor may decide to do an allergy test if needed based on your medical history.
What are the possible side effects?
Potential side effects associated with juvéderm® products include temporary injection-site reactions such as redness, swelling, itching, pain, firmness, bumps, bruising, and discolouration. These reactions may occur immediately or may be delayed, and may 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.
Is there anything I should do to prepare for my treatment?
Talk to your doctor if you are taking any medications that may prolong bleeding, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), for advice on how to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
How long does the treatment usually take?
The injection process is quick and easy and can be completed in as little as 15-60 minutes, depending on the areas treated. You'll also need to allow time to consult with your cosmetic doctor prior to treatment.
Is a treatment with juvéderm® painful?
juvéderm® is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort. Because juvéderm® also contains pain-reducing lidocaine, the whole injection process is a more comfortable experience.
How is juvéderm® facial filler used in treatment?
Your cosmetic doctor will inject juvéderm® under your skin using a fine needle. The smooth gel flows easily into the skin, providing a soft, natural look and feel. You will see an immediate improvement in the treatment areas.
Will there be swelling?
Following a filler injection, you may experience slight redness, swelling, or bruising at the injected area. These effects should not last for more than a week. Starting about 12 hours after your treatment, your doctor may advise that you can cover up any skin discolouration with makeup.
How long before I see results?
Results are instant. You will see an immediate improvement in the treatment area. Most people need only one treatment to achieve an optimal outcome. Supplemental "touch-up" treatments may be required to achieve and maintain the desired look.
How long does juvéderm® last?
juvéderm® is clinically proven to last up to 1 or 2 years, depending on which product your doctor recommends.
What is the recovery time following a treatment?
Treatment requires minimal downtime and most people return to their normal routine immediately.
What should I do after treatment?
Your physician will advise you on your aftercare. You may be advised to stop wearing makeup for up to 12 hours. You may also be told to avoid the sun, UV light, freezing temperatures, as well as saunas and steam rooms, for 2 weeks. Some people experience a little temporary tenderness, swelling or bruising around the injection sites. It is also recommended that you avoid additional treatments in the treated area for the next 7 days.