This is a cosmetic treatment that uses a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. It is designed to restore a person’s facial contours and improve signs of aging, like wrinkles or fine lines.
How Does It Help with Aging?
Juvederm helps with common signs of aging by adding volume to a person’s facial tissue. The active ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that is found in the human body naturally. Hyaluronic acid stimulates the production of collagen, which works to plump the skin.
As a person gets older, their production of hyaluronic acid and collagen decreases. This leads to facial skin that wrinkles and begins to sag.
What Happens During a Procedure?
During your procedure, your treatment provider will use a pen to mark the areas that will be treated. They will then inject into the marked area. After the injection is complete, the injection site will be lightly massaged to evenly distribute the filler and reduce any chance of swelling.
A procedure will take 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area to which it is applied.
Is It Painful?
The injections contain a small amount of lidocaine. Lidocaine reduces pain and minimizes the discomfort that you might otherwise feel from the treatment.
The Types of Juvederm
There are several types, each with its own benefits and target areas.
- Juvederm Voluma: This treatment is designed to add volume beneath your skin’s surface to increase the size or fullness of your cheeks
- Juvederm Vollure: This treatment seeks to address the loss of skin elasticity and is generally used to fill out wrinkles and lines that often arise around the mouth and nose — known as smile lines.
- Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Volbella: These treatments work as non-surgical lip enhancement options.
Speak with your treatment provider to determine the best product to use to reach your personal aesthetic goals.
Preparing for Juvederm
To prepare for, avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and alcohol. Most providers also recommend that patients do not smoke before treatment. These recommendations are meant to prevent bruising after your surgery.