JUVÉDERM® is a soft but stable injectable gel made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the skin that assists in adding hydration and volume. The American Academy of Facial Esthetics trained professional clinicians carefully introduce Juvéderm into the mid to deep dermis to temporarily smooth wrinkles and fine lines; replenishing volume in the skin almost instantly. The dermis is part of the subsurface skin layer that includes nerve endings, blood vessels, sweat, oil glands, and connective tissue.
The Juvéderm dermal filler treatment process is very quick (about 15 minutes) with immediate results. Downtime is minimal and you can get back to your normal routine right away. The Food and Drug Administration approved Juvéderm in 2006 as the only hyaluronic acid filler that will last up to one year.
Juvéderm is a robust formula designed to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds providing versatility while restoring the contours of your face to a smooth and natural look.
The Juvéderm advantage is that its supple gel consistency provides a more natural-looking appearance than other products. Juvéderm is also long-lasting so you can keep your improved appearance from six to nine months. If you have a follow-up enhancement within a few weeks after the first dermal filler treatment, the benefits could last even longer. Side effects are rare, but may include tenderness, bruising, mild pain, swelling, and redness at the injection site and generally resolve within a few days.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR VISIT
There may be some discomfort during and after the injection. Juvederm is injected directly into the skin with a fine needle. Juvederm products contain the local anesthetic lidocaine to help lessen discomfort during injection and Dr. Catherine Paez DMD will also numb the site prior to injection.
WHAT IS EXPECTED AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Do not massage the area for the next 24 hours - try to avoid touching it at all other than to wash your face the evening following your injection. Wash gently, do not scrub, and dab dry gently.
Until the initial swelling and redness have resolved, do not expose the treated area to intense heat (sunbathing or in a tanning bed) or extreme cold.
Avoid strenuous exercise following the injection as bruising and swelling is more likely.
Avoid alcohol following the augmentation as bruising and swelling is more likely.
If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another occurrence.
Ice packs or cool, damp washcloths may be applied on or around the treated areas. This will lessen the amount of swelling, bruising and pain. Use ice for up to 45 minutes out of each waking hour for the first 24 hours. An easy schedule to follow is 20 minutes on/20 minutes off.
If a visible lump is seen, massage may be used to lessen the bump after two days.
Side effects are mild to moderate an may include bruising, swelling, redness, pain, firmness and bumps. These generally will clear up on their own in 5-7 days.
Avoid taking aspirin, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medications, St John's Wort or high doses of Vitamin E supplements for one week after treatment, unless it is recommended by your physician. These agents may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site.