Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a complex sugar naturally found in many tissues of the body, such as skin and cartilage. HA binds to water to increase fullness and elasticity in the skin to correct the appearance of wrinkles and facial folds. It serves as a moisturizer by attracting and attaching water molecules to give skin its elasticity and tone.
As we age, our skin renews itself more slowly and produces less HA, collagen and elastin, leaving us with thinner skin in which wrinkles and folds may start to appear. Using moisturizer may provide a short-term effect; however, HA facial fillers truly get moisture deep under the skin.
JUVÉDERM® is a hyaluronic acid injectable treatment that smooths away wrinkles, restores volume for a gentle lifting effect or reshapes and redefines the lips – with results that can last up to 24 months, depending on the treatment chosen.
JUVÉDERM® is designed to help:
While facial fillers were used for many years to treat specific lines or wrinkles, today’s treatment approach considers the full face to deliver more natural, harmonious results. JUVÉDERM® to blends with the tissue under the skin to keep you looking like yourself, whether you’re smiling, laughing or frowning.
During your consultation, we will look at your face while it’s still (static) and moving (dynamic) to make sure they’re able to give you a natural-looking result, whatever emotion you’re feeling. We will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan based on your own unique aesthetic goals. JUVÉDERM® is reversible, so you can return to your pre-filler appearance if desired.
Your appointment length will depend on your individual treatment plan, although as a guide, they commonly last between 30 minutes to an hour. We will start by reviewing your treatment plan and give you the ins and outs of what to expect that day. We will go over the number of injection points to show you how we will achieve the results you are after.
When you are ready, we will first sanitize your treatment areas in preparation for the injections. JUVÉDERM® facial fillers include the anesthetic lidocaine, which can help reduce discomfort you may feel during the procedure.
Each injection is short, lasting a few seconds, and the amount of JUVÉDERM® used will be dependent on your main treatment objective. For example, we may be injecting an area of your face that isn’t necessarily your area of concern because the effect it will create will give you the results you want.
After each injection, we will massage the area to ensure that the JUVÉDERM® is placed properly and smoothed into your skin. You will be able to see your results instantly after the procedure. There may be some swelling and redness at the injection points, but most patients can return to their normal routine on the same day as their procedure, depending on the treatment received.
We 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.