Juvéderm® Injectable Gel
Deep wrinkles and furrows may be a part of aging, but they don't have to be permanent. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm Injectable Gel are a quick and easy solution. They work to erase these lines and restore a younger, more refreshed appearance.
Juvéderm is a safe, FDA-approved formula that lasts up to one year. It contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to minimize the mild discomfort that is sometimes associated with receiving an injection. The injection of hyaluronic acid-a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration-is administered directly to targeted areas to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds while also smoothing the skin. It is an effective technique for restoring a youthful plumpness to the skin.
Where Can Juvéderm Be Used?
Juvéderm can benefit many problem areas of the skin. On the face, it is an effective treatment for the lips, skin under the eyes, nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines, these run from the nose to the mouth), glabella (the area above the nose between the eyebrows), temples, cheeks, chin and jaw line.
In addition, Juvéderm may be very successful in filling scars, such as those formed from acne, that leave a depression in the skin. The formula's ability to plump the skin can make these scars less noticeable and therefore provide a boost in self-esteem to affected patients.
Juvéderm is also helpful in improving the appearance of other parts of the body that are affected by the signs of aging. Sagging or thinning earlobes can be restored to a more attractive shape and fullness, helping earrings to lay better. The hands and feet are two more areas that can be benefitted by Juvéderm. Problems such as wrinkles and uneven, veiny skin tend to respond very well to an injection, making the hands and feet look smoother and younger once again.
Results of Juvéderm
Most patients achieve their desired results in just a single treatment session, with natural looking improvements to the skin becoming visible immediately. The results are long lasting and may only require yearly touch-up treatments in order to be maintained.
Juvéderm is considered to be a safe form of treatment that needs only minimal recovery and downtime. However, there are some side effects associated with its use. Some of the most frequently reported occurrences are problems at the injection site, including infection, redness, discomfort or tenderness, swelling, formation of lumps, bruising, itching or discoloration. Any of these that develop are generally short lived and typically resolve within one week of the treatment.
Juvederm® XC is an FDA-approved dermal filler, specifically formulated to add volume to the skin around the mouth and nose that has been lost due to the natural aging process. This injectable gel restores a youthful contour to the face, plumping up the area and softening lines, facial wrinkles and folds.
The main component in Juvederm XC is hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally within the human body, which hydrates and supports skin. Over time, the levels of hyaluronic acid produced by the body begin to decline, leading to changes in facial definition. Juvederm XC naturally integrates into the skin, restoring levels of hyaluronic acid and stimulating the growth of firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
Candidates for Juvederm XC
Ideal candidates for Juvederm XC are healthy adults over the age of 21 who have experienced noticeable signs of aging around the mouth or nose, including fine lines, wrinkles or facial folds. While more common among older adults, younger men and women may also experience these issues due to various factors such as genetics, weight loss and illness. Patients who are pregnant or who have severe allergies are not considered candidates for treatment with Juvederm XC.
The Juvederm XC Procedure
Juvederm XC injections take about 15 minutes to complete and are administered in a medical office. Juvederm XC is injected under the skin with a small needle, adding volume deep within the areas surrounding the nose or mouth. The gel formula contains lidocaine, a numbing agent, to prevent patients from experiencing pain during treatment.
Improvements in the skin will be visible immediately after the procedure. There is no downtime required following treatment with Juvederm XC, and most patients can resume their normal daily activities after their treatment session. While the results of Juvederm XC are not permanent, they are very long lasting, with some patients achieving results that last for up to one year.
Juvederm XC Side Effects
While Juvederm XC is considered a safe procedure, there are possible side effects associated with the use of any dermal filler. The most common side effects of Juvederm XC treatment may include swelling, infection, bruising, itchiness, skin discoloration and discomfort. When these complications do arise, they are generally moderate and subside within a few weeks.