As we age, our bodies begin to show it. While we still feel young and full of energy, sometimes our outward appearance doesn’t agree. When facial lines and wrinkles brought on by years of stress and life begin to show, millions of people turn to methods that help restore a younger look to match how they feel on the inside. Once considered to be just a celebrity treatment, more people are turning to facial injections in order to correct wrinkles and folds. Cosmetic dermatology treatments like juvederm help you get the smooth face you want so you can truly look like yourself.
What Is JUVÉDERM?
JUVÉDERM is a family of fillers that is used to treat facial wrinkles and folds. Specifically, juvederm is a gel product made of hyaluronic acid that is injected to erase nasolabial folds, which are the lines that run from your nose to the corners of your mouth. It is effective due to its consistency, which allows the hyaluronic acid to bond to water in the facial tissue. When this happens, the skin fills up and smoothes wrinkles and lines on the surface. Essentially, the combination of the gel and water helps to replace the fatty tissue around your nose and mouth that you lose as you age.
There are two types of juvederm that are available for patients. The first, JUVÉDERM XC, is injected to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles around the nose and mouth. The other, JUVÉDERM Voluma XC, has been approved by the FDA to instantly add volume to your cheeks. It is designed to give you the correction you seek, for nine months to a year between injections. According to Drugs.com, in clinical trials in the United States, 88-90 percent of patients maintained improvement in wrinkle appearance at 24 weeks, compared to 36-40 percent with competitor Zyplast. Additionally, 76-79 percent of participants returned to the company for a complimentary treatment after 36 weeks.
What Is the Process for Getting JUVÉDERM?
Getting a juvederm injection is a relatively simple process. First, it is a good idea to visit a specialist to discuss your juvederm options, and what you can expect both during and after the initial treatment. Most sessions take about 15 minutes from start to finish. Using a fine needle, your doctor will inject the juvederm gel into the treatment area.
Although any pain or discomfort is mild during the application process, your doctor may decide to numb the injection site beforehand. If you prefer to use a numbing agent during treatment, be sure to ask your cosmetic dermatology doctor ahead of time. Since JUVÉDERM is a completely biodegradable product, you will not need to undergo any allergy testing before treatment. It is always smart to share your allergies with your doctor to be safe, but juvederm does not contain any animal-derived ingredients that trigger allergies.
After you have received juvederm, you should immediately begin to see results. As previously mentioned, studies show that JUVÉDERM XC results last between nine and 12 months. If you have JUVÉDERM Voluma XC, you may see that the added volume can last up to two years between treatments.
Reasons to Choose JUVÉDERM
There are five main reasons to choose juvederm if you are looking for an easy way to erase lines and wrinkles in your face.
- Instant Results – Juvederm is a fast and simple way to get instant results with a smoother, younger looking face. With optimal treatment, your natural-looking results will last for up to a year.
- No Surgery – The treatment is applied via injection during a brief office visit. There is no surgery or long recovery period.
- Trustworthy – JUVÉDERM is made by Allergan, Inc., and is part of the #1 selling family of facial fillers based on U.S. prescriptions.
- HYLACROSS – Made with proprietary HYLACROSS technology, JUVÉDERM filler is highly stable and consistent.
- Comfortable – Because it contains lidocaine, the treatment is more comfortable than competitors.
The fact that a patient does not need to undergo allergy testing prior to a treatment is a major benefit. Additionally, the long-lasting nature of juvederm makes it an attractive option for those that want a hassle-free treatment. While the injection site may be a bit sore initially, the skin will soon become soft, and look and feel like the surrounding skin. This means that the downtime you might expect with other treatments, where you are unable to move and are in pain for a period of time, is simply gone.
Taking the Next Steps
Now that you know more about juvederm and what it can do to help you get rid of unwanted folds and wrinkles, you’ll need to seek out a professional that can help you get the results you are looking for. Above Lasers offers JUVÉDERM treatment and other cosmetic dermatology solutions that will help you get the look you want. Learn more about the juvederm treatment, costs, and process by talking with your dermatologist, and set up an appointment to take the next steps today.
- “Juvederm,” Drugs.com, n.p., n.d., Web, 7 December 2014.