What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is one of the most widely known dermal fillers on the market. The primary ingredient is hyaluronic acid, and is injected into the dermis layer of the skin. It provides a smooth as well as long-lasting correction for facial folds and wrinkles. There are four different formulations available depending upon the desired results as well as what part of the face it is being injected into.
The four formulations include REFINE, ULTRA, ULTRA PLUS, and VOLUMA. REFINE is used for fine lines, ULTRA is for contouring and volumizing, ULTRA PLUS is for a more robust version of volumizing, and VOLUMA is the thickest of the formulations and is designed for a large volume replacement, such as in the cheek area.
Juvederm has been approved by the TGA for use in Australia. It is specifically designed to be injected into the superficial dermis in order to fill fine lines and facial wrinkles. It is also effective in filling in medium and deep wrinkles.
The chemical compound is cross-linked, which means that there are individual chains of hyaluronic acid that are linked together, which transforms the liquid acid into a soft gel. The degree of cross-linking determines the firmness of the gel. As the body absorbs the cross-linked acid, the duration lasts longer.
Since skin loses elasticity over time, dermal fillers can be effective to diminish the overall appearance of folds and wrinkles.
There is a small amount of pain involved when the injection is delivered. Ice or a local anesthetic is used to help numb the area prior to the injection. A small amount of Juvederm is then delivered under the skin with a fine needle. The results are instant and produce a long-lasting result. The overall procedure takes only 20 to 30 minutes. Depending upon the formulation, results can last between three and 24 months. After that, additional injections will be required in order to maintain the overall appearance.
Where it Can Be Used
Juvederm has been successfully used across various parts of the face where volume and contouring has been needed.
Everyone is different and therefore volume can change dramatically from one person to another. A doctor will need to be consulted prior to the injections in order to determine where the injections are going to be made, let the person know what kind of results can be seen, and determine what formulation will be used.
In the past, Juvederm has been used for such improvements as:
- Nasolabial folds
- Lip augmentation
- Frown lines between eyebrows
- Cheek augmentation
- Smoker’s lines
- Hollows under eyes
- Marionette lines
- Crow’s feet
- Chin augmentation
- Acne/smallpox scars
- Corners of mouth
Since there are various formulas, it is important to understand that one formula is going to be better to achieve a particular loss of volume or con tour, then another formula. It is critical to choose a doctor that is familiar with Juvederm to ensure that the correct formula is chosen. Viewing before and after photos of what a doctor has been able to accomplish with Juvederm can also help the person to understand what kinds of results that they can achieve with a similar procedure.
There are some important facts to understand about Juvederm. Results can be seen immediately and long-lasting correction of wrinkles and folds can be obtained. Results are not permanent and additional injections may be needed as soon as three months in order to improve the appearance. As more injections are made, the appearance will generally last longer.
No down time is needed after the injections are made. A patient will be able to resume normal activities immediately following the injections. It is common for some swelling, redness, and tenderness to be present. Following the injections. These generally dissipate within 24 hours. As with all dermal fillers, there is a risk of infection, although rare. If a person experiences a significant amount of tingling or irritation. Following the injections, the doctor that conducted the injection should be contacted immediately.
The only precautions that a patient needs to take after Juvederm injections is not to expose the area to intense heat or intense cold. Following a lip enhancement, smoking, kissing, and makeup application should also be avoided.
As with all dermal fillers, talking to a doctor about whether it is right for them is of the utmost importance. A consultation should be scheduled for allergy testing as well as to discuss the overall effects and what a person can anticipate following the injections. Before and after pictures should be viewed in order to get a good idea as to what Juvederm is capable of producing.
For more information on Juvederm contact Advanced Dermatology in Sydney on 1300 788 800.