As you age, the early signs of getting older inevitably reflects on the skin in the form of wrinkles, dark spots, and pigmentation. Sometimes wrinkles also appear due to factors other than aging such as frequent exposure to ultraviolet radiation, smoking, stress, and even certain repeated facial movements.
Wrinkles commonly appear around the mouth, edges of the eyes, forehead, and neck. In some cases, the appearance of wrinkles can be bothersome since it can significantly change your facial appearance and even affect how people interact with you on a day-to-day basis.
Fortunately, those who suffer from the early signs of aging now have a safe solution to their problems. Thanks to an injectable treatment known as Juvederm, people who aren’t happy with the look of their face can temporarily correct wrinkles and folds on the skin. The effects of such an injection may last anywhere between nine months to one year.
Details About Juvederm Injections
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid filler that can be used to improve your facial appearance. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in the skin and is among the safest derma fillers available in the market currently. It comes in a smooth, gel like consistency and is used as an injectable to correct wrinkles and folds.
The filler will then be injected using a fine needle into the site where folds or wrinkles have developed. Hyaluronic acid in Juvederm retains water at the spot of injection, creating a cushioning effect that smoothens out the wrinkles in that area and makes the skin look more full.
Some variants of Juvederm contain a local anesthetic such as lidocaine that numbs the site of injection. If the product does not come with an anesthetic, other numbing agents may be used before the procedure to help ease any potential discomfort.
Juvederm is processed using Hyalcross technology to develop a smoother gel. A thicker version of Juvederm, called Juvederm Ultra Plus, is used to correct deep wrinkles and skin folds that appear prominently from the nose to the mouth or from the mouth to the chin.
Understanding Proper Use
Juvederm should only be administered under the direction of a certified professional to limit the chance of any risks and side effects. If you have a history of allergies, you should make sure you mention it to your cosmetic surgeon before moving forward with the procedure.
It is advisable for patients who have undergone other cosmetic procedures such as laser treatments, chemical peeling, or derma abrasions to wait for a full recovery before getting Juvederm injections as there are chances of inflammation occurring at the site of treatment.
What To Expect After The Treatment
During the first 24 hours, you should avoid over-exerting yourself and exposure to heat. You might notice slight redness or swelling and experience some discomfort at the site of injection. You may experience some swelling after the treatment, but it will subside in time. A cold compress can help make it go away much faster as well.
Juvederm injections are easy procedures and usually there are no severe side-effects. Try to avoid using make-up or other cosmetic products until complete healing has taken place. Results can be noticed almost immediately or within a period of two to three days.
Contact Our Office
Juvederm is a safe and efficient way to improve the look of your face without having to undergo a highly invasive surgical procedure. For more information about the treatment, contact our office today. During a consultation with Dr. Jen Chow, a double-board-certified plastic surgeon, you can learn more about the process and the benefits it can provide you.