Over time, permanent furrows and deep wrinkles develop in the skin as a result of aging, overuse and constant muscle contractions. These lines can make you look older, sad, angry or tired, most often developing around the eyes and mouth, as well as between the eyebrows and on the forehead. Fortunately, dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel can erase these signs of aging to restore a younger and more refreshed appearance.
JUVÉDERM® is an FDA-approved smooth consistency gel capable of restoring volume to the skin while smoothing away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. This injection is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration. But unlike other hyaluronic acid fillers which usually have granular consistencies, JUVÉDERM® is easily injected into the skin and produces immediate, natural-looking results.
Patients can achieve a fuller, younger appearance while still maintaining the natural features that define who they are. JUVÉDERM® is most effective in reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds, the lines that run from the bottom of the nose to the corner of the mouth on both sides of the face.
JUVÉDERM® injections are ideal for any patients who are unhappy with the signs of aging present on their skin and are looking to enhance their overall appearance. JUVÉDERM® is the first hyaluronic acid filler FDA-approved for safe and effective use on persons of color. There are no major risks associated with this treatment.
In order to achieve satisfactory results, it is important for patients to have realistic expectations for their treatment and understand that JUVÉDERM® injections will not completely alter your look. Dr. Kurtzman will help you decide whether or not this treatment is right for you after a physical examination and discussion of your desired goals.
JUVÉDERM® injections take about 15 minutes to administer in Dr. Kurtzman's office with no need for anesthesia. Dr. Kurtzman may choose to apply a topical or injectable anesthetic to numb the treatment area and reduce the risk of any potential discomfort. The injection is then administered under the skin in the targeted area to add volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. After the injection, your doctor may gently massage the treated areas.
Once treatment is completed, patients can return to their regular activities right away, with virtually no downtime. For the first 24 hours after treatment, patients should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure and consumption of alcoholic beverages to reduce the risk of complications after treatment. Some patients may experience mild side effects such as redness, swelling or itching, but these usually go away on their own after a short time.
The results of a JUVÉDERM® injection are visible immediately after the procedure, and will continue to improve over the next few days as any swelling and bruising subside. Results are expected to last six to nine months, but in many cases last up to year, the only hyaluronic acid filler to last that long.
Most patients achieve their desired results in just one treatment session and may only require yearly touch-up treatments in order to maintain results. As always, the results of this procedure may vary, but most patients are more than satisfied with their enhanced appearance after JUVÉDERM®.
While JUVÉDERM® is considered safe for most patients, there are certain risks associated with any kind of treatment. Some of these risks may include temporary redness, pain and swelling at the injection site, as well as bruising, itching, discoloration and infection. Most of these risks are considered rare, and can be further reduced by choosing an experienced doctor to administer your injection.
To learn more about JUVÉDERM® and to find out whether or not it is right for you, please call us today to schedule an appointment.
Juvéderm Voluma™ XC is a new, FDA-approved dermal filler formulated specifically to add volume to the face around the cheeks and chin. This is the only injectable gel created to provide a subtle, natural enhancement to the mid-face, addressing changes in definition that occur over time. Juvéderm Voluma can help restore more youthful contours by plumping up the area that so often loses volume as part of the aging process. It can also return a firmer shape to the jaw line when some softening has set in.
Juvéderm Voluma XC is not only an effective treatment method, but it is long lasting as well. In many patients, the results will last for a period of up to 18 months.
The active ingredient in Juvéderm Voluma XC is hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a substance naturally produced within the skin. As we get older, the levels of HA present in the skin begin to decline, resulting in a loss of volume and sunken or sagging cheeks. Juvéderm Voluma integrates into the existing collagen and elastin in the skin tissue to offer greater support and elasticity. This can provide a noticeable smoothing and firming to the skin and lend the facial structure more substantial definition.
Juvéderm Voluma XC is the latest in the Juvéderm line of dermal fillers. These various formulas have a successful history of reducing the appearance of wrinkles and folds in the skin and rejuvenating the face.
Good Candidates for Juvéderm Voluma XC Treatment
Adults of any age who notice changes to their mid-face or at the chin or jaw line may be considered good candidates for treatment with Juvéderm Voluma XC. Typical early signs of aging may include a visible decrease in volume, a sagging of the cheeks or the loss of noticeable contour around the chin. While these are more commonly problems that people face as they age, younger men and women may experience them as well due to weight loss, heredity or a number of other factors.
Juvéderm Voluma XC injections typically take about 15 minutes to administer in the doctor’s office. The gel formula contains lidocaine to minimize discomfort, so there is no need for additional anesthesia. The injection is designed to reach the deep layers beneath the skin’s surface to provide the most benefit.
The results are visible immediately after the procedure. There is very little or no downtime required following a treatment with Juvéderm Voluma XC. Most patients can resume all of their typical daily activities right away after their treatment session.
While Juvéderm Voluma XC is considered a safe form of treatment, all injectable dermal fillers are associated with some risk of side effects. The most commonly occurring side effects that may result from Juvéderm Voluma XC treatment include swelling, tenderness, formation of a lump, firmness to the skin, bruising, redness, itching, discoloration or pain at the injection site. When these arise, they are generally mild to moderate and resolve within a few weeks.