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Juvéderm

Overview

Juvéderm is a smooth textured dermal filler, which is used to add volume to soft tissue without surgery. The ultra-smooth, transparent gel is formulated with hyaluronic acid (HA), a substance that is naturally present in the human body. The primary roles of HA in dermal tissues are moisture retention and delivering nutrients to the skin. Because it holds water, it helps the skin stay hydrated and plump.

The composition of skin changes over time, a process that is hastened by UV exposure. The levels of many substances, including HA and collagen decrease, the fatty layer just beneath the skin thins, and skin becomes drier. These and other factors combine to reduce the overall facial volume by about a teaspoon every year after the age of 30. However, the surface size of the skin does not decrease accordingly; just the opposite, skin loses elasticity and stretches with age. The result is excess skin, hanging in wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm replaces volume and fills in wrinkles, creating a smoother and more youthful appearance.

The procedure

Juvéderm treatment is fast, convenient, and comfortable. The first step is an aesthetic facial evaluation, and a discussion of your options. Juvéderm is often combined with Botox®, which smooths muscular wrinkles in the upper face. Although these injectable treatments are often called a "liquid facelift," they will not yield the same results as surgery. Juvéderm is a good option for patients seeking mild to moderate improvement, those who cannot afford any downtime, and those who do not want to commit to surgery or are not healthy enough for surgery. The results are temporary, and reversible. Juvéderm is safe for most people, but it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or expect to become pregnant. It is also not recommended for individuals with a history of anaphylaxis or severe allergies.

First, your provider will evaluate your face and determine the optimal injection locations. A local anesthetic may be used to ensure your comfort. The injections are completed in a matter of minutes, with instant results. You can return to your normal activities immediately.

Results

You can expect a more youthful appearance with a considerable reduction in facial folds and wrinkles. There are few side effects, and essentially no downtime with Juvéderm. You may experience mild discomfort, redness, firmness, lumpiness, or swelling, which should resolve within a week. Any injection can cause mild bruising, which may be more significant if you are taking any blood-thinning substances such as ibuprofen or aspirin.

Your results will be visible immediately, although treated areas may appear slightly over-filled for the first few days, until swelling subsides. You can expect your new facial contours to last up to one year, although exact results vary for each patient. The results can be maintained with follow-up injections.

Cost

All prices provided on this website are average at the time of writing. They are subject to change at any time, and prices may vary for each patient. Juvéderm is priced by the syringe, and most patients require one or two.
  • One syringe $500.00
  • Two syringes $1,000.00

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