Following closely on the heels of Botox, Juvederm is another popular anti-aging serum administered through tiny injections. It is commonly used to treat deep creases around the nose, mouth and chin. This is a gel-like substance that contains a mild anesthetic to ensure a comfortable, quick procedure.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is in a special class of cosmetic treatments called dermal fillers. It uses hyaluronic acid to stimulate your skin and fill out the creases caused by aging. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring chemical inside your cells that is responsible for moisture retention. As you age, your cells naturally begin to lose their ability to hold moisture, which leads to dry, depleted-looking wrinkles. By injecting the affected area with Juvederm, your skin regains its ability to hang on to moisture and the area becomes naturally fuller.
How Does Juvederm Work?
Juvederm injections are given using very small syringes. Juvederm contains a small amount of anesthetic to reduce any pain or discomfort during the process. Your doctor will inject Juvederm in precise locations around your nose, mouth and chin where you have deep creases. It can also be injected in the lips and cheeks to create a more youthful appearance.
How Long Does The Procedure Take?
Since hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring in your body, it is safe for nearly everyone. Without the need for allergen testing, or other medical procedures, the process can be done in less than an hour. Your doctor will first consult with you about which areas you want treated, and will formulate a plan based on the severity of your wrinkles and lines. When it's time for your injections, you will lay flat on a table or recline in a chair and your doctor will place the injections in the creases.
What Are The Benefits Of Juvederm?
Juvederm is one of the most effective ways to treat deep creases and smile lines. It uses naturally occurring hyaluronic acid to boost your skin's ability to retain moisture, giving you a fuller, smoother look. It has been proven safe for use for people of many different ethnicities. Due to the nature of Juvederm, it is not associated with the "frozen face" appearance that other treatments are known for. It is also more versatile as a filler for the cheeks and lips than other treatments.
How Long Do Results Last?
Typically the results of Juvederm last up to six months. However, your doctor may recommend a touchup treatment after the first two weeks to fill out any areas that didn't react evenly to the first treatment. This can extend the life of your results and give you an even more natural appearance.