JUVEDERM® Dermal Filler
Juvederm® is a popular choice for patients desiring a more youthful appearance without the downtime required from more extensive plastic surgery procedures. As a non-surgical dermal filler, Juvederm® can be used to enhance or sculpt the overall shape of the face, or to address volume-deficient areas of a patient’s face, such as the lips or cheeks. Plus, it is highly effective reducing wrinkles, fine lines, and creases in a variety of facial areas.
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As a non-surgical, in-office dermal filler, Juvederm® is composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a natural substance in the body. This typically means there is no allergy test requirement, and therefore no waiting period, before treatment with Juvederm®. Because of its biocompatibility, Juvederm® binds to water easily, in effect, drawing moisture into the treated areas to fill in wrinkles or creases, or increase the overall volume by providing a full, supple appearance. Juvederm® may also be used to contour and enhance the lower eyelids, or the cheek and jowl area to mimic a more invasive procedure such as the facelift.
The doctors at Gordon Weiss Schanzlin Vision Institute will administer a topical anesthesia to maximize comfort throughout the procedure, which usually takes less than fifteen minutes. More recently, however, Juvederm® has been pre-mixed with a numbing agent to further increase a patient’s comfort throughout the procedure. The injections themselves are made with an ultra-fine needle into the target areas. Results are almost immediate, and a majority of patients say they are able to return to their daily routines immediately.
Juvederm® has a very low potential for side effects. Some patients experience side effects such as bruising or swelling at the treatment site; however, they typically recede within 24 hours. While there have been a few reports of hypersensitivity, incidence of these reactions is so low the FDA does not require skin tests for patients before the procedure is performed.