Frequently Asked Questions About Juvederm
WHAT IS JUVEDERM?
Juvederm is a clear, smooth gel made out of hyaluronic acid (HA) - a natural substance that adds volume and hydration to your skin.
WHERE DO I USE JUVEDERM?
Juvederm is used to restore or add volume anywhere on the face. It is my favorite product for enhancing and sculpting the lips. It is also terrific for filling in folds, wrinkles and creases. I have often used it to smooth the crease that runs from beside the nostrils to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial fold) and to hide puffy lower eyelids. Juvederm can be used to enhance the shape of the cheekbones.
WHY IS JUVEDERM BETTER?
Juvederm has all but replaces collagen as a filler. It's smoother than collagen making it much easier to shape and sculpt with. Lumpiness and irregular contours are much less likely with Juvederm. Juvederm also lasts more than three times as long as collagen. Compared with Restylane, the other HA filler, Juvederm is softer and feels more natural. Most patients who have had both prefer Juvederm and say that it feels softer and more natural. Juvederm is also FDA-approved to last up to one year - about twice as long as Restylane.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
You see the results immediately with Juvederm. And the look continues to improve for 1-2 weeks as the Juvederm softens and draws moisture into the area.
HOW LONG IS THE RECOVERY?
Most patients have only mild discomfort and downtime is minimal. You might have some mild swelling or firmness that usually resolves in a week or less. You also might bruise though most patients don't. Bruising is usually mild and can be covered with lipstick or makeup.
HOW LONG DOES A JUVEDERM TREATMENT TAKE?
Our Juvederm appointments are usually 30 minutes long. The injections usually take about 15 minutes and we add another 15 minutes to allow enough time for the numbing injections to work completely.
DOES JUVEDERM HURT?
In most cases, not at all. I can numb most areas of the face (lips, cheeks, eyelids, forehead) with local anesthetic nerve blocks. once this is done, you won't feel the Juvederm injections.
HOW MANY SYRINGES OF JUVEDERM DO I NEED?
Most nasolabial folds will typically require two syringes to fully correct. One syringe of Juvederm is sometimes sufficient for mild nasolabial folds. For lip augmentation, one syringe will sculpt and enhance the lips. The change will be noticeable but subtle. Two syringes will give a more dramatic size increase and enhancement. As we age, our lips slowly lose volume. Women who have noticed this and want to restore lost volume will usually need two syringes of Juvederm.