At Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego our doctors are experts in the field of injectables.
Juvéderm is a smooth gel injectable filler made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body) used by our dermatologists to effectively soften those deep folds and lines that develop over time in the face. The official approval by the FDA is for nasolabial folds, more commonly known as “smile lines.” In addition to the nasolabial folds it is also very commonly used to enhance the size and shape of lips.
What is Juvéderm Used For?
The primary use is to add volume back to your face. Over time, areas of the face naturally lose volume as a part of the aging process. By injecting a filler into these areas of the face, we can smooth out wrinkles and folds by adding back that precious volume that has been lost. Juvéderm can be used to improve the following areas:
- Marionette lines
- Corners of the mouth (smoker’s lines)
- Superficial forehead lines
- Lip borders and vertical lip lines
- Smile lines (nasolabial folds)
- Nose shaping
- Cheek definition
- Under eye circles, tear troughs
- Facial symmetry
How is Juvéderm Injected?
This filler is injected into the skin to create volume, resulting in a healthy and rejuvenated appearance. Using a very fine needle, to minimize pain or discomfort, our doctors will inject small amounts into the area where results are desired. The injections create volume by filling your lips, wrinkles or folds, for a more youthful appearance. When injected into the lip it can restore a more natural and plump look. This treatment is generally quick and simple. Afterwards you may experience some very minor side effects including swelling, redness and some tenderness. These side effects do not last more than a day or so.
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Can Juvéderm and Botox Be Used Together?
Yes. The mechanism of action for Juvéderm is different than Botox because Juvéderm adds back volume whereas Botox Cosmetic simply stops muscle contraction. These very different methods yield different results. However, these popular injectables are often used together to give you greater results. We use Botox to prevent new wrinkles from forming and Juvéderm to fill the ones that you already have. Additionally, studies have shown that by combining these two the results of the treatment will last longer. By minimizing muscle contractions with a neuromodulator, the effects of a filler last longer. During your consultation our doctors will let you know if this combination will work for you.
Juvéderm vs. Juvéderm Ultra Plus
Juvéderm (hyaluronic acid) is currently available in 2 different versions. These variations are very similar, but it is important to know the difference. Ultra Plus is a thicker version of the Juvéderm injectable gel. Having a ‘thicker’ gel is useful for deeper lines in your face and capable of filling in those wide areas, whereas the regular version is meant for finer lines and wrinkles. So think of Ultra Plus as just a thicker formula of the original injectable gel.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How does it work?
A: Juvéderm is made of a natural hyaluronic acid, which adds volume back to facial tissue, resulting in a rejuvenated appearance.
Q: When will I see results?
A: You will see the full results of the injections immediately after the procedure. Although, you may have some swelling right after the treatment, so your face will appear to more volumized. Within a few days the swelling will go down and you will be able to see the true results.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Treatments vary among patients, however, on average, patients need 3 treatment sessions, each 4 weeks apart, to experience the best results.
Q: How long does it last?
A: Generally the effects last for about 9 months, but this varies slightly from patient to patient. Once the effects wear off, it is safe to repeat the injections as necessary.
Q: How much downtime is required?
A: There is very little social downtime after a treatment. You many have some swelling, numbness and redness for a few hours following the procedure, but you will be able to go back about your daily activities as soon as you feel comfortable with how you look.
Q: Do Juvéderm injections hurt?
A: Our doctors use a very thin needle to reduce pain or discomfort. Additionally, a topical anesthetic can be applied before the procedure to further minimize discomfort, but this is usually not necessary.
Q: What are the side effects?
A: The side effects are minimal, but common side effects can include localized pain, inflammation, redness, itching, bruising and/or swelling. These are all normal side effects and disappear within a few days.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: Each patient’s needs are different, so there is not one base cost of Juvéderm. We will assess your personal needs and let you know how much your Juvéderm treatment will cost. Call our San Diego office to schedule a consultation with any of our doctors.
Schedule a Consultation in San Diego Today!
Please contact Cosmetic Laser Dermatology at 858.657.1002 for more information on Juvéderm and to schedule a consultation. We are located in the UTC area of San Diego, minutes from La Jolla, Del Mar, and Downtown San Diego.
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