What is JUVÉDERM®?
JUVÉDERM® is a smooth consistency gel dermal filler made of hyaluronic acid. It works to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds like your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds—the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in all mammals that helps to hydrate and add volume to your skin. In addition to its use as an aesthetic treatment, hyaluronic acid has also been used for more than 20 years for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement as well as for eye surgeries and wound repair.
How is JUVÉDERM® injectable gel used in treatment?
Your healthcare provider eases JUVÉDERM® injectable gel into the skin using a fine needle to temporarily fill in and augment the treatment area and smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds) and “marionette lines” (oral commissures). JUVÉDERM® temporarily adds volume to the skin and may give the appearance of a smoother surface. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing. Ask your doctor what you should expect from your initial treatment and when they would recommend rescheduling another appointment.
Is treatment with JUVÉDERM® injectable gel painful?
Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. The smooth consistency gel of JUVÉDERM® allows your doctor to administer it easily and smoothly. And, JUVÉDERM® is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort. Your doctor may choose to numb (anesthetize) the treatment area to further minimize discomfort.
What is JUVÉDERM®XC?
JUVÉDERM®XC contains the same ingredients as JUVÉDERM®, with the addition of lidocaine. The lidocaine provides a numbing effect seconds after the injection, making the treatment more comfortable and potentially alleviating the need for additional numbing measures.
How long does treatment usually take?
The injection process takes only about 15 minutes. You’ll also need to allow time to consult with your doctor prior to treatment.
Does the correction last forever?
No. Correction is temporary; therefore, touch-up injections as well as repeat injections are usually needed to maintain optimal corrections.
How long do results last?
JUVÉDERM® is FDA approved to last up to 1 year.
What are the possible side effects of JUVÉDERM® injectable gel?
Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injections site reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures there is a risk of infection.
Can people with different skin tones/colors be treated with JUVÉDERM®?
Yes. In fact, JUVÉDERM® injectable gel is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has proven its safety and effectiveness in persons of color. Studies with JUVÉDERM® showed no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of color.