What is Juvederm Injectable Gel
JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel, one of the most recent hyaluronic acid filler approved by the FDA, helps to fill aging lines or wrinkles, enhance the lip border and size and shape of the lips as well as minimize the appearance of some acne and surgical scars. Correct placement and amount of dermal fillers add a more refreshed and youthful look.
In clinical studies JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel has been shown to last up to a year. Practical use with our patients at Natural Image OC shows that a 6 to 8 month duration is average.
JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel’s popularity comes from its natural feel. Once injected, it is indistinguishable from your natural tissue. JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is a “soft” clear gel filler with extraordinary flow properties which makes it an ideal filler material for areas around the mouth and lips. It is especially suited for those patients with thinner skin who otherwise might not have results that look “real”.
JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is derived from a natural substance, hyaluronic acid, which is found throughout the human body. Sensitivity testing is not required as the hyaluronic acid is so similar to your own tissue.
What does JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel do?
- JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face.
- JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is used to improve and correct
- Lip borders, vertical lip lines and wrinkles (Also treated with laser)
- Superficial forehead lines and crow’s feet (Also treated with BOTOX® Cosmetic and Silikon)
- Thinning lips (for increased volume – sometimes referred to as lip augmentation)
- Deep folds on the sides of the mouth – nasolabial folds (Also treated with Radiesse)
- Marionette lines and Jaw Area to fill and contour
- Cheekbone area (Also treated with Radiesse)
- Chin (Also treated with Radiesse)
- Earlobes for thin or sagging skin
JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel comes in two formulations –JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel Ultra and JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel Ultra Plus. This allows added choices in correcting everything from tiny lines around the mouth to more obvious wrinkles and lip augmentation.
What makes JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel different from other dermal fillers?
The unique manufacturing process provides a high concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid for long-lasting results. It also works to create a smooth consistency gel that flows easily into the skin and provides a smooth, natural look and feel. All other hyaluronic acid dermal fillers currently on the market are made of granular consistency gels. And, JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness in patients of color.
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.
What is cross-linked hyaluronic acid?
“Uncross-linked” hyaluronic acid in its natural form is in a liquid state. “Cross-linking” is the process through which hyaluronic acid is made into a gel product that can be injected into the skin for long-lasting results.
What will treatment with JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel accomplish?
Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing. And one treatment could smooth your lines and wrinkles for up to 1 year.
Is treatment with JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel painful?
Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. The smooth consistency gel of JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel allows it to be administered easily and smoothly. JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort. Dr. Sikorski may choose to numb (anesthetize) the treatment area to further minimize discomfort. For lip augmentation, patients will normally receive a lip block – identical to the anesthetic block they would receive from their dentist. This ensures that they will be comfortable throughout their lip augmentation.
How do I know how will my lips will look?
Dr. Sikorski will have you participate in your lip procedure to provide feedback on how much or how little change you want to effect. There’s no reason to be surprised by not being able to choose how much augmentation – and where – you want. No, you don’t need to watch the injection, but between injections of the areas, you’ll be able to say “I’d like a little more here” or “Add a touch here to give me bit more pout.” See noticable real results using JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel with this Allergan Demonstration.
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.
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.
Injection Pre-Treatment Tips
Avoid blood thinners, anti-inflammatories such as ibuprofen, herbal medications, vitamin E and aspirin 5 days prior to treatment. Do not stop any recommended medications, but do be sure to inform our office of any prescriptive or over the counter medications you are using.
Try to eat prior to lip treatments. Waiting for several hours after your lip injections allows the JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel to properly integrate into the tissues.
Patients should not drink alcohol for 24 hours and should abstain from exercise or strenuous activity that increases blood pressure for the rest of the day – this helps prevent bruising.
- Wait at least an hour before applying makeup.
- Avoid excessive facial expressions for several hours.
- Do not rub or massage the area for 24 hours.