Juvéderm® Injectable Gel
Deep wrinkles and furrows may be a part of aging, but they don't have to be permanent. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm Injectable Gel are a quick and easy solution. They work to erase these lines and restore a younger, more refreshed appearance.
Juvéderm is a safe, FDA-approved formula that lasts up to one year. It contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to minimize the mild discomfort that is sometimes associated with receiving an injection. The injection of hyaluronic acid-a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration-is administered directly to targeted areas to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds while also smoothing the skin. It is an effective technique for restoring a youthful plumpness to the skin.
Where Can Juvéderm Be Used?
Juvéderm can benefit many problem areas of the skin. On the face, it is an effective treatment for the lips, skin under the eyes, nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines, these run from the nose to the mouth), glabella (the area above the nose between the eyebrows), temples, cheeks, chin and jaw line.
In addition, Juvéderm may be very successful in filling scars, such as those formed from acne, that leave a depression in the skin. The formula's ability to plump the skin can make these scars less noticeable and therefore provide a boost in self-esteem to affected patients.
Juvéderm is also helpful in improving the appearance of other parts of the body that are affected by the signs of aging. Sagging or thinning earlobes can be restored to a more attractive shape and fullness, helping earrings to lay better. The hands and feet are two more areas that can be benefitted by Juvéderm. Problems such as wrinkles and uneven, veiny skin tend to respond very well to an injection, making the hands and feet look smoother and younger once again.
Results of Juvéderm
Most patients achieve their desired results in just a single treatment session, with natural looking improvements to the skin becoming visible immediately. The results are long lasting and may only require yearly touch-up treatments in order to be maintained.
Juvéderm is considered to be a safe form of treatment that needs only minimal recovery and downtime. However, there are some side effects associated with its use. Some of the most frequently reported occurrences are problems at the injection site, including infection, redness, discomfort or tenderness, swelling, formation of lumps, bruising, itching or discoloration. Any of these that develop are generally short lived and typically resolve within one week of the treatment.
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Juvéderm Voluma™ XC
Juvéderm Voluma™ XC is a new, FDA-approved dermal filler formulated specifically to add volume to the face around the cheeks and chin. This is the only injectable gel created to provide a subtle, natural enhancement to the mid-face, addressing changes in definition that occur over time. Juvéderm Voluma can help restore more youthful contours by plumping up the area that so often loses volume as part of the aging process. It can also return a firmer shape to the jaw line when some softening has set in.
Juvéderm Voluma XC is not only an effective treatment method, but it is long lasting as well. In many patients, the results will last for a period of up to 18 months.
The active ingredient in Juvéderm Voluma XC is hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a substance naturally produced within the skin. As we get older, the levels of HA present in the skin begin to decline, resulting in a loss of volume and sunken or sagging cheeks. Juvéderm Voluma integrates into the existing collagen and elastin in the skin tissue to offer greater support and elasticity. This can provide a noticeable smoothing and firming to the skin and lend the facial structure more substantial definition.
Juvéderm Voluma XC is the latest in the Juvéderm line of dermal fillers. These various formulas have a successful history of reducing the appearance of wrinkles and folds in the skin and rejuvenating the face.
Good Candidates for Juvéderm Voluma XC Treatment
Adults of any age who notice changes to their mid-face or at the chin or jaw line may be considered good candidates for treatment with Juvéderm Voluma XC. Typical early signs of aging may include a visible decrease in volume, a sagging of the cheeks or the loss of noticeable contour around the chin. While these are more commonly problems that people face as they age, younger men and women may experience them as well due to weight loss, heredity or a number of other factors.
The Juvéderm Voluma XC Procedure
Juvéderm Voluma XC injections typically take about 15 minutes to administer in the doctor's office. The gel formula contains lidocaine to minimize discomfort, so there is no need for additional anesthesia. The injection is designed to reach the deep layers beneath the skin's surface to provide the most benefit.
The results are visible immediately after the procedure. There is very little or no downtime required following a treatment with Juvéderm Voluma XC. Most patients can resume all of their typical daily activities right away after their treatment session.
Juvéderm Voluma XC Side Effects
While Juvéderm Voluma XC is considered a safe form of treatment, all injectable dermal fillers are associated with some risk of side effects. The most commonly occurring side effects that may result from Juvéderm Voluma XC treatment include swelling, tenderness, formation of a lump, firmness to the skin, bruising, redness, itching, discoloration or pain at the injection site. When these arise, they are generally mild to moderate and resolve within a few weeks.
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