Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. There are several products in the Juvederm family. They all are used to help people address the facial signs of aging. Each product in the Juvederm line features different bonding and concentrations of hyaluronic acid. The different products are each tailored to target specific problems when injected into different areas and depths. Juvederm fillers have a smooth, gel-like consistency.
Juvederm treatment is suitable for both male and female patients of all skin types and ages 18 and older. In addition to correcting facial creases, such as the nasolabial folds (nose to mouth creases) and marionette lines (mouth to chin creases), smoker’s lines (upper lip wrinkles), and deep frown lines (11’s), Juvederm is also used for the following:
- Lip augmentation
- Non-surgical nose contouring
- Acne scar correction
- Filling under-eye depressions
Juvederm is also sometimes injected into the backs of the hands to restore volume and improve the appearance of veiny, withered hands. Juvederm injections are quick and easy, especially now that Juvederm XC is available and comes premixed with lidocaine anesthetic. One or two syringes of Juvederm are typically used during each treatment, depending on the number of areas you wish to treat. The effects of Juvederm are temporary and may last anywhere from 6 months to 1 year.
How Long Does Swelling Last After Juvederm?
After Juvederm Injection, swelling typically peaks about two days after injection, then gradually decreases over the next few days, along with any bruising and injection site redness that has occurred. Icing the treated area helps reduce swelling and avoiding NSAIDs (e.g. Advil, Aleve, aspirin) will help you prevent bruising.
Additionally, arnica a homeopathic remedy is often helpful with this bruising. Poor injection technique can lead to other complications, such as the development of lumps, a bluish skin tint called the Tyndall Effect, and puffiness due to over-injection. The success of Juvederm injections is very technique-dependent, so it is important to seek treatment with an experienced Juvederm injector. Although the effect of your Juvederm injections will be immediately visible after treatment, the final results will not be apparent until all swelling has subsided and the product has settled about two weeks after treatment.
Recovery time is minimal. But, people are advised to avoid strenuous activity, sun exposure, wearing makeup, and consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours post-treatment. Most notice the effects of Juvederm right away, or after the swelling reduces. Results typically last between six months and two years. This depends on which Juvederm product was used.
After Care Instructions for Juvederm
Most patients have no problems after facial filler treatments. Overall, it is extremely safe with very high satisfaction! Fillers cannot always last as long as desired or improve wrinkles as much as hoped. Fillers do not “get rid” of all your wrinkles. Patients should expect “significant improvement” not complete wrinkle removal. If the patient doesn’t get the results they may want, often the answer is more filler. This means purchasing more products. This is really not a problem, extra filler can be safely added shortly after the first treatment or at any time. It usually leads to improved results and increased satisfaction. If an extra product is needed to get the desired result, the office strives to give you the best price for the needed filler.
General Care After Fillers:
Bruising and Swelling – ice as much as you can for the first several days. 20 min. on and 20 min. off – 5 times a day. Extra icing can definitely help.
Headache Pain or Pain at Injection Site – Tylenol or Motrin usually is all that is required.
Redness, Welts, and Itching – Benadryl is best. This is available over-the-counter.
Lumps or Bumps – massage with constant pressure to the area for 2 min. Repeat 4-5 times a day.
Results – Understand Realistic Results. Additional treatment requires more product and has an additional expense.
Risks and side effects
You can expect some swelling and bruising. Other common side effects include:
- lumps or bumps
- minor pain
All of these side effects usually subside within two to four weeks.
More serious side effects are typically associated with unprofessional handling, like injecting Juvederm into a blood vessel unintentionally. Complications can include permanent scarring, vision abnormalities, blindness, or stroke. That’s why it’s very important to choose your doctor wisely. Make sure that they are trained, certified, and licensed to perform the procedure. READ: How Long Does Swelling Last After Lip Filler?