If you’ve been investigating ways to get a more youthful, smooth appearance without resorting to a facelift, you’ve probably heard about dermal fillers. Dermal fillers can consist of a few different types of substances, but some of the most popular are those that use hyaluronic acid. Juvederm is probably the most widely known hyaluronic acid dermal filler as it produces the best results with the fewest side effects. Considering Juvederm to give yourself a more youthful appearance? Here’s what you need to know.
What is Juvederm?
As stated above, Juvederm uses hyaluronic acid to add volume, fill in hollow areas, smooth out wrinkles, and provide contour to the facial area. In addition to these uses, Juvederm can also provide extra volume to thinning lips, improve the appearance of facial scarring, and reduce the appearance of undereye circles. Juvederm uses the highest amount of hyaluronic acid of all the dermal fillers and therefore usually leads to the greatest results.
Depending on your age, lifestyle, genetics, and other factors, you may start benefitting from dermal fillers as early as your 30s or 40s while other women do not find a need for them until they are in their 50s or 60s. Many women who are considering a facelift have opted to use dermal fillers instead to delay the surgery. Though dermal fillers cannot produce the dramatic results of a facelift, brow lift, or eye lift, they can provide a temporary solution to many of the common signs of aging.
Who is a Good Candidate for Juvederm?
Juvederm is a viable option for both men and women who have lost facial volume, desire a younger appearance, or who want to add plumpness or fullness to lips, cheeks, or other areas of the face. It’s also a good solution for those with acne scarring, have dark circles under their eyes, or who have fine lines and wrinkles they want to reduce. Those who have considered having a brow, eye, or facelift would also make good candidates as Juvederm treatments can often delay the need for these more invasive types of surgeries. Plastic surgeons such as Dr. Desman who perform these treatments also prefer their patients to be in good physical health, be non-smokers, and have realistic expectations of the results dermal fillers can deliver.
What Kind of Results and Downtime Should I Expect After a Juvederm Treatment?
The process of getting a Juvederm treatment is relatively quick and pain-free. The surgeon will inject the desired areas of treatment with a thin needle filled with the hyaluronic acid, leading to immediate and visible results. You may experience some discomfort or irritation at the time of the injection, though this tends to fade quickly. The results of Juvederm tend to last from nine months to a year or more and can be combined with other treatments such as Botox or Kybella for a more dramatic result. In some cases, Juvederm injections can even stimulate the body’s own collagen production. In these cases, the patient needs fewer and fewer injections over time to maintain the same youthful appearance.
There is little to no downtime or recovery with a Juvederm treatment. Most patients are able to return to work or to their daily activities the same day, though some will experience irritation for a few hours or days after injection. Those who receive these treatments are generally told to avoid touching the injected areas as much as possible and to avoid extended sun or cold exposure for two weeks after the treatment.
Choosing the Right Skin Specialist
If you are considering a dermal filler treatment such as Juvederm, it’s important that you have a consultation with a plastic surgeon who has experience in using the treatment and who can answer all your questions. When injected correctly, Juvederm produces natural-looking, long-lasting results with very few side effects. However, if you do not get the treatment from a skilled specialist, you could experience adverse side effects.
Dr. Eric Desman has been in practice for almost twenty years in the northern Virginia area and prides himself on providing the highest level of patient care. He will walk you through the dermal filler process and ensure that Juvederm is the right choice for you. If you live in the Virginia area and would like to learn more, schedule a consultation with Dr. Desman today.