Juvederm®, from the makers of Botox Cosmetic, is a cosmetic filler that is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally present substance in our skin. The hyaluronic acid chains are cross-linked and are formulated to be a very soft, pliant gel. Using a dermal filler like Juvederm® is a safe and effective way to replace the hyaluronic acid your skin has lost, bringing back its volume and smoothing away facial wrinkles and folds.
Juvederm® can be used to replace volume in the face and in areas of fat loss where wrinkles, creases, and folds develop over time, such as:
- nasolabial folds (lines from the corner of the nose to the corner of the mouth)
- marionette lines (lines from the corner of mouth to the jowl line)
- jawline contouring
Juvederm® is quick and easy to administer. Patients tolerate the procedure very well. Results are seen immediately and last 6-12 months depending on the volume of the injection.
Cosmetic Medicine Q & A
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.
Which cosmetic fillers are consider to be hyaluronic acids?
Juvederm (Ultra and Ultra Plus), Restylane and Perlane are all hyaluronic acid fillers.
What is Radiesse and how is it different from other cosmetic fillers?
Radiesse is a cosmetic filler that is comprised of calcium-based microspheres. Radiesse is different than other cosmetic fillers because it stimulates your own natural collagen to grow.
How do cosmetic fillers work?
Fillers are injectable solutions that temporarily add volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face and hands.
How long will my results last with a cosmetic filler?
Length of results depends on the patient, the area being treated and the amount of product that is injected. On average, hyaluronic acid cosmetic fillers generally last 6-9 months. There are other cosmetic fillers that are on the market that are FDA approved for up to 1 year, such as Radiesse.
Is treatment with cosmetic fillers painful?
Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. For a more comfortable treatment experience, a topical anesthetic is applied to the area of skin that is being treated. Also, most cosmetic fillers are now formulated with lidocaine to make the injection process more tolerable.
How long does treatment usually take?
The injection process generally takes only about 30 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.
When will I see results?
Cosmetic fillers instantly add volume to help restore youthful contours, so you’ll see results immediately following your treatment.
What are some of the common side effects after being treated with a cosmetic filler?
After your treatment, you may have some swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness. This will normally last less than seven days.