First introduced to the US market in 2006, Juvéderm is an injectable dermal filler made from hyaluronic acid, a substance found naturally in the human body, which is said to diminish with age. Hyaluronic acid aids in the delivery and retention of moisture and nutrients in the skin. In Juvéderm, the substance is produced through a biosynthetic laboratory process.
Juvéderm has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in four strengths/formulations: Juvéderm 18, Juvéderm 24, Juvéderm 24 HV (high viscosity) and Juvéderm 30.
For what conditions is Juvéderm used?
Juvéderm is used to remedy deep facial lines or folds, including the area around the eyes, mouth, nose and forehead or to improve the size and shape of lips. Juvéderm is also used to reduce the appearance of scars. Juvéderm is not advisable for pregnant or lactating women or those with a weakened immune system.
How does Juvéderm work?
Juvéderm creates the appearance of young, firm skin by replenishing depleted hyaluronic acid in the body and helping its moisture and nutrient levels. Juvéderm comes in varying strengths to match the specific skin condition of a patient, from superficial to deep facial lines or wrinkles.
How is Juvéderm administered?
Like many dermal fillers/wrinkle reducers, Juvéderm is injected into the mid- to deep layers of the skin, depending on the severity of the skin condition. While Juvéderm has a smooth consistency that is easily injected even through thinner needles, the physician will apply a topical anesthetic cream to the patient’s face to minimize discomfort. A treatment session usually takes only about 30 minutes.
There is no pretreatment test required for Juvéderm. Patients, however, are advised to stop taking any anti-inflammatory medicine or aspirin three days before a scheduled treatment.
How long does recovery take?
There is no post-treatment downtime, although patients may experience mild redness and soreness at the site of injection. Patients are advised to refrain from touching or massaging the treated area for a few days and to avoid exposure to the sun and extreme weather conditions for up to two weeks. Patients may resume normal makeup routines but should wear sunscreen and avoid using harsh products, such as those containing alcohol, on the treated area.
Are the results immediate?
Yes. After the initial swelling and redness have subsided, fine lines and wrinkles are less-noticeable and, for those seeking lip augmentation, lips appear fuller after treatment. Over time, the treated areas will continue to improve in appearance.
What are the side effects or complications associated with Juvéderm treatment?
Complications are very rare in patients undergoing Juvéderm treatment. Side effects such as slight to severe inflammation, lumpiness, slight bruising, swelling, tenderness or itching at the site of injection disappear after a few days.
How does Juvéderm compare with other injectable dermal fillers?
Juvéderm, Restylane® and Perlane® are all hyaluronic-acid based and vary in levels of concentration. Juvéderm is available in mild to strong formulations and may be used to treat moderate to deep lines. Restylane has lower concentrations of hyaluronic acid and is suitable for the treatment of fine to medium lines. Perlane has high concentrations of hyaluronic acid and is suited to the treatment of deeper lines.
With its cross-linked composition and thick consistency, however, Juvéderm is absorbed by and stays in the body longer than other dermal fillers. Thus, the effects of the treatment are longer lasting, averaging six to nine months or even a year.
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