JUVEDERM® is one of the most popular dermal filler products with its impressive safety record and longer lasting results compared with other injectable fillers. Providers at Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA use this to reverse the effects of facial aging such as the appearance of hollowed cheeks, laugh lines, and thin lips.
Read some of the most frequently asked questions about JUVEDERM® to learn if this filler suits you.
What’s the Main Active Ingredient of JUVEDERM®?
The filler is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin that binds with water, giving its youthful plumpness. But with aging, we produce less and less of this compound, making us prone to soft tissue deflation, deep folds and wrinkles, and overall gaunt appearance.
Is It Safe?
This FDA-approved dermal filler has an impressive safety record. After all, it uses a naturally occurring substance and so the risk of an adverse reaction is eliminated. In fact, it does not require allergy testing.
Another thing to keep in mind – dermal fillers are the go-to treatments for people who want to avoid surgery or are not eligible to have one due to an underlying medical condition.
What’s the Main Difference Between the Different Products?
JUVEDERM® is a line of dermal filler products by Allergan. While they all use hyaluronic acid as their main active ingredient, they are slightly different in terms of cohesiveness. For instance, the Ultra XC and Volbella XC have a smaller particle size and are lighter than other fillers, making them ideal for the lips and other areas with thin skin.
The Voluma XC, meanwhile, has a highly viscous consistency that makes it ideal for restoring the cheek volume.
The XC is another “stiffer” JUVEDERM® product that makes it ideal for smoothing out moderate-to-severe laugh lines.
Using a precise injection depth of, using the proper amount of filler, and an in-depth knowledge of facial proportions, skilled technicians at the Chernoff Cosmetic Surgery can deliver natural-looking results and a more rejuvenated visage.
What Happens During Treatment?
The treatment, which typically takes 20-30 minutes, involves no or very little pain since your doctor will apply a topical numbing cream before making any injection. For additional comfort, some patients also ask for lidocaine injections.
Does the Treatment Involve any Downtime?
It is a no-downtime treatment, making this ideal for anyone with a busy schedule. After you step out of your doctor’s office, you can get right back to your normal activities.
How Long Do the Results Last?
There are several variables that affect the longevity of JUVEDERM® although most patients can expect the results to last 1-2 years. This is longer than other hyaluronic acid-based fillers, which typically last just 4-6 months.
If you have JUVEDERM® in the cheek area, the results may last up to two years because the filler is mostly undisturbed. The lips, meanwhile, have a quicker resorption rate because they are constantly moving.