JUVÉDERM is an injectable gel dermal filler that is FDA approved for adding fullness to the cheeks and lips, and for smoothing out moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds along the side of the nose and mouth. JUVÉDERM is made from hyaluronic acid, the fluid component in the matrix that stabilizes the intercellular spaces that contain the collagen and elastic fibers on which the skin cells reside. Hyaluronic acid retains moisture and transports nutrients through the skin while providing softness and volume.
As we mature the skin changes, gradually losing its density and elasticity. Environmental and genetic factors can compound matters and exacerbate the skin’s regular loss of volume. As hyaluronic acid and collagen, components that provide structural integrity to the skin, are depleted the face starts to change, cheeks and lips get thinner and eventually the skin begins to sag. Meanwhile, folds and wrinkles develop on the sides of the nose and mouth which get deeper and more pronounced with the passage of time.
JUVÉDERM dermal fillers allay these changes, turning back the clock to reverse age-related, mid-face volume loss and restore a natural, more youthful appearance with a fast, in-office treatment.
HOW JUVIDERM WORKS
The JUVÉDERM family of products include fillers that add thickness to the cheeks, fillers that restore fullness to the lips and fillers that diminish nasolabial folds and wrinkles (parenthesis lines on the sides of the nose and mouth). JUVÉDERM products also contain lidocaine to reduce irritation or any discomfort that may arise in the course of treatment.
Allergan Pharmaceutical, the company that makes JUVÉDERM, states that:
“The JUVÉDERM collection of fillers is made from hyaluronic acid (HA). What’s interesting about HA is that it’s a natural substance in the skin that delivers nutrients, helps the skin retain moisture and softness, and adds volume. Each product in the JUVÉDERM® collection of fillers is made from a modified form of HA.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC injectable gel instantly adds volume to the cheek area to correct age-related volume loss in adults over 21.
JUVÉDERM® XC injectable gel instantly smooths moderate to severe parentheses lines and wrinkles around your nose and mouth.
JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC injectable gel is for lip augmentation in adults over 21.”
Some patients may experience irritation, swelling, bruising or discomfort after JUVÉDERM. These symptoms are usually mild and will abate in less than a week where cheeks and parenthesis lines were addressed, and in less than 2-3 weeks when used on the lips. Swelling is more common for patients less than 35 years of age. For those over 35, bruising is more common.
When treated again after the first year, patients will usually achieve the same results with less product. Even with optimal treatment, results may vary.
JUVÉDERM is specifically for patients over 21 years of age who are not pregnant or breast-feeding. It should not be used by patients with severe allergy problems, sensitive to gram-positive bacteria, with severe allergies to lidocaine or other drugs, or by patients with bleeding disorders.
Patients with skin sores, pimples, rashes, or infection near or on the treatment areas will be postponed until these problems have resolved. Patients who are on any manner of blood thinner will be instructed to discontinue use before treatment and advised as to when they may resume their regimen.