Juvederm in Phoenix, Arizona at Luminosa Medical Spa
Juvederm is a family of injectable hyaluronic acid dermal fillers used to provide 9 months to one year of correction for moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth). It is not indicated for use in lip augmentation. Come see us at Luminosa Medical Spa for your Juvederm Filler in Phoenix, Arizona. Juvederm products are developed using the Hylacross technology to allow a smoother, malleable gel. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the body. Hyaluronic acid works by holding in water at the injection site and acting as a cushioning agent. It adds temporary volume and a smoother appearance to skin. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal results. Some Juvederm XC products also contain the local anesthetic lidocaine for a more comfortable injection. Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC both contain 0.3% preservative-free lidocaine and numb the treatment area within seconds. The Juvederm Ultra Plus products contain more highly cross-linked formulations for volumizing and correction of deeper folds and wrinkles.
What is JUVÉDERM?
JUVÉDERM® is a filler that relies on hyaluronic acid rather than collagen to plump up the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the human body. Since the hyaluronic acid in JUVÉDERM® is created by biosynthesis in a laboratory, patients are not required to take an allergy test before receiving treatment.
One of the main benefits of the JUVÉDERM® filler is that the results from the product are longer-lasting than those obtained from other wrinkle reducers, including collagen and fat injections.
Candidates for JUVÉDERM Filler
Good candidates for JUVÉDERM filler treatment are those patients who would like to improve the appearance of:
- facial lines
- augment the lips.
General Treatment Requirements
For the most part, all that is required of a patient for JUVÉDERM® treatment is that he or she is dissatisfied with the appearance of facial wrinkles and creases, or with the fullness of their lips. However, JUVÉDERM® may not be a good option if a female patient is pregnant or nursing.
What Areas Can Be Treated with Juvederm?
JUVÉDERM is appropriate for any area of the face, including lines and creases around the
The procedure can be used for facial contouring as well as to improve the appearance of scars, such as those caused by acne. JUVÉDERM® can also be used to enhance the size and shape of the lips. All of these areas will show distinct improvement after treatment with JUVÉDERM® filler.
The JUVÉDERM® Treatment Process
Juvederm® filler treatment is quite simple and is similar to other dermal fillers/ wrinkle reducers. It is injected into the area of the wrinkles and creases with minimal discomfort. Its effects are immediate and long-lasting, though some patients may wish to combine JUVÉDERM® filler with BOTOX® Cosmetic for an even more dramatic effect.
JUVÉDERM® treatment involves less discomfort for patients than other dermal fillers, and the results are more enduring, with the average patient enjoying a healthier, more youthful facial appearance for six to nine months. Furthermore, since JUVÉDERM® is composed solely of biocompatible hyaluronic acid, it poses very minimal risk of allergic reaction and other negative side-effects associated with injectable wrinkle treatments.
Is JUVÉDERM® Right for Me?
JUVÉDERM® is likely a good option for you if you are dissatisfied with the way your face is aging – namely, if you dislike the wrinkles and creases that have surfaced. JUVÉDERM® may also be right for you if you feel that your lips need augmentation.
If you have severe scarring or thinner/looser skin, JUVÉDERM® may not be as effective. But in most cases and with most patients, JUVÉDERM® is a good choice. Note that the results of JUVÉDERM® are long-lasting but impermanent, so that you are not forever wed to your decision.
Is pre-treatment testing required?
Unlike other, collagen-based dermal fillers, which could pose the risk of an allergic reaction for some patients, no pre-treatment allergy testing is required for Juvederm treatments. Hyaluronic acid already occurs naturally in human skin, and the hyaluronic acid that is used in JUVÉDERM® is created through biosynthesis and is not of animal origin, so it is highly biocompatible.
Recovery, Results, and Retreatment
After Juvederm® treatment, it is best not to unnecessarily touch or massage the treated area for a few days, though normal make-up routines may be adhered to. Patients who have JUVÉDERM® treatment are also advised to avoid unnecessary exposure to heat, cold, and sun for up to two weeks following their injections. After JUVÉDERM® treatment, it is important to wear sunscreen and to avoid using any products that contain alcohol on the face.
Some doctors recommend that patients come in for a follow-up treatment to fill in any lines or wrinkles that were missed during the first JUVÉDERM® treatment, but this is rarely necessary. Over time, the hyaluronic acid in JUVÉDERM® is naturally absorbed into the body. However, because of its cross-linked composition and viscous gel consistency, JUVÉDERM® integrates into the body at a markedly slower rate than other dermal fillers. Thus, patients enjoy longer lasting results after JUVÉDERM® treatment than with Restylane® treatment and other injectable wrinkle treatments. The average patient enjoys the results of a JUVÉDERM® treatment for six to nine months, though some patients have had results last for as long as a year.
Is JUVÉDERM® FDA approved?
Yes. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of JUVÉDERM® in four different formulations: JUVÉDERM® 18, JUVÉDERM® 24, JUVÉDERM® 24 HV (High Viscosity) and JUVÉDERM® 30. The availability of JUVÉDERM® in a variety of formulas allows doctors to tailor JUVÉDERM® treatments to the specific needs of their patients and to achieve the most natural-looking results possible.
The JUVÉDERM® Injection Process
JUVÉDERM® arrives at your doctor’s office packed in a sterile, ready-to-use syringe. The smooth gel consistency of JUVÉDERM® makes it more comfortable for patients to receive injections than with other dermal fillers, because doctors can use thinner needles and less pressure during injection. However, to minimize the chance of discomfort, your doctor will numb the area of your face to be treated with a topical anesthetic cream before he or she administers JUVÉDERM® injections. JUVÉDERM® is injected into the mid to deep dermis, depending on the amount of correction required, and the typical treatment session is about thirty minutes long.
Preparing for JUVÉDERM® Treatment
Patients are advised to stop taking anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin one to three days prior to a JUVÉDERM® treatment. If you wear make-up, you should not wear any to your JUVÉDERM® appointment; however, you will be able to maintain your skin care and make-up routine after your treatment is complete. Though there is no pre-treatment allergy testing required for patients who undergo injections, those with a history of severe allergies may not be considered suitable JUVÉDERM® candidates.
Are JUVÉDERM® results immediate?
Yes. While the appearance of treated areas will continue to improve for a few days following JUVÉDERM® treatment, patients enjoy immediate reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in areas treated with JUVÉDERM®.
Is there downtime following JUVÉDERM® treatment?
There is no downtime required after JUVÉDERM® treatment. Patients who undergo JUVÉDERM® treatment can expect to be able to return to work or other normal activities immediately, with only mild redness or soreness at the site of the injections.
Are there risks associated with JUVÉDERM®?
Adverse side effects of JUVÉDERM® treatment are rare, and usually go away in less than a week without any doctor intervention. Side effects of JUVÉDERM® usually result from the injection itself and may include redness, tenderness, swelling, firmness, and bruising. Since your body already contains hyaluronic acid, and the ingredient in JUVÉDERM® is created through biosynthesis in a laboratory and is designed for biocompatibility, there is no risk of an allergic reaction after JUVÉDERM® treatment.
What is the difference between JUVÉDERM® and Restylane®?
JUVÉDERM® has a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid than Restylane®, so the results of a JUVÉDERM® treatment should last longer than those of a Restylane® treatment. Some doctors and patients also believe that the results of JUVÉDERM® treatment are smoother and more natural looking than those achieved with Restylane®.