Juvederm is one of the newest, “next generation” substances known as “dermal fillers” or “injectable fillers.” Because more patients want quick procedures that show almost immediate results with little, or no, downtime, Juvederm has become extremely popular with consumers and is the #1 dermal filler in the United States.
Juvederm is a natural polysaccharide, that in appropriate form, is a versatile soft tissue filler. Juvederm is a cross-linked hyaluronic acid distributed by Allergan, the manufacturer of Botox. Hyaluronic acid is one of very few substances that is identical in all species and tissue types and therefore it can be used in many medical applications. In Juvederm it restores youthful resilience to your skin by simply adding to your natural supply.
Juvederm is commonly used in cheek augmentation, naso-labial folds, lip augmentation, worry lines, tear trough, and in the hands. The higher viscosity and concentration of hyaluronic acid the longer the duration that the treatments are effective, typically dermal fillers last 8-12 months or longer depending upon where they are placed and the type of filler used. Anesthesia can be used for sensitive areas or may not be needed as the product includes Lidocaine for additional comfort.
After injection, the product binds to water and generally remains for many months. Non-stabilized hyaluronic acid products, by comparison, last only a few days or several weeks at most. As a totally non-animal product, there is no risk of transmitting disease or eliciting allergic reaction in patients who are sensitive to common foods, such as beef, chicken and eggs.
How long a treatment holds its effect is very individual. This depends on many factors, such as your age, skin type, life style and muscle activity as well as on the injection technique. The gel particles in Juvederm are absorbed so slowly that you have ample time for maintenance treatments. As the gel breaks down, water takes its place. The less concentrated the gel becomes, the more water it is able to bind. These facts are the main reasons that treatments with Juvederm products last so long.
When totally absorbed the gel disappears unnoticed from the body. Most patients choose to have a follow-up treatment six to twelve months after an initial treatment of wrinkles or facial contouring. After lip treatments, a follow-up is normally needed after about six months. You always have the choice to continue or change the combination of treatments, and the procedure can be repeated as often as you like You are always in charge of your looks.