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Juvéderm® Injectable Gel

Deep wrinkles and furrows may be a part of aging, but they don't have to be permanent. Dermal fillers such as Juvéderm® Injectable Gel are a quick and easy solution. They work to erase these lines and restore a younger, more refreshed appearance.

Juvéderm® is a safe, FDA-approved formula that lasts up to one year. It contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic, to minimize the mild discomfort that is sometimes associated with receiving an injection. The injection of hyaluronic acid-a naturally occurring substance in the skin that adds volume and hydration-is administered directly to targeted areas to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and folds while also smoothing the skin. It is an effective technique for restoring a youthful plumpness to the skin.

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Where Can Juvéderm Be Used?

Juvéderm can benefit many problem areas of the skin. On the face, it is an effective treatment for the lips, skin under the eyes, nasolabial folds (also known as smile lines, these run from the nose to the mouth), glabella (the area above the nose between the eyebrows), temples, cheeks, chin and jaw line.

In addition, Juvéderm may be very successful in filling scars, such as those formed from acne, that leave a depression in the skin. The formula's ability to plump the skin can make these scars less noticeable and therefore provide a boost in self-esteem to affected patients.

Juvéderm is also helpful in improving the appearance of other parts of the body that are affected by the signs of aging. Sagging or thinning earlobes can be restored to a more attractive shape and fullness, helping earrings to lay better. The hands and feet are two more areas that can be benefited by Juvéderm. Problems such as wrinkles and uneven, veiny skin tend to respond very well to an injection, making the hands and feet look smoother and younger once again.

What Are The Results of Juvéderm?

Most patients achieve their desired results in just a single treatment session, with natural looking improvements to the skin becoming visible immediately. The results are long lasting and may only require yearly touch-up treatments in order to be maintained.

What are the Juvéderm Risks?

Juvéderm is considered to be a safe form of treatment that needs only minimal recovery and downtime. However, there are some side effects associated with its use. Some of the most frequently reported occurrences are problems at the injection site, including infection, redness, discomfort or tenderness, swelling, formation of lumps, bruising, itching or discoloration. Any of these that develop are generally short lived and typically resolve within one week of the treatment.

Juvéderm Ultra & Ultra Plus Injectable Gels

Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus injectable gels are U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved dermal fillers that, according to their manufacturer, Allergan, Inc., are designed to "temporarily treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial folds" in people older than 21. Juvederm® Ultra is used on moderate wrinkles and folds, whereas the thicker Ultra Plus is used on deeper ones.

Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus are smooth-consistency gels that restore volume to the skin, and lessen the appearance of wrinkles and folds. They are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a sugar that occurs naturally in the body. In terms of the skin, HA's role is to deliver nutrients and hydration, and act as a cushioning agent. Young, healthy skin contains a lot of HA, but factors that include aging and sun exposure reduce the amount, causing skin to lose structure and volume. Juvederm injectable gels are most effective at improving the appearance of nasolabial folds, the lines that run from the bottom of the nose to the corner of the mouth on both sides of the face.

Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus injections take about 15 minutes to administer in a doctor's office. A fine needle is used for each injection, which is given under the skin in the targeted area to add volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. Because Juvederm injectable gels do not contain lidocaine, a topical anesthetic may be used to minimize discomfort. Afterword, the doctor may gently massage the treated area(s).

Once treatment is completed, patients can return, with virtually no downtime, to their regular activities. For the first 24 hours after treatment, to reduce the risk of complications, patients should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and alcohol consumption.

Juvéderm Voluma™

Juvéderm Voluma™ is a new, FDA-approved dermal filler formulated specifically to add volume to the face around the cheeks and chin. This is the only injectable gel created to provide a subtle, natural enhancement to the mid-face, addressing changes in definition that occur over time. Juvederm Voluma can help restore more youthful contours by plumping up the area that so often loses volume as part of the aging process. It can also return a firmer shape to the jaw line when some softening has set in.

Juvéderm Voluma is not only an effective treatment method, but it is long lasting as well. In many patients, the results will last for a period of up to 18 months.

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