Juvederm is an injectable gel, approved by FDA in 2010, which is popularly used to counter signs of aging. It is an immediate cosmetic treatment to reverse aging features like folds and wrinkles. In some cases it has also been used for successful enhancement of lips and cheeks by adding fullness and volume to make skin look youthful.
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Juvederm comes in two types of dermal fillers to cater to patient’s specific needs. These are known as Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra plus. Both composed of highly cross-linked formulation to successfully counter signs of aging by volumizing the skin and reducing wrinkles and folds. These hyaluronic acid fillers help recover the lost volume by its Hydrophilic molecules that binds to water molecules under the skin ensuring volume and firmness of the targeted skin. It corrects facial wrinkles and helps make your skin more youthful. Although both promises natural results, the only difference between the two formulations is Juvederm ultra plus comes with a firmer consistency.
Juvederm products are manufactured by using the Hylacross technology to come up with a smoother, supple gel. Both Juvederm ultra and Juvederm Ultra plus are hyaluronic acid fillers with a local anesthetic lidocaine. The purpose to lidocaine is to provide a painless provision of the treatment so the physician might not have to take the trouble of using extra drugs for numbness purpose.
Procedure of Juvederm treatment:
Juvederm gel are injected in to the skin of targeted areas using ultrafine needles. Juvederm has an anesthetic drug lidocaine as part of its composition that numbs the area within seconds to avoid any discomfort.
After the treatment, the patient is advised to rest, avoid sun exposure or alcohol consumptions.
Juvederm has shown the results that last up to 4 to 6 months but in some patients the results have also seen to be persistent for about a year, hence the effects may vary from patient to patient. Since the results of Juvederm treatment is temporary, it might be repeated. Typically, re-injection is needed 1 one year after the first treatment, though smaller injections with half the amount could also be taken up in the repeated procedures.
Juvederm injections are not to be used by patients who have a history of severe allergies or those who are highly allergic to Gram-positive bacterial proteins. Some patients might also be allergic to Lidocaine, those with such allergies should refrain from using this treatment.
If you aren’t looking for something this aggressive, check out topical skin products.