What is Juvéderm?
At Utah Eye Center, we use Juvederm to help restore and refill naturally occurring hyaluronic acid (HA) in areas where it has been depleted. The type of Juvederm chosen will depend on the location and severity of the patient’s wrinkles, creases and volume loss.
HA is a natural substance found throughout the body. It helps maintain moisture in tissues by attracting water molecules from the environment around us. As we age, our bodies produce less HA than they did when we were younger – and this can result in wrinkles or sagging skin that makes us look older than we feel inside!
Juvederm is a gel made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is injected into areas where it is needed most: around the eyes for crow’s feet; on the cheeks for sunken hollows under your cheekbones; along the jawline for jowls; and at other places, as determined by your doctor.
How long does a Juvéderm treatment take?
First, we’ll discuss the procedure itself. After numbing your skin with local anesthesia (injection), we’ll inject the Juvederm using a small needle and syringe. Then we’ll massage the area gently to ensure that all of the product has been injected into your skin properly before removing any remaining material from your face with a damp cloth.
Once you’ve been treated with Juvederm at Utah Eye Center, there are two main ways for you to keep track of how long it will last: by checking back in with us at our office every six months for an evaluation; or by looking at yourself in the mirror every morning after waking up from sleep (this is because most patients’ lips swell slightly overnight).
Does it hurt?
With any injection, there is a chance that there will be minor pain and discomfort. Some of the Juvéderm products actually contain local anesthetic which can numb the area. The most common pain relief used is a topical anesthetic cream which is applied to the area about 15 minutes before the treatment to relieve pain.
If you’re experiencing any kind of discomfort while you’re getting Juvederm injections, let your doctor know right away so they can address it immediately.
When will I see my results?
At Utah Eye Center, we believe that Juvéderm is the best dermal filler for patients who want an instant improvement in their appearance. This injectable offers an immediate boost to your skin, with the full results developing over about two weeks. Patients love this injectable because it instantly boosts their appearance, but they also like the fact that treatments are fast, easy, and long-lasting.
How long does it last?
Juvederm is a great way to maintain your youthful look, but the effects only last 18 months. That means that after a year, you might start to see your skin begin to sag or wrinkles reappear. If you want to keep looking young and fresh, it’s important to schedule another treatment session at Utah Eye Center as soon as possible.
Are there any side effects from the treatment?
Juvederm is a safe and effective way to improve the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds. However, there are some side effects associated with unprofessional handling that can lead to complications. Unprofessional handling may involve injecting Juvederm into a blood vessel unintentionally. Complications can also include permanent scarring, vision abnormalities, blindness, or stroke. That’s why it’s very important to choose your doctor wisely!
Does the procedure result in any downtime?
In most cases, Juvederm treatments are performed on an outpatient basis and you will be able to go home immediately after the procedure. We recommend avoiding strenuous activity for 24-48 hours after your procedure.
Who shouldn’t use Juvéderm treatments?
When considering whether to use any dermal filler, it’s important to talk with your doctor about any medical conditions that you have or medications you take. Your safety is our top priority. We want to make sure that Juvéderm is right for you and your goals. That’s why we recommend that you consult with one of our board-certified doctors before deciding whether or not to undergo treatment with Juvéderm at Utah Eye Center.
While Juvéderm isn’t right for every occasion of facial imperfection, it’s an excellent choice for people who are looking to restore volume and improve the contours of their face. If you’re considering a dermal filler treatment to improve the look of your smile, schedule an appointment with one of our professionals today to learn more. Call now at 801-476-0494