Juvéderm is an injectable filler that New York Plastic Surgeon George Lefkovits uses to correct wrinkles, hollows, and facial folds. As we age, our body often loses fat in some facial areas, such as under the eyes, in the cheeks, and in the lips, contributing to the appearance of age. Facial fillers can replace this volume and smooth out wrinkles caused by folding of the skin.
Juvéderm is derived from hyaluronic acid, a compound naturally found in the skin, eyes, spinal fluid, joints, and elsewhere in the body. It is formulated as a smooth gel to minimize discomfort upon injection and give better results more quickly than other hyaluronic-acid-based fillers. Juvéderm is ideal for:
- Correcting smile lines (also known as nasolabial folds or parentheses lines)
- Filling hollows under the eyes
- Filling hollow cheeks
- Lip augmentation
Juvéderm corrects different wrinkles than BOTOX® injections. Whereas BOTOX® works by paralyzing muscles, Juvéderm works by filling in lost volume, making the two treatments ideal complements in facial rejuvenation.
Advantages of Juvéderm
- Juvéderm is a non-surgical procedure
- Juvéderm injections are an in office procedure, which can even be performed during lunch breaks
- Juvéderm is usually injected with a local anesthetic after which it is painless.
- Juvéderm corrects wrinkles that BOTOX® cannot
The Juvéderm Procedure
Juvéderm injections are performed in Dr. Lefkovits' office, using a fine needle. No anesthesia is required, usually a local block anesthesia is used so as to eliminate any pain or discomfort. The procedure is very quick, requiring only a few minutes, depending on the number of areas being treated and the amount of filler being used.
Juvéderm Post-procedure Course
After Juvéderm injections, you can normally return to work. You should not massage the treated areas, spend a prolonged period in the sun, or expose your face to high heat during the first day or two after treatment.
You can expect some minor swelling and slight discomfort in the treated areas that may last a day or two, although this is less common with Juvéderm than with other injectable fillers. Swelling can be treated with icepacks.
There are few risks associated with Juvéderm injections. In rare cases, people have allergic reactions to one or more ingredients of Juvéderm, and some people experience more swelling and discomfort than others.
Treatment with Juvéderm can significantly decrease the appearance of wrinkles, facial folds, and facial hollows. In some cases, these effects of aging may be virtually erased.
The results of Juvéderm last for 6-10 months, depending on the areas treated.
If you would like to learn about facial rejuvenation using Juvéderm injections, schedule a facial filler consultation with Dr. George Lefkovits today.