Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid injectable gel that smoothes facial wrinkles and folds. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in all mammals; it is used to hydrate and add volume to the skin. This substance has also been used to treat arthritis, eye wound and surgery repair.
Juvederm injectable gel is nonsurgical and very easy to administer. How it works is the physician will inject the gel into the skin with a very fine needle. The needle to reach the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis so that the skin enhances in volume and diminishes wrinkles and folds.
There is very minimal recovery time, perfect for today’s busy person. The procedure itself will only take about 15 minutes. In the first 24 hours following the injection, it is recommended that you avoid strenuous activity, excessive sun exposure, and alcohol consumption. This is to minimize the chance of redness, swelling, or itching.
You should see the improvements in your skin immediately. Juvederm could smooth out lines and wrinkles for up to 1 year; however, most patients return for a “touch up” within 6 months of their initial injection.
The side effects to Juvederm are quite mild, ranging from redness, pain, firmness, swelling to lumps, bumps, bruising, itching and discoloration. There is also a risk of skin infection although that is rare.
So—how is Juvederm different from Botox? Juvederm, first of all, is a dermal filler that treats skin resulting from a loss of volume beneath the skin, mainly around the mouth and nose area. Botox, on the other hand, is a muscle relaxant use to treat moderate to severe lines, mainly around the eyebrow area.
For more information, please visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons website.