What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a dermal filler that is used to add volume to the skin. The treatment uses hyaluronic acid to make the skin appear plumper and smoother. This FDA-approved injectable product may last longer for some patients according to the statistical results reported by the manufacturer. Goodman Dermatology offers all Juvederm products including Juvederm XC and Juvederm Voluma XC as well as an array of other dermal filler products and services for patients deemed good candidates for these procedures.
Juvederm Voluma XC is the newest in dermal fillers made by Allergan, the maker of Botox. Aging creates more than just wrinkles. Your cheeks can lose volume and skin may begin to sag. Juvederm voluma XC is the first FDA-approved injectable gel to instantly add volume to your check area to correct age-related volume loss in adults over the age of 21. It can provide you contour and a subtle lift for up to 2 years with optimal treatment.
Am I a good candidate for Juvederm®?
According to the FDA, patients must be at least eighteen years old to use this product. Its specifically used to fill lines around eyes (known as crow’s feet or smile lines) as well as deeper folds, furrows, or creases in facial skin. Some patients use the product to add volume to their lips, too.
Since there are a variety of proven products to use in the treatment of lines and wrinkles, it’s essential to discuss which are the best products for the patient’s skin. Most patients can use dermal fillers containing hyaluronic acid without any problems. Plan to discuss this filler and other treatment options with Dr. Marcus B. Goodman during an office appointment.
I keep hearing about hyaluronic acid. Isn’t that the material in a rooster’s crown?
Yes, hyaluronic acid is present in many different animals, including humans. Our bodies make the substance and it’s naturally found in skin and muscles. For this reason, the material doesn’t cause a negative reaction in the body like some older dermal fillers did in certain patients. For instance, collagen treatments caused up to twenty percent of patients to develop hardened, raised, or red areas. Allergy testing was essential for new patients because dermatologists didn’t know what patients would develop these reactions.
Hyaluronic acid changed all that. It’s highly absorbent and offers both hydration and volume-enhancement to the human skin. The puffiness of the rooster’s crown is a good example of its effects.
How is this treatment delivered to my skin?
The dermatologist uses pre-filled syringes and injects the dermal filler under the skin area identified for treatment. The gel is injected into wrinkles or lines that the patient desires to smooth or plump.
Can I use this product with another treatment like Botox?
Yes, some patients use both Botox and dermal fillers such as Juvederm. Botox temporarily prevents the underlying muscle from contracting, so the overlying skin appears smooth. Therefore, it functions and performs differently than a dermal filler treatment. If the patient is deemed a good candidate for both procedures and desires both treatments, it’s possible to magnify the effects of either treatment.
How is this product different than a topical treatment that uses hyaluronic acid as an active ingredient?
Because hyaluronic acid gel is actually pumped beneath the skin, it works instantly to add volume. The effects are almost immediate. Cosmetic or topical treatments containing this ingredient don’t work. Similarly, over-the-counter hyaluronic acid supplements aren’t effective. Don’t spend money on these products. Patients should plan to discuss what medicines and over-the-counter products they use during an office consultation with Goodman Dermatology.
Are there different types of this product?
Yes, there are different dermal filler formulas manufactured by Allergan including Ultra and Ultra Plus.
Ultra is specifically used to add volume or to contour the face. It’s used to treat mild wrinkles or facial folds. Ultra Plus contains more and larger hyaluronic acid particles and, as such, its used to treat severe or deep lines and wrinkles or facial folds, such as nasolabial lines that tend to get deeper with age.
How should I choose the dermal filler that’s right for me? There are so many options and, from research, the formulas are similar.
Different dermal fillers are intended for certain treatment purposes. For example, not dermal filler treatments work well under the eyes. Some can develop a bluish cast under this thin skin. Others formulas tend to flow better. They’re easier to inject and this fact gives the dermatologist more control of how much product is injected into the patient’s skin.
Although these products all contain hyaluronic acid and many patients can use them, the right product addresses the specific goals the patient has in mind. After a conversation about these goals and expectations, the doctor determines what treatment options or types will perform best for the patient.
For example, this dermal filler type is shown to last longer than most others. A treatment may last for up to nine months while other fillers average five to six months’ duration.
Is there downtime associated with this treatment?
Most patients report there’s no need for downtime. It’s possible to receive a dermal filler treatment at lunchtime or even before going to the office. The patient is provided with an ice pack before the filler is injected into the skin. After treatment, the patient is directed to apply a second ice pack to reduce redness, swelling, or potential bruising.
How long will my treatment take?
It’s possible to receive a treatment, from start to finish, in about thirty minutes. However, treatment times vary. Most patients allow up to an hour for them.
Is this treatment painful or uncomfortable?
Patients may experience some fleeting discomfort from the injection of the product. Some very sensitive patients say they feel slight discomfort when a dermal filler product is injected. Statistical reports say that this product is more easily tolerated and flows into the skin more easily. Patients may need less of it than other fillers. Ask Goodman Dermatology about the use of over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen before a treatment. These medicines may be contraindicated.
Will my results be permanent?
No. All dermal fillers are temporary treatments. However, this product may last a few months longer so it could be more cost effective and time efficient than others.
Most patients want to look their best. Dermal fillers represent one of the fastest, easiest ways to get plumper, younger-looking skin. Patients in Roswell, Sandy Springs, Cumming, Woodstock, Holly Springs, Canton and beyond in the greater Atlanta area should call Dr. Marcus Goodman at (770) 754-0787 today.