From wrinkles to acne, Juvederm can help you reverse the past and look your best today. As with any medical treatment, it’s good to know the ins and outs before you go under the needle! Here are 10 facts you may already know or that may surprise you about Juvederm in North Phoenix.
- Juvederm is an injectable hyaluronic acid gel. Hyaluronic acid is actually a naturally occurring sugar in the body and it works to hold water at the treatment site, sort of acting as a cushion to add volume to the skin. Unlike Botox which is injected into muscles to target dynamic wrinkles, Juvederm is a filler because the gel literally fills in wrinkles. It’s sometimes called a “mini face lift” for its ability to instantly fill in and seemingly tighten the skin around the face.
- Juvederm not only works to fill in wrinkles, but it can also fill in skin recessions or scars like those caused by acne and even out symmetry in the face.
- Quality of the results is often determined by the person doing the injecting. Always do your research and make sure the practitioner is a board-certified professional with experience. While you may be attracted to the medical doctor or plastic surgeon offering the treatment because of his or her status, often the nurse or another health care professional in the office does the majority of treatments and thus has more experience.
- Pain varies depending on the injection site and the person. A topical anesthetic cream can help. Some Juvederm products are actually mixed with a small amount of lidocaine to make it more comfortable. So it’s important tell your practitioner if you are allergic to lidocaine.
- Some people do bruise and/or swell after treatments and report minor itching and redness. These are normal side effects and will go away within one week. Ice packs and heat compresses can help speed recovery. Of course some people may have an allergic reaction that produces different side effects. Potential allergic reactions are another reason to start small.
Taking aspirin or ibuprofen as part of your regular health care routine can cause additional bleeding during and after Juvederm treatments, so be sure to talk to your practitioner about this first.
- If you are prone to cold sores, getting Juvederm injected near or in your lips can trigger one. Tell your practitioner in advance to get a prescription of Valtrex. You can easily combat the potential outbreak before treatment.
- How you react and your comfort level will determine your down time after treatment. Some people return to normal activities the next day, while others prefer a few days for the treatment to be less noticeable. Within 24 hours of treatment it’s important to avoid strenuous activity, sun or heat exposure and alcohol as these things can enhance the side effects.
- Juvederm is purchased and used by the syringe. It’s up to you and your practitioner on how much to use in specific areas. Generally you can use less for a more subtle result and more for a more dramatic result. It’s recommended to start with less and add more later, if you choose. Since you purchase the entire syringe, your practitioner will keep it ready for you to use in the future.
- Juvederm is very smooth and malleable, meaning you could have lumps and bumps that can simply be massaged out. Do ask your practitioner how to do this safely and effectively.
- Although results can vary, many people report positive improvements lasting 9-12 months.