Juvederm Fillers

Juvederm Fillers in NYC

What are Juvederm Fillers?

Juvederm injectable fillers consists of hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in our body. It is currently one of the fastest-growing aesthetic treatment procedure in the U.S and involves a gel administered into the skin through injection to correct wrinkles, fine lines, and fill in deeper grooves. It is also administered to restore the volume and natural youthful contours of the cheeks and lips. Since the substance used for this procedure is a product that occurs naturally in the skin, it simply restores the hyaluronic acid that is lost with aging. As a result, the skin is able to retain more moisture and volume, hallmarks of youth.

How does it work?

Once injected, the product is deposited into the skin.  Precise, expert injection techniques allow for even distribution of the product and placement of the product into the correct tissue planes.  The filler material attracts water to volumize the wrinkles and hollows of the skin. It also stimulates the body’s surrounding collagen to increase, a process that can continue for numerous months.

What can Juvederm be used for?

Juvederm is a versatile contouring product that can be used for:

Lip augmentation
Nasolabial fold reduction
Temple rejuvenation
Earlobe rejuvenation
Cheek augmentation
Chin augmentation
Jawline redefinition
Hand rejuvenation
Filling depressed acne scars

What to expect during and after the procedure

Juvederm injections are generally not too painful as the product also contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic that minimizes discomfort associated with the procedure.  In patients who require more pain control, a numbing cream can also be applied to reduce injection related discomfort.

The actual procedure itself can be relatively quick, depending how many areas are targeted and the actual area injected.

How long does it typically take for you to see the results? 

Results are immediate.  Patients are able to see volumization of the skin, contouring of the face, or wrinkle reduction immediately after the procedure is finished.  However, right after the procedure, there may be some mild injection-associated swelling, which will then increase in the next several days and resolve in the following week(s).  Some physicians choose to start with smaller injection volumes during a patient’s first filler session, to gauge individual response and as a precaution to prevent “over-filling” the area.  The success of the procedure can be determined after all the swelling dissipates, and patients may return for more injections should more volume be desired. Pain or discomfort should be mild and only last a few days.  Any persistent or increasing pain needs to be brought to your dermatologist’s attention immediately.

How long do results last?

Longevity of Juvederm depends on the type of Juvederm used and the location of placement. Typically, results last between 6-9 months.  Sometimes results can last for up to one year.

What other options do I have other than Juvederm?

For facial wrinkles and folds, there are other options available in the market other than Juvederm. They include:

Injectable neuromodulators such as Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin: Used for movement-induced wrinkles but not for volumization.  Effects last for an average of 3 months.
Restylane: Restylane is also a family of injectable fillers, which like Juvederm, is comprised of hyaluronic acid.

Comparison between Juvederm with Other Popular Procedures in the Market

Juvederm vs. Restylane

Similarities:

Both are hyaluronic acid injectable fillers.
Similar cost.
Similarly safe and effective.
Similar longevity

Differences:

Juvederm is somewhat “smoother” than Restylane, and may be more appropriate for certain types of cosmetic procedures and certain locations of the face.

Juvederm vs. Botox

Similarities:

Juvederm and Botox can both can help with wrinkle reduction.

Differences:

Botox works by relaxing muscle movements that are responsible for the creation of wrinkles, while Juvederm works by filling the volume caused by aging skin.  Therefore, locations of the face targeted by Botox are different from the locations of the face targeted by Juvederm.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Juvederm injections include swelling, pain, and bruising.  Less common side effects include “lump and bump” formation, infection, and allergic reactions.  Although extremely rare, medically serious complications can result from incorrect placement of filler into the body.  Therefore, it is important for patients to find an expert injector, such as a dermatologist, who is skilled in injecting Juvederm in the right tissue plane of the body.

Patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a history of connective tissue disease, or are allergic to Juvederm should not receive injections of Juvederm.  Consult your dermatologist to find out whether you are a candidate for Juvederm.

To find out how Juvederm® Fillers can correct wrinkles and folds and restore the contour of your face, please call Wall Street Dermatology at 212-931-0538.

Dr. Julia Tzu

Dr. Julia Tzu is a double board certified dermatologist who specializes in Mohs and reconstructive skin surgery, laser surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. She is one very few dermatologists in the world who has devoted additional years of formalized fellowship training in both Mohs surgery as well as dermatopathology, making her amongst the most highly trained and elite dermatologists.

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Wall Street Dermatology: Julia Tzu, MD
Phone: 212-931-0538
65 Broadway, Ste 904
New York, NY 10006

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