Our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Carlos Mata, implements injectable Juvéderm to improve sullen areas on the face where additional contour and volume is desired. This popular derma filler is manufactured from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body. Hyaluronic acid injections work to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that contribute to healthy skin elasticity. While there are many hyaluronic acid-based fillers on the market today, Juvéderm has been proven to provide safe, effective results for up to a year. Dr. Mata, a.k.a. Dr. Scottsdale® offers his patients at our office, Juvéderm Ultra, which is used to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles around the lips, and Juvéderm Ultra Plus, which works great for deep wrinkles.
Juvéderm is a gel substance that is administered via a fine needle directly into the skin. There is no sedation needed, although a numbing cream is usually applied first to help with any discomfort. The injection sites will be sterilized and marked with ink. Once the filler is injected, results are immediately noticeable. The practitioner may massage the treated area so the filler spreads evenly. Other than temporary redness, the treatment has no after effect that will prevent a patient from going back to a normal routine. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise for approximately 24 hours. After a Juvéderm injection, the face will look refreshed, softer and smoother.
This procedure is almost pain-free. This really is determined by a patient’s overall pain tolerance. The product is administered with a fine injection needle and a numbing cream is usually applied first to help with any discomfort. After the treatment, tingling sensations may occur, and there could be some swelling and bruising. These after-effects are temporary and usually subside within a few hours.
Dermal fillers have an outstanding track record for successfully reducing signs of aging with less risk than surgical cosmetic treatments. Other nonsurgical options include wrinkle relaxers, such as BOTOX® and Dysport®. Severe cosmetic issues such as loose and sagging skin may be better resolved by a surgical facelift. The approach taken will be based on the patient’s cosmetic condition and aesthetic goals.
It is important to set realistic expectations when undergoing any cosmetic enhancement procedure. While the treatment does take years off the face, it may only do so much for patients who have severe wrinkles and skin irregularities. Juvéderm will definitely help decrease fine wrinkles and creases, and the skin will appear smoother and softer.