Juvederm is one of the newest, "next generation" substances in cosmetic surgery known as "dermal fillers" or "injectable fillers." Because more patients want quick procedures that show almost immediate results with little or no downtime, Juvederm has become extremely popular with consumers; the substance is often used by cosmetic, dermatological and plastic surgeons. Made of a natural substance known as hyaluronic acid, Juvederm is FDA approved and -- like Restylane
and Botox -- is one of the fastest growing non-surgical aesthetic procedures in the United States.
Hyaluronic acid is important because one of its chief functions in the human body is maintaining skin volume and hydration. In medicine, hyaluronic acid has been used to ease joint pain, treat wounds and in eye surgery. In was used for the first time in 1996 in Europe for facial tissue augmentation.
What are the Benefits of Juvederm?
"Juvederm is FDA approved
and is one of the fastest growing non-surgical aesthetic procedures in the United States."
Most cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures used to correct the above facial items involve surgery which has its own set of risks and drawbacks. While complications rarely occur at the hands of experienced, board-certified cosmetic and plastic surgeons, other drawbacks include going under anesthesia, dealing with pain and bandages and taking required time away from work and other activities for healing. However, an injectable filler like Juvederm can accomplish the same facial rejuvenation so the patient can leave the doctor's office immediately and fully resume his or her normal activities by the next day. Moreover, the cost is less than surgery.
Where Do I Begin?
With a consultation by a board-certified plastic, cosmetic or dermatological surgeon. Using the list of qualified surgeons on CosmeticSurgery.com is an easy and effective way for patients to find a cosmetic surgeon online. To start your search, CLICK HERE.
During consultations, doctors can learn more about patients and vice versa. Moreover, the consultation visit gives the doctor a chance to evaluate the current state of the patient's skin and face while discussing options that will help the patient achieve the desired look. Consultation visits also give patients the opportunity to talk about their goals and expectations for their treatments, ask any questions they might have, and look at before and after pictures of previous patients who had the same procedure. These visits also allow doctors to tell their patients about the benefits, precautions, treatment response, adverse reactions, method of anesthetic administration, if any, and other important issues.
What Are The Risks and Side Effects To Having Juvederm?
Depending on the procedure and the amount of Juvederm injected, risks include bruising, swelling and infection, all of which are minimized by seeing a board certified practitioner. In clinical testing, the most commonly reported side effects included temporary injection site reactions like redness, pain and tenderness, skin firmness and lumps and bumps under the skin known as granulomas. According to Allergan, Juvederm's manufacturer, treated areas should not be exposed to excessive sun, or extremely cold weather until initial swelling and redness has been resolved. Laser treatments, chemical peels and other procedures on the skin should be delayed until after receiving Juvederm due to a possible risk of inflammation at the injection site. Most Juvederm providers caution patients that bruising or bleeding at the injection site can be increased by taking aspirin, ibuprofen or any other substance that thins the blood. Juvederm is not indicated for people who have allergies to bacterial proteins or patients with severe allergies marked by a history of anaphylaxis or multiple severe allergies.
What Are the Results of Juvederm and How Long Do They Last?
Juvederm's results are usually natural, seen immediately and look about the same as with surgery. However, the body absorbs the hyaluronic acid over time so the injections must be repeated periodically to maintain the refreshed look; Juvederm lasts about four to six months. For longer results, the manufacturer, Allergan, also offers Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus which are said to last about a year.
What Are the Costs of Juvederm?
Costs vary according to the region of the nation in which you live. According to the American Association of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the national average for a vial of Juvederm runs between $300 and $500. One-half vial of Juvederm treats one nasolabial fold.
Ten Questions Every Patient Should Ask The Surgeon About Juvederm.
To gain a more thorough understanding about Juvederm, and help form realistic expectations, it is recommended that the patient look at before and after photographs of the surgeon's previous Juvederm patients and speak with them. It is also important for patients to ask questions about anything they do not understand about the procedure. Here are some recommended questions:
- Is what I describe for my results realistic?
- Where are Juvederm injections delivered and how long will it take?
- In my case, what technique is most appropriate in helping me achieve my cosmetic goal?
- What kind of anesthesia, if any, will be used during my procedure?
- How much does Juvederm or Juvederm Ultra cost and what elements factor into that cost like hospital fees, anesthesia, and so on?
- What is the surgeon's level of experience in delivering Juvederm?
- What percentage of patients experience complications?
- What is the surgeon's policy about correcting or repeating the procedure if the first procedure does not meet agreed upon results?
- What should I expect, post-operatively, in terms of soreness, bruising, activity level, and so on?
- Have you ever had your malpractice insurance coverage denied, revoked or suspended?
Patients should also tell their surgeons about any allergies, serious medical conditions, medications, vitamins and minerals they may be taking.
CosmeticSurgery.com provides information about plastic/cosmetic surgery and is designed to help users make decisions regarding their own treatment options. However, the medical information provided here is not the same as medical advice - the application of medical treatment to an individual's specific circumstances. Although we go to great lengths to make sure our information is accurate and useful, we recommend that you consult a qualified medical practitioner if you want the professional assurance that our information, and your interpretation of it, is appropriate to your particular situation.
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