Over time, muscle use, sun damage, and the passage of time cause our skin to age and wrinkles to develop. Many people want to reduce the appearance of these wrinkles to achieve a more youthful appearance. Juvederm is an injectable filler that is FDA-approved and used to treat symptoms of age.
Juvederm is a crystal-clear, non-animal, biodegradable gel based on a natural substance, called hyaluronic acid. The gel is injected into the skin in tiny amounts with a very fine needle. Hyaluronic acid holds on to water, which enhances its power to add volume to fill out wrinkles and can also stimulate the natural production of collagen, which over time can help maintain the results of treatment. The result is instantaneous and produces long-lasting, natural enhancement that is gentle and safe for your skin. Juvederm may be used to augment lips, fill in facial lines or add general volume to the face.
Juvederm lasts at least 6 to 9 months and usually closer to 12, which is more than twice as long as collagen, and does not require a skin test for allergic reaction prior to use. For these reasons, Dr. Buckingham prefers Juvederm for treating conditions that in the past were treated with collagen. Treatments are quick, taking only about 15 minutes. Some side effects such as redness or tenderness at injection sites are normal and should clear up within a week, revealing the full benefits of treatment.
To determine if a patient is a good candidate for this procedure, Dr. Buckingham recommends a private patient consultation.
Dr. Buckingham feels that successful facial plastic surgery results from the development and maintenance of good rapport between the patient, the surgeon, and his staff during the consultation and future appointments. The consultation will include a complete facial analysis to determine the best procedure to bring about the desired results and all questions relating to the patients specific concerns will be addressed.
Prospective patients are encouraged to call the office to schedule an appointment at their earliest convenience.
Find answers to Juvederm questions in Dr. Buckingham’s Q&A.
Frequently Asked Juvederm Questions
Q – What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is an FDA-approved injectable filler for the treatment of wrinkles, facial imperfections, and to plump lips. It is a smooth, clear gel made of hyaluronic acid.
Q – What determines a good candidate for Juvederm injections?
As with any procedure, good candidates are in good general health. Juvederm patients have age-related wrinkles, lips that have lost volume, or other skin imperfections. It is important to be sure that the patient has reasonable expectations for what the procedure can achieve. If you are interested in a Juvederm treatment, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Buckingham to determine if it is right for you.
Q – What is the Juvederm procedure like?
Juvederm procedures are performed in the office and typically last about 15 minutes. The physician injects tiny amounts of Juvederm into the skin using a fine gauge needle. Anesthetics in the form of local injections, nerve blocks, topicals, or a local anesthetic mixed with the Juvederm injection may be used depending on location and patient needs
Q – What can I expect after the procedure?
Recovery is generally complete within a few days of the procedure. Patients may experience some side effects such as redness, irritation, or bruising, and these should subside within a week. Generally, patients can return to work and other activities soon after the procedure.