Juvederm is one of the most commonly used facial fillers today. Made from hyaluronic acid, it reduces facial wrinkles and lines. It’s also used to plump lips, raise atrophic scars to the level of surrounding skin, and fill in hollow parts of the face. Juvederm procedure works by replicating the skin’s natural hydrating process, replacing lost volume and providing a youthful glow.
Juvederm is non-invasive; it is painless and involves a short recovery period. But there are important things you need to do before and after the procedure to ensure a successful treatment.
Before the Treatment
During your initial consultation, your doctor will review your medical history. You will be asked if you have any allergies, what medications you currently take, your skin type, and whether it’s your first time to undergo a Juvederm treatment. Share all your health concerns to avoid future problems. If you have any questions, this is the perfect time to address them. Your doctor will then determine which areas in your face may benefit from the filler.
You should stop taking aspirin and Vitamin E supplements before receiving the treatment, as these may increase bruising and bleeding at the injection site, lengthening your healing time.
The Actual Procedure
Makeup and dirt will be removed during the actual procedure, usually using an alcohol pad. You may wish to apply a topical anesthetic cream or place an ice cube on the injection site to reduce discomfort. Your cosmetic surgeon will inject the fillers directly to the skin in tiny amounts using an ultra-fine needle. The procedure will take 20-30 minutes and you will see the results right after the treatment. You may experience swelling and redness, but it will disappear after a few days. Juvederm can last from 6-12 months.
After the Treatment
As Juvederm is non-invasive, it doesn’t interfere with your daily routine. But you should avoid exposing your face to heat and direct sunlight, as these may increase swelling and redness. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and performing strenuous exercises 24 hours after the treatment. Notify your doctor immediately if you notice any complications associated with the procedure.
Follow post-operative directions, communicate with your cosmetic doctor, and take good care of yourself to see the best results.