As a Juvéderm Expert in Charlotte, I want to review the key facts that all patients should know before undergoing Juvéderm facial injections. In this blog, I am going to review Juvéderm from A to Z and discuss how I use Juvéderm in my practice.
What is Juvéderm?
Juvéderm in an FDA approved product that is injected into the face to restore lost volume and improve facial harmony. Juvéderm is composed of hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies. Hyaluronic acid is a key ingredient of the substance that surrounds and nourishes our cells in the body.
What are the Different Types of Juvéderm?
Juvéderm is made by a company named Allergen. Allergen has 3 different formulations of Juvéderm:
1) Juvéderm Ultra
2) Juvéderm Ultra Plus
3) Juvéderm Voluma
Each Juvéderm is composed of hyaluronic acid but are different in how they are formulated and made. Each type of Juvéderm differs in their thickness and viscosity. The thicker and more viscous the Juvéderm, the longer it will last and more volume it can add.
Why Would An Expert Facial Dermal Injector not Choose the Thickest Juvéderm Everytime?
The thickness of the facial skin varies on the face. In an area of thin, delicate skin, I would suggest injecting thin delicate dermal filler. In my opinion, this will allow for the most natural results and prevent the appearance of the filler underneath the skin (a bump). For example, the skin around the eye is very thin; therefore you would want thin dermal filler. The skin over the cheeks is thick and can tolerate thicker dermal filler.
How is Juvéderm Injected?
Injecting Juvéderm can be done a variety of ways and each injector has his or her own preference. Traditionally, Juvéderm has been injected with needles requiring multiple needle sticks to the face. I do not believe in that method as I believe it is traumatic and increases risk to the patient. I use a blunt tipped micro cannula to inject Juvéderm. The use of the micro cannula reduces bruising by 90% and and creates a more natural result.
To see a video of using a blunt tip micro cannula to inject Juvéderm click here.
How Long Does it Take to Inject Juvéderm?
The process to inject Juvéderm is quick. Depending on the amount and the location, it can take between 15-45 minutes on average.
What are the Risks of Injecting Juvéderm?
The most common risks of injecting Juvéderm in my practice in Charlotte are:
2) Lump or Bump
4) Under correction
Is Juvéderm Reversible?
Yes, Juvéderm is reversible. It can be injected with a medication that will dissolve the Juvéderm. After injection of the medication, the Juvéderm should dissolve immediately. The medication that dissolves the Juvéderm is called hyaluronidase.
How Long Does Juvéderm Last?
This is a difficult question to answer. Juvéderm does not disappear overnight. The body slowly breaks it down overtime. Additionally, the different types of Juvéderm will last different amount of time. It also depends on the location where the filler is injected. If the filler is in a location that has a lot of movement, the mouth, it will go away faster. Typically speaking the filler is repeated 6 months to 2 years after injection. Juvéderm Voluma is the long lasting.
How Much Does Juvéderm Cost?
The cost of Juvéderm varies around Charlotte. It depends on the level of expertise of the injector and the amount of training of the injector. For example, a nurse injecting at a medical spa will likely be cheaper than a facial plastic surgeon.
Should Cost be the Most Important Factor in Choosing a Location to have Juvéderm Injections?
I believe the most important factor in choosing a location for dermal fillers is the skill of the injector. Let’s get serious for a minute. We are talking about the appearance of your face. If I was talking to my family member, I would tell them to spend a little more to improve their chance to have a great outcome and limit complications. Not only does the injector have to be able to inject Juvéderm correctly, but they must be able to adequately analyze the face.
Where can Juvéderm be Injected in the Face?
The honest answer is almost everywhere. There are areas that require more skill that have less room for error. Common locations for Juvéderm injections are:
1) Smile lines
2) Frown lines
7) Upper eyelid
8) Below the Eyebrows
How Do I Schedule a Consultation to See if Juvéderm is a Good Option for a me?
Beverly Hills trained facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kulbersh has an office in Charlotte, North Carolina. He is an expert injector of dermal fillers including Juvéderm. To schedule a consultation, fill out the online contact form or call (704) 842-3644.