Fillers – Just the Facts
As a plastic surgeon, I perform non surgical procedures on a daily basis. One of the most popular procedures are filler injections. The most popular filler in my practice is Juvederm. Fillers are a great way to feel rejuvenated without breaking the bank or having significant downtime. But what is Juvederm and where is it used? Well, keep reading for the answers.
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid- based filler that was FDA approved in 2006 for the treatment of nasolabial folds (otherwise known as smile lines). Hyaluronic acid is commonly found in our own skin and connective tissues. It is a clear viscous substance that is injected in the dermis, the layer of skin just below the epidermis. I typically tell patients to expect results to last in the smile lines for about 6 months, but it may vary from person to person. The newer formulation of Juvederm also has lidocaine mixed in with it ( Juvederm XC), which makes the injection process even more comfortable for the patient.
The most common area of injection is in the smile lines, but Juvederm is also very effective in other areas. Aside form the smile lines, the most common areas I perform Juvederm injections are the lips and tear troughs (these are hollow areas under the lower eyelid). Another effective area of injection is the nose. Juvederm can correct a hump on the nose to give a straight profile, or it can be used to correct some post-surgical contour problems. This is a great tool in patients who are not ready to have nose surgery or revision nose surgery.
Juvederm is an office procedure using topical numbing cream. The procedure takes anywhere from 15-30 minutes, and unlike Botox which can take up to a week to see the results, the results with Juvederm are immediate.
To learn more about Juvederm and other fillers and to view before and after pictures visit my website at drdadvandplasticsurgery.com.