What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a brand of injectable hyaluronic acid filler. The company makes multiple types of hyaluronic acid fillers—Ultra, Ultra Plus, Vollure, Volbella, and Voluma—varying in product thickness and elasticity. Thicker, less flexible products are used to create definition (think: cheekbone and jawline), bouncier products are used to add volume (to cheeks or lips), and thinner products are used to add hydration without changes in volume or structure (like the under-eyes and lips). Since hyaluronic acid is naturally made and metabolized by the body, there are low rates of reactions to the products, and the product is slowly metabolized over time.
The results typically last for six to 18 months, depending on the product and the injection location.
Benefits of Juvederm
Injectable hyaluronic acid fillers have a variety of uses which include:
Recreating structure and/or fullness of the lips
Recreating or building a definition of the cheekbones and jawline
Minimizing under-eye hollowing
Minimizing smile lines
Restoring or creating fullness in the cheeks
Compared to plastic surgery, the procedure is relatively quick (typically 30 minutes to an hour), minimally invasive, and requires little-to-no downtime. The results are instant and long-lasting but not permanent, allowing flexibility and less commitment to a certain aesthetic.
Hyaluronic acid fillers’ biggest benefit compared to non-hyaluronic acid fillers is that they are dissolvable. This means that any cosmetic result can be reversed at any time if desired.
The biggest misconception of dermal fillers is that one syringe can drastically change its appearance. One syringe of filler is such a small amount of product that it only tweaks an area. Of course, multiple syringes can be used for a full face transformation, but you can achieve small changes with filler.
The Importance of Consultation
Although injectable hyaluronic acid fillers appointments are done within the outpatient setting, they’re still medical procedures that require a strong understanding of anatomy and proper technique. For this reason, I highly recommend seeking a medical professional for treatment—with board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons being the gold standard.
A consultation should always precede filler appointments. If you are not sure you want to have the procedure done, you can schedule a consultation and plan to return for treatment if you decide to move forward. If you want to pursue treatment, you can request consultation and treatment on the same day, which many offices allow.
Consultation is essential for you and the physician treating you. You will explain your concerns, and they can explain the best way to achieve that—how many syringes, which product, and over what time period.
Below are the most common reasons patients come in for lip filler. Although they all receive “lip filler,” I would use a different product, different amount, and different technique to achieve each desired look.
Juvederm vs Other Dermal Fillers
Juvederm is a brand name of injectable hyaluronic acid filler. Restylane is the other major brand of injectable hyaluronic filler in the United States. The two lines are interchangeable for some products, but in general, the products are slightly different. Most offices will carry both lines for flexibility. You should focus on explaining your desired results to your physician, and they can then choose the specific product that is best to achieve that desired result.
There are also non-hyaluronic acid fillers: Radiesse, Sculptra. These products all have their place, but they are used for different indications than injectable hyaluronic acid fillers.
Potential Side Effects
The most common side effect is injection site bruising, which typically takes one-to-two weeks to completely resolve. This can be covered with concealer (Dermablend’s concealer has a specific indication for post-procedure bruising). Topical or oral arnica may also speed the recovery of bruising, but you should discuss this with your physician before starting.
A less common but possible side effect is the development of small nodules underneath the skin weeks to months after treatment. These are typically not noticeable to the eye but can be felt by the individual. These can be treated with antibiotics, anti-inflammatory injections, or by dissolving the filler. In some cases, they dissolve on their own if nothing is done.
Vascular occlusion is a rare but serious potential side effect of injectable dermal filler. This occurs if product is inadvertently injected into a major artery. There are techniques to minimize this occurrence, but it is a possibility. If pain or large bruising occurs after treatment, you should notify your physician immediately to dissolve the product causing the occlusion. The skin may heal normally, but there is a possibility of developing a scar over the affected area.
The most severe potential side effect is blindness from vascular occlusion. This is extremely rare but has occurred with high-risk injection areas.
The risk of vascular occlusion is why the choice of the injector is so important.
Dermal filler has completely changed the anti-aging game, allowing small, more accessible treatments earlier in life. There are a few types of dermal filler, but hyaluronic acid fillers are the most common, due to the variety of uses and ease of dissolving undesired products. You can use hyaluronic acid dermal filler to create structure on the cheekbone and jawline, soften under-eye hollows, and add soft plumpness to the cheeks. The results are instant and last for six-to-18 months. Juvederm is a popular hyaluronic acid filler, but there are other brands—which brand is best for you will depend on your desired outcome.