- Juvéderm is a cosmetic treatment referred to as a filler. It’s used to restore facial volume in two ways, by restoring volume – i.e. when our skin ages and loses volume, or by augmenting i.e. adding more volume than you have naturally as in lip augmentation.
- It’s an injectable dermal filler that is composed of hyaluronic acid and comes both with or without added numbing agent i.e. lidocaine.
- It’s a treatment that focuses on the face, specifically the cheeks, lips, and smile lines.
- The procedure for lips typically takes 30 to 45 mins and for cheeks 45 to 60 minutes.
- It’s most common nonsurgical cosmetic procedures done in the UK.
- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Approved Juvéderm in 2006.
- More than 3 million procedures using hyaluronic acid-based fillers (including Juvéderm) were performed in 2017.
- In 2018, the average cost per hyaluronic acid-based filler treatment, like Juvéderm is around £350.
- Results are often noticeable immediately after a procedure.
- Results can last one to two years.
- True results are only seen once any post-treatment swelling subsides.
What is Juvéderm?
Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. There are several products in the Juvéderm brand. They can help to ‘Restore lost volume’ helping to combat the signs of ageing, or to ‘Augment’ helping to increase facial volume. Each product in the Juvéderm line features different bonding and concentrations of hyaluronic acid. The various products are each tailored to target specific problems when injected into different areas and depths. Juvéderm fillers have a smooth, gel-like consistency.
- Juvéderm Voluma adds volume beneath your skin’s surface to increase the size of your cheeks.
- Juvéderm Ultra and Juvéderm Volift address the loss of skin elasticity and fill out smile lines and perioral lines.
- Juvéderm Ultra and Juvéderm Volbella work as nonsurgical cosmetic lip enhancement treatments.
Preparing for Juvéderm
Before a Juvéderm treatment, speak with an advanced aesthetic practitioner, who has had medical training about your treatment desires and expectations. Juvéderm procedures are minimally invasive so can be frequently performed on the same day as your consultation. The procedure is minimally invasive and doesn’t need much preparation.
Simple instructions to follow before your consultation and treatment generally involve avoiding medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, and St. John’s wort. And you should avoid alcohol in the days leading up to your treatment. Smoking is discouraged before and immediately after treatment. Avoiding these components can help prevent swelling, bruising and bumps. It is essential you inform your practitioner, during the consultation process about any medical conditions, current medications and allergies or sensitivities.
Target areas for Juvéderm
- lips: Juvéderm Ultra, Juvéderm Smile and Juvéderm Volbella
- Cheeks: Juvéderm Voluma, Juvéderm Ultra
- Smile Lines: Juvéderm Ultra Plus and Juvéderm Volift
How does Juvéderm work?
Juvéderm works by adding volume to the facial tissue through its active ingredient, hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the human body. It stimulates the production of the connective tissue that plumps the skin (collagen). As you get older, the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen decreases. This increases the appearance of sagging and wrinkling of the facial skin.
During the procedure, your practitioner uses a pen to mark the areas to be treated, then injects Juvéderm into the highlighted area. Afterwards, there is some gentle massage around the treated, this the filler is distributed equally and reduces the risk of any lumps or bumps. The entire procedure usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the treatment.
Juvéderm injections contain a small amount of numbing agent lidocaine, to minimize any discomfort during treatment and reduce any anxiety.
Risks and side effects
You can expect some swelling and potentially a little bruising. Common side effects include:
- bumps or lumps (normally bleeding during the injections, that subside within days when the blood reabsorbs)
- minor discomfort
- itching (tell your portioner if you experience itching, periton is advised if clients experience any post injections itching)
All these side effects usually subside within one to two weeks.
More serious side effects are typically associated with inexperienced errors, like injecting Juvéderm into a blood vessel unintentionally. Complications can include permanent scarring, vision abnormalities, blindness, or stroke. That’s why it’s very important to choose your clinic and practitioner wisely. Make sure that they are trained and certified to perform the procedure. It is sensible to request to see before and after photographs also, and you should be given access to aftercare information to read as well as contact information.
What to expect after Juvéderm
Recovery time is minimal. But, it is advisable to avoid strenuous activity, sunbeds, blood thinners and alcohol for at least 24 hours post-treatment. Clients always enquire “When can I apply makeup?” We typically advise applying only new and clean makeup after 24 hours, reusing old products can have some contamination or bacteria present.
Most notice the effects of Juvéderm right away, or after the swelling reduces. Results typically last between six months and two years. This depends on which Juvéderm product was used.
How much does Juvéderm cost?
At Clapham Aesthetics Clinic London, the cost of hyaluronic acid injections such as Juvéderm ultra is £250 per 1ml syringe. Typically, the cost of Juvéderm treatments varies depending on your practitioner experience, location, and the number of syringes used. Our practitioners are amongst the finest and most experienced advanced lip enhancement practitioners, fully qualified and insured as well as trained in complications management.