Men and women who exhibit wrinkles or a loss of facial volume can benefit from injections of Juvéderm® injectable filler, a treatment offered by UNC plastic surgeons at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center in Chapel Hill.
Used to add structure and volume to skin, Juvéderm® is a biodegradable, but long-lasting, injectable filler. It is colorless and contains hyaluronic acid gel similar to the hyaluronic acid found in your body. Hyaluronic acid works to deliver nutrients to the skin, hydrates it, and acts as a cushioning agent.
Juvéderm®, which is made by Allergan, is available in different formulations and strengths, depending on the site to be treated.
The FDA has approved Juvéderm® to treat moderate to severe facial folds and wrinkles. It is commonly used to fill deep nasolabial folds, but may also be used to treat marionette lines, fine lines, and hollow tear trough. Facial contouring and lip augmentation patients may also benefit from the use of Juvéderm®.
Before your plastic surgeon begins the procedure, your skin will be cleansed with an antiseptic. After choosing the proper injection site, the Juvéderm® solution will be injected below the dermis using a special technique.
Under the dermis, the Juvéderm® combines with your skin’s hyaluronic acid and binds to water. A hand massage may be used to perfectly place the product under your skin. Juvéderm® contains lidocaine, but an additional topical anesthetic may be used to control pain.
Following your Juvéderm® treatment, the injection site may feel overly full. Within the first 24 hours, you should avoid strenuous exercise, sun and heat exposure, and alcohol, as these activities may cause or exacerbate side effects such as temporary redness, swelling, or itching at the injection site. An ice pack may be applied over the treatment site to calm any swelling.
Although minor touch-ups may be required, the results of your Juvéderm® treatment should last 6-12 months.
Possible side effects of the Juvéderm® treatment, which are often mild to moderate and short lasting, may include redness, pain or tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps or bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. Infection at the injection site is also possible.
To learn more about correcting wrinkles with a non-invasive Juvéderm treatment in Chapel Hill, we encourage you to contact the plastic surgery team at the UNC Aesthetic, Laser & Burn Center to schedule a consultation. Subscribe to our email list to receive updates about specials for Juvéderm® and other injectable treatments.