What Is Juvederm?

Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 12:54 PM

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Beauty may be skin-deep, but it is common to see people paying a lot of attention to cosmetic beauty procedures. Skin-fillers, face-lifts, and scores of other cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures abound that claim to help people look and feel good. JuvedermTM is one such procedure that controls wrinkles and keeps dreaded old age at bay, for a while.

What is it
: JuvedermTM is an injectable dermal filler used to fill the lines and wrinkles in the face. It is used by cosmetologists, dermatologists, and plastic surgeons to soften deep folds in the face, especially the laugh lines around the nose and mouth or the nasolabial folds. Unlike collagen fillers, JuvedermTM uses a substance called hyaluronic acid, which is already found in human skin tissues. An FDA-approved drug, JuvedermTM is also used for lip augmentation, plumping sagging hands, and lifting cheeks. Juvederm ULTRA is an advanced version that comes packed with a local anesthetic to offer comfort both during and after the injection.

How does it work
: JuvedermTM fills the lines and wrinkles under the skin at the dermis layer unlike Botox, which relaxes the muscle under the wrinkle, or a traditional facelift, which removes excess skin with or without tightening the underlying muscles and redrapes it on the patient’s skin and neck. Hyaluronic acid stretches the cells in the skin known as fibroplasts. This creates new collagen, which helps decrease the appearance of creases and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid also attracts and binds water, which helps maintain fullness in the area of injection. The before and after effects of Juvederm™ may vary from individual to individual.

Side effects
: It is normal to experience bruising, redness, and soreness at the area of injection. There might be slight bleeding as well. But it is not a cause for concern unless it turns into an infection characterized by persistent pain, swelling, and new redness. Those allergic to collagen or certain human proteins may experience flu-like symptoms, rashes, or hives. In some cases, lumps or bumps may form under the skin after a while and this can be difficult to treat. JuvedermTM might be an easy procedure, which is free of any major side-effects, but it has a downside. Hyaluronic acid is absorbed by the body naturally and the procedure needs to be repeated after a few years.

Cost
: JuvedermTM is available in syringe form and can cost anywhere from $450 to $900 depending on which part of theUnited States you buy it from. This range is approximate and exclusive of the charges of your surgeon or dermatologist.
 
The number of JuvedermTM injections you may need depends upon the depth and number of wrinkles. This will determine the cost of the entire procedure. It is safest to consult an experienced dermatologist and take extensive consultations before you decide to go for the dermal injection filler.

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