If you are considering dermal injectables to battle the signs of aging, you probably have heard about Juvederm®, in addition to BOTOX®, Radiesse®, Belotero® — all of which are available from New Jersey cosmetic centers.
Juvederm, from the makers of Allergen, helps to eradicate vertical lip lines and smile lines, the latter of which can look like a set of parenthesis around the mouth and nose.
Juverderm, Juverderm XC, Juvéderm® Ultra & Juvéderm® Ultra Plus, and Juvederm Voluma XC have all made up the Juvederm family of dermal fillers. Juvederm Voluma is a new member of the family and is FDA-approved for injection in the area of the cheeks in people over the age of 21 to correct age-related loss of volume.
Juvederm is an injectable gel consisting of hyaluronic acid, a natural complex sugar designed to smooth wrinkles, increase volume, add hydration, and boost skin elasticity. Because FDA-approved Juvederm treatments are a medical procedure, they must be properly prepared.
How to Prepare for Juvederm Injections
Getting Juvederm injections is a safe and simple process that requires a few preparation guidelines to know beforehand.
The most important pre-procedure requirement is to avoid certain medications prior to treatment. Typically, this means avoiding the following medications at least seven to 10 days before the treatment and 24 hours post-treatment. These include:
- Vitamin E
- St. John’s Wort
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, known as NSAIDs
Discontinuing these medications prior to your Juvederm treatment will help minimize the risk of bleeding at the site of the injection. You should always notify your New Jersey cosmetic center of any other prescription medications you are taking.
Juvederm injections do not require anesthesia other than a local anesthetic, such as one containing lidocaine. This local anesthetic helps to minimize any discomfort felt when receiving the injection. Because Juvederm XC already contains lidocaine within the injection, there is no waiting time for the anesthetic to take effect.
What Results to Expect from Juvederm
After your Juvederm treatment, your South Jersey doctor will advise you to refrain from exercising for at least 12 hours, though it is best to avoid exercising for 24 hours post-treatment. You should also avoid sun exposure for a few days following your treatment.
Patients can enjoy the benefits of their Juvederm injection for up to one year, though optimal effects last six to nine months. Patients notice longer-lasting results when they have a quick follow-up treatment several weeks after their initial injection. This long-lasting effect makes Juvederm one of the most sought-after treatments to capture a more youthful appearance.
Knowing how to prepare and what to expect from Juvederm injections is the first step in being well on your way to a more youthful appearance. The second step is contacting your South Jersey cosmetic center the Vein & Vascular Institute by completing the simple online form or by calling 856-309-8346.