In June 2006, the FDA approved the JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel family of soft tissue fillers for facial wrinkles and folds. JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel is a hyaluronic acid derivative, similar to Restylane, which has two consistencies available. JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel helps target wrinkles and folds of various depths, and is also used for lip and tear trough (around the eyes) augmentation. Because lidocaine is now built into the Juvederm® Injectable Gel, the discomfort from this procedure is minimal.
Juvederm Injectable Filler in Naples, Fl
Drs. Anurag Agarwal and Richard Maloney, Naples Facial Plastic Surgeons, were selected to participate in the JUVEDERM® Experience Trial (JET). “The material has a smoother feel than Restylane®,” according to Dr. Agarwal.
Because of their extensive experience with injectable fillers, Drs. Agarwal and Dr. Maloney at The Aesthetic Surgery Center in Naples began offering JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel treatments to their patients in early November 2006, two months prior to general release to other physicians. JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel may be the perfect “quick-fix” for you. You will look and feel refreshed, all with minimal down time.
How do I choose the injectable filler that is right for me?
Choosing the right injectable filler, such as Juvederm Injectable Gel, is an essential factor in the success of your procedure. The different types of fillers are unique in their ability to treat wrinkles, folds, and facial depressions, or add volume to the lips, chin, cheeks, and elsewhere. Moreover, each of the various injectable fillers has its own specialty and a varying range of depth that it will work to correct the signs of aging. Luckily, choosing the right filler agent is a decision for one of the Plastic Surgeons at the Aesthetic Surgery Center. During a consultation, you will be assessed to help determine which treatment is best out of a range of choices, including Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and more. Sometimes a combination of fillers can be used together to achieve the optimal results in the different parts of your face.
How long does Juvederm last?
The results of your Juvederm treatment are temporary, but have been shown to last longer than some other competitors. On average, patients should expect their Juvederm® fillers to last anywhere from six months up to a year. The duration of your results will largely depend on the placement and use of Juvederm®, whether it is used to fill the lips or the nasolabial folds, for example. Generally, the more mobile an area of the face, the quicker the filler effect dissipates.
Dr. Agarwal performs lip enhancement with JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel.
Dr. Agarwal discussed the use of JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel. (ABC 7 Naples Fort Myers Marco Island)
*Warning: This video is graphic and depicts injections of anesthetic nerve blocks as well as JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel into the lips.
Is Juvederm safe?
Juvederm was approved by the FDA in June 2006 as a safe treatment for facial wrinkles and folds. It is comprised of hyaluronic acid, a naturally derived sugar compound that is present in human skin. Because it is biocompatible, Juvederm is not a harmful substance and can be safely broken down and processed by the human body.
Do Juvederm injections hurt?
Juvederm, like any other injectable treatment, can cause some mild pain at the injection site. Many patients have described the sensation as similar to the feeling of a bug bite. Lidocaine is now built into Juvederm Injectable Gel to help minimize any discomfort you may experience from the procedure.
What are the side effects of Juvederm?
Juvederm itself does not carry any specific side effects, but injectable fillers in general have been known to cause some slight bruising, swelling, and pain at the treatment site. These symptoms should last only a day or two before subsiding on their own. Your surgeon will likely use ice, a topical anesthetic cream, or a lidocaine nerve block to perform your treatment and reduce your chances of pain, bruising and swelling.
What problems will Juvederm correct?
Juvederm is one injectable filler that can be used to treat a variety of specific concerns, including wrinkles and folds at various depths, lip augmentation, and tear trough augmentation.
When will I see my Juvederm results?
Early results of your Juvederm® injections will be visible immediately, although they may be a bit obscured by the initial swelling. As your treatment area heals over the next few days, your results will slowly emerge and become visible.
What’s the right age to receive Juvederm® treatments?
The truth is, there is no such thing as a specific age that makes you eligible for Juvederm treatments. Your eligibility depends on the presence of lines, folds, and depressions, many of which are hereditary. Facial fillers like Juvederm can help patients even in their 30s to reverse these effects, no matter what has caused them. Injectable filler treatments are a noninvasive method for restoring natural constituents like collagen and hyaluronic acid to the skin.
Who will perform my Juvederm® treatment?
All Juvederm treatments are administered by one of the Aesthetic Surgery Center’s plastic surgeons. Each of them has the skill and training needed to provide patients with three-dimensional volumetric enhancement.
Can I receive Juvederm treatments on the same day as my consultation?
Yes, treatments can be administered directly after your consultation. When you call the Aesthetic Surgery Center for an appointment with one of our plastic surgeons, make sure to mention your intentions for filler treatments. Specify whether you intend to begin your treatments that day or at a later time and your appointment will be scheduled accordingly.
Do you use needles or cannulas?
There has been discussion and debate about the use of cannulas vs. needles to inject these fillers into the face. Let’s look at the pros and cons:
- Needles are undoubtedly more precise. Their sharp tip enables the physician to easily penetrate the tissue planes to precisely deliver the filler where it needs to be. Fillers must be injected in the proper tissue planes not only to deliver the desired result, but to maximize how long they last and prevent any visible bumps or lumps. The needles that accompany today’s fillers are often smaller in width than the width of injectable cannulas.
- Cannulas are blunt tipped instruments that are inserted through a small skin opening made with a needle, but their blunt tips cause less pain and less bruising because of less potential trauma to blood vessels under the skin. They require more force to insert them because the blunt tip has to push through tissues. While not immune from causing bruising, the risk of bruising is generally less.
The Bottom Line:
- When shaping the lips or treating superficial wrinkles and folds, needles work best.
- When treating broad areas such as the temples, cheeks, or jawline, cannulas are often beneficial. However, if the patient has scar tissue created by multiple prior injectable filler treatments or prior facial surgery, needles are able to penetrate through this tough tissue and deliver the product more accurately.
- There are many patients on whom a combination of needles and cannulas are used. Having versatility and dexterity with both techniques works well to deliver outstanding results with minimal swelling, bruising, and pain.