It's common for people to decide they’re going to address their appearance and reduce the wrinkles, furrows and fine lines in their face or neck to recapture the youthful appearance they enjoyed years ago. Among the treatments they can choose is Juvéderm.
The chief ingredient in Juvéderm is hyaluronic acid, which is a sugar that is found in every living thing. Hyaluronic acid not only helps to keep skin supple but actually locks moisture into the skin to help it retain its elasticity. Juvéderm can also be used to reduce the look of acne scarring and to plump out thin areas in the face like lips and cheeks.
Juvéderm treatments are best administered by board-certified dermatologists. After a consultation that determines whether or not the client is a good candidate for the procedure, the area of the face to be treated is numbed by a topical anesthetic in our Orange County medical office. In some newer forms of Juvéderm, the anesthetic is actually part of the hyaluronic acid formula. Juvéderm is then injected into the skin with a fine needle. The treatment usually lasts less than half an hour depending on how many areas of the face the client wants to be treated. Ice may be applied afterwards to reduce swelling, then the patient is free to go about his or her normal schedule.
Some patients see results immediately after their treatment while others need three or four treatments, depending on the depth of the lines. Results usually last about six months and touch up treatments are available.