Juvederm® (made by Allergan, the makers of Botox Cosmetic) is made of cross-linked hyaluronic acid, a type of sugar naturally found in your skin and connective tissues. What makes Juvederm® so special is that once it is injected into the body, Juvederm® starts absorbing water like a dry sponge and plumps up the area in which it was injected. Juvederm® is FDA approved for the treatment of moderate to severe nasolabial folds (smile lines from the nose to around the mouth), but is also often used to plump up the lips and to lessen the appearance of tired bags under the eyes.
How long does Juvederm®?
Juvederm® has been shown to last for up to 12 months. After injection the body naturally starts breaking Juvederm® down into simple sugars and this process may take a total of 6-12 months or more to complete. In the meantime, you enjoy the benefits of decreased lines and wrinkles and increased fullness in the lips.
Juvederm® is well tolerated by most patients. Numbing creams can help with any discomfort and a local anesthetic injection is always done for sensitive areas like the lips at no extra cost.
How will I look post-treatment?
Post-treatment injection sites will have some redness and swelling. Most patients can return to work the next day without any problems. Lip augmentation with Juvederm® will look grossly enlarged for the first 24-48 hours with a return to normalcy in 3-5 days. It is recommended that you do lip augmentation with Juvederm® on a Friday, thus being able to return to work by Monday.
Can I do Juvederm® and Botox® at the same visit?
Yes. Botox® Cosmetic and dermal fillers such as Juvederm® are often used together to give the total non-surgical rejuvenation. Most patients choose to undergo both treatments at the same time to reduce the inconvenience of coming back. Others choose to do them separately for financial or other reason.