Filler Collagen Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel?
Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel offer a safe and effective nonsurgical option for smoothing facial wrinkles and folds. In fact, they are the fastest growing nonsurgical aesthetic procedure in the United States according to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Remember not all dermal fillers are the same!
If you’re interested in being treated with this nonsurgical treatment option by Dr. Erhard, you should know the advantages of choosing JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel:
“Next-generation” filler: JUVÉDERM® is a “next-generation” non-animal dermal filler that is made from hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance that plays a vital role in hydrating your skin and replenishing its natural volume. No allergy skin tests are needed prior to receiving treatment.
Advanced technology for long-lasting results: JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel employs its unique manufacturing process to provide the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid of any currently available hyaluronic acid dermal filler for long-lasting results. This advanced manufacturing process also creates a smooth consistency gel that flows consistently and easily into the skin and provides a smooth, natural look and feel. JUVÉDERM® is the only filler available with this smooth consistency gel formulation as other existing hyaluronic acid fillers are made of granular consistency gels.
Proven safety and effectiveness: JUVÉDERM® is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness in persons of color.
Quick and easy procedure: JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is a nonsurgical physician-administered treatment that requires no allergy skin test and minimal recovery or downtime.
Personalized treatment: JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is available in two formulations – JUVÉDERM® Ultra for versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus, a more robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and wrinkles. This allows your healthcare professional to tailor the treatment to meet your unique needs.
How does JUVÉDERM® work?
JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is a nonsurgical, treatment administered by Dr. Erhard. She will ease JUVÉDERM® under the skin using a fine needle to augment or fill the soft tissue of the dermis – the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis, to add volume and diminish wrinkles and folds. JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is used most effectively for those wrinkles and folds in the lower third of your face like your “laugh lines,” “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds) or “marionette lines” (oral commissures).
JUVÉDERM® is a “next-generation” filler. It is made from hyaluronic acid – a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to hydrate and add volume. Hyaluronic acid may diminish with age, contributing to the formation of wrinkles and folds. JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel works to correct this by restoring hyaluronic acid in your skin, helping to smooth wrinkles and folds.
JUVÉDERM® employs its unique manufacturing process to provide the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid of any currently available hyaluronic acid dermal filler for long-lasting results. This advanced manufacturing process also works to create a smooth consistency gel that flows easily into the skin during the injection process and provides a smooth, natural look and feel so everyone will notice (but no one will know!) JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is the only filler available with this smooth consistency gel as other existing hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are made of granular consistency gels.
What can I expect during treatment?
Because JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is a simple, nonsurgical treatment, there is minimal recovery or downtime. You can make an appointment to stop by your healthcare professional’s office for treatment on the way home from work or the gym or even while the kids are at soccer practice and get right back to your life. Here’s what to expect when you visit our office for treatment.
One week prior to your visit we ask that you avoid any medications that can prolong bleeding, such as aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), in order to reduce the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
When you arrive: If this is your first visit, Dr. Erhard will ask about your medical history, including any allergies you may have or medications you may take and will tell you more about wrinkle treatment with Juvéderm. JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel does not require an allergy test.
Determining your treatment needs: Dr. Erhard will examine the soft tissue of your face to assess the depth of wrinkles and folds to determine your treatment. JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel is available in two formulations – JUVÉDERM® Ultra for versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus, a robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and wrinkles. This allows your healthcare professional to better tailor treatment to your unique needs. Dr. Erhard will even take pretreatment photographs so you can see the difference after treatment!
Before the procedure: Although anesthesia is not required, Dr. Erhard will have a nurse apply topical anesthesia to numb the treatment area first.
The procedure: Dr. Erhard will ease the JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel under your skin to augment or fill, wrinkles and folds. Following the injection, she will gently massage the treated areas. The procedure is quick and easy. The injection itself usually takes only about 15 minutes.
What can I expect after treatment?
With Juvéderm, there is minimal recovery or downtime after the procedure.
For the first 24 hours following treatment, you should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure and consumption of alcoholic beverages in order to help minimize the risks of temporary redness, swelling and/or itching at the treatment sites. After the treatment, some temporary injection-related reactions may occur, including redness, pain, firmness, swelling and bumps. Studies have shown that these are usually mild to moderate in nature and clear up on their own in 7 days or less. If you experience swelling at the injection site, you can apply an ice pack for a brief period.
When will I see results?
You should see an immediate improvement in the treatment areas. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing and the results last 6- 12 months or more. However, results may vary and correction is temporary. Supplemental “touch up” treatments may be required to achieve and maintain optimal results