When you look in the mirror, if your wrinkles and facial folds are becoming more noticeable than you would like, JUVÉDERM® may be the answer for you. Injectable fillers have become the foundation of non-surgical facial transformation because they can restore volume to your skin in a way that plastic surgery and other cosmetic treatments cannot. JUVÉDERM® is a semi-permanent injectable dermal filler designed to enhance and augment the soft tissues of your skin. It is made of hyaluronic acid (HA) gel which, is a naturally-occurring complex sugar found in the connective tissues of joints in your body responsible for developing the volume and elasticity of your skin. Like a sponge, hyaluronic acid absorbs water and that is why it is considered your body’s internal moisturizer.
When your skin is young and healthy, it contains an abundance of HA but as you age, many factors such as genetics, sun damage, environmental factors, and the natural aging process reduces the amount of HA in your skin. The lack of HA causes your skin to lose both its structure and volume, creating unwanted wrinkles and folds. Research has proven that HA not only adds collagen to your face, it also helps prevent the deterioration of existing collagen and JUVÉDERM® can replenish your body’s depleting supply and bring back its youthful volume. Since receiving FDA approval in 2006, JUVÉDERM® has become one of the most popular injectable fillers on the market today. Using advanced technology, by cross-linking its HA components into a pliant gel it is easier to flow into your skin. The long-lasting gel essentially binds your body’s elastin and collagen together giving a more natural-looking appearance than its competition.
JUVÉDERM® is also one of the safest, most effective injectable fillers because it offers natural results with a very low risk of complications. At Shine Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Daniel H. Lin M.D. will inject JUVÉDERM® under your skin to provide a smooth look and feel. JUVÉDERM® cannot correct all types of facial wrinkles such as the ones caused by sun damage nor will it fill in forehead wrinkles. Your skin thickness and anatomy will determine the effectiveness of JUVÉDERM®. A board certified facial plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Lin, is someone you can trust to properly evaluate the appropriateness of which filler is right for you. He has personally administered thousands of injections to his satisfied patients and he is an expert in helping you find the best treatment for you.
JUVÉDERM® has quickly established itself as one the most successful means of combating facial problems including:
- Correcting nasolabial folds (smile lines)
- Softening deep folds
- Reducing wrinkles
- Adding volume to hollow areas
- Filling in scars
- Plumping up thin lips or augmenting lips that have lost their volume
- Filling in marionette lines or the vertical facial wrinkles and folds that form below the corners of your mouth
- Treating under eye circles and puffiness
- Correcting smile and frown lines
During your JUVÉDERM® treatment, Dr. Lin will cleanse your skin and discuss the strategic injection points your want corrected. Using a very thin needle he will then inject small amounts of JUVÉDERM® into the mid-to-deep dermis of your facial folds. This process takes only 15-20 minutes and although no anesthesia is required, Dr. Lin may use a topical or local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort. Following your JUVÉDERM® injections, you will be able to resume your normal routine although Dr. Lin will instruct you to avoid sun exposure and strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours. The treated area may feel fuller than normal right after your treatment but this condition will quickly resolve on its own. Depending on your healing process, temporary side effects such as bruising, redness and swelling, may occur but those symptoms will subside in less than one week. Dr. Lin may also recommend that you apply ice to the treated area to reduce swelling and by following your post-treatment instructions, all risks will be minimized.
According to numerous patient trials, JUVÉDERM® results are immediate and can maintain your improved appearance for 6-12 months and even longer if follow-up treatments are administered a few weeks after your first treatment. The number of injections you need will depend on your facial anatomy and the severity of your wrinkles. Allardan, the manufacturer of JUVÉDERM®, offers two alternative brands: JUVÉDERM® Ultra and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus, which have been reported to last up to one year in some patients. If Dr. Lin feels you are a good candidate for either of these products, that too will be decided during your consultation.
JUVÉDERM® is known as the “next generation” in dermal fillers because of the fact that it uses hyaluronic acid. JUVÉDERM® can be combined with other cosmetic skin procedures such as BOTOX®, chemical peels, and even facelift surgery to further improve your results and the combination of treatments can actually help to stop the formation of new lines and wrinkles. As with all cosmetic procedures, it is crucial that you choose a plastic surgeon who is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic Surgery to perform your treatment as JUVÉDERM® injections given by unqualified providers can be dangerous. Dr. Lin is one of California’s premier board certified cosmetic surgeons and cosmetic injection specialists and you are in good hands when let him perform whatever aesthetic improvement you choose to have. Please contact Shine Cosmetic Surgery today and let us help you achieve all of your cosmetic goals.