11 Things I Wish I Knew Before Juvéderm
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In our Juvéderm community many people look back on their experiences and say, "I wish I had known..." some information prior to undergoing this popular filler treatment. Here are 11 tips from RealSelf community members that you may find helpful.
1. Juvéderm is for wrinkles...and more.
Many people use Juvéderm to treat wrinkles and lines, but there are other reasons to choose it: acne scars, lifting the cheeks, filling loose or sagging skin for a general younger look (“a liquid face lift”), changing the nose shape, to get plumper lips, and even medical conditions like lipodystrophy, which cause the loss of fat from the face.
“I have reasonably sized lips and wanted a little more volume, especially in my top lip. I had more injected into the body of my lips instead of the border so they looked more natural, not strange like they can look if too much is around the vermilion border. Juvéderm is perfect for this and gave me my dream lips! They look very natural and luscious. Only downside is they will bruise and swell a bit but it is easily masked with lipstick or gloss. Get Juvéderm Ultra Plus which lasts a bit longer,” says community member SoniainBoston in a RealSelf review.
2. How to choose a provider.
There are a variety of healthcare providers who can inject Juvéderm. The initial consultation should be with a licensed and board-certified doctor, but in some offices a nurse or aesthetician does the actual injection. You should not attempt to buy or inject Juvéderm yourself.
“I decided not to take any shortcuts, so I went to a plastic surgeon and had an initial consultation five months ago. The actual injections were done by a nurse. This concerned me a little but she does these all the time and is trained and certified in them so I figured it'd be better to choose experience over a title (RN vs MD),” says blueeyedkitty in a RealSelf review.
3. Does Juvéderm hurt?
While any injection can be painful, there are ways to mitigate it. The Juvéderm XC products contain a local anesthetic. Another option is to have a dental block done.
“I was regularly doing a nerve block (dental block) for Juvéderm, which really increases the comfort level for the patients. Since Juvéderm released its XC formulations, which contain lidocaine to instantly numb as it's injected, I find I'm doing the dental blocks less often. That said, every patient is different, and it also depends on where they are being injected and how much,” says Dr. Daniel Yamini, a Los Angeles plastic surgeon, in a RealSelf Q&A.
4. How to minimize bruising and swelling.
Juvéderm injections usually result in some bruising and swelling, which can last up to two weeks. Bruising will eventually go away, but there are some things you can do to reduce it. Doctors offer these tips in this RealSelf Q&A:
For one to two weeks before your treatment, don’t use:
- NSAID drugs (aspirin, Aleve, Advil, or Motrin)
- Prescription blood thinner medicines
- Vitamin E
- Fish oil
- The “G” herbs (ginkgo, garlic, and ginseng)
After your treatment, do use:
- A product containing Arnica montana, such as Ocumend patches
5. Small lumps and bumps are normal...and temporary.
It’s common to have small lumps or bumps the first week after injections. If it does not go away in a week, your provider may use massage or heat to smooth it out.
“It would be best if you book a follow up appointment with your injector in one to two weeks, and he/she can massage any residual lumps or bumps at that time. I recommend you do not massage them yourself,” says Dr. Jerome Edelstein, a Toronto plastic surgeon, in a RealSelf Q&A.
6. Expect some downtime.
Although Juvéderm injections are a minimally invasive procedure, you should still expect some downtime afterward. Most people don’t want others to see them with lumps and bruising.
“Next time I have Juvéderm injections it will be before a two-week vacation. I went back to work on the fourth day post-injection. I was unhappy about the conspicuous bruising at work,” says Los Angeles8948 in a RealSelf Q&A.
7. How long to wait before getting another facial treatment.
Many people who get Juvéderm are also interested in having another facial treatment—something like a laser treatment, a chemical peel, or microdermabrasion. Most doctors in this RealSelf Q&A recommend waiting a week after Juvéderm before getting any other treatment.
8. Is Juvéderm safe?
Juvéderm is widely regarded as safe. “Juvéderm is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid that has a proven track record of safety. I've been using Juvéderm successfully in my private practice for a few years, and my patients are very satisfied with their results. I suggest you set a consultation appointment with a board certified plastic surgeon to talk about your options and concerns. Your physician should be well versed in the benefits and potential complications associated with Juvéderm,” says Dr. Stephen Goldstein, an Englewood, Colo., plastic surgeon, in a RealSelf Q&A.
9. There's an "undo" button: hyaluronidase.
If the results of Juvéderm are not what you wanted, there is an “undo” option: it can be dissolved with an injection of hyaluronidase.
“Another doctor superficially injected Juvéderm in the tear trough area and, as a result, I had bags or pillows under my eyes. I had hyaluronidase injected in the tear trough area by a very competent dermatologist to correct the mistake. He injected one unit for both eyes, and I immediately saw the result within minutes. The bags flattened out, and by the time I went back home, which was about two hours, all the bags had disappeared. It felt like a miracle!” says desperate333 in a RealSelf review.
10. How long will Juvéderm last?
No one can tell you exactly how long the effects of Juvéderm will last, but generally they are in the range of six months to a year.
“I hope the results are as lasting as it says...up to a year. My doctor told me I may need a touch up after four months or so, but we would have to wait and see. Different people have different longevity periods with this, but regardless, I'm in love with this stuff!” says Bama Chick in a RealSelf review.
11. Was it worth it?
Expectations and results vary, but many RealSelf community members are happy with the results of Juvéderm: it has a RealSelf Worth It Rating in the 90s.
“I have always lacked in the lip area and was scared to have any augmentation, thinking it would leave me disfigured. After hearing about Juvéderm and meeting a few people who have had the procedure I decided to jump in with both feet. Wow! I couldn't be happier with the results and the provider that I decided to go with,” says Sam_Chavez in a RealSelf review.
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