Your face changes as you get older. The skin becomes looser and less elastic. You also lose fat just beneath the surface of the skin, which makes the facial bones and muscles more prominent. The loss of volume and changes in your skin can make lines and wrinkles more visually obvious. One way to reduce the appearance of those lines is with dermal fillers, like Juvéderm. The Glasgold Group offers Juvéderm injections in Princeton, New Jersey to patients who want to smooth creases and wrinkles on their faces for a more youthful look.
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
What is Juvederm?
Juvéderm is the brand name of a family of dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid. Each injectable filler in the Juvéderm family is designed to treat a specific area of the face and a specific cosmetic concern. Juvéderm injections have been FDA-approved since 2006 for the treatment of nasolabial folds. This popular dermal filler was the first to receive approval for use in people with a variety of skin tones and complexions.
Juvéderm is different from other types of injectables. While products like Botox and Dysport treat wrinkles that form as a result of repetitive facial movements, Juvéderm treats static wrinkles caused by a loss of volume. The treatment area for each type of injectable is also different. Botox and Dysport work on the lines between the eyebrows and the crow’s feet, while treatment areas for Juvéderm are the marionette lines, lips, cheek area, and nasolabial folds.
Juvéderm is also different from other dermal fillers that are made from hyaluronic acids, such as Restylane. While the two types of fillers focus on the same treatment areas and injection sites, their exact formulations are different.
Types of Juvederm Fillers
There are several products in the Juvéderm family and each one has a slightly different formulation. The injection sites and treatment goals of each Juvéderm product are designed to help patients solve the most common cosmetic concerns.
Juvéderm products include:
- Juvéderm Ultra: Juvéderm Ultra XC is an injectable filler that treats a loss of volume in the lips and fills in fine lines in the area surrounding the lips.
- Juvéderm Vollure: Juvéderm Vollure is an injectable meant to be used to treat moderate to severe facial creases and wrinkles, such as the nasolabial folds.
- Juvéderm Volbella: Juvéderm Volbella is designed to restore volume to the lips and to treat fine lines around the mouth.
- Juvéderm Voluma: Juvéderm Voluma is an injectable filler that is FDA-approved for adding volume to the cheek area. It’s the first dermal filler to be approved for restoring volume to the mid-face area.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Besides a brand name, one thing that all members of the Juvéderm family of injectables share is the same active ingredient: hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance.
Although it has “acid” in its name, hyaluronic acid is actually a type of sugar. It’s found naturally in the skin. The substance is able to hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Its water-retaining abilities are what allow it to help keep the skin plump and hydrated.
When people are born, they produce a lot of hyaluronic acids. The presence of this substance is one reason why babies have such plump, pinchable skin. As you get older, though, the amount of hyaluronic acid your body produces naturally drops, as does the amount of collagen and elastin you produce.
The reduction in hyaluronic acid can make your skin drier and can make lines, wrinkles and facial hollows more prominent. Injecting hyaluronic acid back into the skin can temporarily add volume to target areas, helping to reduce the signs of aging.
Since hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance, there is little risk of reaction to it following injection. For that reason, your plastic surgeon usually won’t need to perform allergy testing before treatment with Juvéderm.
Juvederm Before-and-After Photos
If you are interested in working with Dr. Mark or Dr. Robert Glasgold at the Glasgold Group in Princeton, New Jersey, it’s a good idea to check out examples of their work before scheduling your Juvéderm consultation. You can view before and after photos of previous patients to see how Juvéderm injections can add volume or fill in wrinkles and facial folds.
When looking at before and after pictures, keep in mind that everyone’s results are different, as each person is unique.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Juvederm?
Are you a good candidate for Juvéderm? The injectable filler is FDA-approved for adults over the age of 21. It’s ideal for people who are starting to notice signs of aging such as volume loss in the cheeks or lip area or the development of deep creases and folds around the mouth.
Although Juvéderm is appropriate for adults of all ages, keep in mind that some people might see better, more dramatic results with other types of cosmetic treatments, such as facial plastic surgery. The plastic surgeons at the Glasgold Group can help you decide if a non-surgical treatment will best meet your needs or if a surgical procedure is more appropriate.
Your health and expectations for the procedure will also determine whether or not you’re a good candidate. Ideally, you’ll be in good overall health. You also want to have realistic expectations for the treatment and should understand that the results are temporary and can vary.
Your Juvederm Consultation in South Jersey
If you want to learn more about Juvéderm and your hyaluronic acid dermal filler options in South Jersey, the next step is to schedule a consultation at the Glasgold Group in Princeton, NJ. Dr. Robert Glasgold and Dr. Mark Glasgold are both board-certified facial plastic surgeons who also offer a range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments, including Juvéderm injections.
During your consultation, your plastic surgeon will ask you questions to get to know you better. Be prepared for questions about your current and past medical history, your experience with cosmetic treatments and your overall goals and expectations. With the information you provide, the doctor will be able to recommend the right treatment for you.
You can also use your consultation as a chance to get to know your plastic surgeon and to find out more about their experience. Ask to see before-and-after photos, ask about their training and experience, and ask for references and recommendations from previous patients.
Your plastic surgeon will outline the Juvéderm process during your consultation. They’ll tell you how to prepare for the injections, what to expect during the appointment, and what you’ll need to do after your treatment. They’ll also fill you in on any side effects and risks and give you instructions to help you minimize any complications.
How to Prepare
What you need to do to prepare for Juvéderm injections will depend in large part on your current habits and lifestyle. To reduce the risk of bruising or bleeding, our surgeons will likely recommend avoiding certain types of medicine, such as ibuprofen and aspirin, starting a few days before your scheduled treatment.
Since Juvéderm is minimally invasive, preparation for the treatment is otherwise minimal. Your plastic surgeon will give you specific instructions based on your health and goals.
The Injectable Procedure
The actual Juvéderm procedure is very quick. Many appointments take only 15 minutes or so, although yours might take longer if you are treating multiple areas or if you’re combining treatments.
Juvéderm products typically contain lidocaine, a numbing agent. The lidocaine helps to improve your comfort during and after the injection process. If you are particularly concerned about discomfort during Juvéderm injections, our staff can also apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area before the injection.
The needles used to inject Juvéderm are very small. The fine-tipped needle also helps to reduce discomfort.
What To Do After Your Juvederm Treatment
Since Juvéderm injections are minimally invasive, the disruption to your life before and after treatment is likely to be minimal. You won’t need to take time off from work or cancel your regular social commitments following treatment, for the most part.
What you might like to do is take it easy for the rest of the day after your injections and perhaps for the next day, too. You’ll be able to return to work almost immediately. You’ll also be able to shower, wash your face, and wear makeup like you normally would right away.
There are a few things to be cautious about after Juvéderm. The first is exercise. You might want to take a day or so off from vigorous exercise. Going for a walk is fine, but working up a sweat and raising your heart rate should be avoided. The plastic surgeons at the Glasgold Group will give you more specific information on when you can resume gym workouts or other vigorous forms of exercise.
Another thing to be cautious about after Juvéderm is sun exposure. To help maintain your results, it’s a good idea to get in the habit of wearing sunscreen every day. It’s also a good idea to limit the amount of time you spend in the sun each day, as sun exposure accelerates the aging process.
Side Effects and Risks of Juvederm
Side effects after Juvéderm are usually minimal. You might have some bruising, redness or swelling at the injection site, but these side effects usually fade or resolve after a few days. Following your surgeon’s instructions and avoiding blood-thinning medications immediately after treatment can help to reduce bruising and swelling. You might also use cold compresses to bring down any swelling.
Although Juvéderm is formulated as a smooth gel, some patients notice lumps or bumps in the injected area right after treatment. Your plastic surgeon can show you how to massage the treated area to help smooth away any bumps.
The risk of severe complications after Juvéderm is minimal, especially if you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has plenty of experience performing the injections. Some potential risks of the injections include injecting into a blood vessel, infection at the site of the injection, and irritation.
If you’re concerned about the risks, talk to the plastic surgeons at the Glasgold Group. Dr. Mark and Dr. Robert Glasgold will be happy to tell you what they do to minimize risks and to help ensure patient safety during Juvéderm and other cosmetic procedures.
FAQs About Juvederm
How long the results from Juvéderm will last depends in part on the type of injections you receive and your own body. The results from Juvéderm Ultra can last for up to a year, while the results from Voluma can last for up to two years. Some patients metabolize the filler more quickly than others, shortening their results.
Juvéderm is priced by the syringe and the total cost depends on the number of syringes you need. You can learn more about the price of Juvéderm and other dermal fillers on our pricing page.
Dr. Mark and Dr. Robert Glasgold do everything they can to make Juvéderm injections as comfortable as possible for you. The products typically contain lidocaine (a local anesthetic) and the plastic surgeons can also apply a separate numbing cream to the area before injection. Many people find that they only feel a slight pinch during treatment.
Although hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally produced by the body and the risk for allergic reactions is low, some patients are allergic to the lidocaine used in the injections. If you have had a reaction to lidocaine in the past, let your surgeon know before treatment.
Juvéderm and Restylane are both dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid. They treat similar areas of the face and provide results that last for a similar amount of time, but there are some notable differences between the two. Our surgeons can help you decide whether Restylane or Juvéderm is best for you based on your exact goals.
Juvéderm is notably different from Botox and other injectables like Dysport. The main ingredient is totally different. Dysport and Botox contain botulinum toxin, not hyaluronic acid. They are designed to treat dynamic wrinkles, which are created by repeated movements of certain muscles. Depending on your concerns, you might combine Botox and Juvéderm or Dysport and Juvéderm, receiving both types of injections during a single appointment.
The results from Juvéderm don’t last forever. If you are happy with the results, you can repeat the injection treatment before they fully fade away.
If you aren’t happy with your results for whatever reason, you do have the option of reversing them. Your plastic surgeon can simply inject an enzyme into the treated area that will dissolve the hyaluronic acid.
Why Choose The Glasgold Group
Juvederm is a complex and custom procedure that requires a high level of skill and knowledge to perform properly. At the Glasgold Group, our surgeons have decades of experience while patients and peers alike respect them for the beautiful, natural-looking results they produce consistently. By choosing the Glasgold Group for your procedure, you can expect results of the highest caliber and the knowledge that your safety and satisfaction are top priorities.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Robert Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and double board certified.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and double board certified.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold is a co-director of the Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program of AAFPRS.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Certification.
- Dr. Mark Glasgold has an American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Certification.