Juvederm is a dermal filler approved by the FDA, one of the several injectables on the market made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring volumizing substance. Like similar dermal fillers, Juvederm is injected into the face to eliminate moderate to severe wrinkles and folds and produce a smoother, younger look for up to six months and possibly longer.
How Juvederm works
Hyaluronic acid is a complex sugar produced naturally by the body that lends structure and volume to the skin. The body's ability to produce hyaluronic acid diminishes with age. However, hyaluronic acid fillers are able to restore skin volume and appearance. Juvederm differs from other hyaluronic acid fillers in its formulation. Other hyaluronic fillers consist of tiny particles suspended in a gel whereas Juvederm consists of a smooth gel.
The Juvederm treatment is injected into the patient's skin with a syringe. The gel helps to improve the skin's appearance by lifting and adding volume to facial wrinkles and folds. After six to nine months, the biocompatible compound becomes naturally reabsorbed into the body. There are three different formulations of Juvederm that have been approved by the FDA. Each one was designed for slightly different purposes. They include:
- Juvederm 18- This fluid gel targets the upper layers of skin for treating fine lines like crow's feet
- Juvederm 24- A denser gel, this formula is used to target the middle layers of skin for moderate lines like forehead wrinkles
- Juvederm 30- Considered the most dense gel, this is used to target the folds between the cheeks and nose, to enhance lip volume, and to reshape cheek contours
Juvederm: Risks and Benefits
As we age, our skin does as well: its natural volume tends to diminish and wrinkles and creases begin to form. Juvederm has a smooth gel consistency: when injected, helps to restore fullness to the skin and smooth away unwanted wrinkles.
As with all procedures of this nature, Juvederm does carry certain risks, including infection. However, patients typically only experience minor inflammatory symptoms such as:
Some patients may also experience discoloration or unevenness in the skin around the injection site. For many, though, the benefits of Juvederm injections overweigh the risks. Benefits include:
- immediate long lasting results
- no anesthesia
- little to no downtime
- minimal risks
- smoother, younger looking appearance
Recently approved by the FDA, Juvederm is a cutting-edge dermal filler that comes in the form of an injectable gel. It is increasing in popularity with patients who want to regain vitality in their skin. For those who want to eliminate wrinkles to achieve a more youthful appearance, Juvederm costs make this treatment an attractive and affordable option.
Prices vary according to the size and number of areas being treated, but Juvederm treatment typically costs $300 or more per injection. Costs will also vary according to doctor. However, it is important to note that those seeking cosmetic procedures should never choose a practitioner on cost alone. If Juvederm treatments are being offered at costs lower than average, this should raise a red flag.