Does Juvederm Really Work?
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a wrinkle/line filler that is used to fill lines and wrinkles primarily on the face. It is administered by injecting just under the surface of the affected area. It is also used to plump the lips.
The Jurvederm filler is made up of hyaluronic acid which is said to be found naturally in the skin, and is eventually completely absorbed by the body. This means you need to keep repeating the procedure periodically to maintain the desired effect. The length of time between required visits depends on the person but they suggest anywhere from every 6-12months some as long as 2 years.
I am female in my early 20's and my skin is great except that I have some very noticeable lines/wrinkles running from the nose down to the corners of the mouth (nasolabial lines or laugh/smile lines) and are quite deep and noticeable even when I am not smiling.
I have been looking into how to reduce the look of these lines for quite sometime and have done a lot of research into what actually causes them. Finally I decided to get a consultation with a doctor who specializes in fillers.
Each juvederm syringe costs $700 + tax total was $749 as i only required 1.
I was really nervous going in for the consultation for a few reasons:
- I felt silly going in as I never thought I would ever even consider getting this kind of procedure
- I do not like needles (who does?)
- I was worried about the possible side effects/length of side effects
- I didn't want it to look unnatural
The doctor was absolutely fantastic in addressing all of my concerns and did not make me feel silly in any way. He was very calming and very sure of the product and his work.
He explained the process in detail from where the needles came from and assured me they were sterile to the possible side effects and how long they would be expected to last..
He put my mind at ease by letting me know that if there were any side effects or I did not like the finished product, he would be able to dissolve the Juvederm substance immediately and everything would go back to the way it was.
The procedure itself was really quite quick and in fact only took approximately 10 minutes for the nasolabial lines (laugh lines).
The doctor cleaned the area with anti bacterial swabs to reduce the risk of infection. He injected the recommended product Juvederm Ultra, by Inserting the needle firstly at the bottom of the line near the corner of the mouth, pushing the gel underneath the skin into the wrinkles/line. Juvederm was injected into about 4 spots along the lines/wrinkle making his way up to where the line/wrinkle met the nose. This was then repeated on the other side of the face.
The needle did sting a little bit however, Juvederm has a numbing effect so I could barely feel the needle when he went over the area again.
To give the Juvederm Gel time to set correctly I was advised:
- Not to Laugh/smile too hard
- Minimal facial movements
- Not to expose my face to heat. For example: sun, sauna, tanning beds etc
- To sleep on my back not on my side
The immediate result
When I looked into the mirror and could see an immediate result. The lines were less noticeable but not completely gone. The doctor said it would continue to reduce the look of the lines as the serum sets and it will continue to promote the collagen growth.
I could see little red dots when the needles were inserted, my skin was red on and around the area and there was slight swelling.
A Few Days After Juvederm
A few days after having the Juverderm fillers injected into my Naso Labial lines/wrinkles I have noticed the following:
- Still swollen and the injection marks are still visible
- Tender to touch
- Skin feels hard under the surface
- One side of my face has taken really well to the filler but the other side doesn`t seems to have had very little improvement
1 week after Juvederm
Exactly 1 week after the procedure almost all of the swelling has gone, in fact its barely noticeable, however it still feels slightly hard under the surface.
I was not satisfied with the result on the left side of my face and the difference from one side to the other was really noticeable.
I went back to the clinic to express my concern, the doctor advised me to come back in one week (2 weeks from the procedure) as the Filler can still be active over the next week which means it is still settling and working with my skin to help produce collagen. If there is still no improvement we will add more to the left side to even it up.
2 Weeks After Juvederm
I went back in to address my concern that one side did not seem to take to the filler as much as the other which I wanted corrected.
The doctor was fantastic and offered to touch it up by injecting more Juvederm into that side. This time he used Juvederm Voluma which is a thicker product than the Ultra as he felt like this was more appropriate for my nasolabial lines.
I was not charged for this touch up procedure which was great!
3 weeks after Juvederm
I can still feel some hard areas/lumps under my skin on the side that was touched up, but that seems to be reducing more and more. The lines are still there but there is a significant improvement in depth of the lines making them much less noticeable.
2.5 months after Juvederm
At this point I am confused as it is like I never had the procedure in the first place. The lines look like they are more prominent than before I had the Juvederm filler injected.
Again I decided to go back and see the doctor to express my concern, he also was shocked at the results. He is unsure what to do at this point and will speak to the manager and get back to me about what we can do as he does not believe that injecting more filler will fix the problem.
He mentioned that a few things can affect the longevity of the filler:
1) Being a smoker - I am not
2) Having a fast metabolism - I do
3) Loss of weight - I lost a little weight but not enough to effect the result this much
The Manager called about 1 week later and she is also unsure what to do as they already gave me a free touch up. she is going to refer me to the senior manager and they will call me back
Another week passed and the manager called again advising that the only thing they can do is offer me a discount for any future procedures.
What not to do after Juvederm
- Don't take any blood thinners - advil, aspirin etc
- No tanning
- Do not touch the area for at least 6 hours after
- Do not expose area to heat - sauna, hot yoga etc
- Do not get the procedure if you are planning on losing weight
- Do not get Juvederm if you have a fast metabolism - reduces length of desired effect
What you should do before Juvederm:
- Research options and doctors
- Get a consultation
- Do not take blood thinner
- Ask questions and do not be afraid to ask even if you think it is silly
- Make sure you let the doctor know if you are on any medication
- Quit smoking before you get the procedure - smoking reduces the length of time the results will last.
- Stay hydrated
Would I recommend Juvederm?
At this point I would not recommend Juvederm for nasolabial lines purely because it did not last very long. To maintain the desired result I would need to repeat the procedure every 2 months which would be extremely expensive.
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Tips For Maintaining Younger Looking Skin
How to keep your skin looking young and wrinkle free:
- Do not smoke
- Stay hydrated
- Sleep on your back - wrinkles develop on the side of your face you sleep on
- Avoid habits such as biting lips, inside of cheek
- Healthy lifestyle - eat healthy and get regular exercise
- Exfoliate once per week - this removes dry dead skin and helps promote collagen growth
- Wear sunscreen daily regardless of the weather
- Do not tan - naturally or in a tanning bed
- Get sufficient sleep