Hyaluronic acid is a substance that enhances the smoothness and youthfulness of your skin by binding and holding water molecules, a property that makes it particularly useful in anti-aging formulations. Juvederm® is a type of dermal filler that contains hyaluronic acid to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and creases near the mouth and nose. Conveniently located in Jacksonville, also serving Ponte Vedra Beach, Orange Park, Lakeside and nearby areas in North Florida, Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is proud to offer Juvederm® to residents who want to soften the presence of fine lines and wrinkles in achieving a more youthful appearance.
What is Juvederm®?
Juvederm® is a dermal filler treatment that can help you appear more youthful and refreshed by reducing facial lines and wrinkles. It contains hyaluronic acid. This special substance has the ability to both attract and hold many times its own weight in water. This is one reason our skin is more supple and hydrated in our youth, as opposed to old age.
Hyaluronic acid naturally moisturizes and smooths your face, but this important substance declines as you age. Juvederm® works by selectively restoring hyaluronic acid levels in areas where it is needed the most. When it is injected into areas displaying signs of lines, wrinkles and creases, Juvederm® goes to work, adding moisture, plumpness and volume to the surrounding skin.
How Much Does Juvederm® Treatment Cost for Jacksonville Residents?
Since Juvederm® is considered to be a cosmetic treatment, its costs are not normally covered by insurance plans. However, we accept numerous payment options at Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery, including cash, checks, and major credit cards. Financing is also available.
What are Benefits of Juvederm®?
- Treatment is fast, taking only 30 minutes
- Immediate results
- Results that appear natural due to natural hyaluronic acid
- Non-surgical treatment
- Minimal downtime
Would I Make a Good Candidate for Juvederm® Treatment?
Juvederm® works by supplementing hyaluronic acid to the skin. The treatment has been approved by the FDA for the treatment of those 18 and older who desire more radiant, youthful skin.
Good candidates for Juvederm® treatment include those with:
- Moderate to severe folds, lines, and wrinkles on their face
- Thin or wrinkled lips
- Expression lines
- Unwanted shape or facial contours
During your initial consultation, you may share your individual goals and needs to be addressed by your Juvederm® treatment. This information will allow us to craft a unique treatment plan that is tailored just for your own individual needs.
How is Juvederm® Administered?
When you arrive for your Juvederm® treatment, the actual appointment will not take very long. First, we will apply a numbing agent to the treatment area. We use a special method that helps evenly distribute the product throughout the upper skin layer. Juvederm® will begin working right away and your results should be immediately noticeable.
After treatment, it is normal to experience some minor redness, stiffness and swelling at the treatment site. These effects are only temporary and should resolve themselves on their own. If you wish to speed the process, applying an ice pack to the area will help with any minimal side effects you may be experiencing.
How Long Will my Juvederm® Treatment Results Last?
Your treatment results should last as long as one year. The product will be gradually absorbed and metabolized by your body. Follow up treatments will help you maintain your results and restore the hyaluronic acid that your body has absorbed.
Lip Injections FAQ
The filler used most often for lip injections is Juvéderm Ultra. This is used in lips for a few reasons. The consistency of this filler is very similar to the feel of lips, it is soft and pillowy so it mimics not only the look, but also the feel of natural lips. Additionally, this filler attracts water, allowing it to provide a full, plump appearance. While this is often the goal of lip filler patients, some patients want filler that will smooth out vertical lip lines that occur with aging. This population of patients doesn’t necessarily want a lot of volume added, rather they are looking for smoother, younger looking lips. For these patients, I would recommend Juvéderm Volbella. This filler was created specifically for smoothing out vertical lip lines, making it the perfect choice for those who want naturally looking more youthful lips without significant volume.
Because we generally use softer filler in the lip, and because we move our lips very often throughout the day, filler typically does not last as long in the lips as it does in other areas of the face. Volbella lasts up to 12 months, Ultra may last up to 6 months. Due to individual differences among patients, these durations may vary. It’s important to note that additional lip filler may be added whenever more volume or smoothing is desired. It is not necessary to wait until the effect of the previous filler has completely diminished.
Yes, patient comfort is always a concern with any treatments provided. Lips are one of the most sensitive areas of the body, so adequately numbing them prior to injecting is a priority. We have numbing cream, ice, and laughing gas for use to help with keeping patients comfortable during their treatment. Additionally, the fillers that we use from the Juvéderm line of products all contain lidocaine, which is a numbing agent. After injections, patients typically report that the treatment was more comfortable than they thought it would be. Usually the anticipation is more difficult than the actual injections.
During consultations for lip filler, I advise patients to take precautions to avoid bruising. Four days prior to treatment, patient may start taking an all-natural supplement called Arnica. This can help to lower their risk of bruising. Additionally, avoiding ibuprofen and alcohol for 48 hours prior to injections can help reduce the risk of bruising. On the day of treatment, just prior to injecting, I’ll have my patients apply ice to the area to be injected. This not only helps with comfort, but by constricting the blood vessels, it can reduce the risk of bruising.
Yes, lips filled with a hyaluronic acid filler such as those in the Juvéderm and Restalyne lines of fillers can be dissolved with hylournadaise. This is not an immediate effect and often causes swelling and bruising but does help to speed up the process of the breakdown of the filler. To minimize the risk of needing or wanting filler dissolved, make sure to see an experienced injector. Ask to see before and after photos of their work and make sure all of your concerns are addressed prior to your treatment.
Garcia Facial Plastic Surgery is the leading facial plastic surgery center on the First Coast. As a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing solely in cosmetic facial procedures, Dr. Phillip Garcia provides his North Florida patients with exceptional skills and results that last. For more information on Juvederm® or to schedule a consultation at our convenient location in Jacksonville (Town Center), please contact us today.