The signs of aging or naturally flat facial contours can be a frustrating problem. We get excited when patients bring these concerns to us because we know that there are proven ways to address them without surgery. Whether you want to combine injectable dermal fillers with surgery or turn to this treatment as a conservative way to feel better about your appearance, we're here to help you accomplish your goal. We offer a variety of dermal fillers, including Juvederm, which is one of the most well-known product lines available today. 

If you are interested in learning more about Juvederm injectable treatment, call Orange County Cosmetic Surgery today at 714-379-9777 and schedule a consultation. We proudly serve Huntington Beach, Orange County, and Newport Beach.

How Does Juvederm Work?

Juvederm is a family of dermal fillers formulated around the unique properties of hyaluronic acid. This naturally-occurring acid attaches to water molecules in the body to achieve functions like lubricating the joints and eyes and moistening the skin. In the form of a dermal filler, hyaluronic acid is purposefully injected into a unique target, such as the lines that appear around the nose and mouth. When inserted into the deeper layers of the skin, the hyaluronic acid in Juvederm tethers to water molecules, resulting in noticeable plumping and the temporary elimination of lines and creases. 

There are several Juvederm products that we can choose from to address various concerns. Each contains hyaluronic acid, but in a slightly different formulation that alters the consistency of the product. The variances between Juvederm products enable us to achieve ideal contouring for different parts of the face. Your lips, for example, do not need a heavy dermal filler. They need one that is light and soft. Your cheeks, on the other hand, need a more structural dermal filler. Within the Juvederm family, there is a filler for every facial area. 

What is the Treatment Process Like?

We make your Juvederm treatment fun, comfortable, and exciting! When you come to our Orange County office, we begin by sitting with you to discuss your goals and concerns. Your trained provider will observe the areas you bring up and will discuss which Juvederm product would be suitable for the optimal correction of your concerns. They will answer your questions and, if you're ready, perform your treatment during the same visit. 

Juvederm injections take just a few minutes. A combination of different products may be used depending on the concerns you would like to address. You can also combine your Juvederm treatment with Botox or Dysport for broader facial rejuvenation. Your treatment should be very minimally uncomfortable, or may even be painless, due to a combination of a tiny needle, gentle injection techniques, and a mild numbing agent in the filler. You will see the results of your Juvederm treatment immediately. 

Am I a Candidate for Juvederm?

Provided that you are generally healthy and are not pregnant or breastfeeding, you should be a good candidate for Juvederm injections. Your provider may ask you questions regarding your current skin health or history of cold sores. If you develop an active viral or bacterial infection before your dermal filler appointment, contact the office. It may be necessary to postpone your injectable treatment until after the infection has been resolved. 

What Are the Risks?

In general, Juvederm injections are very safe. There is a risk of infection anytime the skin is broken. However, that risk is very minor with dermal filler treatment due to the small size of the injection needle. More common side effects after Juvederm treatment include bruising and lumpiness. Lumps, if they do form, usually are not visible but, rather, are felt. If you feel lumps beneath your skin, you can gently massage the area to help them resolve more quickly. The risk of bruising can be minimized by avoiding blood-thinning medications and supplements, including aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, and other products, for several days before treatment. It is also advantageous to refrain from drinking alcohol during the 24 hours before and after Juvederm injections. If you notice bruising after your treatment, this should be disguisable with makeup. 

While Juvederm and other injectables are considered safe and effective, the risks of accidental injection into a blood vessel increase if you do not choose a qualified professional to administer your treatment. As long as you receive treatment from a properly trained, licensed, board-certified injector, you have very little chance of experiencing significant side effects from your treatment. 

How Long Is the Recovery?

There are several advantages to dermal filler treatment. One is that you do not need to schedule time off to recover from your procedure. You can expect to resume your normal activities without compromising your results, though your provider might instruct you to avoid excessive heat and strenuous physical activity for about 12 hours after your appointment. By the following day, you can go right back to your daily life as usual.

Schedule your Juvederm Consultation 

We would love to help you address your frustrating cosmetic concerns. Contact Orange County Cosmetic Surgery today at 714-379-9777 to schedule your Juvederm consultation