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What is JUVÉDERM®?
JUVÉDERM® is a bio-compatible and FDA-approved gel of smooth consistency made of hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring acid in your body) that adds hydration, lift, and volume to prominent facial areas, lips and hands, providing rejuvenation and a refreshed, younger appearance. Since hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, allergy testing is not required. It is injected into the mid to deep dermis with a fine needle by Dr. Reinertson, which will result in additional volume and lift to the treated area(s).
There are a few different types of JUVÉDERM® available, including JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™, and we are proud to offer the XC line, JUVÉDERM’s® premier line, which alleviates much of the injection discomfort with the addition of Lidocaine, a common local anesthetic. JUVÉDERM® XC line is offered to our Seattle patients at no additional cost.
What is JUVÉDERM® used for?
As we age, our skin changes. Over time, the natural volume of youthful skin begins to diminish as wrinkles, fine lines and folds form. JUVÉDERM® is one of the dermal fillers we use at CosMedic Skincare to help treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and restore a smoother appearance to the face. Its smooth consistency also makes it a perfect choice to plump and augment the lips as it is stable and safe, and the longest lasting filler for lip augmentation. Based on the desired correction, JUVÉDERM® is also useful for adding contour to cheeks and other prominent facial areas. It is also used to add youthful plumping to aging hands.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™XC is the first injectable filler of its kind approved by the FDA to instantly add volume to the cheeks and midface. It is uniquely formulated to provide a gentle lift to all three areas of the cheek (apex, apple, and hollow) to give your face a more supple and youthful-looking appearance. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™XC is also different from other hyaluronic acid fillers in its ability to provide long-lasting results. In most instances, its volumizing effects last up to two years. Because the gel is meant for a deeper level of injection, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™XC also contains 0.3% Lidocaine (a local anesthetic) for a more comfortable treatment experience.
How long does the treatment take?
Typical treatments last approximately 30 minutes. For your comfort, we can also provide topical numbing cream to help reduce the discomfort of the injection. Please add 15 minutes to your appointment time if you would like to have topical numbing as part of your treatment. We offer this additional service free of charge as a courtesy to our patients.
What results can I expect?
Patients often find that after treatment with dermal filler they look more rested, more rejuvenated and often their friends and co-workers notice their “back from vacation” look. The results from JUVÉDERM® can last up to a year but we find that with 80% of our patients, the results last approximately 6-8 months.
What does JUVÉDERM® literally do?
JUVÉDERM® temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face. A visual representation of this process is shown below:
This photo depicts the formation of fine lines, wrinkles and folds, which occurs over time with the loss of facial collagen often caused by sun damage and aging.
This illustration depicts correction of fine lines, wrinkles and folds, by filling the space once occupied by your natural collagen with smooth, bio-compatible, JUVÉDERM® gel.
Is the treatment painful?
At CosMedic Skincare, we are proud to offer the upgraded XC line of JUVÉDERM® at no additional cost to our patients. This product has the inclusion of lidocaine which allows the procedure to be much more comfortable for the patient. After the initial insertion of the needle, the lidocaine will quickly calm the skin. Using ice packs and a skilled hand, Dr. Reinertson is able to make the JUVÉDERM® treatment comfortable for her patients.
What are the common side effects of treatment?
Common side effects are tenderness, bruising and swelling at the site of injection and typically last 2-7 days. Some patients experience very little bruising or swelling and are back to their normal activities immediately. Please note that side effects can last up to 2 weeks for a small percentage of patients. If you are allergic or sensitive to Lidocaine or Xylocaine, please inform our medical staff or Dr. Reinertson prior to your procedure. Your comfort and safety are our primary concern.
What can I do to reduce the side effects of treatment?
By discontinuing the use of blood thinners such as aspirin, fish oil, and ibuprofen a week prior to your appointment, the likelihood and duration of side effects significantly reduces. Arnica Montana, taken sublingually, will also assist in reducing the likelihood and longevity of bruising and swelling. We do not recommend discontinuing blood thinners if you are taking them by prescription or under the advice of a physician.
What kind of feedback is available on JUVÉDERM®?
We have included a link from the website for JUVÉDERM® if you would like more information from people who have used JUVÉDERM® to correct fine lines, wrinkles and folds. These patient testimonials explain how JUVÉDERM® dermal filler has made a difference in their lives.
What does Treatment Cost?
Cost for treatment varies considerably based on the individual and his/her unique goals and desires. JUVÉDERM® is sold by the syringe therefore price is determined based on the degree of correction desired. Greater correction may require multiple syringes. We endeavor to provide you the best combined value of cost and exceptional patient care under the skilled hands of Dr. Jodie Reinertson. In keeping with that desire, we offer a fantastic opportunity for our Seattle-based patients to save money on treatments with our Patient Recognition Program. Please ask to be enrolled in our program and you will receive monthly cost-savings opportunities at CosMedic Skincare. For your convenience, you can request to be registered online, click here.
If you would like an additional opportunity to save money on JUVÉDERM®, visit our informational page about the Brilliant Distinctions Program. This is an excellent opportunity to double-up on savings!