What is Juvederm Ultra?
Juvederm Ultra is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler (HA filler). HA is a complex sugar that is identical to the hyaluronic acid your body naturally makes. Juvederm Ultra is synthetically made and it is not derived from humans or animals. Because it’s identical to the naturally occurring substance in your own body, it breaks down naturally.
How does Juvederm Ultra work?
When Juvederm Ultra is injected into the facial tissue, it lifts wrinkles, depressions, or scars so that they are level with the surrounding skin and fills in volume loss caused by aging. It will ultimately smooth wrinkles and folds.
Where is Juvederm Ultra used?
Juvederm Ultra can be used anywhere on the face, but it adds volume and is best suited for superficial wrinkles and depressed scars. The ideal locations for the filler are the wrinkles between the eyebrows (glabella), upper and lower lip (smokers lines or lipstick lines), marionette lines, hollow grooves under the eyes (tear trough deformities), and any depressed scars on the face. During your consultation, the best dermal fillers for your specific concern(s) will be determined.
Are there different types of hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid comes in two forms: a thin form and a thick form. A useful analogy is that the thin form of hyaluronic acid (Juvederm Ultra or Restylane) is like jelly; it would flatten out if left out on a table. The thick form of hyaluronic acid (Juvederm Ultra Plus or Perlane) is like JELL-O; it has more structural integrity and retains its shape on a table.
Because the thicker hyaluronic acid has more structural integrity, it is better at lifting severe facial wrinkles like smile lines (also called laugh lines or nasolabial folds), and marionette lines, and replacing the facial volume lost due to the aging process. The thicker hyaluronic acid also lasts longer. The thinner hyaluronic acid is better at filling fine wrinkles of the upper and lower lip, the eyebrows, and superficial scars. They can also be used for non-surgical lip enhancement.
All types of hyaluronic acid can be completely dissolved and removed within 24 hours by the injection of an enzyme.
Does Juvederm Ultra work instantly?
Juvederm Ultra works instantly to lift wrinkles, depressions, and scars, and to restore the volume lost during the aging process.
How long does Juvederm Ultra last?
The duration of Juvederm Ultra varies for each patient and procedure. There are three general rules with Juvederm Ultra: 1. The closer to the mouth you inject Juvederm Ultra, the faster the Juvederm Ultra breaks down. 2. The more superficial you inject Juvederm Ultra the longer it lasts. 3. There are no guarantees of duration when it comes to Juvederm Ultra. During the consultation, Dr. Stanislaw will give you general guidelines or ranges for the duration of your specific application.
How many visits are there for a Juvederm Ultra injection?
Unless you have had injectable fillers before and know exactly what you want, a consultation is necessary to discuss your concerns and educate you about your treatment options. Once the appropriate injectable filler has been determined based on your expectations, a treatment date will be set. The injection process may take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area and the amount to be injected. There is usually a follow-up appointment 10 to 14 days after Juvederm injections.
Is there downtime after a Juvederm Ultra injection?
Immediately after the injection, there may be some mild redness and swelling. This usually goes away after one day.
Will I have a bruise after a Juvederm Ultra injection?
The incidence of bruising depends on the location and depth of the injection and the individual patient. Therefore, the chance of bruising after a Juvederm Ultra injection is best discussed during the consultation prior to the injection appointment. If a bruise does occur, it can be covered with makeup after your procedure.
In case you do have a bruise, Dr. Stanislaw advises his patients not to book a Juvederm Ultra injection 10 days prior to any engagement where a bruise may be unacceptable (i.e. a party or a wedding).
How much discomfort is associated with a Juvederm Ultra injection?
There is very little discomfort during a Juvederm Ultra injection. A topical numbing medication can be applied to the area before the injection if you are concerned about injection pain, however, most people do not require this. In addition, there is a small amount of numbing medication mixed into the Juvederm Ultra, so the injection itself makes you temporarily numb.
A very small percentage of patients complain of a mild ache for a day or two at the site of the injection. This is easily controlled with Motrin or Tylenol.
What are my restrictions after a Juvederm Ultra injection?
- You should apply cold packs to the injected area for the first 24 hours after the injection.
- You should not massage or rub the area for one week.
- No facials or microdermabrasion of the injected area for one week after the Juvederm Ultra injection.
- You can wear makeup immediately after the injection.
- No bending, lifting, or straining following the injection. This rule may apply for one day following the injection, all the way up to one week, depending on the area that was injected.
- Keep your head elevated for one day to one week, again depending on the area that was injected.
How long does Juvederm usually last?
Juvederm can last from 6-18 months.
Procedures / Treatments often performed in conjunction with a Juvederm Ultra injection
Juvederm Ultra injections are often performed approximately one month after surgical procedures, such as blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) and facelifts. The Juvederm Ultra injections are primarily used to restore the volume lost during the aging process, which the surgical procedures do not correct.
To learn more about Juvederm Ultra in Connecticut and how you can benefit, schedule a consultation today with our board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Stanislaw.