What is Juvederm Ultra?
Juvederm Ultra is hyaluronic acid, which 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 the Juvederm Ultra is identical to the hyaluronic acid in your own body, it breaks down naturally.
How does Juvederm Ultra work?
When Juvederm Ultra is injected below the skin, it lifts wrinkles, depressions, or scars so that they are level to the surrounding skin. Ultimately smoothing and evening out the your skin.
Where is Juvederm Ultra used?
Juvederm Ultra can be used anywhere in the face, but it is best suited for superficial wrinkles and depressed scars. The ideal locations for Juvederm Ultra are the wrinkles between the eyebrows (glabella), upper and lower lip (smokers lines or lipstick lines), hollow grooves under the eyes (tear trough deformities), and any depressed scars on the face. During your consultation the best filler for your specific concern will be determined.
Are there different types of hyaluronic acid?
Currently, there are two companies that make injectable hyaluronic acid. Medicis makes Restylane and Perlane, and Allergan makes Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus.
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 would retain its shape on a table. Because the thicker hyaluronic acid has more structural integrity, it is better at lifting the deep depressions of the smile lines (nasolabial folds), 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.
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 you inject Juvederm Ultra to the mouth, 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 for 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 may take anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the area and amount to be injected. There is usually a follow up appointment 10 to 14 days after the injection.
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 maybe 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 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 microdermabrasions 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 of bed elevated for one day to one week, again depending on the area that was injected.
Procedures / Treatments often performed in conjunction with a Juvederm Ultra injection
When Juvederm Ultra is injected into embedded wrinkles between the eyebrows, Botox or Dysport are often used at the same time to address the dynamic wrinkles.
Juvederm Ultra injections are often combined with topical Retin-A, topical Vitamin C, topical Vitamin E, Microdermabrasions, and Facial Peels.
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.