At MD Laser Skin Clinic, we have used the family of JUVEDERM® fillers for over 10 years with great success at minor correction of facial lines and wrinkles due to the loss of fat and volume due to aging. The main component of facial fillers is a gel made from Hyaluronic Acid, a naturally occurring polysaccharide in the body that binds water and maintains skin suppleness and moisture. The aim of filler injection is to lift the skin, plump up deflated areas, and to smooth out creases. Generally it is used for areas in the mid and lower face, whereas Botox Cosmetic@ is used to treat wrinkles of the forehead and around the eyes. In addition you should know the following:
Do not use these products if you have a history of multiple severe allergies or severe allergic reactions (anaphylaxis), or if you are allergic to lidocaine or the gram-positive bacterial proteins used in these products.
The most common side effects include tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, and itching. With JUVÉDERM® XC and JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC injectable gels, most side effects are mild or moderate and last 14 days or less. For JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, side effects are moderate (uncomfortable) and last 2 to 4 weeks.
One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel, and while rare, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection, which is also seldom.
Our policy is to use as little product as possible to achieve the optimum result, with conservatism in mind to keep you looking natural and more youthful, and just, yourself. We offer the entire line of JUVEDERM@ fillers – ULTRA@, ULTRA PLUS@, VOLUMA@, VOLIFT@, VOLBELLA, all priced competitively to suit your needs. A consultation with our experienced injectors (Dr. Lo or Dr. Lam) is required to discuss which product, treatment objectives, fees and possible alternative treatment is best for you!
To view typical treatment Before-and-After photos or for more information, please visit the Allergan JUVEDERM@ website.