Juvéderm® Ultra & Juvéderm® Ultra Plus

In recent years, the Juvederm line of injectables has become one of the most popular choices for wrinkle reduction. Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus are two of the products that have been leading the charge in erasing facial wrinkles.

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus are hyaluronic acid-based treatments, used to diminish moderate to severe facial wrinkles. Both products have a high percentage of cross-linked HA, which means they are super hydrating, and are able to last longer. They also contain lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic that helps to lessen discomfort. Juvederm Ultra Plus has a somewhat larger particle size than Juvederm Ultra, which makes it more effective for deeper folds.

What does Juvederm treat?

Juvederm Ultra is best for correcting moderate wrinkles and scars, while Juvederm Ultra Plus works well on deeper wrinkles and nasolabial folds. It can also be used to enhance volume in areas such as the cheeks.

How does it work?

Juvederm is injected into the dermis, where it binds to water molecules from the surrounding tissues. This helps the Juvederm particles maintain their shape. Juvederm’s ability to absorb water contributes to its volumizing effects, which is often very pronounced in the first few days, but eventually balances out.  Juvederm assists in replenishing the body’s natural HA, that’s why it is able to add volume, and smooth out wrinkles.

How many treatments do you need?

A single treatment with Juvederm is usually all that’s needed to provide correction.

What should you expect?

Most patients notice some improvement immediately following the procedure. Juvederm Ultra Plus lasts about 12 months on average, while Juvederm Ultra lasts between 9-12 months.

If you are ready to reduce the visible signs of age, or add volume to your face, set up a skin care consultation with us at Skin Cancer Specialists, P. C. & Aesthetic Center, serving the greater Atlanta metro.  Call today for an appointment.

Pre-Procedure Instructions

If you have not been prescribed aspirin or other blood thinners by your physician for the treatment of a known cardiovascular disease, avoid taking aspirin or Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDS) such as Advil® or Motrin® for 5-7 days prior to the procedure, as these medications increase the tendency of bleeding and bruising.

Avoid Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Ginko Biloba, St Johns Wart, Ginseng, and Garlic for 5-7 days prior to the procedure. These medications and herbs increase the tendency of bleeding and bruising.

Arnica, a natural supplement (found at any health food store) can be taken for 3-4 days prior to treatment to help minimize bruising and swelling.  We recommend taking tablets orally, but there is also a topical form available.   Any severe pain or visual disturbance must be reported to us immediately.

Avoid alcohol 2 days prior to the procedure. Alcohol may cause blood vessels to dilate and cause more bruising.

Do not wear makeup in the treatment area on the day of treatment.

Post-Procedure Instructions (24-48 hours after treatment)

Avoid strenuous exercise after the procedure. This may raise your blood pressure and pulse causing more bruising and swelling.

Avoid excessive heat from saunas, hot showers, or the hot sun. This may cause your blood vessels to dilate and cause more bleeding and bruising.

Avoid direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Wear a physical sunblock daily.  Be sure that it is a physical sunblock that contains Titanium and/or Zinc Oxide.

Avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol may cause the blood vessels to dilate and cause more bruising.

If lips are treated, avoid drinking from a straw.

Do not massage the area treated or receive a massage (with your face in a massage cradle) for 2 weeks after treatment.

Avoid Vitamin E, Fish Oil, Ginko Biloba, St Johns Wart, Ginseng, and Garlic. These medications and herbs increase the tendency of bleeding and bruising.

You may apply make-up after the procedure.

You may apply cold compresses to the treatment sites to reduce swelling and bruising.

Arnica, a natural supplement (found at any health food store) can be taken to help minimize bruising and swelling.  We recommend taking tablets orally, but there is also a topical form available. Any severe pain or visual disturbance must be reported to us immediately.

As with any injection, there may be small bumps at the injection site.  There may also be mild swelling, itching, pain, or redness.  These symptoms typically resolve with 24 – 48 hours.