What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid sugar gel polymer, dermal filler used to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles and fill in contours. Dermal fillers are injected into the problem area and address the signs of ageing or inadequate volume. Juvederm products are very popular and are most likely the best-known brand of injectable filler in the world.
The official website for Juvederm can be found via this link.
What is it used for?
As we age, the fibroblasts within the skin stop producing much of the skin’s natural Elastin, Collagen and Hyaluronic Acid. This happens as early as 24-26 years old – a shocking and scary fact! But, don’t fear, skin fillers such as Juvederm, top up the body with some of these natural proteins by waking up the fibroblasts and encouraging increased production of the skin’s natural moisturisers.
The use of Hyaluronic Acid in Juvederm acts as a plumping and firming agent, helping turn back the time on the skin by creating a youthful appearance. Also, the skin’s health and appearance are improved from the lasting moisturisation and improvements on the skin’s surface. Juvederm uses Hyaluronic Acid, which is naturally found within the body, making it a safe, reliable treatment for plumping the skin and reducing the appearance of wrinkles to maintain or gain a youthful glow.
For most people, Juvederm is safe for people of all complexions, while other hyaluronic acid-based fillers are not ideal for those with darker skin. This makes it a perfect treatment for everyone, no matter their skin tone or aesthetic needs.
Juvederm can be used for these areas:
- Jaw - use to sharpen and define the jaw line
- Cheeks – this includes addressing wrinkles as well as restoring facial volume that was lost due to ageing or weight loss
- Chin – used to re-contour the chin and adding definition and firmness
- Lips – used to replenish the volume lost due to ageing, or to create full-looking lips
- Marionette Lines – used to treat the vertical lines and wrinkles below the corners of the mouth
- Nasolabial Folds (aka Smile lines ) – the lines that run from the side of your nose down to the corners of your upper lip
How does Juvederm work?
First, the Juvederm gel is injected into the middle skin layer, adding volume and fullness and smoothens facial wrinkles and folds. Next, integrates into the skin tissue, attracting and binding water molecules to help maintain volume in the injected areas.
Difference between Juvederm and Botox?
Juvederm is a natural cosmetic filler, filling the deep wrinkles that are permanent. Botox blocks nerve transmission, relaxing the and weakening the muscles that cause wrinkles. The various Juvederm fillers Dr. Walden offers are all hyaluronic fillers. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in our bodies that is responsible for hydrating and plumping the skin. It does this by binding with nearby water molecules. When injected beneath a wrinkle or crease, or an area of volume loss, Juvederm fillers simply add volume, pushing the skin back upward. Juvederm and other dermal fillers work on wrinkles and lines that show themselves at all times. These are called static wrinkles and they are the result of sun damage, declining collagen production, environmental factors, and natural ageing.
Botox is made from the botulinum toxin. It works in a completely different manner than a dermal filler. When Botox is injected into a muscle, it temporarily stops that muscle from contracting. On the upper third of the face, wrinkles form when we make certain expressions such as frowning or showing surprise. These actions engage muscles and over time wrinkles form on the skin above the muscle. This type of wrinkle is known as a dynamic wrinkle. Dynamic wrinkles form on the upper third of the face: crow’s feet at the side of the eyes, the 11s between the eyebrows, and forehead lines.
Who makes Juvederm?
Juvederm is owner and manufactured by Allergan (Allergan is owned by Abbvie, a large US based Pharma company)