Juvederm Ultra Plus
What is Juvederm Ultra Plus?
Juvederm Ultra Plus is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel that is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and act as a cushioning agent. It temporarily adds volume to the skin and subcutaneous tissue, may give the appearance of a smoother skin surface and may help smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. The gifted cosmetic surgeon Dr. Lisa Precht injects Juvederm through a very fine needle into carefully selected treatment areas.
How is Juvederm Ultra Plus different from other fillers?
In contrast to Radiesse, which is composed of hydroxylapatite, both Juvederm Ultra Plus and Restylane are composed of hyaluronic acid. Juvederm Ultra Plus has a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid than Restylane and therefore the results may last longer. However, it is not the filler of choice for all areas. Common areas for Juvederm Ultra Plus injection include the nasolabial folds, the midface and cheek areas, as well as the lips. The choice of which filler to use depends on many factors. At your complementary consultation, Dr. Precht will thoroughly explain your options and recommend a treatment plan that will allow you to achieve the results you desire.
How long does it last?
Juvederm Ultra Plus usually lasts for approximately 9-12 months although individual results may vary. It is not uncommon to have a touch up-injection within a year in order to enjoy the full amount of correction that you experienced initially. These touch-up injections usually require a smaller amount of Juvederm Ultra Plus and are therefore less expensive than the original procedure.
What should I expect during and after the injection procedure?
In order to provide you with the most comfort during the procedure, a local anesthetic is commonly used to pretreat the area. Juvederm injections are implanted intradermally through a fine gauge needle into the treated area. Once the injection is completed, a cold pack will be applied to minimize swelling and bruising. There will be some degree of swelling which usually resolves in 1-2 days. Occasionally, minor swelling and redness may persist longer but will resolve over time. The degree of bruising varies, as some individuals tend to bruise more easily than others. By following the pre-treatment guidelines below, you can minimize your chance of bruising.
How should I prepare for treatment?
• Avoid the use of aspirin for 2-3 weeks if possible.
• Avoid the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, Naprosyn, Aleve and others for 1-2 weeks if possible.
• Consider pre-treatment with Arnica tablets starting 1-2 days before your injection date and continuing for 2 days after. This naturopathic agent helps to minimize bruising and swelling.
• Schedule your injection at a time when minor swelling or bruising will not disrupt your social obligations.
Call to schedule a complimentary consultation to see if Juvederm Ultra Plus is right for you!
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