Juvederm® is a family of injectable, cross-linked, hyaluronic acid products manufactured by Allergan®, the same company that manufactures and distributes Botox.
Juvederm® is available in several different viscosities depending on the type and quantity of cross-links in the product. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in abundance in the body. It is in skin, and it is the lubricant for all joints. Therefore, no patch test is required for any of the Juvederm® products.
The main feature of the hyaluronic molecule that makes it look and feel natural over time is its ability to attract water at many times its own weight. As water is attracted to the hyaluronic acid and hyaluronic is metabolized, the deposition softens and feels very natural.
Juvederm® products last between six months to a year depending on which product is injected in which facial area. The fact that Juvederm® is easily metabolized by the body is a very positive benefit to the product. Formerly permanent or semi-permanent products were available on the market through other manufacturers. These products failed the test of time and are no longer available.
Juvederm® is used for both beautification and age management. Correcting minor facial disproportions can be achieved by a skilled injector who can inject the correct product with precise placement. We call this process “Beauti-phi-cation”. Understanding what beauty is and how to enhance natural beauty is both an art and a science. Phi-calipers, like those used by Michael Angelo and most of the great artistic masters, are used to map out the “golden ratio”. Please see Beauti-phi-cation for more details on how the phi-ratio, 1:1.618 is intrinsic to all things humans find attractive, including facial features.
Beauti-phi-cation is important because as we age, bone and fat loss lead to sagging features. Putting the fat back using Juvederm® can have a subtle to dramatic age reversing effect. Skilled injectors will balance all facial areas over a series of visits. Unfortunately we do not age in one area only. A skilled injector will use small quantities of product in all areas to manage the overall age reversal without leaving signs of having had work done.
Juvederm® is most often used in combination with Botox®, skin treatments, and oral and topical nutrition/skin care to achieve a natural looking age reversal. Looking 10 years younger than your biological age is a reasonable and achievable goal. Unlike surgery, this method of age reversal happens slowly over time. When we compare the drivers licence or passport photos of some of our clients from 5 years ago to present, we see that in the new photo clients actually look 5 years younger now than in the 5 year old photos.
All Juvederm® injections are preceded by a thorough, no-obligation consultation and a visit with one of our physicians.