How Does Juvederm Work?

Getting older can be very frustrating. Even if you take excellent care of your skin, you might develop wrinkles and fine lines as you age. Fortunately, you can minimize these imperfections and achieve a more youthful look. At Burt and Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Burr Ridge, Illinois, we can reduce the appearance of your wrinkles and add volume to your face with Juvederm. Read on to learn more about the amazing benefits of this injectable treatment.

How Does Juvederm Work?

Juvederm is a family of injectable products that can add volume to your face and minimize the prominence of your wrinkles. These dermal fillers use a wonderful substance called hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that your skin naturally contains. As a result, you are unlikely to have an allergic reaction to this substance.

Hyaluronic Acid

This sugar has properties that allow it to rejuvenate and improve your skin. Since hyaluronic acid binds to water, it can hydrate your skin and add volume to your target areas. This process will minimize the appearance of your lines and wrinkles. It will also bring water to your skin’s surface. Moisturizing your skin may make your face look more attractive and youthful.

Why Has My Face Changed Over Time?

As you become older, you are increasingly likely to notice changes when you look at yourself in the mirror. In particular, you may develop wrinkles and lose volume on your face. There are several reasons why your face is likely to change over time.

Developing Wrinkles

As you become older, the composition of your skin will change. In particular, your body will naturally produce less elastin and collagen. These important proteins play a large role in keeping your skin looking youthful and healthy. Your body’s lowered production of these proteins may increase your chances of developing wrinkles and creases.

In addition to the changing composition of your skin, the cumulative effects of harmful environmental factors can increase your risk of developing wrinkles. Although you might enjoy spending time in the sun, its ultra-violet rays can harm your skin. As you become older, the effects of excessive sun exposure may become more noticeable and prominent.

Losing Volume

Wrinkles aren’t the only negative signs of age. As you get older, the composition of your body fat may change, and you may lose some of the fat that keeps your face looking youthful and full. Further, your skin may become lax and loose as you age, and the structure of your bones may shift. These changes can make your face look hollow and less youthful.

Rejuvenating Your Skin

Fortunately, you don’t have to accept wrinkles and lost volume as inevitable consequences of the aging process. This injectable treatment can improve these imperfections and give you a more youthful, attractive look. Further, this easy treatment shouldn’t require you to take a break from your job and other responsibilities.

What Areas of My Face Can This Injectable Treatment Improve?

This family of dermal fillers can improve a variety of issues and imperfections. In particular, we can use this treatment to minimize your nasolabial folds, commonly known as lines around your nose. This treatment can also add volume to marionette lines that appear on the corners of your chin and mouth. It can also improve your tear troughs. Further, we can use fillers in this family of injectable products to increase the volume of your lips and reduce fine lines on your mouth.

What Will It Feel Like to Receive This Injectable Product?

Receiving these injections is a quick, easy process. You should feel relaxed as you begin your appointment.
We will begin your appointment by applying topical anesthesia and ice packs to your treatment area. Preparing your body before your treatment will numb your skin and help you remain comfortable as we inject the product.

We will perform your injections using a fine needle. Since the injectable product contains a numbing agent, you should feel at ease as we complete your injections. Your treatment session will probably take fifteen to twenty minutes. The length of this process will vary depending on the number of wrinkles that we are treating.

How Long Will It Take Me to Recover From My Treatment?

One of the main benefits of this injectable treatment is how gentle and easy it is. In general, there is no downtime associated with this treatment. In fact, you should be able to drive yourself home after you receive your injections. Further, you should be able to immediately resume your usual schedule.

When Will I See Results?

If you’re looking for a fast way to improve your wrinkles, you’re in luck. This injectable treatment works very quickly. In fact, you are likely to see improvements in your appearance almost immediately.

How Long Will My Results Last?

This injectable treatment does not permanently enhance your appearance. Over time, your body will absorb the hyaluronic acid, and the benefits of your treatment will wear off. The duration of your results will depend on a variety of factors, including how quickly your body processes the filler, the type of dermal filler that we used, and other unique features of your treatment.

That said, your results are likely to last for nine months. Under some circumstances, your results may last for up to a year. You can maintain the benefits of your initial treatment by receiving follow-up injections. Since the injection process is quick, you should be able to fit these maintenance appointments into your schedule.

Scheduling Your Treatments

Your maintenance schedule will be unique to you and your skin. If you would like to receive a touch-up treatment as soon as you notice your wrinkles returning, you may receive regular appointments. Alternatively, you might prefer to have maintenance treatments less regularly. Whatever your preference, we can design a customized plan that will work for you.

What Is the Right Age to Begin Using This Injectable Treatment?

You might have heard statements claiming that you shouldn’t begin using injectable treatments until you are over forty. These statements are inaccurate. You don’t need to wait until an arbitrary age to start improving your look. Dermal fillers are an efficient, safe way for you to reduce your wrinkles and enhance your skin during a variety of times in your life. Accordingly, instead of focusing on your age, you should direct your attention to the condition of your skin.

Focus on Your Skin

Your skin can help you decide when you should begin using dermal fillers. Since your body is unique, you might age more quickly or more slowly than your friends. For instance, you may develop wrinkles and lines in your twenties. If these changes bother you, you should consider using this injectable treatment to minimize your imperfections.

Improve Your Features

In addition to minimizing the negative effects of age, this injectable treatment can improve the facial features that you’ve had since birth. For instance, you might have been born with thin lips. If you’ve always dreamed of having plump, full lips, you don’t need to wait until you are forty or older to enhance this facial feature. Instead, you can begin using this injectable treatment to achieve fuller, more attractive lips in your twenties and thirties.

What Is the Difference Between This Injectable Treatment and Botox?

Although both of these injectable treatments can improve your wrinkles, they have unique formulas and they use different methods to enhance your look. Accordingly, each of these treatments has unique benefits.


When you think of an injectable treatment, Botox might be the first product that comes to mind. This injectable product is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments available today. This product does not restore volume to your face.

Instead, it uses a substance called botulinum toxin to alter the communication between your nerve signals and your muscles. Disrupting this communication will relax the muscles in your target area. This process is
excellent at improving the appearance of your frown lines, vertical lip lines, crow’s feet, and other wrinkles.

Making a Choice

The injectable treatment that you need will depend on the condition of your skin, your aesthetic goals, and other factors. During your initial consultation, we will analyze your skin and talk about how you would like to improve your appearance. We will use this information to select a suitable injectable treatment for you. Depending on your goals and preferences, we may advise you to use a combination of Botox and Juvederm to improve your look.

Can Other Dermal Fillers Improve My Skin?

Botox and Juvederm aren’t the only injectable treatments that can enhance your skin and improve your overall appearance. At Burt and Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology, we offer a wide variety of dermal fillers. For instance, Restylane Lyft is a dermal filler that has a unique particle size. If you would like to reduce deep wrinkles, this filler might be an excellent choice for you.

Similarily, Radiesse is a calcium-based filler that can improve deep wrinkles in a lasting manner. During your initial consultation, we can provide you will more information about our extensive range of dermal fillers. We will help you choose a product that is suitable for you.

Am I a Suitable Candidate for This Treatment?

Since your body naturally contains hyaluronic acid, you are likely to respond well to this injectable product. Accordingly, this injectable treatment may be an ideal way to improve your skin in a minimally invasive manner. That said, certain medical conditions may prevent you from using this treatment.

You should not use this treatment if you have an allergy to the bacterial proteins used in these dermal fillers or to lidocaine. Further, you are not a suitable candidate for this injectable treatment if you have a history of severe allergic reactions.

During your initial consultation, we will examine your skin and discuss your overall health. At this time, you should tell us about any medical issues that you have and any medications that you are taking. In particular, you should inform us if you are taking medications that can affect bleeding, like ibuprofen or aspirin. Further, you should tell us if you are considering getting laser treatments or a chemical peel.

Enhance Your Skin

You don’t have to accept your wrinkles and lines. You can restore lost volume to your face and minimize the appearance of your wrinkles with Juvederm. You are likely to feel happier and more confident after you receive this treatment. To learn more about how this injectable treatment can help you, contact us at Burt and Will Plastic Surgery and Dermatology in Burr Ridge, Illinois for an initial consultation today.

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