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Our Juvederm San Francisco treatment is an injectable dermal filler that gently reverses many signs of facial aging. It is a safe and effective product that can be used as needed on a regular basis to rejuvenate areas of the face that have wrinkles or loss of volume. Dr. Sheena Kong also offers Juvederm Voluma XC and Volbella XC—an improved version of Juvederm (containing lidocaine and cross-linking technology for volume and longevity), at her downtown San Francisco medspa.

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Juvederm Q&A

Any person who is considering the use of a filler deserves to be educated on the facts about the product being used. Dr. Sheena Kong always takes the time to educate her patients, one-on-one, about any product used, the expected results, and any risks associated with the use of the product. Typically, patients have certain questions, many of which are answered below.

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How does Juvederm work?

Your skin contains a naturally-occurring substance, hyaluronic acid. Over the years, the body stops producing this hydrating substance. As it reduces, the skin begins to lose structure and volume, and the facial skin starts to wrinkle and fold. Juvederm is a very smooth gel that can be injected into areas with lost volume, such as curved creases in the nose/mouth zone.

What is Juvederm made from?

This gel is composed of non-animal, stabilized hyaluronic acid produced with a patented process that "cross-links" the substance so it has blended particle sizes for a very natural effect, and greater longevity. When injected into the facial muscles correctly, it fills in lines, creases, and wrinkles, giving the face a more youthful, fresh appearance.

Is Juvederm Safe?

Any Bay Area patient who is interested in an injectable filler product, whether Juvederm or other brand, should have a full heath evaluation, as well as reveal any and all medications and supplements taken on a regular basis. Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are not candidates for this treatment, and must wait until the baby is born, and breastfeeding over. The first FDA approval was in 2010, and this filler has been used in countless procedures since its release.

Who should inject Juvederm?

As with any treatment, the skill and experience of the medical professional administering the product has everything to do with the quality of results. Dr. Sheena Kong has a long track record of creating natural-looking results, and is a board certified doctor of internal medicine. She is passionate about her work, and has a deep understanding of how to correctly use the product to smooth out the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.

How long does Juvederm filler last?

There are several formulas in the Juvederm family that vary in how long they last. Juvederm Voluma XC has the advantage of lasting for up to two years, while other Juvederm formulas last about four to six months for some patients, and up to one year for others. How your body processes the product is unique to you, but if you want long-lasting results, you may want to consider injections with Juvederm Voluma XC or Volbella XC as an option.

Will Juvéderm Injections look smooth and natural?

Unlike some other dermal fillers, Juvéderm products all contain a small amount of lidocaine. This local anesthetic makes injections more comfortable and reduces sensitivity to pain and discomfort. Each Juvéderm fillers is a clear gel with a smooth consistency that flows easily into the skin for soft, smooth results that look natural. It is important that the product is injected by a highly-skilled medical professional to achieve results that appear natural. Dr. Sheena Kong is known for her ability to create beautiful results with these fillers – every treatment is performed with meticulous care.

Juvéderm and Restylane are both hyaluronic acid-based fillers. However, compared to Restylane, Juvéderm has a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid, which may produce longer-lasting results. For some applications, Juvéderm may also produce smoother, more natural-looking results.

Does Juvéderm Treatment Hurt?

The “XC” in the names of injectable Juvéderm fillers indicates that they contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic to reduce pain and discomfort during treatment. You may choose to have a topical numbing cream applied to the treatment area before the injections begin for an even more comfortable treatment experience.

Are There Any Side Effects with Juvéderm?

Side effects of Juvéderm in San Francisco are rare, and when they do occur, they typically resolve on their own within a week of treatment. Although uncommon, minor side effects may include tenderness, swelling, redness, firmness, or bruising at the site of the injection. As Juvéderm products are designed for biocompatibility and produced in the laboratory through biosynthesis, there is little or no risk of allergic reaction.

Juvéderm Vs Other Injectable Fillers

The Juvéderm line includes an array of custom injectable dermal fillers, each designed to treat specific aesthetic issues. Every member of the Juvéderm family is a smooth, clear gel, specially formulated with cross-linking technology to treat specific facial areas and produce longer-lasting results.

Each product in the Juvéderm line is made of cross-linked hyaluronic acid particles. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that occurs naturally in the skin, maintaining nutrient levels, attracting moisture, and adding softness and volume. Juvéderm injected under the skin helps replenish hyaluronic acid that has been lost with aging to create a more youthful facial appearance.

A Juvederm Treatment Session

During a San Francisco Juvederm treatment session, Dr. Kong uses a very thin needle and injects small amounts of the product under your skin to fill in the soft tissue of the dermis. Dr. Kong also uses a very thin cannula to deliver the treatment without any bruising. Juvederm is made from a smooth-consistency gel, so it flows easily into the skin and provides natural-looking results. You'll notice that your wrinkles and nasolabial folds become less obvious almost immediately.

Juvederm treatment typically takes less than 30 minutes, depending on the size of the treatment area. Anesthesia is not needed, as the treatment is not painful, and the JuvedermXC product contains lidocaine to improve your level of comfort.

Juvederm is eventually absorbed by the skin, so repeat treatments are recommended to maintain the results.

Recovery after Juvéderm

There is no downtime for most patients after treatment with Juvéderm. Although there may be mild soreness and redness at the injection sites, you will be able to apply makeup, return to work, and resume your normal activities immediately after a treatment session.

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Learn more about Juvederm

If you are interested in Juvederm or other dermal filler products, please contact the practice of Sheena Kong, MD.


Dr. Kong also offers Thermage as another option for non-surgical facial rejuvenation, in addition to BOTOX and Juvederm.

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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our office is open starting on June 15, 2020. We consider the well-being of our patients and staff as our highest priority and it is always best to take sensible precautions during a time like this.

Please note the following in regards to all patient appointments:

We are asking patients who experience any of the following symptoms to self-quarantine and cancel their appointments: fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, sore throat, coughing, and/or chest pain.

(This also includes those that have been in contact with COVID-19 positive individuals such as traveling to and from any high risk areas such as New York/New Jersey to self-quarantine and cancel appointments.)

  • All patients will have temperatures taken and are requested to wear a mask throughout their appointments.
  • We are limiting the number of appointments to reinforce social distancing.
  • Only the patients who are receiving a treatment are allowed in the office (pets, children, family and friends are asked to stay at home).
  • For procedures that patients cannot wear a mask, we request patients to obtain a COVID-19 test 3-5 days prior to their scheduled appointments (see below for testing information).
  • These treatments include:
  • Facial laser treatments
  • Facial filler injections
  • Lip injections
  • Thread lifts
  • Ultherapy
  • Thermage

This also includes procedures that are delivered with closer proximity to patients over a long period of time:

  • Smartlipo
  • Inside Out Neck Lift
  • Coolsculpting
  • Thermage on the body
  • Cellfina

(Positive Covid-19 results or lack of tests will result in appointment cancellation.)

For Botox, Hair PRP, Kybella and Coolmini treatments, a COVID-19 test is not required prior to the appointment as long as patients keep masks on during the entire appointment.

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COVID-19 Testing Information:

For COVID-19 testing, you can do either the nasal swab or the saliva test, of which the latter may be more comfortable.

You can order your saliva test at the following link 2 weeks before your appointment for it to arrive in time; Vault health will prepare the paperwork for your reimbursement. Your first test should be covered by your insurance under the CARES Act:


Once the test arrives, please schedule your consultation about one week prior to your appointment. With the guidance of a Vault Health nurse, collect saliva for the test and then overnight your completed kit via FedEx (provided by Vault Health). Your results will be available about 2-3 days afterwards. You will then email Dr. Kong at info@sheenakong.com the results once you receive them.

Lastly, in addition to our already extensive level of cleaning and sterilization, we have supplemented these efforts with additional deep cleaning and sanitizing of surfaces. I appreciate your efforts in keeping our practice a safer place!

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Kindest Regards,
Dr. Sheena Kong