Juvederm 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.
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.
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.
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.