Charlotte Ann Rhee, MD is a Board Certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in Long Island that provides Juvederm injections to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial folds.
What Is Juvéderm?
Juvéderm is a product family that includes a variety of dermal fillers to restore a more youthful appearance to the face. Juvéderm is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved dermal filler that, according to its manufacturer, Allergan, Inc. These fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a sugar that occurs naturally in the body. In terms of the skin, HA’s role is to deliver nutrients and hydration and act as a cushioning agent. Young, healthy skin contains a lot of HA, but factors that include aging and sun exposure reduce the amount, causing the skin to lose structure and volume.
What Areas Can Juvéderm Treat?
With a number of different products, Juvéderm is commonly used to treat areas of the face including the:
- Undereye area
- Nasolabial folds and marionette lines
- Jawline and chin
Many adults are excellent candidates for Juvéderm treatment. If you are concerned about the signs of aging on your face, schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Charlotte Rhee to discuss your goals and how Juvéderm may meet them. Currently, injectable treatment is not conducted on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or in situations where the skin is actively inflamed or infected.
What Our Patient’s Say
“Very good experience, the staff is very friendly, helpful and professional. I recommend this place to everyone. Also, Dr. Rhee and Olga go above and beyond to help you feel and look your best.” – Anonymous
Types Of Juvéderm Injections
Juvéderm gives us ample opportunity to refresh the face because the manufacturer has formulated fillers using varying degrees of cross-linking technology. Cross-linking determines the consistency and density of each filler. This family of fillers include Vollure, Volbella, and Voluma.
Vollure is the medium-consistency hyaluronic acid filler that is commonly used to treat nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth. The product holds up well to normal facial movements and provides results that can last up to 18 months.
Volbella is the most delicate of hyaluronic acid fillers, made to smooth out lip lines and add volume and contouring to the lips. Results from Volbella treatment can last up to 12 months.
Voluma contains the heaviest density of hyaluronic acid particles. This enables the product to be injected deeper beneath the skin, where it supplies structure to the mid-face for rounder, higher cheekbones. Results from Voluma treatment can last up to 2 years.
How Does Juvéderm Work?
Injections of any Juvéderm product deposit particles of hyaluronic acid into dermal tissue. Hyaluronic acid attracts water molecules and then binds to them to secure them within tissue for a period of months. Gradually, the body metabolizes hyaluronic acid and, as this happens, water molecules disperse from the treated area.
The Juvéderm Procedure
Injectable treatments are conducted in our Long Island office in less than an hour for most patients, including our initial consultation. After discussing concerns and the outcome that is desired from treatment, Dr. Rhee administers injections of the selected product into the target area. A fine needle is used for the injection, which is given under the skin to add volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm products contain a numbing agent so treatment should be easily tolerated. The hyaluronic acid particles immediately begin to bind to water molecules, so we can observe the results of treatment as we administer the product. This allows us to achieve the desired improvements and it allows each patient to see the changes they requested immediately.
How Long Do Juvéderm Results Last?
Results of treatment last from 12 months to 2 years depending on the product used and the speed at which the body naturally processes hyaluronic acid. Most patients remain satisfied with their appearance for several months after filler treatment.
Once treatment is completed, patients can return, with virtually no downtime, to their regular activities. For the first 24 hours after treatment, to reduce the risk of complications, patients should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and alcohol consumption.
Juvéderm Vs Botox
Botox and Juvéderm are both common injectables that are used to reduce the signs of facial aging. However, the hyaluronic acid in Juvéderm products refreshes the face in a different way than Botox. When we inject fillers, we add plumpness and structure by trapping water molecules in tissue. When Botox is injected, lines and wrinkles in the upper face are smoothed through action within the neuroreceptors in muscle tissue. Botox reduces muscle contractions, which decreases lines and can also lift a sagging brow.
Side Effects Of Juvéderm Treatments
Injectable treatments can be obtained on your lunch hour because side effects are so mild. Most people encounter only minor redness at injection points after getting dermal fillers. Slight swelling may occur but should resolve within a matter of hours. Though less common, some people notice subtle bruising in the area of injections. Because hyaluronic acid is a substance that the body makes organically, there is virtually no risk of adverse reaction to filler treatment.