There are many age-defying, cosmetic procedures people can undertake and have done to them. The most extreme, invasive, and complex of these is plastic surgery, also called “cosmetic surgery” or “aesthetic surgery.” It involves cutting away skin and fascia while stretching and rearranging the remainder. While this may sound unpleasant, studies have shown it is usually the quickest and most effective procedure by far. It is also the most invasive, and can involve a great deal of pain and extended recovery. For many, the discomfort is worth it. Others, however, can afford to spend the time in recovery, or the prospect of pain and discomfort is just too great. For there people, there are much less invasive solutions. These include paralytics like Botox and fillers like collagen and a new, exciting product call Juvederm.
While any of the above options can produce excellent results, the new technology of JUVÉDERM™ (administered through many clinics’ MediSpa services). The many advantages that distinguish Juvederm from other cosmetic procedures are explained below.
- Juvederm is completely Noninvasive, involving no incision or removal of the skin or fascia. It is an injectable gel appropriate for patients between the ages of 35 and 65 years-old.
- Juvederm is not collagen. Instead, it is hyaluronic acid, a product recently approved and declared safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It is considered by many to be softer and more pliable than collagen. Studies have shown Juvederm is also longer-lasting than collagen and other injectables.
- There are three version of this injectable product. Juvederm XC is designed to be injected into the face and nasal labial folds to reduce moderate to severe wrinkling around the mouth.
- Juvederm Ultra XC, on the other hand, is meant to augment the lips (much like collagen) and the perioral area (which is around the lips).
- Juvederm Voluma XC is a deeper injection meant to fill out sunken cheeks and fill out the face in people over the age of 21.
Like all cosmetic procedures, there is the possibility of some side effects. With Juvederm, these include rare occurrences of swelling, discomfort of up to four weeks in duration, and possible injection into blood vessels. Despite these minor risks, Juvederm has already proven itself to be a product with a great future.