Juvederm®

OVERVIEW

Juvederm is a popular derma filler that is manufactured from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance produced by the body. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Leo Lapuerta uses Juvederm to improve hollow areas on the face where additional contour and volume is desired. Hyaluronic acid injections, such as Juvederm, also work to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that contribute to a healthy skin elasticity. While there are many hyaluronic acid-based fillers on the market today, Juvederm has been proven to provide safe, effective and lasting results for up to a full year. There are two types of Juvederm available on the market: Juvederm XC, which is used to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles around the mouth and nose, and Juvederm Voluma XC, which works great for adding volume to the cheeks. Dr. Lapuerta offers Juvederm at his facilities in Houston, Pearland and Katy, Texas.

  • Review from S.C.
  • Source: Yelp
  • Oct 20, 2015
"This is the second time I have used Dr. Lapuerta for Juvederm fillers, and he is wonderful. Excellent bedside manner, explains everything in detail and he is very realistic of expectations and results, true professional. His office staff are very friendly and helpful and I would definitely recommend their services. "

WHAT TO EXPECT

Juvederm is a gel substance that is administered via a fine needle directly into the skin. There is no sedation needed, although a numbing cream is usually applied first to help with any discomfort. The injection sites will be sterilized and marked with ink. Once the filler is injected, results are immediately noticeable. The practitioner may massage the treated area so the filler spreads evenly. Other than temporary redness, the treatment has no after effect that will prevent a patient from going back to normal routine. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise for approximately 24 hours. After a Juvederm injection, the face will look refreshed, softer and smoother.

EXPECTED COST

One full syringe of Juvederm may cost between $400 to $1,000. The final cost of treatment will depend on how many syringes of the product were used. Some sessions may take 2-3 syringes. During the consultation, this can be discussed in detail according to the practitioner’s assessments. Another factor to consider in pricing is that this treatment must be repeated after a year as Juvederm will be naturally reabsorbed by the body over time.

PLAN YOUR PROCEDURE

  • Average Procedure Time
  • 15-30 Minutes
  • Post-op Follow-up
  • 2 Weeks
  • Procedure Recovery Location
  • Outpatient

JUVEDERM FAQS

HOW PAINFUL?
This procedure is almost pain-free. This really is determined on a patient’s overall pain tolerance. The product is administered with a fine injection needle and a numbing cream is usually applied first to help with any discomfort. After the treatment, tingling sensations may occur, and there could be some swelling and bruising. These after effects are temporary and usually subside within a few hours.
ANTI-AGING ALTERNATIVES?
Derma fillers have an outstanding track record for successfully reducing signs of aging with less risk than surgical cosmetic treatments. Other nonsurgical options include wrinkle relaxers, such as BOTOX and Dysport. Severe cosmetic issues such as loose and sagging skin may be better resolved by a surgical facelift. The approach taken will be based on the patient’s cosmetic condition and aesthetic goals.
BACK TO 20?
It is important to set realistic expectations when undergoing any cosmetic enhancement procedure. While the treatment does take years off the face, it can only do so much for patients who have severe wrinkles and skin irregularities. Juvederm will definitely help decrease fine wrinkles and creases, and the skin will appear smoother and softer.
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