On October 1, 2015 the FDA cleared the dermal filler Juvederm for augmentation of the lips for people over the age of 21.
Juvederm is a dermal filler made by Allergan, the same company that makes Botox, Voluma, and Latisse, that has been used since 2006 for filling of age related volume loss in the lower face. The most common areas of treatment with Juvederm are the smile lines which extend from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth and the marionette lines which go from the corners of the mouth to the jawline. Juvederm is also used for the so called smokers lines, the vertical lines above and below the lips that are visible at rest for some people and become more pronouced when you purse your lips as in when kissing or sucking.
How else can I enhance my lips?
When do you see results with Juvederm?
The great thing about Juvederm, and other dermal fillers such as Voluma and Restylane, is that results are seen right away. There is ofen some swelling that is due to the injection itself. The swelling typically subsides within one to two weeks and final results are seen at that time. Appllying cold compresses such as ice packs will minimize swelling.
How long does Juvederm last?
In the clinical trials for Juvederm to treat the lips over 78 % of patients were satisfied with the look and feel of their lips at one year after the treatment. Seventy-nine percent of the patients in the trial saw a "meaningful improvement" in the fullness of their lips three months after their treatment.
Juvederm is a dermal filler used to treat age related volume loss. Botox is a purified protein used to treat wrinkles caused by facial expression. Both Juvederm and Botox treat wrinkles on the face, but different ones. Read this blog post to learn more about the difference between Juvederm and Botox.
Juvederm and Restylane are both dermal fillers that treat age related volume loss. Juvederm is more hydrophilic than Restylane. This means that it draws water into the area. This is good in the lower face. But in certain areas such as under the eyes it can look too puffy. So Restylane works better in these areas. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Alex to see what is best for you.
Juvederm and Voluma are also both dermal fillers that treat age related volume loss. Voluma is designed to go in the upper cheeks, restoring the loss of volume that occurs in this area naturally over time. Often times Voluma and Juvederm are used in combination.
Who should not receive Juvederm?
Juvederm treatment in the lips has not been studied in people younger than 21 years of age, women who are pregnant, women who are trying to get pregnant, or women who are breast feeding. You should not have a Juvederm treatment if you have previously had an adverse reaction with Juvederm or other hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane or Voluma. It should not be used in people who have severe allergies or in patients allergic to Gram-positive bacterial proteins of lidocaine.
What are the side effects of Juvederm?
The most common side effects of a Juvederm treatment are temporary injection site redness, bruising, swelling, itching, pain, tenderness to the touch, firmness, lumps, and bumps. Applying cold compresses such as ice packs after the treatment will minimize these reactions. Also, Dr. Alex recommends gently massaging the area five minutes at a time, five times per day, for the first five days to smoothen out any lumps or bumps.