Juvederm: What is it and who can it help?
Over time, your face changes in many ways from years of smiling and laughing, often causing parenthesis lines. Parentheses lines are static lines that appear when your face is at rest. This happens over time as your skin loses some of the building blocks (hyaluronic acid and collagen) that give skin its structure. Juvederm smooths out these parentheses lines and allows for more youthful skin with a natural look.
Maybe you have started to see other signs of aging, such as your cheeks beginning to flatten or your skin may have begin to sag. While these changes are all a part of the normal aging process, genetics and environmental factors also play a role often causing changes to occur more quickly and/or more vividly. And while you may notice a change in the appearance of your skin, typically in the form of deepening parentheses lines and wrinkles, you may not notice the less obvious, age-related, midface volume loss that is often the cause for the more noticeable changes in your face. Juvederm is the answer to restoring volume in the desired areas of the face, making your vibrant smile and expressions the focal point of your face instead of deep parenthesis and vivid facial lines.
So what exactly is Juvederm?
Juvederm is an injectable filler that is made up of hyaluronic acid, a natural complex sugar that boosts skin’s elasticity, giving your face a smooth appearance. Juvederm is also used for enhancing lip volume and for reshaping cheek contours; it improves skin appearance by lifting and adding volume to the wrinkles and parenthesis lines in the treatment area. Then, after six to nine months, the biocompatible compound is naturally absorbed into the body. One advantage to Juvederm is its supple gel-like consistency, which may provide a smoother, more natural appearance.
Over time, most women find that their lips have lost volume and will thin; many of these women find that lip injections are the best way to replenish the lush, sensual appeal of full lips. Additionally, many people seek out lip injections because they naturally have thin lips and simply desire more fullness, or maybe they are simply seeking more symmetrical, even lips. Juvederm treatments can offer the desired lip-shape, structure and volume for not only your lips, but other problems areas of your face.
If you have always wanted slightly fuller lips because they are thin or perhaps they seem to disappear when you smile, lip injections through Juvederm might just be perfect for you. Dr. Gorin, M.D., board certified plastic surgeon, and his highly qualified staff of experienced professionals at Gorin Plastic Surgery will be happy to answer your questions about lip injections and/or Juvederm at your consultation to determine exactly how lush and full you would like your lips as well as the shape and look you would like. When lip injections are done by a licensed, trained, board-certified professional like Dr. Gorin who understands facial anatomy and is extremely experienced in administering Juvederm for lip injections, the results can be very natural. You and Dr. Gorin will review the shape of lips you have and want during your consultation, and you will make the necessary decisions as needed as everyone’s face and lips are different and the goal for each person also varies.
For your lip injections, your lips and the surrounding area will be numbed; patients often comment that they cannot feel any pain, just the pressure from lips expanding. After the lips are injected, Dr. Gorin will “mold” your mouth after each injection to ensure that the Juvederm settled in the right places as decided during consultation. In a matter of minutes, your lip injections will be completed and you will not be able to quit looking at your new, beautiful lips!
After surgery the vast majority of swelling will go down in about 48 hours. You will find that you will feel some slight pressure when it comes to your lips for about 48 hours after your lip injections (such as putting on lipstick or kissing). The pain, however, is often compared to the slight pain of a sunburn or a bruise. After the initial 48 hours, though, you will feel nothing but love for your new, sexy, lush lips!
Often patients worry about what happens to your lips after the initial three to six months that lip injections last. It is a common misconception that lips will get saggy, but your lips will simply go back to how they appeared prior to surgery and you can decide then if you would like to get lip injections again!