JUVÉDERM® FAQs

For a non-surgical procedure to smooth lines and and enhance your lips, JUVÉDERM® may be a good solution. Please call Dr. Garcia’s office to learn more our injectable filler treatment. Have questions? Below are some of the most popular questions our previous JUVÉDERM® patients have asked us.

What Is JUVÉDERM®?

JUVÉDERM® is a non-surgical filler, made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid (HA), used by Dr. Garcia to smooth lines and enhance lips. HA is a naturally occurring substance found in your skin. As you age, you start to lose HA, which causes the skin to lose structure and volume, contributing to the formation of wrinkles and folds.

Why Should I Consider JUVÉDERM®?

As you age, your skin loses HA resulting in facial wrinkles and folds, like those “parentheses” lines around your mouth. Juvederm can also be used to enhance the lips, improving the definition of the lip lines or adding more volume. Talk with Dr. Garcia to find out if Juvederm is for you.

What Are The Injection-Related Side Effects Of JUVÉDERM®?

Side effects associated with the injection include localized pain, inflammation, tenderness, swelling, redness and or bleeding/bruising. The mild redness and swelling at the injection site is temporary.

How Can I Reduce My Risks Of Bleeding Or Bruising From JUVÉDERM®?

Bruising is an expected side effect of any injectable procedure.  Here are a few tips to help minimize your bruising risk:

  • One week prior to injections avoid the following medications/supplements: aspirin, NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Aleve, Motrin etc.), St. John’s Wort, Vitamin E, Multivitamins, Krill Oil, Fish Oils, Flaxseed Oils, Omega-3, Gingko, Ginseng, Garlic and Glucosamine.  *Consult your primary care physician before discontinuing any normally prescribed medication.
  • Eat FRESH pineapple twice a day for two days as it  contains bromelain that has been known to decrease bruising.  You can also take bromelain supplements 2 weeks prior to injections.
  • No alcohol consumption 2 days prior to injections
  • Dr. Garcia also recommends taking Arnica Montana for 3-5 days prior to your treatment to reduce the risk of bruising and swelling.  We recommend 4 tablets, four times a day.

Do not use Arnica if you have active heart disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, or are taking Coumadin, Lovenox, Heparin, or Xarelto. If you have a medical condition that affects clotting or are on a medication which affects bloods clotting, you must get your primary care doctor’s approval before taking arnica.

 

How Long Do The Results Of JUVÉDERM® Last?

Depending on the treatment area, most patients experience results for six to twelve months; your own results may vary. Dr. Garcia recommends enhancing your results with proper skin care. Our practice offers a full line of Authentic SkinMedica Skin Care Products.

What Can I Expect During A JUVÉDERM® Injection Procedure?

After a topical numbing agent is applied, Dr. Garcia injects JUVÉDERM® under your skin using a fine needle to instantly smooth out the wrinkles and folds on your face, or to instantly add volume to the lips. Dr. Garcia chooses to use JUVÉDERM® XC in his treatments, which is formulated with lidocaine for a more comfortable treatment experience.

How Long Does A JUVÉDERM® Injection Treatment Take?

Once the topical anesthetic is applied, you will want to allow 30 minutes for the topical to take effect. Depending on the number of areas to be treated, the injection time may vary from 15 minutes to 30 minutes or more. Touch-up injections as well as repeat injections are usually needed to maintain optimal results. Less gel is usually needed for repeat injections.

What Is The Difference Between JUVÉDERM® XC And JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC?

JUVÉDERM® XC is a non-surgical filler uses to instantly smooth out moderate to severe lines and folds along the sides of your nose and mouth, as well as enhance the lips. Natural-looking results may last up to one year with optimal treatment.

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is the first and only injectable gel that is FDA-approved to instantly correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area for people over 21. It adds volume, creating contour and lift for up to two years with optimal treatment.

Can Treatment With JUVÉDERM® XC And JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC Be Administered At The Same Time?

JUVÉDERM® XC and JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC are approved to treat different areas of the face. So yes, treatments can be done at the same time.