Juvaderm® is a hyaluronic acid based filler that helps smooth away creases and fine lines.  It has a unique formulation that includes a local anesthetic to help keep you comfortable during the injection.  Collagen fillers are primarily used to improve the appearance of the skins texture. It can help fill out deep facial wrinkles, creases and furrows, skin depressions and some types of scars. It can also be used to give a fuller, more sensuous look to the lips. Collagen is not usually sufficient for severe surface wrinkles on the face, such as multiple vertical “lipstick lines” that sometimes form around the mouth.   There are other options, such as laser resurfacing that yield better results with these lines.

Before Treatment

Prior to the start of treatment you will be seen in the office for a consultation  with Dr. Nichols where he will evaluate your facial structure and muscle movement in order to determine what treatment will deliver the best results.  During your consultation, we will discuss your goals and desires for treatment, and go over any concerns or questions you may have.

What to Expect

Juvaderm® is injected using a fine needle inserted at several points along the edge of the site. Overfilling is necessary to allow for absorption in the weeks following treatment. You may feel a slight stinging or burning as the site is injected however, most people report the injections to be of only minor discomfort.  We recommend applying ice over treated area for a few hours following injections.  Collagen fillers are considered low-risk treatment with only a slight chance of negative reaction or poor outcome, especially when injections are performed by a surgeon  with a great deal of technical expertise.  It’s possible, although rare for some patients to have an unanticipated response to injectable fillers such as bruising, irregular contours or other negative reactions.  Dr. Nichols will discuss all the risks and benefits associated with dermal fillers during your consultation so you are fully informed about what to expect.

Most patients resume normal activities following treatment in spite of some temporary puffiness over the area. Generally, within a few days this will resolve and the material is no longer visibly distinguishable from the surrounding skin.

Results of Collagen Injections

The results of your procedure will be visible anywhere from immediately to within a few days.  Deep lines and wrinkles should appear much less pronounced, and you should look rejuvenated in a way that’s subtle yet unmistakable.   The results from Juvaderm® will vary for each individual as will the length of time it will last.  Some patients have reported their treatment lasting a year or longer, while others report a duration of only 6 months. Therefore, repeated injections may be necessary.  Since the effects will wear off gradually over time, Dr. Nichols and his staff will discuss with you how to maintain your results with repeated treatments at the proper intervals necessary to maintain your new look long-term