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What is Juvederm Dermal Filler ?

JUVEDERM" Ultra injectable gel is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel that is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of hyaluronic acid in the skin is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the skin by holding in water, and to act as a cushioning agent.

What does it do ?

JUVEDERM injectable gel temporarily adds volume to facial tissue and restores a smoother appearance to the face.

How is it used ?

JUVEDERM injectable gel is injected into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds occur. JUVEDERM Ultra injectable gel temporarily adds volume to the skin and may give the appearance of a smoother surface.

What will it accomplish ?

JUVEDERM filler injectable gel will help to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing, and the results last about 9 months to 1 year.

What are the possible side effects ?

Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection-site reactions such as: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration.

As with all skin-injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.

Are there any reasons why I should not receive JUVEDERM injectable gel?

We will ask about your medical history to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for treatment.

JUVEDERM injectable gel should not be used in patients who have:

• Severe allergies marked by a history of anaphylaxis or history or

  presence of multiple severe allergies

• Patients with a history of allergies to Gram-positive bacterial proteins

Pregnant Women and Lactating mothers are advised not to undergo the treatment.

Do the injections hurt?

Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. JUVEDERM'" Ultra injectable gel is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort. Providers may choose to numb (anesthetize) the treatment area to further minimize discomfort.

What should I expect following the procedure?

We shall tell you what to expect following treatment with JUVEDERM"" Ultra injectable gel. Within the first 24 hours, you should avoid strenuous exercise, extensive sun or heat exposure, and alcoholic beverages. Exposure to any of the above may cause temporary redness, swelling, and/or itching at the injection sites. If there is swelling, you may need to place an ice pack over the swollen area. You should ask us when makeup may be applied after your treatment.

Does the correction last forever ?

No. Correction is temporary; therefore, touch-up injections as well as repeat injections are usually needed to maintain optimal correction. Less material (about half the amount) is usually needed for repeat injections.

What other treatments are available to me?

Other treatments for dermal soft-tissue augmentation include bovine-based collagen and other hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers.

Apart from these treatments, additional options for the correction of lines and wrinkles do exist, including facial creams, Anti-Wrinkles treatment (Botulinum Toxin Type A), chemical peels, and laser skin surface treatments, and may be discussed with your us.

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