At Advanced Dermatology and Laser Institute in Seattle, Dr. Greene is an expert in the field of Injectables.
Juvéderm is a smooth gel injectable filler made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body) used by our expert injectors to effectively soften those deep folds and lines that develop over time in the face. The official approval by the FDA for Juvéderm is for nasolabial folds, or more commonly known as “smile lines.” In addition to the nasolabial folds it is also very commonly used to enhance the size and shape of lips.
The primary use of Juvéderm injectable is to add volume back to your face. Over time, areas of the face naturally lose volume as a part of the aging process. By injecting Juvéderm into these areas of the face, we can smooth out wrinkles and folds by adding back that precious volume that has been lost. Juvéderm can be used to improve the following areas:
Juvéderm is injected into the skin to create volume, resulting in a healthy and rejuvenated appearance. Using a very fine needle, to minimize pain or discomfort, our expert dermatologist will inject small amounts of Juvéderm into the area where results are desired. The Juvéderm injections create volume by filling your lips, wrinkles or folds, for a more youthful appearance. When injected into the lip it can restore a more natural and plump look. This treatment is generally quick and simple. Afterwards you may experience some very minor side effects including swelling, redness and some tenderness. These side effects do not last more than a day or so.
Yes. The mechanism of action for Juvéderm is different than Botox because Juvéderm adds back volume whereas Botox Cosmetic simply stops muscle contraction. These very different methods yield different results. However, Juvéderm and Botox are often used together to give you greater results. We use Botox to prevent new wrinkles from forming and Juvéderm to fill the ones that you already have. Additionally, studies have shown that combining Botox with Juvéderm the results of the treatment will last longer. By minimizing muscle contractions with Botox, the effects of Juvéderm last longer. During your consultation, Dr. Greene will let you know if this combination will work for you.
Juvéderm (hyaluronic acid) is currently available in 2 different versions. These variations are very similar, but it is important to know the difference. Juvéderm Ultra Plus is a thicker version of the Juvéderm injectable gel. Having a ‘thicker’ gel is useful for deeper lines in your face and capable of filling in those wide areas, whereas regular Juvéderm is meant for finer lines and wrinkles. So think of Juvéderm Ultra Plus as just a thicker formula of the original Juvéderm injectable gel.