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If you have been looking for a way to turn back the clock but do not want to undergo plastic surgery, an injectable filler may be a more practical option. Much less expensive than cosmetic surgery, dermal fillers are less invasive and allow you to make subtle changes in your appearance with no surprise results. Your face will have a softer, more youthful appearance without surgery, scarring or recuperation time.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is an inject able dermal filler than plumps up the areas around the nose and mouth that are referred to as “laugh lines”. These are actually fine lines or wrinkles that develop due to normal aging. It is also used for lip augmentation and for facial scars and furrows. Juvederm was approved by the Food and Drug Administration  based on research from comparative studies with another injectable filler.
How Does it Work?
The chief ingredient in Juvederm is hyaluronic acid which is used by cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists to hydrate the skin and restore firmness making the appearance of fine lines disappear. Hyaluronic acid absorbs water and binds with the collagen in the skin to restore tightness and firmness of the skin which is why it is so popular with dermatologists and patients alike.
The injections are placed in the dermis layer of the skin where it adds moisture and volume to the tissues improving the appearance of the skin. The liquid is biocompatible and gets absorbed into the body within about six to nine months.
Benefits of Juvederm
One of the key benefits of Juvederm is the fact that the effects last longer than with some other injectables so there is no need for as many repeat treatments. There is also less pain from injections since Juvederm also contains lidocaine, a numbing agent, to reduce the amount of discomfort a patient may feel.
Is it Safe?
There are little to no side effects as hyaluronic acid is found naturally occurring in the body anyway. The only reported side effects are redness of the skin near the site of the injection which goes away after a day or so and possibly minimal tenderness and swelling.
Juvederm is F.D.A approved as a dermal filler and is considered safe because its chief components are natural, biodegradable compounds which are the same as the dermis itself. There are little allergen concerns because it is made with no animal by-products to cause a reaction, although it should be avoided by patients with a history of severe allergies or anaphylaxis.
What to Expect from Treatment
The procedure is quick and easy and takes only a few minutes. Dr Bishara will explain how the procedure works and answer any questions or concerns you may have. After the treatment you should avoid consuming any alcohol or performing strenuous activities for 24 hours. You should see improvement in the skin surface right away which should last for a minimum of six months with minimal follow up appointments after that to maintain a youthful appearance.
Mark A Bishara, M.D., P.A. Medical Director
This Information is Brought to you courtesy of Dr. Mark Bishara and The Paragon Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Mansfield and Southlake.
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