We offer many different types of injectable treatments at our Chicago location!
This injectable gel mimics the hyaluconic acid found in the body to replace volume, smooth deeper folds as well as soften fine lines and wrinkles with immediate results.
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Dermal fillers have truly revolutionized dermatology and medical aesthetics. A single treatment can give instant results and can be quite long lasting.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are biocompatible, injectable substances that create lift, add volume, and restore a more youthful appearance to certain areas of the face that show signs of aging.
What is in the filler?
The most common fillers are made of a soft gel consisting of non-animal hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that naturally occurs in the human body, and it is found in our skin. It helps hydrate and adds volume to the skin. It is naturally broken down by our own bodies. Dermal fillers consisting of hyaluronic acid include Juvederm, and Voluma.
Other fillers, such as Radiesse, consist of synthetic calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel. Calcium hydroxylapatite is a natural mineral component found in bone. These microspheres stimulate your own collagen. Over time, the body degrades the calcium hydroxylapatite and gel, leaving behind your natural collagen.
JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC – A Natural-Looking Filler for Smile and Frown Lines
Juvéderm VOLLURE™ is the first “utility” filler that has ever been approved showing longevity up to 18 months (in 62% of people) in a clinical study. Within the same family, JuvédermVOLUMA™ is best for volume correction such as cheeks, and when this was approved, its longevity of up to 2 years changed the shape of the filler landscape.
Juvéderm VOLLURE™ is for everything else: nasolabial folds (smile line) and melolabial folds (frown lines/downturned mouths). VOLLURE™ is very soft and pliable like Juvéderm Ultra, which has been used as a workhorse filler, but the superior longevity of VOLLURE™ means you can get a better value and do not have to come to the office as often for maintenance of your fillers. VOLLURE™ can also be injected under the eyes for a natural appearance to fill in hollowness.
JUVEDERM® FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How do Juvederm Ultra & Juvederm Ultra Plus Work?
Hyaluronic acid gel fills in areas in the face that are sunken or lined, resulting in a smoother, younger appearance. Hyaluronic acid binds with water to help restore youthful plumpness and fullness. Results are temporary, but typically last up to a year. Repeated treatments are recommended to help maintain your youthful appearance.
Juvederm Ultra XC is a thinner gel consistency that uses hyaluronic acid to bind with water and correct the appearance of moderate wrinkles and folds. Juvederm Ultra Plus XC, a thicker hyaluronic gel formulation, is better for deeper set wrinkles.
How is Juvederm administered?
The gel is injected into the skin with a thin needle by a board-certified dermatologist. Depending on the patient’s needs, a topical anesthetic may be used to help maintain comfort during the procedure.
Who is a good candidate for filler treatments?
Any healthy adult with wrinkles, lines or acne scars who wants the skin on his or her face to appear smoother, plumper and younger is an ideal candidate for the injectable procedure. Some patients who are looking for facial balance, such as with an injury that caused a sunken appearance in the face, may also find that Juvederm can help restore facial symmetry.
What is in Juvederm?
Juvederm is made of hyaluronic acid, an element that naturally occurs in the skin, but breaks down as we age. When it’s not cross-linked, the compound acts as a viscous liquid and is absorbed readily by the body. Cross-linking the material transforms it into a gel that is broken down much more slowly by the body. Hyaluronic acid absorbs moisture, lending a more hydrated, radiant appearance to the skin.
Are dermal filler treatments painful? Can anesthesia be used?
Most patients report that there is little to no discomfort during a Juvederm dermal filler treatment. Your provider may use a topical anesthetic or another form of the filler that also contains lidocaine, to minimize your discomfort during the procedure.
How long do filler treatments take? When will I see results?
It only takes about 15 minutes for the filler to be injected into the skin. Allow yourself about 30 minutes total for treatment time.
Juvederm fillers are fast acting and show results immediately. However, as some swelling may occur, it will take a few days for you to see the full effects that Juvederm will have on your appearance. You will come in for a follow-up appointment so that we can assess the full results of your treatment and decide if a little more filler should be added in order to give you the best results.
How long does Juvederm last?
You’ll retain your youthful volume for approximately 10 to 12 months following the procedure. Some patients choose to get touch ups throughout the year as well, as every patient is different.
Is there any downtime?
Although you shouldn’t perform any activities like exercising or sunbathing that could increase swelling at the injection sites for 24 hours following the procedure, you can go back to work or hang out with friends as soon as the procedure is over. Note that you may have some swelling, tenderness and bruising in the injection areas.
Who shouldn’t get Juvederm?
Women who are pregnant or nursing may not be candidates for the procedure, as well as individuals with numerous allergies or those who are allergic to lidocaine or any other ingredients within the Juvederm filler product. Patients who are on medications that could interact with Juvederm are also not candidates. The best way to find out if Juvederm is a safe option for you is to schedule a consultation with our top notch dermatologic staff.
What are the potential side effects?
Although Juvederm fillers have few side effects, some people may experience mild redness, sensitivity, swelling, slight bruising, itchiness, lumps in the injected areas and discoloration. All injection treatments pose a slight risk of infection, similar to when you receive a vaccination or have blood drawn.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FILLERS
What are the benefits of fillers?
As we age, we lose volume in key areas of the face. This contributes to folds, wrinkles, hollow temples, thinning lips, sunken eyes, and an older appearance to the face. Fillers can be used to restore this volume loss, smooth out folds and wrinkles, and improve contours to achieve natural results without altering facial expression. Certain fillers can also be used to correct scars.
How long do the results last?
The effects are long lasting but not permanent. They last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years, depending on a number of factors including the patient’s age, area treated, type of filler used, quantity of filler used, and lifestyle.
Does it hurt?
Most patients experience only mild discomfort. A local anesthetic cream can be applied to the skin prior to the treatment for a more comfortable experience. Many of our fillers are also formulated with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort.
Is there any downtime?
No! You can go right back to your normal routine. However, I always advise my patients that they may have some bruising or swelling, so it is best not to schedule a filler appointment right before any important event.
What are the risks and side effects?
In general, dermal fillers are considered very safe. The most common reactions are redness, swelling, bruising, itching, and tenderness. These are typically mild and resolve spontaneously in 1-7 days for most patients. Other side effects are very rare.
Will I look natural?
When fillers are used in the appropriate amount and placed in the right location, the result is a beautiful, natural, youthful outcome. Fillers are not meant to create totally different features. In the hands of an experienced provider that has extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, the outcome simply enhances one’s own facial features.
Which filler do I need?
The choice of filler depends on the individual patient, their treatment goals, and personal facial anatomy.