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When you look in the mirror, are your eyes immediately drawn to fine lines, wrinkles and other visible signs of aging? Are you looking for a safe, non-surgical option to reduce the appearance of smile lines, marionette lines and thinning lips? VITAHL Chicago proudly offers Juvéderm® injectable treatments as a safe and effective option to smooth and lift facial features and subtly enhance thinning lips.

What is Juvéderm®?

Juvéderm® is an injectable, smooth consistency gel filler made from cross-linked hyaluronic acid. A Juvéderm treatment instantly smooths and “fills in” moderate to severe facial lines and furrows and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. It can also be used to decrease the appearance of “smoker’s lines” around the mouth, reduce eye bags and rejuvenate and restore volume to the hands.

Juvéderm® is the first FDA-approved dermal filler proven to be safe and effective in persons of color with no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring. Juvéderm® comes in two formulations: Juvéderm® Ultra and Juvéderm® Ultra Plus. Our team at VITAHL Chicago will help you determine which formulation is the best fit to help you reach your aesthetic goals.

What is hyaluronic acid?

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found throughout the connective, epithelial and neural tissues in the human body. This compound helps hydrate your skin and add volume and is also used to treat arthritic joints and is helpful in your body’s natural wound repair processes.

What are the benefits of a Juvéderm® treatment?

Juvéderm offers many benefits to those suffering from milder, early onset signs of again. For those who wish to postpone or avoid a more invasive procedure, a Juvéderm treatment can effectively treat aging signs without invasive surgery, excessive risks or lengthy recovery times. The benefits of a Juvéderm treatment include:

  • smoother, younger looking skin
  • no downtime or recovery period after treatments
  • customizable treatments to ensure you get just enough rejuvenation
  • quick, outpatient treatment sessions, typically between 15 and 30 minutes
  • long-lasting results in excess of 12 months in many cases

What are the side effects?

Possible side effects include slight bruising, swelling, redness or itching at the injection site, headache, and lumpiness or bumps in the treatment area, usually a result of swelling and temporary accumulation of fluids. These side effects should subside within a few days of the treatment, leaving you to enjoy your great results.

Am I a candidate for Juvéderm®?

Juvéderm® is an option for men and women interested in a non-surgical option to correct moderate to severe facial lines or folds and thinning lips. Treatment is approved based on a candidate’s overall health, medical history, treatment goals and expectations. There are a few contraindications for Juvéderm, and they include severe allergies, allergies to Gram-positive bacterial proteins or lidocaine, and a history of anaphylaxis. If you have ever had problems with any of these conditions, discuss alternatives for facial rejuvenation with your doctor.

What will happen during my Juvéderm® treatment?

You can have a Juvéderm procedure quickly, in your doctor’s office, on an outpatient basis. You also do not have to prepare yourself in any special way before having your Juvéderm procedure. On the day of your treatment visit, your doctor will assign you to a comfortable procedure room where you can relax while your doctor cleanses the treatment area or areas, and you wait for your treatment.

Your doctor will then measure out the precise amount of injectable predetermined to give you the level of rejuvenation you desire. After several quick and relatively pain-free injections, your Juvéderm treatment will be complete, and you can leave your doctor’s office and immediately return to your normal, daily routine. You won’t have any special aftercare instructions to follow, either.

How long before I notice results?

Once you have received your Juvéderm filler injections, you won’t have to wait for results to appear over time. Juvéderm often gives patients results on the same day as their procedure. The only thing you will have to wait for is for the temporary bruising and swelling you will experience after the procedure to subside, which may take only a few days to resolve. Once these temporary side effects pass, you can enjoy your long-lasting, new younger look.

How long do the effects last?

You can enjoy the benefits of your Juvéderm filler procedure for many months. While every patient will experience a different length of results, on average, you can expect the results from your Juvéderm treatment to last from four to nine months. You may need multiple Botox® treatments to achieve your desired results; this will depend on the initial condition of your skin. You will need periodic follow-ups to maintain your results, and you can schedule these with your doctor based on their recommendation and your personal needs.

Juvéderm® vs. Botox® — what’s the difference?

Botox® is not a filler; it is a neuromodulator created using a purified strain of botulinum that is injected into the facial muscles. This neuromodulator causes your muscles to relax, temporarily reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Results can be noticeable 24 to 48 hours after treatment and may last up to four months. Juvéderm®, on the other hand, is a smooth gel dermal filler used to restore volume to the skin and treat wrinkles and folds resulting from loss of volume. Results are immediate and can last approximately 12 months.

Depending on the severity of your facial aging symptoms and the level of rejuvenation you seek, you can have a Juvéderm treatment together with a Botox® treatment to maximize your results. Botox® tends to work well treating “dynamic” wrinkles, those which are created by muscle contractions which fold the skin, while Juvéderm works well in addressing the deeper facial lines that result from your facial anatomy. Since each treatment resolves different types of facial aging symptoms, taken together, they can be very beneficial for many patients who want more rejuvenation but wish to avoid more invasive options. Your doctor will discuss the best combination of options to treat your symptoms during your consultation.

A Juvéderm® treatment by VITAHL can help restore smoother, younger-looking skin!

You can resolve the facial signs of aging while still avoiding surgery. Juvéderm gives you an effective treatment to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, and if you have more severe signs of aging, the cosmetic medicine experts at VITAHL can work with you to define a treatment plan that includes a combination of treatments to give you the youngest and most refreshed look — without looking overdone.

Call VITAHL today at 312-634-6100 to discuss your treatment options and start the journey towards looking your best. You can put your best face forward now with VITAHL!