Using hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers are becoming more and more popular in recent years as soft tissue augmentation agents. These fillers are the ones being used in JuveDerm. As a matter of fact, HA fillers ranked fifth among the most common non-surgical procedures being performed in the United States, according to the survey of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). The one on the top of the list is still botulinum toxin or Botox, followed by laser hair removal, chemical peels and microdermabrasion.

Although JuveDerm, for instance, is already being used widely, this does not give license to be hasty when having it. There are still some aspects that everyone should understand. These include the precautionary measures, possible side effects, expectations, as well as the dos and don’ts.

Precautionary Measures

JuveDerm must only be administered by trained professionals. Doing it alone might inject the gel into the blood vessels, which is absolutely wrong. When injected in the blood vessels, this might cause skin inflammation.

What are the possible side effects?

Side effects are common in most non-surgical skin-related cosmetic procedures. However, they are not fatale at all. As a matter of fact, they are just mild and they only last short (around seven days or even less). Nevertheless, it is still prudent to be aware of these common side effects, which include the following:

  • Redness

  • Tenderness or pain

  • Firmness

  • Swelling

  • Bumps and lumps

  • Bruising

  • Itching

  • Discoloration

Upon seeing any of the foregoing, there is no reason to panic yet. This is because most of these are just because of the natural reactions of the body. Hence, they will eventually disappear. However, if there are already redness and visible swelling on the injected part for a couple of days, it would be good to consult a physician right away.

What can be expected after the Procedure?

There are two (2) most common concerns when it comes to skin-related non-invasive procedures. These are about the pain and effects. For the former, the patient might feel discomfort during and even after administering the injection. Well, this is because JuveDerm is being injected directly to the skin of the patient. Nevertheless, there are some variants of this skin-care product that already contain local anaesthetic to lessen the pain.

In terms of the latter, its effects will last between nine months and one year. Nevertheless, there are some cases when re-injections might be needed, depending on the condition of the skin being treated and the amount of the JuveDerm injected. For instance, there are smaller injections, usually half the amount of the standard, which might require repeat procedures to get the best results.

Some Do’s and Don’ts

After having the procedure, the patient is expected not to engage into any strenuous exercises within 24 hours. The patient should also avoid extreme exposure to sun and heat. Aside from that, consumption of alcoholic beverages should also be prohibited. This is because exposure or consumption of any of the foregoing may lead to swelling or redness of the affected part of the skin, as well as itching near and at the injection site.