Juvéderm™

Juvéderm™ is the injectable filler that everyone is talking about since its approval by the FDA in 2006. Largely comprised of Hyaluronic acid, Juvéderm™ has gained popularity as the go-to-filler for many dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and other Medical professionals looking to banish patients' nasolabial folds or "smiles lines." Nasolabial folds are also referred to as "marionette lines" because they resemble the lines on puppets that run vertically from the corners of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Juvéderm™ is also widely used a lip plumper, as well as to being used to fill in hollow places on the face and diminish the appearance of sunken scars by plumping up the skin. The key ingredient in Juvéderm™, Hyaluronic acid, absorbs up to 1000 times its weight in water, effectively plumping up sagging skin by adding volume and hydration under the surface. Plus, Hyaluronic acid attaches to collagen and elastin, and according to Allergan, the company that manufactures Juvéderm™, the filler actually adds collagen to the skin over time. The effects of fillers after injection can be spectacular and rewarding far beyond their cost and effort to maintain.

Where to get it: Only at the hands of a medical professional.

What to expect: Temporary redness and some slight swelling or bruising at the injection site. And it's an injection so, yes, expect some discomfort. To avoid pain, ask your doctor to apply a topical anesthesia before administering the injection.

When you'll see results: Results are immediate and side effects, such as swelling and redness, typically subside in 7 days or less.

What it costs: Here's where things get fuzzy. different patients require different amounts of Juvéderm™ to cure what ails them. So a flat price is hard to find. That said, many doctors offer complimentary consultations after which you should be given a clear idea of cost.

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