> How long does a dermal filler treatment last?
Although you will notice changes immediately, it may take up to 2 weeks for the full results to develop. At first, the treatment might look fuller than it actually is.
Depending on the type of treatment, results can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. Since hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance, the rate at which your body metabolizes it, is another factor that affects how long a dermal treatment will last.
> How do I prepare for a dermal filler treatment?
You are advised to avoid certain medications and supplements for 1 week prior to your treatment to reduce the risk of bruising.
- Anti-inflammatory medications like Motrin and Aleve
- NSAIDS, such as cold medicines
- Blood thinners like garlic and fish oil
- Vitamin E, gingko biloba, ginseng, and St. John’s wort
Two days before the treatment, stop using topical anti-aging ointments, serums, and creams containing glycolic acid, retinoids, retinol, and Retin-A as they can irritate the skin and negatively impact treatment outcomes.
> What should I do after the dermal filler treatment?
You are advised to avoid touching or massaging the treated area for 24 hours. Strenuous exercise and alcohol should also be avoided for a few days after treatment.
For the first two weeks after a treatment, avoid unnecessary sun, heat, and cold exposure, as well as using any products on the skin that contain alcohol.
Avoid dental procedures for 2 weeks.
It is advised to return for a follow up visit 1-2 weeks after your treatment to address any issues or concerns.
> Are there any side effects?
The most common side effect is minor swelling and bruising at the injection site. Bruising can be hidden with a concealer. Skin redness or tenderness is also possible. These effects are temporary, and will subside quickly within 1-2 weeks.
The occurrence of cold sores around the mouth, or near an injection site, is something you want to tell your doctor about prior to treatment. He or she may prescribe an anti-viral medication to prevent an outbreak.
Also, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a history of excessive scarring and/or pigmentation. The safety of the products has not been studied for these situations.
The use of blood thinners, aspirin, and ibuprofen is also something you want to disclose as it can prolong bruising and bleeding.
For a complete list of possible side effects, visit the Juvederm website: https://www.juvederm.com
> What happens if I am unhappy with the result?
After 2-weeks, in the event that you are dissatisfied with how you look after receiving a dermal filler, a substance called hyaluronidase can be injected to dissolve the filler either partially, or completely.
> Who should not receive dermal fillers?
Do not use if you have a history of multiple severe allergies or severe allergic reactions (anaphylasix), or if you are allergic to lidocaine or the Gram-positive bacterial proteins used in Juvaderm products.
What is the cost of dermal filler treatment?
The cost will vary depending your personal goals, the areas being treated, and the amount of product that is required. Please contact us for a customized consultation, so we can provide you with the options available.