JUVÉDERM® for Lip Injections & Cheek Enhancement in Vancouver, BC
The plump appearance of healthy skin is due to hyaluronic acid. Babies feel so nice because their skin is full of hyaluronic acid. As you age, levels of natural hyaluronic acid in the skin decrease with time, sun exposure and other environmental factors. In fact, one can define aging skin as the loss of hyaluronic acid. The result? Lines, furrows and wrinkles. JUVÉDERM® is a hyaluronic acid filler that we use for wrinkle correction, lip injections, and cheek enhancement in our Vancouver, BC centre. JUVÉDERM® addresses the signs of ageing from the inside out.
With the JUVÉDERM® Revitalizer, you can see for yourself how much better you can look with improved facial volume.
Benefits of JUVÉDERM®
We use JUVÉDERM® at Vancouver Laser & Skin Care Centre for adding volume to the lips or the face. Its many benefits include:
- Long history of safety and success
- No allergy testing necessary
- Natural, long lasting, but not permanent
- Restores volume and fullness instantly
- Smoothes wrinkles and folds
- Provides luscious lips
How JUVÉDERM® Works
All young smooth skin has one thing in common: hyaluronic acid. Found in all skin tissue and identical from species to species, this building block of sorts fills out the space between collagen and elastin fibers in the skin, holding in water and maintaining the skin’s volume. With age, levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin decrease and so we end up with furrows, wrinkles, and often thinner lips. By injecting hyaluronic acid into the skin, we can mimic the effects of natural hyaluronic acid and produce the look and feel of hydrated skin. By filling depressions in the skin, wrinkles and folds are considerably softened and/or eliminated. While they are both injectables, JUVÉDERM® works very differently than BOTOX® Cosmetic, which targets a different kind of wrinkle.
What to Expect
The hyaluronic acid is injected directly into the skin in tiny amounts using an ultra fine needle. JUVÉDERM® Ultra™ and Ultra™ Plus are now formulated with lidocaine, a local anesthetic that makes the treatment simple with minimal discomfort. If a patient wishes, we also offer local anaesthetic blocks to make the entire procedure painless. This is particularly effective for lip enhancement. Many of our Vancouver patients have had painful experiences with lip injections due to inadequate local anaesthetic agents – there is no need to feel any pain. The procedure is convenient and results are instantaneous.
Each procedure is customized. Most patients choose to have a follow up treatment between 4 and 6 months after the initial treatment. As the gel breaks down, water takes its place. When totally absorbed, the gel disappears unnoticed from the body.
Comparison to Other Hyaluronic Fillers
JUVÉDERM® is made from hyaluronic acid fragments that are cross-linked to form a very smooth syrup that is extremely unlikely to form any nodules or cause a skin reaction. In comparison, Restylane® and Perlane® use a stiffer formulation of hyaluronic acid. In our opinion, it is the best, most natural filler available. Furthermore, if a patient does not like their “fill,” the JUVÉDERM® can be dissolved with a natural enzyme within hours – the skin would be restored to its former state as it appeared prior to the JUVÉDERM® injection.
Four Different Strengths
JUVÉDERM® XC is the least viscous of all the JUVÉDERM® family of products. It is a very fine hyaluronic acid filler used for fine lines which require very superficial injections. Alternatively, we may use Teosyal Redensity II which is also a fine hyaluronic acid filler that can be used to address tear troughs and under eye hollows.
JUVÉDERM® Ultra™ XC is a medium viscosity hyaluronic filler used primarily for lip enhancement and deeper lines. JUVÉDERM® Ultra™ is also available with lidocaine – the addition of lidocaine to the filler results in much more comfortable injection experience for the patient. We almost always use JUVÉDERM® Ultra™ with lidocaine.
JUVÉDERM® Ultra™ Plus XC is a higher viscosity hyaluronic acid filler used for deeper folds on the face, like the nasolabial folds. It provides more “lift” than JUVÉDERM® Ultra™ and is also available with lidocaine for increased comfort. We almost always use JUVÉDERM® Ultra™ Plus with lidocaine.
JUVÉDERM® Voluma™ is the highest viscosity hyaluronic acid filler in the JUVÉDERM® family of products. It is also used to deliver natural-looking fullness to sunken cheeks and jawlines. Your injector will be able to determine the right JUVÉDERM® product specifically for you.
JUVÉDERM® VOLIFT® is the latest innovation with lidocaine which delivers a natural look and feel and is excellent for smoothing nasolabial folds. JUVÉDERM® VOLIFT® with lidocaine has an estimated duration of 15 months.
How to Minimize Bruising
Unfortunately, a small minority of patients will get a small bruise following a JUVÉDERM® injection. We will use a tiny needle. Although every effort is undertaken to reduce the chance of bruising, it is possible to receive a bruise from an injection. Bruising can be covered with makeup. Please ask us about makeup suggestions.
By following these instructions, you will reduce the chance of bruising.
- Avoid aspirin (ASA) and vitamin E for 7 days prior to your appointment. ASA thins the blood. Vitamin E also can result in more bruising.
- Avoid ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), anti-inflammatory drugs (ex. Aleve, naproxen), for 3 days prior to your appointment. Tylenol (acetaminophen) is fine, and does not increase bruising.
- Avoid herbal medications like ginko biloba for 3 days prior to your appointment.
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours prior to your appointment.
- Eat 2 kiwi fruit per day for 2 days prior to your appointment. Kiwi fruit contains bromelain, which helps reduce bruising.
- We may provide you with pharmaceutical grade bromelain to reduce bruising. This herb should be started 24 hours prior to your appointment.
- If you are on blood thinners, or have any bruising problems, please notify the doctor prior to your treatment.
- Avoid scheduling filler injections immediately prior to important social engagements!
JUVÉDERM® Before and After Photos
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