Managing Juvéderm® Side Effects

Given the aging Baby Boomer generation (those born approximately between 1946 and 1964), and Generation X following quickly on their heels (those born approximately between 1965 and 1983), it should come as no great surprise that Dr. Mark Deuber is seeing an increase in the number of patients within these age brackets who are looking to improve their facial appearance.

Many of these patients are interested in non-surgical techniques, such as dermal fillers, to give them the results they want, but with less recovery time, lower risk of complications, and less severe side effects. Here, Dr. Deuber discusses normal side effects to expect after a session with Juvéderm®, one of the more popular dermal fillers.

What Is Juvéderm?

Like other dermal fillers, Juvéderm works to fill out areas of the face that have lost volume due to the natural effects of aging. It is a gel made with hyaluronic acid, which is a protein the body uses to fill out the skin over the skeletal framework.

There are several types of Juvéderm available, depending on the type of work you wish done. It can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the mouth, as well as those leading from the bottom of the mouth down to the upper lip. It can also fill out the cheeks, as well as plump the lips.

Dr. Deuber injects the Juvéderm just under the skin at the area to be filled. Results can last up to a year.

Bruising at the Injection Sites

Bruising at the injection sites is one of the most common side effects following Juvéderm injections. It is actually part of the body’s natural defense system to being punctured with a needle, similar to when you get blood drawn.

There are several things you can do before and after your treatment to reduce the amount and severity of bruising. You should stop any use of alcohol and tobacco products starting at least one week prior to your procedure, as these may affect how fast your blood clots and also dry out your skin. After your procedure, you can apply cold compresses or cold blue gel packs to the injection sites once the bleeding has stopped.

Swelling at Injection Sites

Similar to bruising, swelling is also part of your body’s natural defense system. Taking the herb Arnica Montana starting a few days prior to your procedure can help reduce swelling and bruising. Cold compresses and blue gel packs will also reduce swelling. Both bruising and swelling should begin to subside within a few days after your procedure.

Bleeding at the Injection Sites

There should only be a minimal amount of bleeding at the injection sites, if any. However, let Dr. Deuber know if you are taking any blood thinner medications, such as ibuprofen or Coumadin (warfarin). These may increase your risk for excessive bleeding.

Dermal fillers can be an excellent alternative to facelift surgery if you do not wish to undergo surgery to improve your facial appearance. However, there will be some side effects that you should nevertheless expect to see. If you understand what they are, and how to treat them, you are well on your way to having excellent results from your procedure.


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