Dermal fillers are agents that are injected into the skin to create volume and smooth out lines and wrinkles. They are used to combat the visible signs of aging and are relatively quick procedures performed in the office. One of the most popular and preferred dermal fillers today is Juvederm, which is made from hyaluronic acid. Dr. Sam Jejurikar of Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute performs a high volume of Juvederm injections for patients not seeking facial cosmetic surgery.
The active component in Juvederm is hyaluronic acid. After collagen, hyaluronic acid is the most common component of our skin. The function of hyaluronic acid is to keep the skin hydrated and vibrant. With aging, hyaluronic acid is lost from the skin, resulting in fine wrinkles and loss of skin elasticity. Juvederm can be used to replace depleted hyaluronic acid. Most commonly, Juvederm is used used to treat:
- Nasolabial folds (laugh lines, marionette lines)
- Thin lips (Juvederm is the most popular agent administered to plump the lips)
- Fine lines around the mouth
- Deficient cheeks (Juvederm can be used to augment and define the cheekbones)
The results of Juvederm injections typically last about 9-12 months, although results will vary from one patient to the next. Dr. Jejurikar typically injects Juvederm in the office. Procedures typically take 30-60 minutes and are performed only with topical anesthesia.
Juvederm is very appropriate for patients seeking to delay facial cosmetic surgery or avoid it altogether. If you are planning to receiving injections of Juvederm or any other facial filler, avoid taking blood thinning medication for at least 7 days prior to your appointment, as this can significantly worsen your bruising and swelling.
Sam Jejurikar, MD, is a board certified plastic surgeon specializing in aesthetic surgery (cosmetic surgery). He has offices in Plano and Dallas. To learn more about him and the services he provides, contact his office at 214-827-2814.