Dermal Fillers


What is Juvéderm®?
Juvéderm® is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid (HA)—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. Juvederm is injected into the skin to add volume to the treatment site, such as the lines that form from your nose to your mouth (nasolabial folds).


What makes Juvéderm® different from other dermal fillers?
Juvéderm® is the ONLY hyaluronic acid (HA) filler FDA approved to last up to 1 year. Its unique manufacturing process provides a high concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid for long-lasting results. It also works to create a smooth consistency gel that flows easily into the skin and provides a smooth, natural look and feel. All other hyaluronic acid dermal fillers currently on the market are made of granular consistency gels. And, Juvéderm® is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness in persons of color.

How is Juvéderm® used in treatment?
Juvéderm® is eased into the skin using a fine needle to temporarily fill in and augment the treatment area. Juvéderm® temporarily adds volume to the skin and may give the appearance of a smoother surface. An average treatment will usually require 1-3 syringes of Juvederm.

Is treatment with Juvéderm® painful?
Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. The smooth consistency gel of Juvéderm® allows your provider to administer it easily and smoothly. You and your provider may choose to numb the treatment area.

How long does treatment usually take?
The injection process takes only about 15 minutes. You may need to allow more time for a consultation and the numbing process.

How long do results last?
Juvéderm® is the ONLY hyaluronic acid (HA) filler FDA approved to last up to 1 year.

How is Juvéderm® different from BOTOX® Cosmetic?
Juvéderm® restores your skin's volume for a smooth, natural look and feel. BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a filler. BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes muscle activity and is used to treat moderate to severe lines caused by the dominant frown muscles between the eyebrows.

What are the possible side effects of Juvéderm®?
Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection site reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures there is a risk of infection.


What is Bellafill?

Bellafill is different. The unique microspheres are not absorbed by your body and work with your skin to produce collagen which provides the support your skin needs for natural, long lasting results. Bellafill is the Long Lasting Solution for Wrinkle Correction.

Temporary injectable wrinkle fillers are made of different kinds of natural or synthetic materials that are broken down and eventually absorbed by your body. As a result, wrinkle correction is only temporary and you may need repeat injections several months after the initial treatment to maintain your wrinkle correction.

Upon injection, the collagen in Bellafill visibly reduces the wrinkles right away and the microspheres provide support for your skin. Your body’s own collagen works together with the microspheres to provide long lasting, natural feeling wrinkle reduction.

With Bellafill:

* treatments improve over the course of several months and stand the test of time
* has an excellent safety profile
* treatments are completed during a simple, in-office procedure
* provides immediate results for wrinkle correction allowing you to return to your normal daily activities
* is long lasting
* is economical
* feels natural
* requires fewer injections
* is more convenient

Bellafill is safe and effective

Bellafill has proven to be a safe and effective dermal filler for wrinkle correction and was approved by the U.S. FDA in October 2006. In clinical testing, Bellafill was as safe as the control temporary dermal filler.

Bellafill has an excellent safety profile.

* Over 25,000 patients have been treated with Bellafill since its launch in February 2007.
* Bellafill has a very high patient satisfaction rate.
* Bellafill’s technology platform has been studied in patients since 1998.

Some people should not receive Bellafill, including, but not limited to those who:

* had a positive reaction to the Bellafill skin test
* have a history of severe allergies, hypersensitivity, or anaphylaxis
* are allergic to the anesthetic (lidocaine) in Bellafill
* have a history of allergies to any bovine collagen product
* are prone to thick scar formation (hypertrophic scars) formation and/or excessive scar formations (keloid scars)
* are undergoing or planning to undergo desensitization injections to meat products

Important Treatment Considerations

As with any injectable wrinkle filler, you can expect mild swelling and redness at the treatment site. These side effects are usually temporary.

Occasionally, there is mild bruising that typically disappears in three to seven days. Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, and increased sensitivity at some or all injection sites. Two other rare potential side effects of all dermal fillers are lumps and granulomas, both of which can be treated by your physician. Be sure to call your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual skin reactions around the treatment area.

If you have any skin outbreaks (e.g. cysts, pimples, rashes, hives, infection) near the injection site, you should postpone treatment until they clear. If you are taking aspirin (NSAIDs) or anti-inflammatory drugs or have any medical condition that affects your blood, you may experience increased bruising or bleeding at the injection sites.

In addition, you should inform your doctor if you:

* have had any dermal filler treatments in the last 6 months
* are receiving UV light therapy
* are currently on immunosuppressive therapy (medication commonly prescribed for those who have undergone an organ transplant, or are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, or other conditions.)