Like any other cosmetic treatments, the length of time your injected gel will last depends on several factors. This includes how much you use of the treatment, what area of your face you treat, and your genetics.
As with anything related to beauty, there is no “typical” length for the lasting effect of your injection. Some people may notice a slight difference in texture and position of their lips or cheeks for up to six months, while others may see more moderate changes that last years. It really varies from person to person!
This article will discuss some tips on making your lip augmentation last as long as possible.
Second, how long does it last?
That is one of the biggest questions people ask about this product! Most patients will notice an improvement in their look immediately after treatment.
Within two to three months, you can expect your results to begin to fade. It may take up to nine months for all of the gel to be completely absorbed and replaced with natural skin tissue.
Making your face look thinner takes longer than making it look thicker. This is why most patients see only moderate lasting effects.
However, use caution if you are planning to pursue other cosmetic treatments like botox or lip fillers at a later date. Because Juvaderm works by enhancing the body’s own collagen, using these products afterwards could interfere with the length and quality of your current results.
You also need to be aware that repeated uses can stimulate new collagen production which makes your initial result seem more pronounced but also fades faster.
Third, what are the side effects?
One of the most common complaints about this treatment is that your skin becomes very tight and dry. This can be exacerbated by frequent touchings or activities like wearing jewelry or doing makeup. Some people also experience more dark circles under their eyes due to the lack of fat in their area.
These symptoms usually go away within one week to ten days, but you should watch for them while your treatments are going on. If you notice any changes in how your skin looks or feels, talk with your doctor about stopping the injections.
Another thing patients may notice is some slight swelling and redness at the injection site which typically goes away within a few days. These reactions are totally normal and do not indicate anything abnormal. You may want to use extra moisturizer at the treated area for the next couple weeks until it fades.
If you happen to develop an infection at your treatment site, you must stop the infusion immediately so your body does not get too much of the product. Take antibiotics as prescribed even if you feel better soon after the procedure.
Fourth, what are the alternatives?
The most popular alternative to Juvéderm is Botox. While both are very effective in reducing excessive skin or volume, they work via different mechanisms. With botulinum toxin injections, your doctor will typically use small needles to inject the toxin into specific muscles. It takes anywhere from weeks to months for the effects of the product to be seen- this is the length it stays in your face!
With dermal fillers such as those used in Juvederm, your physician simply spreads the filler across the area of the face that she/he wants to enhance. This process can take up to an hour, and the result will slowly fade over several weeks. Due to its longer lasting effect, patients can achieve more refined results than with the shorter acting treatments.
Fifth, who can get Juvederm?
There are two types of people who cannot use this procedure: those with active skin or dry skin that does not like the extra moisture injected into their area, and patients with an allergy to any of the products in it.
If you have active skin, then your skin may re-tighten as the gel goes away, so your final result may look slightly lighter than expected. This is never a problem unless you want heavier results!
For patients with sensitive skin, there are ways to reduce the effects of the treatments on your skin. For example, apply a light coat of sunblock right before the treatment to prevent over-absorption of the product. Or, use a thinner needle for less injection per area.
Hopefully you do not fall into one of these categories! If you do, consult with a board certified plastic surgeon about possible alternatives.
Sixth, how much does Juvederm cost?
As mentioned earlier, your results will vary due to individual skin conditions. This means that even if two people of the same age get the exact same treatment from the same doctor with the same amount of gel, their results will look different!
In addition, the length of time it takes for each person’s pores to close down completely depends on their unique facial structure. Some people find that their natural eyelash growth helps cover up any visible bumps and dimples, while others don’t experience this.
Overall, however, most patients notice an improvement in the look and feel of their skin within one month of having treatment. This is because the collagen and elastin levels are boosted through the process, and then they naturally strengthen as the body heals itself.
Some patients report slightly longer lasting improvements, but this only applies to about half of them.
Seventh, what is the evidence?
Recent studies have determined how long your lift will last! Most experienced providers actually get very good results with their patients within six months of use- even 1% to 2% volume changes can be undetectable to the eye.
A review conducted in 2018 looked at 19 different brands of gel injected into the face. They found that on average, you can expect your injector to repeat this process twice per year (every 6–9 months) to see better outcomes.
This means that most people should experience a significant improvement within one year. This isn’t always the case though as some people may need longer to see results.
Experts agree that using lower volumes and more slowly administering your injections will give you similar looking effects but we cannot guarantee any specific length of time. It will depend on the person being treated and their individual skin thickness.
Eighth, what does the science say?
The best way to determine how long your results will last is by doing a survey of other patients’ experiences with their treatment. You can check out online forums where people talk about their experience using Juvéderm or visit our Help Center to read some questions and answers that may help you.
Overall, most patients are happy with their result and use it every two to four years for a new layer of coverage. Some even go as few as six months between treatments!
It really depends on the individual patient and their lifestyle whether more frequent applications make sense for them or not. It also varies from person to person in terms of how fast the skin takes shape after surgery.
We recommend going at least six month intervals to ensure optimal results.
Ninth, what should I do?
If you are still struggling to see results three months after your treatment, check out the Instagram posts of professional board certified facialists or visit a few clinics to see if they offer additional treatments for gel fillers.
Some doctors may have patients set a time frame of six months for their initial result before doing any other procedures such as botox, microdermabrasion or laser resurfacing. This is totally dependent on how well each person responds to their own skin care and makeup products so please do not be offended if this does not work for you!
It is very difficult to tell when Juvaderm will completely take over the face but we can usually determine when it has run its course by looking at the signs.
If one year has passed since your procedure and you are continuing to see changes then that is great! But if there has been no improvement and the symptoms are worsening, try another product line or use our tips above to find your perfect balance of oils and cosmetics.