What You Need to Know About Juvederm

January 18 2015

If you have been looking for a way to smooth out wrinkles and achieve a younger appearance that is less invasive than having a facelift or other cosmetic surgery, Juvederm injections might be appropriate for you. At Atlanta Plastic Surgery, our doctors can help you look more youthful with injectable gel. Of course, like all medical procedures, there are some things you can do to help yourself recuperate faster and to see the best possible results. Here are some of them:

  • Talk to your doctor about any medications or supplements you are taking. Blood thinners, aspirin, ibuprofen, and even some herbal supplements like garlic and fish oil can increase your risk of bruising. If you are on immunosuppressants, you might be at an increased risk of developing an infection. Don’t stop taking any medications without your doctor’s advice to do so, however. Just let your plastic surgeon know what you’re taking and ask what he or she suggests.
  • Reduce the temptation to massage the area. Your surgeon will sculpt the product right after it’s injected. It will be pliable for up to two weeks, so be careful not to rub the area. If you should notice a lump or bump, it’s best to call to find out what to do. In some cases, you may be able to gently massage it until it’s smooth, but you risk spreading it out too much, which can result in an uneven appearance.
  • Relieve swelling with ice. You can apply ice (gently!) to the area after the procedure to reduce swelling and bruising.
  • Ask your doctor about using arnica. Some patients have reported success at reducing bruising by applying topical arnica (available at a health food store) to the area. It may or may not help; some anecdotal evidence exists that suggests that arnica might actually cause more pain than relief. Talk to your surgeon about whether he or she recommends this remedy.

Most patients will only experience minor side effects, such as itching, bruising and tenderness for a few days or up to a week. You might experience redness or pain; if you do, give the office a call. There’s also the risk of developing an infection, so if you notice increased swelling after the first couple of days, a feeling of heat in the area, or increasing pain, it’s important to be seen to rule out or confirm a complication.

Are you interested in looking younger with Juvederm? Give our office a call and schedule a consultation with one of our plastic surgeons for more information and to see if you’re a good candidate for the procedure.