Hyaluronic Acid is a naturally occurring substance found in our bodies that helps keep our skin moist and lubricated. Using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, such as Juvederm®, restores lost volume, plumping lines and diminishing folds giving a youthful appearance. Immediate and long-lasting results can be achieved in the lips, cheeks, nasolabial folds, tear troughs and more.
Preparing for Your Treatment
Wash your face thoroughly, removing lipstick and face creams.
Don’t take aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil), vitamin E, fish oil, and similar medications for 1 to 2 weeks before your treatment to reduce the risk of bruising and swelling.
Use Arnica montana (an herbal medicine) the morning of your treatment or immediately after to help reduce bruising and swelling.
Tell Dr. O’Connell before your treatment if you have a history of herpes (cold sores) in this area so she can prescribe a medication that will help prevent an outbreak.
The treatment time can vary, and because Juvederm® products contain lidocaine, they are usually painless, however Dr. O’Connell does offer topical anesthesia as well as regional anesthetic techniques for improved comfort. Dr. O’Connell will determine whether you’ll need 1 or more syringes to create the results you want. After 4 to 8 weeks, you may need a touch-up treatment to fine-tune your results and produce longer lasting improvement. Results typically last between 6 and 12 months but can be touched up sooner if you like.
Some common, temporary reactions might occur after your treatment, including tenderness, redness, itching, bruising, bumps, pain or swelling. These conditions, if they occur, are usually gone within a few days. We recommend planning your treatments at least 1-2 weeks before any special events. Some minor swelling can sometimes persist up to several weeks after your treatment. This type of swelling only enhances your results by filling in the wrinkles and lips a little more than the product does. When the swelling completely disappears you may think the effect is fading, but it’s the swelling that has disappeared. If you preferred how you looked with a little swelling, we can add more filler at a subsequent appointment.
Applying cold packs to your face and taking Arnica montana for 1 to 2 days will help with swelling and bruising. You should avoid putting pressure on the treated areas for several hours as this could displace the filler. We also recommend using an extra pillow and sleeping on your back the first night for best results.
Laguna Beach Aesthetics provides photos of our patients because the results speak for themselves. Please browse the digital photo gallery of real patients Dr. O’Connell has treated for attestation to younger looking skin and a younger looking you.