Juvéderm Lip Filler Injections
Juvéderm is a sterile pyrogen-free physiological solution of cross-linked hyaluronic acid which is not of animal origin. The gel is presented in a graduated, pre-filled, disposable syringe. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of hyaluronic acid in the lips is to deliver nutrients, hydrate the tissue by holding in water, giving the lips a fuller feel and look. Filler injections may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan including dental work and Botox. The treatment may require a series of injections over time to get the desired effect.
Juvéderm is an injectable gel implant intended:
- For enhancement and pouting of the lips to correct volume loss via lips mucosa injections,
- To treat perioral lines and oral commissures via superficial or mid-dermis injections.
The presence of lidocaine is meant to reduce the patient’s pain during treatment.
Juvéderm must not be used in:
- Patients suffering from untreated epilepsy;
- Patients who tend to develop hypertrophic scarring;
- Patients with known hypersensitivity to hyaluronic acid and/or to gram positive bacterial proteins as hyaluronic acid is produces by Streptococcus type bacteria;
- Patients with known hypersensitivity to lidocaine or to amide-type local anaesthetics;
- Patients suffering from porphyria;
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding;
- Areas presenting with cutaneous inflammatory and/or infectious processes (acne, herpes, etc.)
RISKS OF FILLER INJECTIONS
- Bleeding and bruising – It is possible, though unusual, to have a bleeding episode from a filler injection. Bruising of the lips may occur. Aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, platelet inhibitors, anticoagulants, Vitamin E, Gingko Biloba and other “herbs” may contribute to greater risk of a bleeding problem. Do NOT take any of these for seven days before or after filler injections.
- Swelling – swelling (edema) is a normal occurrence following the injections. It decreases after a few days. If swelling is slow to resolve, medical treatment may be necessary.
- Pain – Discomfort associated with injections is normal and usually of short duration.
- Other – There are other possible side effects related to filler injections that will be discussed at length at your consultation.