Myths and Facts: Juvederm and Facial Fillers

Dermatologist putting on gloves Myths and Facts: Juvederm and Facial Fillers

So you’re considering battling signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles with dermal fillers like Juvederm. But you’re not quite sure if they’re safe, effective, or right for you. There are plenty of myths floating around through widespread medical misinformation – let’s clear things up and let you know what’s true about dermal fillers and what’s just plain false.

Common Myths and Facts about Juvederm

Myth #1: Dermal Fillers Use Harmful Ingredients

The fact that dermatologists – who are board-certified physicians – administer facial fillers and other injectables should tell you that this is a myth. The vast majority of fillers, including Juvederm Voluma®, are FDA approved, and a few others are in the approval process. Most cosmetic facial fillers use hyaluronic acid to treat sagging skin, fine lines, and facial wrinkles or deeper folds. Hyaluronic acid is naturally occuring in the body, and fillers simply add to the lacking supply that occurs as we age. Fillers also promote collagen production, which helps with skin’s elasticity and firmness.

Myth #2: I’ll Need Lots of Downtime After Fillers

There are extremely minimal risks associated with facial fillers like Juvederm. A bit of swelling at the injection site may occur, which can last one to three days. Bruising may also occur, though not always, and this too disappears within a week or less.

Most people can resume their regular activities after receiving facial fillers like Juvederm – and many even get fillers on their lunch break before returning to work!

Myth #3: Everyone Will Be Able to Tell I’ve Gotten Fillers

This is a common misconception. The fact is that it would take a large volume of work for things to be really obvious! To avoid people taking notice that your lips have gotten much plumper or those wrinkles are filled in, you’ll want to take things slow. Start with one area you want to target, then gradually work your way to other areas you might be self-conscious about.

Working with a knowledgeable provider will also ensure that injectables are administered expertly, on the appropriate timeline for your needs, and that the right types of fillers are used for your specific skin care concern.

Myth #4: Dermal Fillers Don’t Last Long

The cost factor is a big one when it comes to considering starting dermal fillers. Yes, it’s true that fillers aren’t permanent and you’ll need to schedule periodic appointments to get the filler administered again. But generally, dermal fillers last up to six months, making a twice yearly investment more possible. Plus, with their growing popularity, dermal fillers have become much more affordable for everyday folks.

Myth #5: The Effects of Fillers Are Irreversible

Once again, this concept is a myth. As we discussed above, cosmetic facial fillers don’t last forever, and their effects will wear off. But even if you find you immediately dislike the outcome from your facial filler treatment, your dermatologist can reverse the effects within a couple of days by injecting a product called hyaluronidase into the affected areas. This ingredient is an enzyme that will break down the hyaluronic acid quickly, reversing the effects of the filler.

Contact the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery

Want to give facial fillers like Juvederm a try? If you’re located in the greater Washington, D.C. area, contact The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery for an appointment with one of our board-certified specialists.

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