11 Dec My Experience with Juvederm
This post is sponsored by Allergan Ltd. All opinions are my own:)
I’ve never been one to shy away from trying something new…especially when it comes to skin care. I’m a person who definitely takes health (especially now post Lyme,) and wellness very seriously and like to do whatever I can, be it nutrition, exercise etc, to feel my best. For me, part of being well, also includes feeling good in my own skin.
Over the years, I’ve tried a number of different aesthetic treatments and one of my favourites has always been dermal fillers. I’ve had my tear trophs and cheeks treated in the past, and have always loved the results. My face is thin by nature and as I age, it seems to be hollowing out more and more so fullness is definitely something I am all for helping out. The above shot is my face pre-Lyme and pre-filler:)
A few weeks ago, I was lucky enough to visit MD Beauty Clinic for a consult. I was met by my nurse Deborah…
…who carefully analyzed my face and put forth a Juvederm treatment plan. Because I have had fillers before, and been very pleased with the results, I was very happy at that point to move treatment. In case you’re new to this whole world though, I wanted to give you a little background on what Juvederm is.
Juvederm is the world’s leading brand of hyaluronic acid facial filler and is made from hyaluronic acid (HA), a natural substance in the skin that delivers nutrients and helps the skin retain moisture and softness. Results from Juvderm can last up to 24 months, depending on the treatment chosen.
As noted, I have had small amounts of filler done before but what’s a whole new thing for me, is the way in which Juvederm is injected. While at their amazing Beauty Decoded Live event back in June, I learned all about MD Codes. The MD CodesTM were created for use with the Juvederm range by world- renowned plastic surgeon and aesthetics expert Dr Mauricio de Maio. With his method, one does not chase lines away but instead, looks to treat the signs of aging by focussing on how the patient wants to feel after treatment and coming up with a customized plan to suit. Dr de Maio has trained thousands of Canada’s top dermatologists who now use this method to ensure the most desirable facial architecture for each individual face. With MD Codes, the focus is definitely about making an individuals face as balanced as possible and again, does not target lines specifically but instead, the overall facial structure.
When I went in for my consult…
…my nurse reviewed all of this with me and laid out where she’d be injecting and why. For me, this was in the temple area, to address some hollowing…my lateral cheeks to bring fullness back where I’ve lost some with aging…and my jaw to make that area sharper and my lips to bring back lost volume. Not once did we discuss lines or wrinkles etc.
Before beginning treatment, we reviewed how the procedure would go and began with the injections. Using a canula rather than a traditional needle to inject, each area was treated slowly and carefully to ensure proper placement of the Juvederm. A needle was used to puncture the skin initially and then the canula was inserted. The canula helps ensure blood vessels aren’t damaged in any way and allows for more flexibility in the where the filler can go. I want to be very honest with this post so that you all know what to expect if you’re considering getting Juvederm. I did find the procedure uncomfortable at times but honestly, I’ve had it done before and been completely fine. I suspect having just gone through my whole Lyme thing, that my body is just a little more sensitive at the moment. Filler procedures are generally very tolerable.
My treatment took just under two hours start to finish…and that was my whole face. Afterwards, I was able to resume normal activities immediately and had little to any discomfort. My nurse was very careful to ensure no bruising happened and I only came out with two tiny spots on my upper lip. Juvederm is definitely something you can have done without needing extended downtime afterwards.
Post treatment, I am so so happy with the results.
I look like myself but honestly, just a more cut version lol. My cheekbones are more defined as is my jaw. The later is probably my favourite part. I’ve always felt like I sort of had a bit of a week chin but not anymore. My face feels defined in profile, which is super happy things:)
My lips were sort of a bonus because I’ve always felt like mine were pretty ok to begin with but I do definitely like the added fullness, which has most noticeably, made lipstick application easier because they are just seem more hydrated and symmetrical.
In terms of cost, Juvederm starts around $700 and can go up from there (netting out at a max of around $3000-$4000) depending on the size of the treatment area. Because results last for so long, it’s definitely a relatively budget friendly non-invasive procedure when compared to a variety of other options.
Again, Juvederm fillers are something I’ve done in the past and have always been so happy with. The new development of the MD Codes has sort of taken that love next level because it truly can bring such incredible results. If you’ve been thinking about fillers but aren’t sure you want to take the plunge or where to start, I highly recommend getting referrals to trained physicians/clinics and then meeting for a consultation. Make sure you make a list of all the questions you might have about things like side effects, costs, your desired outcomes etc. so that you can make an informed decision. On that note, you can click here, to find qualified physicians in your area.