Q: I’m having severe neurological symptoms after Juvederm®. What should I do?
A: It’s highly unlikely that Juvederm® injections are behind neurological symptoms. The substance is completely natural and has no effect on the nerves. Possible side effects include bruising, and possible skin problems such as skin loss – in an extreme situation-, but nothing like you are describing. We would say that it’s mandatory to see another physician, and to undergo further testing, which may yield an accurate diagnosis. Make sure to make an appointment immediately and know that these symptoms would not be due to the Juvederm®.
Q: What are the pros and cons of Juvederm® when compared to other fillers?
A: Juvederm® is a superior filler, but there are many other procedures that can be performed as well. Radiesse® is ideal for plumping the nasolabial folds and lasts for about 12 months, while Juvederm® lasts around 8 months. Fat injections using your own harvested fat yield an even more permanent result. All of these “filler” procedures deliver immediate improvement.
Q: It’s been 3 days since my Juvederm® lip injections and there is barely a difference. Why?
A: Results from augmentation with Juvederm® last anywhere from 6 to 9 months. The results should be immediate and look very natural. Your body will naturally reabsorb the hyaluronic acid as time goes by so subsequent injections are needed to maintain a refreshed look. Your results definitely show improvement, but it’s important to keep in mind that the most important aspect of successful results with plastic surgery is good communication. Therefore, it’s vital that you go revisit your plastic surgeon and restate your desires, and let him decide if additional filler is the answer.
Q: It’s been 4 years since I had a facelift. I don’t want another one, so what can I do to address the sagging?
A: An important thing to keep in mind is that as we age, facial volume is lost. This leads to issues such as jowling and folds around the mouth. If you want to avoid surgery, cosmetic procedures that restore volume will help to rejuvenate your look.
These alternative options include injectable fillers such as Juvederm® and Radiesse®. These procedures are affordable, noninvasive and temporary solutions. Fat injections are another option to look into. It is also minimally invasive and only requires local anesthesia to conduct fat harvesting, often from the upper thigh or abdominal area. This fat is then processed and injected into the nasal labial folds over a period of a year to build a nice, lasting improvement. It’s also possible that you might be a good candidate for Sculptra®, which uses a series of injections that, over time, jumpstart your body’s own collagen production.
A free consultation with one of our plastic surgeons in New York will help to identify which option suits your needs best. Call (212) 661-2563 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a visit.