Cosmetic surgery has become much more acceptable for men and women over the past ten years. With new, non-invasive options as well as the lower cost, more people are choosing the option to look a little younger and well-rested thanks to injectable treatments such as Juvederm or Botox. Botox prevents any kind of muscle movement, which is why it is a good alternative for the area between the eyes. It prevents the muscle from moving. Juvederm, on the other hand, is a known as a filler. It is a good option for plumping up areas of the face that are showing a bit of gravity or fill in facial folds such as the lines that go between the outside of the nose down to the side of the mouth.
Juvederm, or hyaluronic acid, is a natural material that is found in skin, muscles, and tendons of mammals. It is a sugar compound that delivers moisture and nutrients to the skin cells decreases over time, so younger skin has more volume and is smooth. Aging diminishes the body’s production of the acid, thereby allowing folds to become more apparent. The material is a smooth gel and when injected into lines and wrinkles, it fills the crevices and replaces the lost hyaluronic to resume a softer, fuller appearance. With Juvederm Kona the result is not permanent, however. For most people the injection lasts between six and nine months.
After treatment, it is best not to touch or rub the treated area. Also, try to reduce exposure to heat and cold, and stay out of the sun for at least two weeks following the injections. Be sure to wear sunscreen as well as avoid any products on the face that contain alcohol.
David K. Hiranaka, M.D., D.M.D. for Juvederm Injections
There can be side effects with Juvederm Kona. However, tests show that there are fewer with hyaluronic acid based fillers. They can include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site. Some of the side effects may result in small bumps under the skin. The good news is that often these effects disappear over time.
Dr. Hiranaka has a cosmetic surgery practice in Kailua – Kona. In addition to Juvederm injects, the practice embraces a range of services including maxillofacial, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. You can also visit them on Facebook for more information.
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