Hyaluronic acid, juvederm® and others
What is hyaluronic acid and Juvederm®?
Hyaluronic acids, like Juvederm®, are injectable gels based on sugars naturally found in the skin. These sugars, along with collagen, structure your skin. We use them as dermal fillers. Your dermatologist or doctor injects these gels in order to smoothen wrinkles and folds, fill sunken areas and regain lost volume.
In Canada, we are fortunate to have several high-quality products, namely: Juvederm®, Restylane®, Teosyal®, Belotero® and Emervel.
What can I expect?
The duration of results depends on the consistency of the hyaluronic acid gel used and the area treated. Estimates are 18 months for dark circles, 12 months for cheeks and 8 for lips. The desired results will depend on the experience of the cosmetic doctor or dermatologist. Our top priority is always to obtain natural-looking results.
As opposed to what we often see in the media, well dosed injectables won’t leave you looking like those expressionless, puffy Hollywood stars.
There may be some bruising and swelling. The occurrence of side effects will depend on the technique applied on the patient. In use for over 15 years, Juvederm® along with other hyaluronic acids are very safe.
Will the doctor use cannula to inject the hyaluronic acid?
The risk of bruising is reduced by 80% when we use the cannula instead of needles. This method also permits to treat a larger area with just one injection, reducing the risk of trauma to the tissue or blood vessels.
Dr. Lafond and Dr. Mandeville refine their injection techniques several times a year and specialize in the use of micro-cannula.
What about collagen?
In the early days of this century, bovine collagen was the injectable of choice. However, it left an alarming number of patients with nodules under the skin. With the emergence of hyaluronic acid, bovine collagen is no longer in use.
A word about Radiesse®
Radiesse®, a calcium-based gel, is not the same as Juvederm® or other hyaluronic acids. It has the advantage of providing a true and long-lasting facelift effect by stimulating your own production of collagen.
N.B. Because our clinic does not have any conflicts of interest, we use the best hyaluronic acid gels from different suppliers