Juvederm is a gel-based dermal filler injected into the face to add volume to hollow areas, as well as diminish lines, wrinkles and folds. Juvederm is especially useful in treating the area around the nose and mouth. Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Karol Gutowski, treats patients with this filler since it’s made with hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the body. The substance stimulates elastin and collagen, two substances that play a role in skin elasticity. Juvederm XC treats lines and wrinkles, while Juvederm Voluma XC adds volume to cheeks that have lost contour and shape.
"I feel natural, and I can't put a price tag on how I feel with self confidence - After having 4 kids naturally I was uncomfortable with how my body looked. Nursing had depleted my breasts and my belly button still stuck out like I was 9 months pregnant. My husband and I agree that my body needed some attention. I needed a breast augmentation and surgery to push my belly button back in. After an intensive research process which also included 4 in-person consultations in..."- B. / RealSelf / May 28, 2017
"Great bedside manner, great staff, great results! - From the very start, my experience with Dr. G and his staff was nothing but excellent! I reached out to several plastic surgeons inquiring about a non-surgical nose job, and although they all reached out within 1-2 days, Dr.G's office demonstrated excellent patient care right off the bat. Their patient coordinator, Ellen, called me and allowed me to come in for a consultation during a time..."- M. / RealSelf / Jan 22, 2019
"Scar Revision Was Huge Success - I had scar revision done on 2 large scars in my abdomen. I had 3 major operations 10 years ago that left me with horrible scars. For years I hated the way they looked and I would ask doctors if they can fix it. I always heard the same thing that no one can fix that. Well Dr Gutowski proved them all wrong. I found Dr Gutowski while doing extensive research on qualified surgeons. He was amazing..."- E. / RealSelf / Jan 21, 2019
"Just got Botox here and had such a great experience. Super clean and bright office, and everyone is super friendly. The doctor took his time with my consultation and wasn't pushy about anything. He took his time to go over any concerns and questions before asking if Botox was something I still wanted to do. He made conversation and made sure that I left without any questions or concerns, and if I did even after I left, to call or stop back in. Will definitely be back."- A.M. / Yelp / Jan 17, 2019
"Amazing experience! - Dr. Gutowski is Amazing, Very knowledgeable & there for me every step of the way with every call & visit I couldn’t have asked for a better Dr. His assistant, Ellen was just as amazing with answering every question & there for me also. The River North Surgery Center was also an amazing experience from the moment we walked in the door to the compationate nurses. The A..."- 5. / RealSelf / Oct 14, 2018
What to Expect
Juvederm is a gel substance that is administered via a fine needle directly into the skin. There is no sedation needed, although a numbing cream is usually applied first to help with any discomfort. The injection sites will be sterilized and marked with ink. Once the filler is injected, results are immediately noticeable. The practitioner may massage the treated area so the filler spreads evenly. Other than temporary redness, the treatment has no after effect that will prevent a patient from going back to normal routine. Patients should avoid strenuous exercise for approximately 24 hours. After a Juvederm injection, the face will look refreshed, softer and smoother.
This procedure is almost pain-free. This really is determined on a patient’s overall pain tolerance. The product is administered with a fine injection needle and a numbing cream is usually applied first to help with any discomfort. After the treatment, tingling sensations may occur, and there could be some swelling and bruising. These after effects are temporary and usually subside within a few hours.
Derma fillers have an outstanding track record for successfully reducing signs of aging with less risk than surgical cosmetic treatments. Other nonsurgical options include wrinkle relaxers, such as BOTOX and Dysport. Severe cosmetic issues such as loose and sagging skin may be better resolved by a surgical facelift. The approach taken will be based on the patient’s cosmetic condition and aesthetic goals.
Back to 20?
It is important to set realistic expectations when undergoing any cosmetic enhancement procedure. While the treatment does take years off the face, it can only do so much for patients who have severe wrinkles and skin irregularities. Juvederm will definitely help decrease fine wrinkles and creases, and the skin will appear smoother and softer.
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