Dermal Filler: JUVÉDERM®

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm, manufactured by Allergan, the makers of Botox, is a smooth gel made up of highly cross-linked Hyaluronic Acid particles in the highest concentration available which allows for the longevity of this material. Allergan’s unique, proprietary manufacturing process creates a uniform gel that allows for an easy, more uniform flow when injected. This translates into a smoother, more even result for the patient. Juvederm belongs to the family of non-animal, highly cross-linked hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. Since there is no animal origin, no skin testing is required prior to treatment. Of note, Hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring sugar known medically as a poly-saccharide that is present in all species and thus a natural part of your own skin. What makes Juvederm unique is its proprietary cross-linking and concentration of Hyaluronic acid.

What are the benefits of treatment with Juvederm?

The main function of Hyaluronic acid is to maintain hydration with water in the skin. Therefore the addition of this material to the dermis adds volume and turgor to the skin. In fact, Hyaluronic acid acts like a natural sponge, absorbing up to 1000 times its weight. Furthermore, the increased hydration allows for the binding of collagen and elastin and may even help prevent the breakdown of these substances by your body’s own enzymes. The end result of treatment is the softening of dermal wrinkles and more beautiful appearing skin. In addition, the cross-linking of Juvederm allows for the retention of water even as the Juvederm is being metabolized by the body, thus giving durability and duration of up to 12 months.

What areas can be treated with Juvederm?

Most superficial wrinkles can be easily treated with Juvederm such as lip lines and Glabellar frown lines. Also, Nasolabial and Marionette lines and folds are easily improved with treatment with Juvederm. Lip augmentation for thinning lips or lip enhancement is a very common request that Juvederm is excellent for. Juvederm can also be used under the eyes to treat hollowing and wrinkling due to volume loss in this area.

What is a treatment with Juvederm like?

Since the addition of the local anesthetic lidocaine to Juvederm, many patients only feel some pressure during treatment which is easily tolerated. In some cases, Dr Abdullah will perform a local anesthetic block to increase your comfort. Treatment takes only minutes to do and the results are immediate. Due to the nature of the Hyaluronic acid’s attraction to water, there will be some mild swelling of the area immediately post procedure. This may last for up to 2 weeks in some patients after which the final, soft natural result is obtained. Finally, as with any injection, bruising may occur. This can be minimized by the avoidance of anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil/Aleve/Aspirin for several days before your procedure. In addition, vitamin E, some herbal medications such as Ginko and Ginseng and Red wine may also increase the risk of bruising after the procedure. Please check with Dr Mest before stopping any medication prior to your planned procedure. Avoiding strenuous exercise and excessive heat for 4 hours after the procedure will also help to decrease potential bruising.

Before and after Juvederm

You’ve heard a lot about JUVÉDERM® – now it’s time to SEE. These photos are for demonstrative purposes only. Individual results may vary.






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Thank you for allowing me to take a moment to comment on the excellent care I recently received from Dr. Bruce Abdullah of the Grand Dental clinic. As a registered nurse and health care professional, I realize the importance of seeking skilled and experienced practitioners when considering any kind of medical or dental procedure. Having recently returned to the Midwest, I researched providers in my area. I was extremely pleased to find that Dr. Bruce Abdullah had 23 years of experience, and 16 years of teaching experience at the University of Illinois. Dr. Abdullah recently performed 4 gum grafts for me, and I was absolutely amazed at the gentleness and precision of his technique. I experienced minimal pain following the first two grafts, and was actually able to go to work the evening following my second set of grafts. I felt that I was able to receive world class dental care close to my home in Channahon. I was most appreciative of the pain free care I received both during and following the procedures. I would highly recommend Dr. Abdullah to any patient considering a dental procedure, and I would like to thank Dr. Abdullah and his staff for their excellent technique and considerate care approach.

Submitted with much appreciation and respect,

Ann. L, BSN

Dear Dr Abdullah,

In 2000 and 2001, I had two different implants fail and cause me quite a bit of discomfort. While I knew that I needed yet another implant, I was hesitant and put it off for several years. However, my daughter, Dr L. (a general dentist) encouraged me by speaking so highly of your skills. Knowing that she is straightforward to a fault, I scheduled an implant with you on October 31st, 2012. I simply couldn't have been more pleased with the outcome. The procedure caused me no pain and healed in less than a week with no bruising or discomfort of any kind. Thank you so much for performing the implant with such skill. In addition, your mannerism put me at ease. I can and will recommend you as a gifted periodontist.


Linda L.

Dear Dr Abdullah,
There is no word that can ever express our gratitude to you for such generosity and loving care you have given to us. In your magical hands, the seemingly terrifying medical procedures turned in to a moving, heartwarming experience for us to treasure. We can only consider ourselves the luckiest people because of having such a dear doctor like you. You have given us back the joy of living with healthy teeth. Thank you!!!
With warmest thoughts and best wishes to you.

Esther & Frank C.

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