Looking younger today feels more important than ever before, and one of the first signs of aging can come in the form of laugh lines and smile lines around the nose and mouth. JUVÉDERM®, an injectable dermal filler, has soared in popularity because of its ability to effectively fill and smooth those lines, leaving behind a subtly refreshed, younger-looking appearance.
Dr. Otto Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon who offers a full range of nonsurgical medical spa treatments that include the use of injectable fillers like JUVÉDERM®. In addition to JUVÉDERM®, Dr. Placik also offers several other dermal fillers for men and women in Chicago and surrounding suburbs who are interested in looking younger without surgery.
Please contact us online or call our Chicago or Arlington Heights plastic surgery offices for more information on JUVÉDERM® injectable filler, including prices.
Dr. Otto Joseph Placik Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Placik is a board certified plastic surgeon in Chicago and an active member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University where he also completed residencies in general and plastic and reconstructive surgery.
JUVÉDERM® offers a safe and effective way to minimize moderate to severe lines and wrinkles around the mouth and nose area in order to counteract the loss of collagen that naturally occurs with age. As an affordable and nonsurgical option for facial rejuvenation, JUVÉDERM® helps leave patients with a revitalized look that’s natural and subtle.
The primary reason JUVÉDERM® so successfully fights the effects of aging is because it contains hyaluronic acid (HA), a molecule that occurs naturally in the skin but dissipates with age. As HA declines, the skin loses some of its natural ability to retain moisture. By replenishing HA levels, the deeper layers of the skin where wrinkles form remain better hydrated, restoring the skin’s youthful firmness and fullness.
Because it counteracts facial skin aging on so many levels, JUVÉDERM® can present a wonderfully effective way to gain a younger-looking appearance without surgery or downtime. Because JUVÉDERM® is one of the “softest” fillers, it commonly used for lip augmentation. The effects may be even more pronounced when JUVÉDERM® is used in conjunction with other injectables, like BOTOX® Cosmetic, which can soften dynamic lines and wrinkles in the upper face like crow’s feet and frown lines.
Actual Patient Not a Model
During a treatment session, Dr. Placik will discuss your goals and evaluate your skin and facial muscle tone. JUVÉDERM® contains lidocaine to limit discomfort during treatment, but Dr. Placik may also use a topical numbing cream on the injection sites. Using a very fine needle and cannula, Dr. Placik injects JUVÉDERM® under the skin into the soft tissue of the dermis where the added volume then corrects wrinkles from underneath. The cannula possesses a rounded tip with a side port as opposed to the sharp knife like end of a traditional needle. The cannula technique decreases the likelihood of vessel injury with a lower tendency for bruising and intravascular injection.
The injection process will only take about 15 minutes, and your results will be visible almost immediately. After treatment, you should avoid sun exposure, refrain from alcoholic beverages and put off exercise for at least 24 hours. There may be some tenderness, swelling or bruising at the injection sites, but this should subside within a few days.
The best candidates for JUVÉDERM® desire improvement for lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth area. Patients should be in good health overall and have realistic expectations about what JUVÉDERM® can do for improving their appearance. Dr. Placik offers arguably the best Juvederm Chicago has to offer.
For most patients, only one treatment session is needed to give them significant improvement in the treatment area for several months or more. The results are almost instantly visible after treatment, and many patients enjoy their results for up to a year. However, each patient is unique and some men and women schedule ongoing touch-up treatments to maximize their results.
How much your JUVÉDERM® treatment costs depends on the amount of dermal filler needed to correct the lines and wrinkles in the target area. Each patient will have unique needs and degree of wrinkle depth, so the amount of JUVÉDERM® needed will vary from patient to patient and can be determined upon physical examination. Dr. Placik and his staff strive to provide excellent value and can help you with financing to make your treatment even more affordable.
JUVÉDERM® was the first hyaluronic acid injectable filler to be proven safe and effective for persons of color. There’s no evidence of increased risk of scarring or hyperpigmentation when JUVÉDERM® is used on patients with darker skin tones.
The most common side effects of JUVÉDERM® include temporary redness, tenderness, swelling, bruising or itching at the injection site. Most of these side effects are mild to moderate, and the use of ice packs after treatment is often able to alleviate most symptoms until they subside on their own. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a very rare but possible risk of infection, although this is uncommon.
Dr. Placik promises you his best possible care and attention. If you would like to schedule a private consultation to learn more about JUVÉDERM® or other dermal fillers, please contact us online or call us at 847-398-1660.
To meet with Dr. Placik, you can request a consultation online or call our Arlington Heights office at 847-398-1660 or our Chicago office at 312-787-5313 to schedule your appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and helping you look your very best.
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