Your cosmetic specialists at Albany County Dental Associates not only treats cavities to maintain your dental health, but they also perform a wide range of cosmetic procedures, such as teeth whitening and veneers. Now they offer facial aesthetic techniques, as well. Juvéderm is a facial filler that works perfectly for plumping thinning lips, and the effect lasts for a full year! Contact your local dental practice in Albany County to schedule your procedure.

Your Albany County dentist cares for your whole health and well-being. When your family dentist is also a cosmetic dentist, the emphasis is on your dental health, first and foremost. Healthy teeth and gums, your dentist knows, make the best smiles.

But the best cosmetic dentist in the Albany area offers you more than just a white smile and straight teeth. Facial aesthetics  highlight your smile while boosting your confidence and your appearance. Juvéderm® lip injections, for example, provide a nonsurgical method for augmenting the size and shape of your lips, giving you that youthful smile that perfectly complements your teeth.

A Safe Cosmetic Treatment

First approved by the FDA in 2010,  Juvéderm is part of a family of safe injectables. It uses hyaluronic acid derivatives to add volume to lips, cheeks and facial wrinkles. It’s a proven way to look younger and healthier.

There is no such thing as permanent lip injections. Juvéderm lips last up to one year, during which time you can enjoy smooth, youthful lips that complement your dental work, good hygiene and active lifestyle. At the end of the year, you may repeat the procedure.

Juvéderm’s gel delivers a smoother consistency than other options, resulting in a more natural, comfortable look and feel. Your cosmetic dentist, trained in applying the injectable properly, makes the changes in your lips seem natural. People will ask you what’s different about you, but they’ll never guess that it’s your plumper, fuller lips.

Does Getting Juvéderm Hurt?

During the procedure, your dentist injects small amounts of the Juvéderm gel into your skin using a fine needle. It may feel like a slight pin prick. While some discomfort at the time of injection is normal, your dentist can include a local anesthesic, such as lidocaine, to numb your lips during the procedure. The procedure is the same for Botox® and other facial fillers

The hyaluronic acid in Juvéderm holds water at the injection site, so your lips look fuller. The acid also acts as a cushioning agent. The smooth consistency of the gel allows your dentist to provide a more natural, fuller texture for thinning lips. Any discomfort you feel during the procedure quickly vanishes, and you’re left with full, natural-looking lips.

Common Side Effects of Juvéderm Lip Injections

The procedure for getting Juvéderm lip injections takes between 15 and 60 minutes. It’s normal to have some pinching or stinging sensations while your dentist injects the gel. Other side effects  in the next seven to 10 days may include:

  • Tenderness and pain at the injection site and surrounding tissue
  • Swelling and puffiness
  • Bruising and discoloration at or around injection area
  • Redness
  • Unusual firmness of tissue
  • Lumps and bumps under the skin
  • Itching at injection site

Tell Your Dentist about Your Medical Health

Any medical procedure carries risk, but you can minimize your risk by being forthright with your cosmetic dentist. Tell your dentist if you:

  • Are taking any medications — including aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen, herbal remedies, or supplements. Some medications increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Have a known allergy to injectables, Grant-bacterial proteins or lidocaine
  • Are pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Have a history of extensive or unusual scarring
  • Are having or will have any other medical procedures around your face, including chemical peeling, laser treatments, or other dermal treatments
  • Are currently undergoing any type of immunosuppressant treatments, as the injections may result in a risk of infection

Ask for your dentist’s credentials and qualifications for giving Juvéderm injections. Find out how often and how many times your dentist has performed the procedure. You can feel secure in the hands of your cosmetic dentist at Albany County Dental Associates.

Caring for Your Post-Injection Juvéderm Lips

Juvéderm lips provide a long-term solution for a more youthful look. After receiving your injections, you should avoid alcohol, strenuous exercise, sunlight and heat exposure for the first 24 hours. A healthful skincare regimen includes applying ample sunscreen to extend the life of your injections and keep your young lips looking their best.

Contact your Albany Dental team immediately if you notice any signs of unusual swelling, fever, bleeding, extreme pain, itchiness or breathing difficulties. Most people see remarkable results within a week with no complications. Your plump, younger-looking lips can enhance the beautiful dental work you’ve had done, whether it’s a smile makeover or just a thorough cleaning.