Juvederm® is an injectable gel comprised of “cross-linked” hyaluronic acid (a natural substance in the human body). It is used to smooth the appearance of severe and moderate facial wrinkles and folds, particularly around the nose and mouth. This injectable gel works to restore age-related volume loss of connective tissue underlying the skin.
Who Is a Candidate for Juvederm®?
This depends somewhat on the filler, but the broad answer is lines and wrinkles. They can also be used to plump and define lips and fill hollow areas on the face. Here are some of the areas where they work best:
- lines from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial folds)
- lines from the mouth to the chin (marionette lines or parentheses)
- vertical lines above the upper lip
- frown lines (best combined with Botox Cosmetic)
- in the lips for volume and definition
- to restore volume to cheekbones or cheeks
- in some situations, under the eyes
Juvederm® injections are administered personally by Dr. Dierkes in the office. Juvederm® is injected under the skin to add volume to the skin and diminish wrinkles and folds.
Following treatment with Juvederm®, patients can expect to see improvement immediately. No recovery time is needed and patients may return to normal activity the same day as treatment but should avoid extended sun and heat exposure, as well as strenuous exercise and the consumption of alcohol for at least one day following treatment.
Patients may experience tenderness, redness, swelling, firmness, and bruising where the injections are made, but these symptoms typically clear within seven days. One Juvederm® treatment can produce results that last for up to one year! Using nutritional supplements recommended by Dr. Dierkes, such as vitamin C, cellular nutrition can be improved, producing longer-lasting results.
Why Choose Dr. Dierkes?
So what is an orthodontist, who is also a naturopathic physician, getting involved with facial esthetics anyway? Well, for one thing, an orthodontist is considered an expert in facial esthetics and, due to the extensive training in head and neck anatomy, understands the functional relationships of nerves and muscles of the face.
There is also such a thing as growth of the aging face; the well-trained orthodontist understands this. Not only is this training a key advantage of having a dental specialist provide dermal fillers, the procedures can be done with minimal discomfort due to targeted anesthesia making the procedure virtually painless.
Dr. Dierkes is uniquely qualified in the field of facial esthetics as he was asked by the American Dental Association to write a landmark article of facial esthetics in the charter issue of Esthetic Dentistry. The article was entitled The Beauty of the Face: An Orthodontic Perspective. J Am Dent Assoc. 1987 Dec;Spec No:89E-95E.
Dr. Dierkes is committed to providing patients with a naturopathic approach to beauty and facial esthetic treatments. His “All Things Considered” approach to dermal fillers carefully considers the relationships among the structure of the jaw, the bones, muscles, and endocrine balances and how each will affect the treatment of the patient.
With a holistic approach to the care he provides, Dr. Dierkes believes in patient education and effective communication which allows each patient to make informed choices about their care and treatment as well as fosters a positive working relationship between doctor and patient. While the naturopathic approach may take more time, the care is better for the patient, and the results extend far beyond beauty and facial esthetics to improve the patient’s overall well-being.
Investing In Juvederm - What Is The Cost?
The cost of Juvederm® will depend on your individualized treatment plan. After consultation with Dr. Dierkes, you’ll learn about his recommendations as well as the cost of treatment. Schedule a consultation today to learn more
Dr. J. Michael Dierkes, DDS, MS, NMD is a nationally recognized orthodontic specialist who has been creating beautiful smiles for over 30 years. His services have improved the lives of people from Roswell and the surrounding areas, including residents of Sandy Springs, Alpharetta, Marietta, and Atlanta. Whether you are an adult, a child, or a teenager, our knowledgeable staff is committed to helping you achieve the radiant, beautiful smile you deserve. Please call us today to schedule your initial consultation!