How to Prepare for Your Juvederm Treatment

If you’ve wanted to smooth out some lines that weren’t always there before, or you’d like to lighten the appearance of acne scars, you may have heard about Juvederm at some point. It’s a hyaluronic acid filler, which is a substance naturally found in the body. It hydrates your skin, moisturizes it, and restores its youthful appearance, effectively turning the clock back on your skin. It’s even been used to enhance the size and appearance of lips thanks to its immediate effects!

Since it’s made of a naturally occurring substance, there aren’t any risks of an allergic reaction. Our body stops producing natural hyaluronic acid as we age, and Juvederm aims to replenish our supply. However, if it’s your first time getting the treatment, you’ll need to know how to prepare for it and what to expect.

How to Prepare for Your Juvederm Treatment

For Juvederm to work, it will have to penetrate your skin with a needle to infuse your body with it. As with any filler, you may experience some bruising, which occurs whenever the skin is broken. While this will go away on its own, some medications can make you more likely to develop bruises after the procedure. If this is a concern for you, stay away from aspirin, anti-inflammatory medications, blood thinners like fish oil and garlic, vitamin E, St. John’s Wort, and ginkgo biloba. It is also advisable to stop drinking alcohol one to two days before the injections. You can also schedule a consultation with the aesthetician for other precautions you need to take before the procedure.

Meanwhile, if you presently have a cold sore near the injection site or if you have had one before, be sure to inform your doctor. They will likely prescribe an anti-viral medication to avoid triggering an outbreak.

The Treatment Process

Juvederm is a smooth, colorless gel that is injected through thin needles. It should be comfortable enough and painless, although your doctor may apply a coating of numbing cream to the injection site to ensure this. They will inject the filler into the areas you wish to treat, and they may massage the area to sculpt the product and improve the overall texture and appearance. 

The entire procedure is relatively quick, as it takes 15 to 60 minutes to complete. It also displays results almost immediately, making it a simple and effective treatment safe to repeat. Given the minimal to no downtime, you can resume your usual schedule after the procedure.

Post-Treatment Care

You may experience some swelling after treatment, which often resolves itself over time. Some bruising may also occur, but these should subside after a day or two. If you spot extra fullness in the injection site, wait for two weeks for them to soften, showing the full extent of the treatment. However, avoid touching these areas and the rest of the injection site for the first 24 hours after treatment. It’s also important to avoid strenuous exercise at this time.

For the first two weeks post-treatment, keep away from the sun as much as possible and wear sunscreen with high SPF. Avoid products that contain alcohol and keep yourself in moderate temperatures, as excessive heat or cold may compromise the filler. If you’d like a bit more Juvederm applied to areas covered by thin skin, be sure to consult your doctor so they can add more filler as needed.


Juvederm is a great way to brighten your face and restore it to its youthful appearance without resorting to invasive procedures. Since it carries no risk of an allergic reaction, it’s a safe way to enhance your appearance with minimal downtime. Now that you know how to prepare for your Juvederm treatment, you can approach the procedure with complete confidence.

Nuluk Aesthetics is a patient-centric and solutions-oriented med spa offering Advanced Botox and dermal fillers like Juvederm, mesotherapy training, medical hair loss therapy, platelet-rich plasma, and many other procedures. Get a free consultation by booking an appointment today!

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