Many of the visible signs of facial aging are due to the loss of volume and elasticity that comes with the breakdown of collagen. Chicago patients of Northwestern Specialists in Plastic Surgery can achieve beautiful, natural-looking correction of wrinkles, lines, and folds by replacing lost volume with injectable dermal fillers. At our plastic surgery practice in Chicago, lost collagen can be replaced with any of the major dermal fillers, including JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel
JUVÉDERM® is typically used for treating lines and folds on the lower face, particularly the nasolabial folds, the lines that frame the mouth. This product is composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occuring substance that can be found in the body normally, and provides volume and binds moisture beneath the skin. There is very little risk of allergic reaction with JUVÉDERM, as it is completely biocompatible and biodegradable. At our Chicago plastic surgery practice we provide both JUVÉDERM® Ultra and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus. JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus is harmlessly eliminated by the body over 9 to 12 months, while JUVÉDERM® Ultra typically lasts 6 to 9 months.