What is SKINVIVE™?

SKINVIVE™ by JUVÉDERM® is an FDA-approved injectable that uses microdroplets of hyaluronic acid to temporarily improve skin hydration. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally produced in the body. It attracts water molecules and provides hydration to the skin, eyes, and joints. Natural aging leads to decreased levels of hyaluronic acid, which causes the skin to become dehydrated. Fine lines and wrinkles become more noticeable, the skin loses elasticity, and its complexion will appear duller.

How Does SKINVIVE™ Work?

SKINVIVE™ can be used on the face, neck, decolletage, and hands to replenish hyaluronic acid and rejuvenate glowing, healthy skin. Injections of tiny hyaluronic acid molecules draw water into the treated skin to rehydrate it from within. Hydration brightens and softens dull skin while subtly plumping the skin to smooth fine lines and wrinkles. The injected hyaluronic acid molecules are also crosslinked, which makes it more difficult for the body to break down and allows the skin to retain its moisture. This means patients can enjoy their newly hydrated skin and youthful glow for several months after a SKINVIVE™ treatment.

Who is Not a Good Candidate for SKINVIVE™?

Most patients are good candidates for SKINVIVE™, but there are a few factors to take into consideration. Patients should be in overall good health without a history of allergic reactions to hyaluronic acid fillers or lidocaine (a numbing agent used in the SKINVIVE™ product). Patients must wait to receive treatment if they are currently pregnant or breastfeeding.

Before your treatment, it is helpful to have realistic expectations about the results you can expect. SKINVIVE™ is designed to brighten and hydrate the skin. If you desire a more dramatic plumping effect to reshape the face and improve deep wrinkles and facial folds, dermal fillers can be a great addition to your SKINVIVE™ treatment.

The SKINVIVE™ Procedure

The SKINVIVE™ procedure is relatively simple and only takes about 15-30 minutes. Because lidocaine is an ingredient in SKINVIVE™, you shouldn’t need any topical anesthetic beforehand. Your provider will start by cleaning the treatment area. Next, they will inject the hyaluronic acid formula into specific points along the treatment area. These injections are made superficially in the skin, not in the deep layers like other dermal fillers. Once the treatment is done, you can go home or back to work immediately.

Most patients will receive a treatment plan of three sessions scheduled 2-4 weeks apart. Improvements in skin tone and texture will become more noticeable after each treatment, with the most significant results being seen after your last treatment. After your initial series of treatments, we recommend a maintenance treatment every 4-6 months to maintain your glowing, youthful complexion.

Are There Any Side Effects?

After treatment, you may notice some redness, swelling, bruising, or tenderness. These side effects should diminish on their own within a week, and discomfort can be alleviated with ice packs and ibuprofen. During the first 24 hours following treatment, you’ll want to avoid strenuous exercise, exposure to excess heat or sun, and alcohol.

Who Performs the SKINVIVE™ Treatment?

SKINVIVE™ treatments are performed by Jennifer Fick, FNP-C, CANS, a Board Certified Aesthetic Nurse Specialist. As a master cosmetic injector, you can rely on her for custom treatment plans that consider your specific skin type, skin conditions, and treatment goals. You can also meet with Dr. Deschamps-Braly at your consultation if you are considering SKINVIVE™ in combination with a surgical procedure.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are struggling with dry skin and visible signs of aging, SKINVIVE™ can provide your skin with the hydration it desperately needs. Schedule a consultation today at The Deschamps-Braly Clinic in San Francisco to get started on your customized treatment plan with Jennifer Fick.