According to some plastic surgeons, Juvederm is so safe that it's rare for patients to experience problems after an injection [source: Singer]. In fact, many claim that negative effects of Juvederm are more likely to be caused by misuse than a problem with the product itself [source: Doheny]. Receiving an injection that does not go deeply enough into the skin could also cause negative reactions. Although there are very few cases of Juvederm side effects, the most commonly reported ones are swelling, lumps forming underneath the skin and gel spreading to unwanted areas of the face [source: Singer, Consumer Guide to Plastic Surgery].
It's also important to use Juvederm only on approved parts of the body. Juvederm treatments near the eyes, for example, can carry the greatest risk of side effects because of the thinness and sensitivity of the skin in that area [source: Singer]. Some experts believe that the nasolabial fold is the best place for a Juvederm injection [source Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety].
Side effects may not occur immediately; they could happen weeks or even months after the procedure. However, if you pay attention to FDA warnings, and make sure that your doctor follows FDA-approved guidelines for administering the injection, you most likely should not experience any problems.
To learn how to care for yourself after a Juvederm injection, move on to the next page for more information.