As our skin ages, many people have to deal with lines and wrinkles around their mouth and nose. These lines can add years to your appearance, making you look older than you feel. Patients in the Aventura area can benefit from Juvéderm injections to help banish these signs of aging to restore their youthful-looking appearance.


Juvéderm is an FDA-approved Hyaluronic acid filler to smooth away wrinkles around the nose and mouth. Created with HYLACROSS technology, its consistency is smoother than other dermal fillers available, for a natural look. The hyaluronic acid in Juvéderm’s formula binds with water within the skin, creating a firm and hydrated look while essentially filling in wrinkles or restoring lost volume. Juvéderm is also formulated with lidocaine to ensure a comfortable treatment session for all patients. The most common areas treated with Juvéderm include frown lines, under-eye hollows, and the contours of the cheeks and jawline. Juvéderm can also be used to plump the lips. Several formulas of Juvéderm are available. These include Juvéderm Voluma XC, Juvéderm XC, Juvéderm Vollure XC, Juvéderm Ultra XC, and Juvéderm Volbella XC. These formulas are similar overall, with slight variations designed for different treatment areas or intended purposes. Dr. Sárraga can explain the best Juvéderm product for your unique needs during a consultation appointment. 



Dr. Sárraga was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he spent most of his life. He decided at a very early age to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and pursue a career in the art of medicine and surgery. Dr. Sárraga has been featured in several publications including Aventura Magazine™ and Healthy Valley® Magazine where he has discussed procedures including Facial Rejuvenation and Breast Surgery. Dr. Sárraga has been awarded one of Castle Connolly’s top doctors in Miami for the last 5 years. He has also been featured with his friend and mentor Dr. Storch. Since Dr. Storch’s retirement, Dr. Sárraga now runs ARTIS Institute Plastic Surgery as a single practitioner.



Individuals who are in good health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their treatment are often the happiest with their results. It is important to tell Dr. Sarraga if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have a history of severe allergies during your consultation. Patients should also not take medications including aspirin or ibuprofen or supplements such as St. John’s wort prior to their injections. It is also best if you are a nonsmoker. These considerations will help you avoid unnecessary side effects including excessive bruising. 

Juvéderm is best for fine lines and wrinkles caused by a reduction in facial volume over time. This commonly includes nasolabial folds, perioral lines (also called lipstick lines or smoker’s lines), or marionette lines. The product can also be used to restore lost volume in areas such as the cheeks or under-eyes or to enhance areas like the cheekbones, lips, or jawline. 

The ARTIS Institute for Plastic Surgery offers several hyaluronic acid injectable options, including Juvéderm. If you are not suited to Juvéderm, Dr. Sárraga can recommend other non-surgical options to reach your ideal results. In some cases, he may also recommend pairing Juvéderm with other injectables or treatments to complement your results and create a balanced and overall youthful appearance. A consultation will help you determine your best treatment options. 


In most cases, Juvéderm injections can be administered immediately following your consultation. The treatment area will be carefully cleansed to prevent any complications, injection sites will be precisely marked, and a topical numbing agent may be applied. This is not always necessary, as the lidocaine in Juvéderm’s formula takes effect quickly and injections are generally well-tolerated by patients. Juvéderm injections can be completed quickly in our comfortable office setting, with many appointments completed in as little as fifteen minutes. Patients may then return to their normal routines. 


There is no recovery time needed after Juvéderm injections, and most patients can return to work immediately after. Some minor side effects, such as swelling, redness, or tenderness are expected. These should resolve quickly, typically within a few hours. Bruising may also occur. Dr. Sárraga will recommend that you avoid strenuous activity including exercise, drinking alcohol, applying pressure to the injection area, or taking blood-thinning medications to prevent unnecessary bruising or bleeding after your treatment. Results will be visible immediately after treatment and can last up to one year. The body will naturally and safely metabolize the hyaluronic acid in Juvéderm, which is why results are not permanent. Some patients may require touch-up appointments every 3-4 months to maintain optimal results. Dr. Sárraga can explain long-term treatment plans during a consultation. Patients who are looking for more permanent results may consider other options such as fat grafting


If you have questions regarding Juvéderm and if it is right for you, contact the ARTIS Institute for Plastic Surgery in Aventura today to schedule your consultation. During your consultation, Dr. Sarraga will take the time to discuss your individual aesthetic goals to create a treatment plan individualized to your needs. Call our Aventura office at (305) 932-3200 or contact us online to schedule your first appointment.

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Dr. Sarraga and the whole office is the definition of professional and class. He does amazing work and always takes time to listen to the results you are trying to achieve. My family and I have had dozens of procedures done at his office and have all been very happy with our results. He’s gentle and precise. His office also does not try to oversell or tell you that you need procedures that you do not actually need. Best plastic surgeon in South Florida hands down.




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