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What Is Juvéderm?

Written by Cosmetic Surgery of New York | Nov 7, 2018 11:00:00 PM

As you age, you may begin to notice the appearance of more facial fine lines and wrinkles. Luckily, there are several options available to smooth your skin and help it regain its youthful appearance. For those reluctant to take the surgical route, there are quite a few injectable alternatives to consider. 

One popular non-surgical option is Juvéderm®, a dermal filler which helps to restore volume to the skin and smooth away moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds. This minimally invasive procedure will leave you with impressive, long-lasting results. To help determine if Juvéderm is the right choice for you, we have compiled some essential facts about the procedure.

How It Works

Juvéderm is a gel comprised of hyaluronic acid, a sugar-based substance naturally found in the body. Its role is to maintain hydration and act as a cushioning agent for the skin. Once injected, this gel helps to plump up the areas of your face that have lost some fullness due to age, resulting in a more youthful look.

Common areas of focus tend to be the fine lines and wrinkles that often appear around the nose, mouth and forehead. While Juvéderm is not permanent, its results tend to last longer than similar treatments, with some variations producing effects that can still be seen over a year after the initial treatment. 

There are several types of Juvéderm, each with its own unique features and benefits. Your doctor can help you choose the one that's right for you, depending upon the results you are seeking. Following is an overview of four of the most common formulas: 

Juvéderm® ULTRA XC

Juvederm Ultra XC is best utilized for the facial tissue around the nasolabial folds which run from the nose to the mouth, commonly referred to as "laugh" lines or "smile" lines. It is also great for lip lines, the corners of the mouth, forehead wrinkles, and can even be used for lip enhancement. Juvéderm Ultra XC is FDA-approved and is infused with lidocaine in order to improve patients' comfort during the injection process.

Juvéderm Vollure™ XC

Juvéderm Vollure XC is typically used to treat moderate to severe lines in the lower facial region, specifically lines around the sides of the mouth, nasolabial folds and marionette lines. One of the newest products in the Juvéderm line, Vollure XC provides results that can last up to 18 months. As with Juvéderm Ultra, this formula contains lidocaine to numb any slight pain felt during injection.

Juvéderm VolumA® XC

Juvéderm Voluma is ideal for those who have experienced a visible decrease in cheek volume, sagging of the cheeks or the loss of noticeable contour around the chin. Specially formulated to reinstate volume to these areas, this is the only injectable gel designed to provide subtle, natural enhancement to the mid-face and address changes in definition that can occur over time. In many patients, results of Juvéderm Voluma can last up to 18 months.

 

Juvéderm Volbella® XC

Juvéderm Volbella XC is designed to restore natural-looking volume to the lips and precisely define the contours around the mouth. It is the only dermal filler clinically proven to last up to 12 months with a single treatment. Juvéderm Volbella is specially formulated to keep swelling to a minimum. The fine needles used, which also contain lidocaine, reduce swelling and bruising significantly. 

 

What to Expect WITH Juvéderm

Since there is no surgery involved, recovery time for those who receive Juvéderm injections is fairly minimal. There is generally no need for additional anesthesia, although some patients may elect to use a topical anesthetic on the area to be treated before receiving the injection. A fine needle will be used to administer the gel underneath your skin. Results should be visible immediately following the appointment. 

Following the procedure, it is advisable to avoid touching the treated part of your face for a couple of days. Patients should also take care to stay out of extreme hot or cold temperatures for about two weeks. Minor swelling or bruising may occur at the injection site, but should fade quickly.

If a simple method to look younger without undergoing surgery is what you seek, Juvéderm may be just the solution. No matter the location of your facial fine lines and wrinkles, one of the many variations of Juvéderm will likely be able to resolve the issue so it is far less noticeable with minimal side effects and recovery time.

 

{Originally published: November 3rd, 2017 | Updated: November 12th, 2018}