Written by Karen Vieira, PhD MSM
Juvéderm is a premium line of dermal fillers, based on the superb natural biological compound hyaluronic acid.
Juvéderm fillers are injected under the skin of the face by trained medical professionals to treat the effects of aging, as a safe and effective alternative to surgery.
Some common areas treated with Juvéderm include:
- Under eyes
- Nasolabial folds
- Smile Lines
Juvéderm uses the compound hyaluronic acid (HA) as its active ingredient. Hyaluronic acid is a natural protein found throughout our body, with important functions in keeping our skin healthy and robust.
As we age, the collagen and elastin that provide the support structure of our skin and which are responsible for the suppleness and elasticity of our skin lose their connections and become disorganized and dried out. This gives skin the baggy, wrinkled, and dry appearance that we know as aging changes.
However, HA – the active ingredient in Juvéderm – stabilizes these important skin support structures and provides them with the proper chemical environment to reconnect and regain their important functions again. This makes HA an excellent natural skin rejuvenation agent.
Because HA is natural to our bodies, Juvéderm is readily accepted and adopted once it is injected. It becomes part of the skin’s structure and remains in place for a long time after injection.
In general, Juvéderm can last from 6 months to 12 months. It can last longer if Voluma or Vollure are used. Additionally, the length of your results will vary depending on the area being treated. Results tend to last longer in areas where there is not a lot of movement as opposed to areas where there is.
Besides its restorative effects on our skin’s elasticity, Juvéderm is also an excellent choice for lifting the skin to replace the volume loss that occurs under the skin as we age. This reduces the sunken appearance that comes with aging, especially in the cheeks.
The HA in Juvéderm also acts as a sponge, drawing in our natural body fluids to give a filling about 1,000 times more than its own volume. This fluid provides a constant source of hydration to the skin, which furthers adds to the natural-looking age-defying rejuvenation.
As well, the HA in Juvéderm has the added effect of stimulating our body’s natural collagen growth. This provides additional volume support.
Juvéderm is among the best known and most trusted dermal filler lines in the world. Allergan, the company that produces the Juvéderm line, is a leader in research and development and is constantly updating their product line to reflect the latest science and experience.
To this end, Allergan has developed a unique molecular cross-linking technology that produces a higher-viscosity, moldable product with greater lift and support, with an extended duration of action.
Juvéderm is an entire line of products, each designed with different characteristics to make them especially well-suited for specific areas of the face and specific skin problems.
Since most people seeking facial rejuvenation wish to address various area of the face, combined treatments with different products may be appropriate, and the filler products may be seen as being complementary to each other.
Many of the Juvéderm products come in two versions, one of which contains the initial “XC” (such as Juvéderm Volbella and Volbella XC). The XC means that the anesthetic numbing agent lidocaine is mixed in with the product for added comfort during the treatment. Most of the Juvéderm products are available in the XC version.
Some of the more popular Juvéderm formulations include:
- Juvederm Voluma XC: Injections beneath the surface of the skin add lift and contour to the cheeks to correct age-related volume loss.
- Juvederm XC: Reduces smile lines and wrinkles around the mouth and nose. Results are immediate and can last up to a year.
- Juvederm Vollure XC: Like Juvederm XC, Vollure XC targets moderate to severe smile lines around the mouth and nose. In addition to smoothing the area, Vollure XC also adds volume and can last up to 18 months.
- Juvederm Ultra XC: Adds volume and fullness to the lips for a plump, youthful appearance.
- Juvederm Volbella XC: Like Ultra XC, Volbella XC targets thin lips adding volume. Volbella XC has the added benefit of smoothing the appearance of vertical lines in the lips.
Your healthcare professional will help you come up with a treatment plan with the best product for you based on your specific needs and goals. When the perfect product and experienced provider come together, the result is a captivating, natural rejuvenated look.
Choosing the right Juvederm provider is an important factor to ensuring you get the best results.
The following are helpful tips for finding a qualified provider:
- Choose a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.
- View before and after photos of their Juvederm patients.
- Read their online Juvederm reviews.
Juvéderm treatments are done as an office procedure lasting anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Most people can return to their normal activities immediately following injection. This has made injections a popular “lunch-break” activity.
The results will continue to improve in the weeks after the treatment. As the gel attracts water and improves the structure of the skin, it leads to longer-lasting results, which carry on even as the gel itself is gradually broken down by the body.
Repeat injections are required, usually around every six months, depending on the area being treated and the product used.
Juvéderm injections are very safe, tried and true ways to rejuvenate your look, but can cause some temporary bruising and swelling. There may also be some discomfort, itching, or redness following a treatment.
Lumps, unevenness, or discoloration are uncommon but may occur, especially if the injector is lacking experience. Rarely, infection may occur. These problems are usually easily treated in the unlikely event that they occur. Juvéderm can be fully reversed if necessary to treat side effects.
Juvéderm side effects, when they occur, usually subside within a few days.
Following a Juvéderm treatment, recovery time is usually minimal, and most people can return to normal life right away. No bandages are required.
Your healthcare provider may advise you to avoid strenuous activity, direct sun exposure, make-up, and alcohol for 24 hours after your treatment, and to avoid strenuous exercise for 1-2 days after a Juvéderm treatment.
The average cost of Juvéderm treatments is approximately $500 to $800, depending on your geographic region, the provider chosen, the area of the skin being treated, and other factors. The cost also depends on the type of Juvederm and the volume needed to achieve the desired result. In general, filling deeper facial folds requires more Juvéderm, and therefore is slightly more expensive. Many healthcare providers offer flexible financing or repayment plans.
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