Juvéderm® is a youth-enhancing, non-permanent injection filler that uses naturally occuring chemicals in the body to make skin smooth, bright, and wrinkle-free. There are several products in the Juvéderm suite that are specialized for specific results, like lip augmentation, crow’s feet erasure, cheek lifts, and more.
Juvéderm is produced by Allergan, the company that also brought Botox to the market. Juvéderm has been vetted by the FDA and has been used to restore skin to youthful vigor in the United States since 2006.
Juvéderm restores youthful glow, bounce, and plumpness to the skin in and around the face. It is not a synthetic filler, which means the body works with the product to erase wrinkles, crow’s feet, smile lines, and more.
Juvéderm works by attracting water to injection sites, through the properties of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is hydrophilic, meaning it loves water and draws water to itself: ideal for smoothing out creases in the face, neck, and around the eyes naturally.
Juvéderm filler injections improve the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds for between nine months and two years, depending on the metabolism of the patient. Because Juvéderm uses hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body, it is eventually absorbed by the patient’s own metabolism.
Like any face filler injection, there is often discomfort in and around the injection areas after the procedure. Other side effects that have been noted in rare cases are redness or an unevenness to the skin, which can be tended to with the application of an ice pack.
There are several Juvéderm filler injections available in the United States, each with a specific purpose.
Juvéderm XC is a versatile facial filler that incorporates pain-relieving Lidocaine in the injection. This is the “regular” type of Juvéderm and it is primarily used to lift wrinkles, cure unwanted folds, boost weak cheeks, and to plump lips. Juvéderm XC is known to have the most dramatic effect on a patient’s lips. It typically lasts between nine months and two years.
Juvéderm Ultra XC is a more lip-focused filler that provides a subtle, svelte appeal to the lips and reduces lines in and around the lips. This injection can last for a year or longer.
Juvéderm Voluma is specifically formulated for use in the larger areas of the cheeks, temples, and nose. It creates a full, round lift in the cheeks and contours the face around the upper zygomatic bone. Juvéderm Voluma also tends to last longest, nearing two years in some patients.
Juvéderm Vobella is also a lip filler, but it excels at restoring youthful plumpness and vigor to lips that have been made soft and flaccid by time. It is considered the most subtle of the Juvéderm fillers.
Juvéderm Vollure softens the lines that surround the lips and nose, and can last up to eighteen months in some individuals.
Fortunately you don’t have to choose between the various Juvéderm products or know the chemical and physiological differences between them: the medical professional in charge of your injections will be able to discuss the advantages of each with you in detail.
Juvéderm Uses Hylacross Technology To Optimize Smooth Skin
Hylacross technology breaks the hyaluronic acid used in Juvéderm into a variety of different sized molecules, which mimics the natural shape and construction normally found in the body. Creating a mix of particles of varying size allows Juvéderm to blend into the facial tissues easily and mimic and join forces with the natural hyaluronic acid the body produces on its own.
This produces an extremely smooth and non-granular gel that means better results for the patient, including less pain when injecting, and a more even distribution of the gel around the injection area.