Juvederm® Injectable Gel
Over time, sun damage and natural aging cause the skin to develop wrinkles. Juvederm is an FDA-approved injectable filler that treats signs of aging, including facial wrinkles and volume loss.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a clear, biodegradable gel based on hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the body that declines with age. Hyaluronic acid attracts and holds, helping it to improve volume by “plumping” the skin to fill out wrinkles. It also stimulates the body’s production of collagen, which helps maintain results over time. This injectable features Hylacross technology, which provides a greater concentration of hyaluronic acid in a smooth formula that produces more natural and longer-lasting results. Juvederm is the only FDA-approved HA filler that lasts up to one year.
This filler is available in many formulations. Juvederm Ultra XC offers flexibility in contouring and restoring volume to the face and filling wrinkles, while Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is a more robust, thicker formula to correct deeper wrinkles and folds.
Juvederm results last at least six to nine months, although results usually last closer to one year for some patients.
Juvederm has many uses including:
- Add youthful volume to the lips
- Treat nasolabial folds
- Treat facial wrinkles like smile lines and marionette lines
- Add volume under the eyes
- Add volume to the cheeks to enhance cheekbones
Juvederm injections are performed in-office. Small amounts of Juvederm are injected in the treatment areas with a very fine needle. A local numbing agent may be applied to sensitive areas.
Results will be immediately obvious. Mild tenderness and redness at the injection sites may occur and dissipate within one week to reveal the full benefits. Patients may resume normal activities immediately after treatment. To minimize bruising and swelling, patients should discontinue Aleve, Advil, ibuprofen, Excedrin and aspirin one week before treatment, and discontinue use of vitamin E or St. John’s Wort for two days.
What Makes Juvederm Injections Better?
Juvederm has practically replaced collagen as a filler, because it is smoother, easier to shape, results in fewer lumps or irregularities and it lasts more than three times longer. A personalized treatment plan ensures appropriate targeting of wrinkles, folds and volume loss.
Are You a Good Candidate?
Candidates for this procedure are men and women who wish to improve folds, wrinkles and facial volume loss. Juvederm is safe for patients of all skin types and colors.