As you age your skin loses hyaluronic acid, this accelerates if you have spent a large amount of time in the sun. Juvederm is an injectable gel that can replace the skins volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds. Juvederm is additionally great to use in very visible places, like around the mouth, the nose, and on the forehead. There is two formulations: Juvederm XC, this is often used to correct mild to severe facial wrinkles around the nose and mouth, and Juvederm Voluma XC, this is FDA approved for immediately adding volume to the cheeks. Hyaluronic acid injections helps to create collagen and elastin. These two proteins give the skin fullness and elasticity.
The manufacturer (Allergan) of Juvederm uses a chemical “cross-linking” method known as HYLACROSS. This method binds the chains of hyaluronic acid into a long lasting gel with smooth consistency. Your face looks and feels smooth and natural thanks to the gels smoothness.
WHAT DOES IT TREAT?
The two formulations of Juvederm contain a natural occurring sugar known as hyaluronic acid. This has a helpful property of binding to water. Once the acid attracts water, it “plumps up” the skin, filling and smoothing out any wrinkles. Juvederm helps replace the fatty tissue that we tend to lose after we age and as our skin becomes sun damaged.
Juvederm XC is usually used for:
- Smile Lines
- Corner Lines
- Marionette Lines
- Vertical Lip Lines
It is additionally used for large area of volume loss, like the cheeks.
WHAT IS THE TREATMENT LIKE?
Treatment sessions generally take about 15 minutes. Juvederm is injected with a really fine needle just like all dermal fillers. Any discomfort you will have is minimal, but the physician might numb the treating area with a topical anesthetic before injections. Juvederm doesn't contain any allergy causing animal derived ingredients, therefore you will not need an allergy test done before treatment. It's completely biodegradable.
HOW MUCH DOES JUVÉDERM COST?
There are many factors that have an effect on the price of Juvederm. These factors are the area being injected, the amount of Juvederm being used and also the formulation you're receiving. The typical price is $500 to $700.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
You will see the results of Juvederm instantly. It’s reported by the manufacturer (Allergen) that the results of Juvederm XC will last 9-12 months and Juvederm Voluma XC will last up to 2 years.
WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Side effects are minor and are typical for each injectable filler. The side effects include swelling around the injection site, redness, and bruising, bumps, and skin irritation. This sometimes subsides in a week. If the symptoms continue, contact your doctor.
Additionally, make sure to tell your doctor of any medication you're taking, as they'll impact your treatment. Also, if you have a history of allergies (especially to gram positive bacterial proteins) you should not be treated with Juvederm.