Juvéderm is one of the original dermal fillers, first approved by the FDA in 2006. Since that introduction, Juvéderm has been used millions of times all around the world for treatment of lines and creases on the mid to lower face. Over the years, the Juvéderm line has been expanded to target different areas of the face.

We offer three Juvéderm dermal fillers, Juvéderm XC, Juvéderm Voluma XC, and Juvéderm Ultra XC.

What is Juvederm?

woman smiling after Juvederm

Juvéderm is classified as a “natural” dermal filler. That’s because it is made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body responsible for hydrating, plumping, and firming the skin. Hyaluronic acid does this by binding with over 1,000 times its weight in water.

When we inject any of the Juvéderm fillers under a line or area of volume loss, the hyaluronic acid in its formulation instantly binds with nearby water molecules. This creates instant volume, which elevates the area to return contour in an area such as the cheeks or to push the skin up to erase smile or other lines.

The Juvéderm Fillers We Offer

Juvederm XC

As the skin loses elasticity and moisture, some people form relatively deep parentheses lines that frame the corners of the mouth and creases that run from the nose to the mouth (nasolabial folds). Juvederm XC adds volume beneath the skin to smooth these lines and folds. This was the original Juvederm product and is still the most popular.

Juvederm – Before & After

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Juvederm Voluma XC

Dr. Musick may call it “age-related mid-face volume loss” but you simply know it as sagging cheeks. Over time, as you lose the collagen to support your skin and as your underlying muscles weaken, your cheeks flatter. Juvederm Voluma XC is designed to add volume beneath the skin’s surface to lift and contour the cheek area. Plump cheeks are a tenet of a younger look.

Juvederm Ultra XC

Most people don’t think of their lips as having lost volume, but our lips thin as we get older, just like our skin. Plus, some women aren’t satisfied with the fullness or their lips. Juvederm Ultra XC provides or returns fullness and fills the vertical wrinkles that form on our lips. This was the first dermal filler created for the lips.

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How Long Does Each of the Juvederm Fillers Take to Provide Results?

The duration of most injecatables varies somewhat based on the individual patients metabolish. Still, there are some general measures of durability of these products.

  • Juvederm Voluma XC is the longest-lasting hyaluronic filler, restoring cheek volume for 12-24 months
  • Juvederm XC, Ultra XC, last from 9-12 months.

Who is an ideal candidate for Juvéderm fillers?

Whether one of the Juvéderm fillers is right for you depends upon the type of wrinkles you’re seeking to erase and where they occur.

Juvéderm XC targets the area around the lower nose down through the skin surrounding the mouth. It is used on smile lines, marionette lines, parentheses lines, and sunken corners of the mouth. Voluma XC returns volume to sunken cheeks. Ultra XC adds volume and definition to the lips and erases barcode lines. And because Juvéderm is made from hyaluronic acid, which naturally exists in our bodies, any allergic reactions are very rare.

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How safe is Juvéderm?

As mentioned above, the first Juvéderm filler, Juvéderm XC, was approved by the FDA in 2006. To gain that approval, research had to prove the safety and effectiveness of the filler. Since 2006, Juvéderm and the other fillers in the line have been injected millions of times and have proven to be safe.

Reactions to any Juvéderm filler are exceedingly rare because the primary ingredient is hyaluronic acid, and hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the human body.

Plus, if a patient isn’t happy with the look of an injected area, we can inject an enzyme known as hyaluronidase into the area and it instantly breaks down the hyaluronic acid and returns the skin to its former appearance. Otherwise, there can be a little redness and slight swelling at the injection sites, but that passes very quickly. Results are immediate.

How does Juvéderm compare to Botox?

Juvéderm fillers only work on what are called “static” wrinkles. These wrinkles are caused by declining collagen production, sun damage, personal habits, and other environmental factors. Static wrinkles show themselves at all times, as they are due to skin damage. They occur on the mid to lower face.

The other type of wrinkle is known as the “dynamic wrinkle.” These are the result of repeated muscle contractions when we form common expressions such as showing surprise or frowning. Over the years as our collagen production declines, our skin thins, and we make these muscle contractions hundreds of thousands of times, wrinkles start to form on the surface skin above these muscles. These are crow’s feet at the outside of the eyes, frown lines between your eyebrows, and forehead lines. Botox is the solution for dynamic wrinkles, as it relaxes the underlying muscle causing the wrinkle. Juvéderm XC and other dermal fillers don’t work on dynamic wrinkles, and Botox doesn’t’ work on static wrinkles.

How many Juvéderm sessions will I need?

The number of individual injections you will need depends upon the wrinkle or crease you’re treating. This applies to each of these fillers. The cost of each Juvéderm filler is based upon the amount of filler used, and this varies depending on the treatment area and your individual circumstances.

Otherwise, these are single treatments; they don’t require multiple injection sessions. Once your session is complete, you’ll enjoy your results for 1-2 years, depending upon the filler and the area injected.

Is there anything to avoid immediately after my Juvéderm® session?

Because Juvéderm is primarily made of hyaluronic acid (which occurs naturally in the body) any reactions are very rare. After your injections, you should avoid hot environments such as saunas or steamy baths until the next day. We advise patients to not squish or apply pressure to the area where they have received injections, as this can spread the filler to adjacent areas where it is not wanted.

Bruising or swelling can be expected at the areas of injection, but most patients consider this a minimal or no downtime procedure.

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If you’re interested in learning more about fillers, please contact us at (618) 628-2588 to schedule a consultation.


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