A Guide to the many Forms of Juvederm
Not so long ago, making changes to one’s appearance, no matter how minor, often involved plastic surgery and a willingness to go under the knife with the hope that the permanent results would be desirable. Over the years, such procedures have drastically reduced in popularity, in part due to their irreversible nature, but moreso due to newer, far less invasive options.
Thanks to cosmetic dermatology, there is now an abundance of choices for making subtle, yet natural looking changes to facial features. From lines and wrinkles to fuller lips and even removal of a double chin, there is little in the way of sculpting that cannot be accomplished with the use of facial fillers or relaxers. And, perhaps the most versatile of the bunch is Juvederm, with several different formulations and multiple uses.
Juvederm Voluma® XC for Cheek Volume
By the age of 35, most have lost about 10 percent of the volume in their face and will continue to lose 5-10 percent every few years following. Juvederm Voluma® XC is an injectable gel designed to reverse this loss with hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for much of skin’s volume and hydration in youth. Injected deeply into the cheek area, it can improve facial fullness for a full two years.
Juvederm® Ultra Plus XC for Lines and Wrinkles
From the beginning, the focus of Juvederm has been to improve the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and folds around the nose and mouth. This original formulation (the XC indicates the addition of lidocaine) uses hyaluronic acid to fill in these problem areas, particularly nasolabial folds (parentheses lines) that often appear and deepen with age. Results using Juvederm® XC last up to one year.
Juvederm Vollure® XC for Lines and Wrinkles
Much like Juvederm® XC, Vollure is used for improvement of wrinkles and folds surrounding the mouth and nose. However, the difference in this newer formulation is the use of Vycross™ technology. This advancement allows improved crosslinking of HA chains by combining both low and high molecular weights. This change makes the filler smoother, more comfortable to inject and longer-lasting at 18 months.
Juvederm® Ultra XC for Lip Volume
Whether lips are just naturally thin or have lost volume with age, Juvederm® Ultra XC can help restore lip fullness. With a high concentration of HA, Ultra has the ability to add a greater amount of fullness than many alternatives. In product studies, 78 percent of patients remained satisfied with their results a full year after treatment.
Juvederm Volbella® XC for Lip Volume
Volbella is yet another lip filler option using HA. However, the concentration is smaller, and like Vollure, it uses Allergan’s Vycross™ technology. Thanks to these factors, Vollure is smooth and absorbs less water, making it ideal for adding subtle volume and shape to the lips. In studies, 80 percent of patients were pleased with their results up to one year later.
If you have been considering Juvederm, you may have previously found the many different types and indications to be confusing. Hopefully this guide to the dermal filler’s FDA-approved uses will help you in your quest for a cosmetic solution.
To learn more about Juvederm and determine if one of these products is indeed the best solution for you, contact the Baton Rouge or Lafayette location of Dermasurgery Center. During your initial consultation, one of our skilled providers will review your areas of concern and make recommendations for solutions that will work best for you.