What is Juvéderm®?
Juvéderm® is a family of fillers that includes Ultra, Ultra Plus, and Ultra Plus XC. At Allure Medical we primarily use the Ultra Plus XC because of its unique characteristics. Juvéderm® Ultra Plus is used to restore lost volume around the eyes and mid-face or to improve the appearance of a cosmetic concern like the nose and lips.
Juvéderm® is made of Hyaluronic Acid (HA). HA occurs naturally in our bodies, so there are generally no reactions to these products. HA’s are soft, feel natural and can be reversed with an enzyme if needed.
HA’s are referred to as “dermal fillers” because they can be injected into the skin to treat wrinkles, but most fillers are injected much deeper than the skin.
Juvéderm® Fights Facial Aging
Much of the shape of our face is created by the fat pads that cover our bones, as well as the shape of our skull. The bones change very little over time, but the fat pads in our face lose volume which leads to the general appearance of aging.
When people look into the mirror, we may notice that it appears our skin is sagging. But generally, it is the loss of supporting volume (deflation) that causes sagginess.
Juvéderm® can refill lost facial volume and restore some of the appearance that is lost with aging.
Juvéderm® at Allure Medical
Juvéderm® is manufactured to have a high degree of cohesivity (sticks together) and high elasticity (resists force). This makes it ideal when we want to fill the cheek to create a lift in the lower face, but these properties (sticks together and resists force) are not desirable when treating areas that have just lost volume (such as under the eyes).
To achieve the best results, we add to the filler a sugar alcohol to make it resist breakdown and become softer, as well as lidocaine (an anesthetic) and adrenaline (to reduce bruising).
Results with Juvéderm®
Juvéderm® gives instant results. There is typically a bit of swelling for 1-3 days, and there may be some bruising. Juvederm in its factory-supplied form is designed to last 6-12 months. But when we add other products to Juvederm, it lasts far longer.
Other Uses for Juvéderm®
Juvéderm® can be used for multiple cosmetic concerns. For the non-surgical nose job, Juvéderm® Ultra Plus is used without modification. The results typically last several years for the nose because there is not much movement that can lead to a breakdown of the filler.
Juvéderm®: The Perfect Lip Filler
When injected into the lips, fillers tend to break down more quickly due to the movement of the mouth and the rich blood supply. To slow down the breakdown, we soften Juvéderm® (which comes from the manufacturer quite stiff) and add sugar alcohol that prevents the natural breakdown of HA’s.
For the lips, expect the filler to last about 6 months the first time you do them. That is because when the filler is ½ gone, you will perceive it as totally gone. As you repeat lip filler, it lasts longer and longer.