JUVÉDERM® Injectable Gel – Ultra, Ultra Plus and Voluma
What is it?
JUVÉDERM® is a colorless hyaluronic acid gel generated by non-animal protein, that is injected into facial tissue to correct lines, folds and volume loss.
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. In the skin it delivers nutrients, hydrates the skin by holding in water, and acts as a cushioning agent.
What does is do?
As we age, the skin changes, loses collages, resulting in facial wrinkles and folds, like those “parentheses” lines around your mouth, or lines at the corner of you mouth. It also loses volume, making the face to look tired or sad.
JUVÉDERM® gel, when injected in specific areas of the face, will bringing back its volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, giving it a more youthful, rested, relaxed appearance.
Studies have also shown that Juvederm stimulates own collagen formation in the area of treatment, thus triggering own rejuvenation process.
What makes JUVEDERM® different?
JUVÉDERM® is the first smooth-consistency HA gel and the only HA filler that’s FDA approved to last up to a year and 2 years for Voluma. This is due to an innovative manufacturing process called HYLACROSS technology, which gives Juvederm its unique smooth-gel properties and an optimal gel structure that holds up over time.
How is it used and what will it accomplish?
JUVÉDERM® gel is injected into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe wrinkles and folds occur, adding volume to the skin and giving the appearance of a smoother surface. The most commonly treated areas are the naso-labial folds, marionette lines, lips and cheeks. The only FDA approved area though is the naso-labial fold.
It is a quick, in-office procedure, and the results are seen immediately.
Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing.
The results last up to 1 year for Juvederm Ultra and Ultra-Plus, and 2 years for Juvederm Voluma.
What are possible side effects?
Most side effects are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injection-site reactions such as redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching and discoloration.