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Juvederm: Reviews, Costs & Side Effects

Juvederm is a dermal filler based on Hyaluronic acid gel. It restores facial volume and plumpness by holding onto the water at the injection site. These dermal fillers are used to cover the lip area, the nasolabial folds, lines around the mouth and cheeks.

It is used in cosmetic procedures to restore volume and smooth wrinkles in the skin. It is composed of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps to hydrate and plump the skin.

Juvederm is a versatile product that can be used to treat a wide range of concerns, including:

  • Nasolabial folds (lines from the nose to the corners of the mouth)
  • Lip augmentation
  • Marionette lines (lines from the corners of the mouth to the jawline)
  • Cheek augmentation
  • Tear troughs (under-eye hollows)

Juvederm is available in several different formulations, each designed for specific areas of the face. For example, Juvederm Ultra XC is used for lip augmentation and the correction of perioral lines, while Juvederm Voluma XC is used for cheek augmentation.

Also see: Dermal Fillers Under Eyes: 5 Facts to Know

One of the benefits of Juvederm is that it is a non-surgical treatment option. It is administered via a small injection, and the procedure typically takes 30 minutes or less. The results are immediate and can last for up to a year or more, depending on the formulation and the area treated.

Juvederm is a safe and effective treatment option for patients looking to restore volume and smooth wrinkles in their skin. However, as with any medical procedure, it is important to carefully evaluate each patient and to ensure that they are a good candidate for treatment.

Patients with active skin infections, allergies to hyaluronic acid, or a history of excessive scarring should not receive treatment with Juvederm. It is also important to inform patients of the potential side effects of treatment, which may include redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection site.

In terms of aftercare, the patient should avoid any strenuous activities that may cause increased blood flow to the treated area and also avoid exposure to extreme heat or cold. They should also avoid sun exposure, swimming, and saunas for at least 24 hours after treatment.

Juvederm is a well-tolerated and effective treatment option for patients looking to restore volume and smooth wrinkles in their skin. As with any medical procedure, it is important to carefully evaluate each patient and to ensure that they are a good candidate for treatment. By following the proper protocols and guidelines, physicians can provide safe and satisfying results for their patients using Juvederm.

Several products are available in the Juvederm line, which addresses the signs of aging on your face. They include: 

Juvederm Filler Types:

Juvederm Voluma XC

  • Injected deep into the cheeks
  • used to add volume and to enhance the mass of your cheeks
  • effects last for about 2 years
  • typically recommended for adults 35 years or more

Juvederm XC

  • Deals with the lost skin elasticity and fills up wrinkles and lines around the mouth and nose — known as nasolabial folds or smile lines
  • Effects last up to 1 year
  • OG Juvéderm was first approved by the FDA in 2006 

Juvederm Vollure XC

  • Used to correct moderate to severe nasolabial folds
  • Effects last up to 18 months
  • It is one of the latest Juvéderm options
  • It is also one of the longest-lasting wrinkle-smoothing Juvéderms

Juvederm Ultra XC

  • Used to plump lips and fill up nasolabial folds
  • Consist of highly cross-linked Hyaluronic acid formulations
  • Suitable for bigger lips
  • Effects last for about 1 year 

Juvederm Volbella XC 

  • Used as lip enhancement treatment
  • Also smoothens vertical lip lines around the mouth
  • Effects last up to 1 year

Is Juvederm treatment painful?

 The term ‘XC’ shows that the product contains Lidocaine which is a local anesthetic to​   numb the area and make your experience pain-free. Obviously, you will feel slight discomfort during and after the procedure. You can talk about it with your clinician before the procedure.

The Juvederm Procedure

Your cosmetic dermatology specialist will mark the area to be treated using a pen. A fine needle is used to inject the filler into the target area. After the injection, the clinician will then lightly massage the site to evenly distribute the filler. This will also reduce the likelihood of swelling. 

The entire sitting will take about 15 minutes to an hour before you are good to go. You can use ice packs to subside any post-treatment swelling. You will see the results instantly or after the swelling subsides and the effects will last for one year on average.

How much Juvederm would you need?

Generally, there is a typical need for one to two syringes of Juvederm for an area. However, you might need 3 to 4 syringes depending upon your age, the severity of your skin folds and the outcomes you want. Talk it out with your doctor as to what your expectations are and how much Juvederm you will need to fulfill them.

How much does Juvederm Cost?

The average cost of a syringe is about $620, however, some types of Juvederm such as the Volume XC will cost you more. This again depends on the amount of Juvederm that would be needed for you. See updated costs of Juvederm by location.

How long do the effects last?

The results of the filler are remarkable but temporary. They can last for about one to two years depending upon the formula. You will need re-treatment when the results fade away, typically after 9 months to one year. The subsequent treatments will need fewer amounts of injection and hence will cost you less.

Juvederm Side Effects

There are generally only minimal side effects of Juvederm and it is considered safe. You might feel the following post-treatment side effects.

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Bruising at the injection sites
  • Swelling and tenderness
  • Dryness (especially with Volbella) 

You should avoid alcoholic beverages, heat exposure and strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours of treatment. Exposure to any of these would lead to temporary swelling, redness or itching at the site of injection. Use an ice pack to ward off swelling. Ask your doctor how long you should wait before applying make-up or any product to avoid any reaction.

Although very rare, more serious complications can sometimes occur due to injection of the filler into a blood vessel which is as follows

  • Vision abnormalities
  • Blindness
  • Stroke
  • Permanent scarring

Contraindications of Juvederm 

Do not use Juvederm injections if

  • you are allergic to any of its constituents
  • you have a history of allergic reactions to lidocaine​    
  • you are pregnant or breastfeeding