If you’ve finally decided to use dermal
fillers and have settled on Juvederm, you’ve made a great choice, because
Juvederm is considered a top dermal filler.
But since there are different fillers in the Juvederm family, you may be
wondering which Juvederm injection is best for you.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a popular collection of
dermal fillers used to rejuvenate and refresh the face. Juvederm fillers smooth facial wrinkles and
folds, replace lost volume, and plump thin lips. The collection includes
Juvederm Plus XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, Juvederm Vollure XC, and Juvederm
Volbella XC. Allergan is the company
behind the Juvederm fillers.
Juvederm fillers are all derived from
hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring sugar molecule in the body
that helps to keep the skin soft and moisturized. The supply of HA diminishes
over time with age, and fine lines and wrinkles develop as a result.
HA naturally binds to water molecules, so
when it is injected below the skin it attracts water and this hydrates the
skin, making it plumper and firmer. HA
also increases the production of collagen and this has long term rejuvenation
benefits for the skin.
Which Juvederm injection is best for you?
The Juvederm injection that’s best for
you will depend on the specific concern you need addressing.
If wrinkles, fine lines and folds are
your primary concern, Juvederm has several formulations to soften these lines
including the following:
Juvederm Plus XC
Smiling is good for you, but those
nasolabial folds at the corner of the mouth commonly called ‘smile lines’ or
‘laugh lines,’ are not so welcome.
Nasolabial folds appear whenever you smile, but unfortunately, they tend
to hang around when you’re older because of the diminished elasticity of the
That’s where Juvederm Plus XC comes
in. Juvederm Plus XC is an injectable
gel that adds volume below the skin, to fill out moderate to severe wrinkles
around the nose and mouth. The results
can last up to 1 year.
Juvederm Vollure XC
Juvederm Vollure XC is another solution
for reducing the appearance of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around the
nose and mouth. Juvederm Vollure is a
soft filler that is easy to mold, and lasts for a long time, up to 18 months in
What makes Juvederm Vollure different
from Juvederm Plus is the proprietary Vycross technology by Allergan. Vycross Technology blends hyaluronic acid of
different molecular weights to create a gel formula that is smoother, and looks
and feels natural. The formulation also includes lidocaine (a local
anesthetic), which helps minimize discomfort.
Wrinkles aren’t the only sign of aging;
perhaps even more evident on the face is the problem of volume loss. This is apparent in the cheeks, around the
mouth, and the lips. Juvederm fillers
can also fix these issues.
If you have flat cheeks and sagging skin
Juvederm Voluma is the ideal solution.
The skin loses collagen support over time, causing the underlying
muscles to weaken, and that’s why the cheeks appear flatter.
Juvederm Voluma is specially designed to
lift the cheeks and restore facial contours.
It is the only injectable filler that is FDA cleared to correct
age-related volume loss in the cheeks.
Voluma is a thick gel formula that is injected deep into the cheek area
and adds volume below the surface to create well-defined cheeks. The results of Juvederm Voluma can last up
to 2 years.
Juvederm Volbella XC
If you would like fuller, plumper lips,
Juvederm Volbella is the filler for you.
Volbella increases lip volume and also fills in vertical lip lines, which
are commonly called “smoker’s lines.”
Despite the nickname, these lines are not usually caused by smoking but
are instead the result of repetitive lip movements. Juvederm Volbella treats these pesky wrinkles
and leaves the lips fuller and more attractive.
Juvederm Voluma and Volbella are also
made using Vycross technology.
Juvederm fillers are generally very safe,
but some patients may have temporary side-effects such as tenderness, bruising,
and swelling, at the injection sites.
If you are in the San Francisco and Walnut Creek, CA areas, contact board
certified plastic surgeon Andrew Barnett, MD for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Barnett at www.drbarnett.com, or by calling (415) 943-0749.