Juvederm refers to a family of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers. All of these fillers, nonetheless, are used in addressing the signs of aging on the face particularly wrinkles, folds, and creases.
The actual Juvederm cost varies between patients with several factors affecting it. Keep in mind that since Juvederm injections are typically done for cosmetic reasons, these aren’t covered by medical insurance; exceptions may apply so be sure to ask your insurance provider.
What Are Its Types?
Each type of Juvederm has a unique bonding structure and hyaluronic acid concentration, thus, each one is tailored to target specific issues and areas. Each one also has a specific injection depth. All of these types, however, have a smooth, gel-like consistency that can be injected via ultrafine needles.
The types of Juvederm are:
* Juvederm Voluma XC restores volume beneath the skin’s surface and, thus, are used for cheek enhancement
* Juvederm XC and Vollure XC restore skin elasticity around the nose and mouth (i.e., treatment of nasolabial folds)
* Juvederm Ultra XC and Volbella XC are used for non-surgical lip enhancement
No matter the type, Juvederm should only be administered by a licensed and trained practitioner for safety reasons.
How Does It Work?
Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced and found throughout the body with the highest concentrations in the skin, bone and joints. In the skin, it stimulated the production of collagen, a type of connective tissue that provides the skin with a smooth, supple and plump appearance. But as we age, our body produces less hyaluronic acid and collagen resulting in the increased appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging skin.
Juvederm contains a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid that adds volume to the skin cells and tissues in the face. By attracting and retaining water in the skin, it decreases the appearance of wrinkles and folds and restores the skin’s youthful appearance.
Most patients immediately notice the results after Juvederm injections. Many notice them after the swelling has subsided. In either case, the recovery time is minimal but patients are well-advised to avoid sun exposure, strenuous activity, alcohol consumption and makeup use for at least 24 hours after treatment.
How Is It Done?
There’s little to no preparation involved as Juvederm injections are done as outpatient procedures. Be sure to discuss your cosmetic goals and expectations with your doctor before undergoing the injections. You will also be asked to avoid the use of ibuprofen, aspirin and St. John’s wort before your appointment, as well as to avoid smoking to minimize the side effects.
Your doctor will first use a pen to mark the treatment area and then inject Juvederm into it. You may feel a slight pressure from the injection and get light massage over the area to ensure even distribution of the filler.
The entire procedure lasts between 15 and 60 minutes depending on the treatment area.