Juvederm Quick Facts
- Juvederm is a popular injectable hyaluronic acid soft tissue filler manufactured by Allergan.
- It is used to replace lost facial volume due to aging.
- The injections are typically performed in a doctor’s office.
- The Juvederm family of fillers are FDA approved to treat many forms of facial wrinkling and folds.
- According to the American Society of Plastic Surgery, soft tissue fillers were the second most popular minimally invasive treatment in 2017.
- In 2018, the national average for Juvederm injections was $650 per syringe. 1 syringe is equal to 1 mL or 1 cc.
- Juvederm effectively treats mild to severe facial wrinkles and folds
- Results from Juvederm injections are immediate
- The most common side effects are bruising and swelling.
- Juvederm is considered to be a very safe filler.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is an injectable soft tissue filler made of hyaluronic acid. It is used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. The hyaluronic acid in Juvederm replaces this lost volume, warding off the signs of aging.
The Juvederm family of fillers consists of several different products which contain varying concentrations of hyaluronic acid. Juvederm fillers differ from other fillers on the market, such as Perlane and Restylane, by adding Hylacross technology to their hyaluronic acid gel.
Hylacross technology is purported to prevent ‘sizing’ or the production of hyaluronic acid particles of differing sizes during the manufacturing process. By having hyaluronic acid particles of a consistent size, Juvederm is able to flow more easily through a syringe while being injected.
The Juvederm Product Family 2018:
- Juvederm Voluma XC is used to add volume to your cheeks. It was FDA approved in October 2013.
- Juvederm Ultra XC is used to add volume to your lips. It was FDA approved in January 2010.
- Juvederm Volbella XC is used to add volume to your lips. It was FDA approved in June 2016.
- Juvederm Vollure XC is used for the treatment of facial wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth. The wrinkles in these areas of the face are often referred to as ‘smile lines’ or ‘nasolabial folds.’ These types of wrinkles become more pronounced when individuals smile. Juvederm Vollure XC was FDA approved in March 2017 and is the newest filler in the Juvederm family of products.
The XC at the end of each filler’s name indicates lidocaine has been added to it. Adding lidocaine to the filler helps ease pain during your treatment.
Preparing For Your Juvederm Injections
If you’re contemplating Juvederm injections, it’s important you meet with a qualified medical professional. Many board certified plastic surgeons, dermatologists, nurses and physician assistants are trained to perform Juvederm treatments. You should ask your injector the following questions to ensure they have the necessary training to provide you with desirable results.
- How many years have you been injecting Juvederm?
- How frequently do you perform Juvederm injections?
- How many Juvederm injections have you preformed in your career?
- How many syringes of Juvederm will I require to receive the results I desire?
- How long will my results last?
You should also ask your injector for before and after pictures of patients they’ve injected. If they can not provide you with photos, find another injector.
Since Juvederm injections are typically performed on the same day as your appointment, you’ll want to stop taking blood thinners such as Aspirin, St. John’s Wort and ibuprofen. You should also refrain from consuming alcohol and smoking prior to your appointment. Avoiding these medications and habits will help prevent swelling and bruising after your injections.
Juvederm Before and After Pictures
Before and after pictures from our Juvederm photo gallery.
Facial Areas Treated by Juvederm
- Cheeks: Juvederm Voluma XC
- Lips: Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Volbella XC
- Nose and Mouth (smile lines and nasolabial folds): Juvederm Vollure XC
How does Juvederm work?
When we’re young, fat is stored in our upper cheeks giving us a youthful appearance. As we age, this fat sags down creating areas of volume loss. This lost volume can be replaced with Juvederm injections. The main ingredient of Juvederm is hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is one of the most hydrophilic or water loving molecules in existence. When it is injected into areas of the face that have lost volume, the hyaluronic acid molecules fill in the area that has lost volume, while pulling in water molecules to provide moisturization.
What are the risks and side effects of Juvederm?
Juvederm injections are considered to be very safe with a low risk profile. The most common side effects associated with Juvederm injections are a small amount of bruising and swelling.
Other Common Side Effects Include:
- Small Lumps or Bumps
- Slight Pain or Discomfort
Rare Side Effects:
- Blood Vessel Occlusion
- Necrosis (tissue death)
This list of rare side effects is often the result of going to an untrained or unskilled injector. Please make sure your doctor, physician or nurse is highly trained in treating people with fillers. You should also make sure the medical office you visit for your treatment follows proper sterilization and handling protocols. You should immediately leave any medical office that looks unkempt or dirty.
Recovering from Juvederm Injections
Juvederm injections are minimally invasive and recovery time is minimal, with swelling and bruising often dissipating within 24 hours. Patients can receive Juvederm injections during their lunch break and return to work afterwards. Treatment time for Juvederm will depend on the area you’re treating and amount of volume loss. Most treatments are 15-60 minutes.
How long does Juvederm last?
Depending on the area that’s treated and the Juvederm product line used, results normally last 6-24 months.
How much Does Juvederm Cost?
In 2018, the national average for Juvederm injections was $650 per syringe. The cost per syringe will vary by the Juvederm product line used.
Juvederm Cost Range Per Syringe By Product Line:
- Juvederm Volbella XC: $400-600
- Juvederm Ultra Plus: $600-800
- Juvederm Ultra: $700-800
- Juvederm Voluma XC: $800-1000
Cost Per Syringe For Other Comparable Fillers:
Other Juvederm Cost Factors:
- Amount of Volume Loss Being Corrected
- Area Being Treated
- Provider’s Experience and Location
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We polled a group of 250 patients who had received Juvederm injections. 95% of the patients polled had a favorable opinion of their injections.
Note: This article has been reviewed for medical accuracy by board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gary Breslow, M.D.