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Juvederm Ultra XC

Lift it. Plump it. Smooth it.

As you age, it’s not just about fine lines and wrinkles. Your face can lose its volume, and the skin may begin to sag. This is due to a decrease in fullness brought on by the aging process. Most people have probably already heard of the popular filler, Juvederm, but you may not realize how many Juvederm options there are today on the market or the major differences.


All Juvederm formulas are hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers. When injected into the dermis, they add volume and smooth out wrinkles by replenishing natural hyaluronic acid that has been lost. The Juvederm line was created as an effective tool to combat aging.


A specialist will inject the Juvederm gel beneath the skin in order to temporarily restore volume. The gel then fills in wrinkles caused by aging, smoothing the skin and giving it a more youthful appearance effective immediately.


Each type of Juvederm adds immediate volume and smooths out wrinkles by replenishing natural hyaluronic acid that has been lost. Juvederm products are created using a process called Hylacross, which makes it smoother and increases the predictability of results.


The results of a Juvederm treatment will typically last up to a year or more. You may require more than one treatment to achieve your desired appearance. Results will vary depending upon the injector, the facial area in which it was applied, and upon the individual’s overall health.

The Process

During your in-person consultation, your specialist will decide if the Juvederm Ultra XC formula is right for you. Two weeks prior to injection, it is advised to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, and fish oil supplements. The reason for that is to decrease the risk of bruising at the injection site since these substances can have a unique effect on the bloodstream.


On the day of treatment, your specialist will inject the Juvederm gel into areas of facial tissue where moderate to severe wrinkles and folds occur. The number of vials used will be dependent on the size of the area being treated. An entire session can take up to one hour but will vary according to the patient.

The Different Formulas of Juvederm

What sets each Juvederm formula apart is consistency and strength. Juvederm Ultra is made with hyaluronic acid, which is naturally occurring in the connective tissues of the body. It is used to treat thin areas of skin around the eyes and lips. Juvederm Ultra Plus is also made with hyaluronic acid but is used to treat areas consisting of deeper lines.

Juvederm Ultra XC is a dense form of this cosmetic injection with a greater volumizing effect. It contains a local anesthetic (lidocaine) and is injected into facial tissue to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth. The role of lidocaine is to reduce the pain associated with injections.


What to Expect Post-Treatment

Minor redness, swelling or bruising following your Juvederm treatment may occur. The time it will take for you to see your final results varies depending on which filler you choose for treatment. The longevity of your Juvederm treatment will also greatly depend on which areas of the face are injected. Typically, results will be visible after swelling has decreased two to three weeks after your injections. While recovery time is minimal, it’s advised to avoid strenuous exercise, extreme temperatures, and too much muscle movement around the face.

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