Juvéderm® Ultra XC injectable gel is a nonsurgical, physician-administered treatment. Juvéderm Ultra XC is inserted under the skin using a fine needle to augment, or fill, the soft tissue of the dermis—the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis—to add volume and diminish wrinkles and folds. Juvéderm Ultra XC injectable gel is used most effectively for those wrinkles and folds in the lower third of your face, like your "laugh lines," "smile lines" or "parentheses" (nasolabial folds), or "marionette lines" (oral commissures).
Juvéderm® Ultra XC is the only HA filller with FDA approval to last up to one year. Juvéderm® Ultra XC injectable gel is a "next-generation" smooth consistency gel dermal filler that helps to instantly restore your skin's volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds like your 'smile lines' or 'parentheses' (nasolabial folds-the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth). Juvéderm® comes in two formulations: Juvéderm® Ultra and Juvéderm® Ultra XC.
What makes JUVÉDERM® different from other dermal fillers? Our unique manufacturing process provides a high concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid for long-lasting results. It also works to create a smooth consistency gel that flows easily into the skin and provides a smooth, natural look and feel. All other hyaluronic acid dermal fillers currently on the market are made of granular consistency gels. And, Juvéderm® is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness in persons of color.
How is JUVÉDERM® injectable gel different from BOTOX® Cosmetic? Juvéderm® Ultra XC injectable gel is a "next-generation" hyaluronic acid dermal filler that provides volume and is used to treat wrinkles and folds resulting from a loss of volume beneath the surface of the skin such as perioral lines and nasolabial folds (lines around your mouth and nose). Juvéderm® restores your skin's volume for a smooth, natural look and feel. BOTOX® Cosmetic is not a filler. BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes muscle activity and is used to treat moderate to severe lines caused by the dominant frown muscles between the eyebrows (the glabellar area). This allows the two vertical lines between the brows, often referred to as the "11," to temporarily diminish for a smoother appearance.
What is hyaluronic acid? Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in all mammals that helps to hydrate and add volume to your skin. In addition to its use as an aesthetic treatment, hyaluronic acid has also been used for more than 20 years for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement as well as for eye surgeries and wound repair.
What is cross-linked hyaluronic acid? "Uncross-linked" hyaluronic acid in its natural form is in a liquid state. ?Cross-linking? is the process through which hyaluronic acid is made into a gel product that can be injected into the skin for long-lasting results.
How is JUVÉDERM® injectable gel used in treatment? Your healthcare provider eases Juvéderm® Ultra XC injectable gel into the skin using a fine needle to temporarily fill in and augment the treatment area and smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as ?smile lines? or ?parentheses? (nasolabial folds) and ?marionette lines? (oral commissures). Juvéderm® temporarily adds volume to the skin and may give the appearance of a smoother surface.
What will treatment with JUVÉDERM® injectable gel accomplish? Juvéderm® Ultra XC injectable gel will help to smooth moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. Most patients need one treatment to achieve optimal wrinkle smoothing. And one treatment could smooth your lines and wrinkles for up to 1 year. Ask your doctor what you should expect from your initial treatment and when they would recommend rescheduling another appointment.
Is treatment with JUVÉDERM® injectable gel painful? Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. The smooth consistency gel of Juvéderm® Ultra XC allows your doctor to administer it easily and smoothly. And, Juvéderm® Ultra XC is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort. Your doctor may choose to numb (anesthetize) the treatment area to further minimize discomfort.
How long does treatment usually take? The injection process takes only about 15 minutes. You'll also need to allow time to consult with your doctor prior to treatment.