Juvéderm is a smooth gel, injectable filler made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally-occurring substance in the body) and used by our expert injectors to effectively soften those deep folds and lines that develop over time in the face. The official approval by the FDA for Juvéderm is for nasolabial folds, which are more commonly known as “smile lines.” In addition to the nasolabial folds, it is also very commonly used to enhance the size and shape of lips.
What is Juvéderm used for?
The primary use of Juvéderm injectable is to add volume back to your face. Over time, areas of the face naturally lose volume as a part of the aging process. By injecting Juvéderm into these areas of the face, we can smooth out wrinkles and folds by adding back that precious volume that has been lost. Juvéderm can be used to improve the following areas:
- Marionette lines
- Corners of the mouth (smoker’s lines)
- Superficial forehead lines
- Lip borders and vertical lip lines
- Smile lines (nasolabial folds)
- Nose shaping
- Cheek definition
- Under-eye circles, tear troughs
- Facial symmetry
How is Juvéderm injected?
Juvéderm is injected into the skin to create volume, resulting in a healthy and rejuvenated appearance. Using a very fine needle in order to minimize pain or discomfort, our expert dermatologist will inject small amounts of Juvéderm into the area where results are desired. The Juvéderm injections create volume by filling your lips, wrinkles or folds, for a more youthful appearance. When injected into the lip, it can restore a more natural and plump look. This treatment is generally quick and simple. Afterwards, you may experience some very minor side effects, including swelling, redness and some tenderness. These side effects do not last more than a day or so.
Can Juvéderm and Botox be used together?
Yes. The mechanism of action for Juvéderm is different than Botox because Juvéderm adds back volume whereas Botox Cosmetic simply stops muscle contraction. These very different methods yield different results. However, Juvéderm and Botox are often used together to give you greater results. We use Botox to prevent new wrinkles from forming and Juvéderm to fill the ones that you already have. Additionally, studies have shown that by combining Botox (which minimizes muscle contractions) with Juvéderm, the effects of Juvéderm last longer. During your consultation, Dr. Greene will let you know if this combination will work for you.
Juvéderm vs. Juvéderm Ultra Plus
Juvéderm (hyaluronic acid) is currently available in two different versions. These variations are very similar, but it is important to know the difference. Juvéderm Ultra Plus is a thicker version of the Juvéderm injectable gel. The thicker gel provides more effective results for filling in wider and deeper lines on the face, whereas regular Juvéderm is meant for finer lines and wrinkles. So think of Juvéderm Ultra Plus as just a thicker formula of the original Juvéderm injectable gel.