The Juvederm family of products (including Juvederm XC and Juvederm Voluma XC) are injectable fillers used to temporarily smooth wrinkles around the nose and mouth, and add volume to the cheek area. When performed by a qualified doctor, Juvederm treatment can take years off a face’s appearance and restore a healthy glow.
How Does Juvederm Work?
Juvederm products are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar found in the body. Hyaluronic acid works by holding in water at the injection site and acting as a cushioning agent. Juvederm products add temporary volume and “lift” and give the treated area a smoother and firmer appearance.
Juvederm can be used to treat moderate to severe folds and wrinkles, including:
- Nasolabial folds between the nose and the corners of the mouth
- “Marionette lines” between the mouth and the jawline
- Vertical lip lines
- Lines around the corners of the mouth
Juvederm Voluma XC is formulated specifically to treat cheeks that have lost their full, supple quality with age. Voluma XC adds structure and definition in the cheek area, including the apex, “apples” or hollows of the cheeks.
What to Expect During Treatment
Juvederm treatment typically takes about 15 minutes, so it can be easily scheduled on a lunch break.
Prior to starting the injections, the doctor may numb the treatment area with a topical anesthetic product. Voluma XC already contains a small amount of lidocaine, which has a numbing effect.
The doctor will then inject small amounts of the Juvederm filler into strategic points around the face to fill in folds, smooth lines and add volume. The number of injections needed depends on the degree of correction and the size of the treatment area.
After treatment, an ice pack may be applied to reduce any discomfort. The treated area may be slightly red, bruised or tender, but these side effects are only temporary. You can immediately return to your normal routine, but try to avoid touching or rubbing the treated area.
You should see results of your treatment within a day or two. Your face will look smoother, firmer and younger, and your cheeks may look fuller (depending on the specific product used).
Results can last up to a year in the nose and mouth area and up to two years in the cheek area. Your body will eventually absorb the hyaluronic acid of the product. In order to maintain your results, you should seek repeat treatment on a regular basis.