The JUVÉDERM® family of injectables consists of several different products designed to improve various signs of facial aging. Below are descriptions of JUVÉDERM® Ultra, JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus, JUVÉDERM® XC, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™, JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC, and JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC—all of which are available at our practice.
JUVÉDERM® Ultra and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus
JUVÉDERM® Ultra and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus are fillers made from hyaluronic acid (a naturally occurring substance in the body) that can be injected into the smile lines (nasolabial folds), the corners of the mouth (oral commissures), lips, marionette lines around the chin, and even under the eyes (tear trough area) in order to smooth and soften wrinkles, as well as add volume for areas that need volume. The addition of lidocaine has made the injections even easier and more comfortable for patients. Board-certified plastic surgeon James F. Boynton, MD and our team offer these injections here at our office, and topical creams and “dental” blocks can be used when necessary to help ensure each patient has minimal discomfort.
JUVÉDERM® XC is manufactured using HYLACROSS™ technology, which creates a smooth-consistency gel. It is also infused with lidocaine to improve comfort during treatment.
All patients receiving any form of hyaluronic injections will have some swelling and bruising because the nature of hyaluronic acid is to recruit water into the area of the injection. Patients are recommended to do some gentle massages and alternate ice on-and-off the first day to limit swelling. JUVÉDERM® XC usually lasts four to six months, but in some cases it can last up to a year. When injected into the upper face, the injections often last around a year. Rarely, patients may experience a bump with JUVÉDERM® XC injections, but this can be “erased” with a special injection if necessary.
Ultimately, JUVÉDERM® XC is an excellent way to optimize and achieve lip augmentation, as well as restore youthfulness in the lower face that often changes with aging. Additionally, another application of JUVÉDERM®XC, known as non-surgical rhinoplasty, can also be performed by adding the filler to certain aspects of the nose to improve the appearance of the nose, or to “disguise” the dorsal hump by adding subtle amounts of filler above and below it.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ is the first and only injectable filler of its kind to be approved by the FDA for volume enhancement in the cheeks and midface of patients 21 and older. Similar to that of JUVÉDERM® Ultra and JUVÉDERM® Ultra Plus, this revolutionary treatment is composed of a naturally-occurring hyaluronic acid solution, and as a result, it typically requires no allergy testing prior to administration.
Once injected, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ is designed to provide immediate augmentation to the cheeks and midfacial region, while also helping to diminish the appearance of moderate lines and wrinkles in the targeted area. Its long-lasting volumizing effects can help restore a more youthful-looking facial contour for patients interested in addressing midfacial volume deficits and other signs of aging.
At our office, the average treatment time for this procedure is about 30 minutes, depending on the individual needs of each patient. Some bruising and swelling may occur after treatment, but gentle massaging and the on-and-off application of ice during the first day can help limit these effects.
Ultimately, midfacial volume enhancement results from JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ have been clinically-proven to last up to two years in many instances – much longer than similar nonsurgical alternatives. This innovative treatment can also be performed in combination with a number of other facial rejuvenation procedures to help enhance aesthetic outcomes.
What Are the Side Effects of JUVÉDERM® Treatment?
Most patients can expect some degree of swelling, tenderness, and bruising in the treatment areas; however, these brief side effects should fade soon after the procedure. We may also advise you to lightly massage the area and/or apply ice to the region periodically within the first day after treatment. There is typically no downtime or recovery period necessary after JUVÉDERM® injections, and many individuals resume their day as normal following the procedure.
How Much Does JUVÉDERM® Cost?
At Boynton Plastic Surgery, JUVÉDERM® treatments usually start at about $700 to $900 per syringe. The overall cost of JUVÉDERM® procedures is ultimately dependent on each patient’s customized treatment plan, and will be priced according to the amount of filler necessary to achieve individual goals, the specific JUVÉDERM® product utilized, and other associated factors. Our practice likes to make paying for treatment as convenient as possible, which is why we accept numerous payment methods. We also work with CareCredit®, which offers a variety of low- to no-interest financing plans for qualified applicants who would like to pay for their JUVÉDERM® treatment over time. During the initial consultation, a member of our team will produce a total cost estimate of your procedure based on your JUVÉDERM® treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.