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Information about Juvederm facial injectable treatments in New York City with Dr. Andrew Jacono.
Juvéderm is a facial filler made from hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a hydrating compound found naturally in the body’s joints and connective tissues. When injected, Juvéderm reduces the appearance of wrinkles and folds. It primarily targets the forehead, the brows, and the area around the mouth, though it can effectively fill other areas, like the lips and nose.
Treatment with Juvederm can restore volume to areas that have lost definition. It is a relatively simple procedure and can be completed in 15 to 60 minutes. There is no downtime after treatment, and patients can immediately return to their daily activities. Juvéderm injection is one of the most common nonsurgical procedures in the United States.
There are a few types of Juvéderm, each geared toward a specific purpose:
Ultra XC is one of the most widely used lip fillers in the country. It adds volume to the lips and enhances their natural contours. Juvéderm Ultra XC will also make lips look smoother. Results last between 9 months and one year.
This treatment is best for patients who want more dramatic, longer-lasting results. It corrects moderate to severe wrinkles, including smile lines (nasolabial folds) and loose jaw skin. Vollure XC has been FDA-approved to combat these issues. Results last up to 18 months.
Volbella XC has a lighter, silkier texture, and treats the lips and the areas around the mouth. It is a great option for more subtle plumping. One injectable treatment provides smooth, natural results that last up to a year.
This type adds volume to cheeks that have lost definition. It can also lift and contour hollower areas of the face. Results last about 2 years with minimal maintenance.
Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC
Ultra Plus XC is a thicker filler that offers more dramatic results. It treats severe wrinkles and folds around the mouth. It is also FDA-approved for lip augmentation and can create an attractive, pouty smile.
Juvéderm and Restylane are both hyaluronic acid fillers. They target the same cosmetic issues, including wrinkles, folds, and cheek hollowness. However, they differ in a number of ways.
Restylane is a granular gel, but Juvéderm has a smoother consistency. Juvéderm’s smoothness allows it to diffuse into the face’s tissues more easily, while Restylane’s cohesiveness allows it to stay exactly where it is placed. Restylane can build volume in the face better than Juvéderm can, but it creates lumps that must be smoothed out during treatment.
Because Juvéderm contains 35% more hyaluronic acid than Restylane, it tends to last longer, though both are temporary solutions and require maintenance.
Juvéderm and BOTOX are fundamentally different. Juvéderm is made from hyaluronic acid and adds volume to the face. BOTOX is composed of botulinum toxin, a compound that blocks nerve signals to facial muscles. When injected, BOTOX “freezes” underlying muscle tissue and smooths superficial skin.
Another difference between the two is how long they remain effective. Juvéderm can last anywhere between 9 months and 2 years, but BOTOX only lasts for 3 to 4 months.
Juvéderm lasts anywhere between 9 months and 2 years. This depends on which type is injected and how each patient processes the material. Juvéderm tends to last longer than some of its competitors, as it easily diffuses into facial tissue.
Patients who do not want nose surgery can opt for a liquid rhinoplasty. This procedure involves a combination of injectable fillers, like Juvéderm and Radiesse, and BOTOX. These compounds restore nasal symmetry.
Non-surgical rhinoplasties are not permanent and require touch-ups every few months.
Facial fillers, including Juvéderm, provide immediate improvement. One treatment session of 15-60 minutes can fill wrinkles, and smooth folds, and alter the overall balance of the face.
Over time, facial fillers become less effective. Excessive use may even result in muscle weaknesses in the head and neck. This can cause problems with swallowing, vocal cord function, and eye movements.
Repeated filler use can also because what is known as filler fatigue. The filler stretches the skin and causes it to become much looser. This may exacerbate wrinkling and other aesthetic problems and can require surgery to resolve. Consulting with a dual-baord certified facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Jacono will allow you to learn about any concerns this treatment may include.
This woman suffered from deep lines and creases around her mouth. She underwent a Juvéderm treatment to fill in these fissures. The procedure shaved a few years off of her appearance.
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