Evaluating Other Forms of Facial Fillers

Juvéderm

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Juvéderm is a collection of fillers and different forms are designed to be used in different areas of the face.

Juvéderm Voluma XC is used to add back youthful contours to the cheeks, which naturally flatten over time. It also smoothes moderate-to-deep “parentheses” lines around your nose and mouth (aka the nasolabial folds) and the lines that run from the corners of your mouth toward the chin (the marionette lines).

Juvéderm Ultra XC plumps up the lips, as does Juvéderm Volbella XC, which also is used to soften vertical lip lines. Though not totally painless, most HA fillers are infused with the anesthetic lidocaine to minimize discomfort during and after treatment.

How It Works

The main ingredient in Juvéderm is hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring sugar found in the body that gives the skin moisture, volume, and elasticity. As HA gets depleted with age, skin loses volume and wrinkles are more likely to appear.

When injected, HA acts like a sponge to attract water into the skin. As a result, it plumps up the area in which it was injected. In addition to producing instant smoothing results, research from 2007 shows that HA injections boost the skin’s own production of collagen.

That means fewer touch-ups may be needed, and that when it’s time for a touch-up, less of the material will be necessary (so repeat treatments should be cheaper). One advantage of HA-based fillers over earlier options is that because HA is found naturally in the body there’s no risk of allergic reaction.

How Long It Lasts

Depending on the material (some are thinner and more “flowy,” others thicker, so they can potentially last longer), the effects of Juvéderm can last from six months to 18 months before the body gradually absorbs the material.

If you’re wondering what happens if you don’t love your result, fear not: Fillers that contain HA can be partially or completely removed with hyaluronidase, an enzyme that breaks down HA.

Price

According to 2017 stats from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the average cost of a syringe of an HA-based filler is $682.

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