Juvederm dermal filler was FDA-approved in June 2006 for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial folds (those lines that extend from your nose to the corners of your mouth). It is also used to correct Marionette lines (lines extending down from the corners of your mouth).
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is an injectable filler that includes hyaluronic acid, a natural complex sugar that increases skin elasticity, providing a smooth and supple appearance. It is biocompatible, supplementing the body’s natural hyaluronic acid, which age has depleted.
Juvederm is the umbrella name for this family of products. Juvederm Ultra is the “regular” filler while Juvederm Ultra Plus is used to treat deeper facial folds; the effects of the latter may last longer. Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC contain lidocaine which is a safe local anesthetic.
Treatment areas include the deep nasolabial folds (the folds between your cheeks and nose) and nasogenial folds (the so-called “marionette lines” that extend down from the outer corners of the mouth). Juvederm is also useful for enhancing lip volume and for reshaping cheek contours.
How Does Juvederm Work?
The transparent Juvederm gel is injected with a syringe into the mid- to deep dermis of your face. The dermis is the subsurface skin layer that contains connective tissue, nerve endings, sweat and oil glands, and blood vessels.
Juvederm improves your appearance by lifting and adding volume to the wrinkles and folds in the treatment area. After nine to twelve months, the biocompatible compound is naturally and safely absorbed into the body.
Wrinkle filler treatments are performed in our Lake Mary office by Dr. James Shoukas.