Dermal Fillers

Juvéderm ® is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler manufactured by Allergan and approved in 2006 by the US FDA for the treatment of mild to moderate facial creases. As you age, your skin loses some of its hyaluronic acid, a process that is sped up if you’ve spent a lot of time in the sun. Juvéderm® injections are commonly used to smooth out face wrinkles, plump lips, and treat acne scars. It can also reduce lines on the forehead and brow, plump eyebrows, fill in under-eye hollows, enhance cheek volume and jawline, soften scars, and reduce wrinkles on hands. During the treatment your physician will inject the gel under your skin using a fine needle. The gel will then fill facial lines and wrinkles or add volume to areas such as lips. Hyaluronic acid injections also appear to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, two proteins that contribute to the skin’s fullness and elasticity. There are several Juvéderm® formulations available. Here at California Cosmetics, we use Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC and Juvéderm® Voluma XC.

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What is the difference between Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC and Juvéderm® Voluma XC?

Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC is a highly linked hyyaluronic acid filler that is most frequently used to fill superficial lines and add volume to any areas on the face. It can last 8-12 months. Juvéderm® Voluma XC is a newer formula FDA approved for instantly adding volume to the cheeks. Juvéderm® Voluma XC results can last up to two years. 

How is Juvéderm® different from other dermal fillers?

Juvederm’s manufacturer (Allergan) uses a chemical “cross-linking” process called HYLACROSS that binds the individual chains of hyaluronic acid into a long-lasting gel with a very smooth consistency. Because of the gel’s smoothness, your face also looks and feels smooth and natural compared with other dermal fillers. It also lasts longer than many other dermal fillers, providing you exceptional results for up to one year (or two years with Juvéderm® Voluma. You can maintain these results for even longer by returning to California Cosmetics for a follow-up treatment.

What Is the Treatment Like?

Most treatment sessions take about 30 minutes. As with all dermal fillers, Juvéderm® is injected into the treatment area with an extremely fine needle. Any discomfort is usually minimal as we numb your skin with a topical anesthetic or with a the local anesthetic lidocaine similar to a numbing shot you would get for a routine dental procedure. 

When will I see results and how long will they last?

You’ll start to see the effects of the treatment immediately. Studies conducted by the manufacturer, Allergen, report that Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC results last 9 to 12 months and Juvéderm® Voluma XC can add volume for up to two years

How much does Juvéderm® cost?

1cc syringe of Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC is $600 and 1cc syringe of Juvéderm® Voluma XC is $825.

What are the possible side effects?

Side effects tend to be minor and are typical for any kind of injectable filler. They include swelling of the skin around the injection site, redness, bruising (which may be increased if you’re taking blood thinners), bumps, and skin irritation. These should pass within a week. If symptoms persist, call your doctor. 

Is there anything I should tell my doctor?

Yes, be sure to inform your doctor of any drugs you’re taking, as they may impact your treatment. Allergic reactions to dermal fillers are extremely rare but if you’ve had a previous adverse reaction to any dermal filler or local anesthetic, let your doctor know.