What is Juvederm and Is It Right for Me?

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Are you looking to get fuller, smoother skin? If yes, you’ve probably heard about Juvederm. Even with all the resources available, you might still have some confusion about what exactly Juvederm is and if you should be using it.

Juvederm is a family of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers and the most commonly used filler in America. Dermal fillers, you might already know, do exactly what they’re named for, they fill the underneath of your skin. With dermal fillers, a dermatologist can easily inject the hyaluronic acid into soft tissue to help plump it up. Juvederm is a non-surgical procedure and only takes around 15-60 minutes to complete, with results showing instantly.

Many people get Juvederm injections without any numbing and experience only mild discomfort from the injection. You might be able to talk to your dermatologist about including a topical numbing treatment as a part of the procedure, or seeing if they can ice the area to reduce any discomfort.

Hyaluronic Acid

When you receive a Juvederm injection, your doctor will inject a clear hyaluronic acid, or HA, gel into the areas you want. Hyaluronic can be found in many different skin care products, like moisturizers and serums. While hyaluronic acid can work to smooth and plump skin when used topically, it’s much more effective when injected into the skin. Not only is hyaluronic acid a great skincare ingredient, it’s already being produced naturally in your skin.

Hyaluronic acid can be found in every cell in our bodies, but a large amount if it is in our skin. We can give hyaluronic acid the credit for keeping our skin moisturized. How does it make our skin able to retain its moisture, you might wonder? Hyaluronic acid can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Holding onto so much water allows it to keep moisture in our skin.

You can usually find hyaluronic acid in skin care products meant for anti-aging. As we age, our body produces less and less HA. With less hyaluronic acid, our skin stops being able to retain less moisture. This is one of the causes of wrinkles, sagging skin. While losing hyaluronic acid from age isn’t really preventable, certain lifestyle choices like smoking or excessive sun damage could cause it to wear out sooner and faster.

With a Juvederm injection, you’ll have the naturally occurring HA injected directly into your skin. After the injection, your skin will have immediate results that can last for around 9 months before your body naturally breaks down the hyaluronic acid. A Juvederm injection will help your skin be able to retain more moisture on its own for a more youthful look.

What Type of Juvederm Should You Get?

All Juvederm injections are not necessarily created equal. Depending on what area you’re looking to target and the severity, you have different Juvederm options available.

Juvederm Vollure XC is best used for severe wrinkles and parentheses lines and can last up to 18 months.

Juvederm Voluma XC works to bring back volume if the cheeks lost due to age and can last up to 2 years.

Juvederm Volbella XC is meant to be a subtle lip filler and can also soften wrinkles around the mouth for up to one year.

Juvederm XC can smooth wrinkles and parentheses lines, but unlike Juvederm Vollure XC, is meant to treat moderate wrinkles.

Juvederm Ultra XC is a lip filler that plumps lips and treats more severe lines around the face.

Who Should Get Juvederm?

Juvederm is typically fine for most people over 18, while some of the injections require you to be over the age of 21. While Juvederm treats many skin issues related to age, it’s common for people to begin treatment before signs of aging occur. Anyone with a history of severe allergic reactions and anyone who is allergic to Gram-positive bacterial proteins or lidocaine should not get the injection. Additionally, you should discuss with your doctor about any medications you take, other dermal procedures you may have had, and if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding.  

The decision to get Juvederm is ultimately up to you have you have no health concerns that would prevent you from getting it. Juvederm is safe for most people to use and is approved by the FDA. Even when side effects do occur after injection, they are typically very minor and resolve themselves quickly. Juvederm is the perfect option for anyone wanting fuller, younger looking skin.  

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