Juvederm XC is an injectable filler, like Restylane, that is used to fill in problem areas around the nose and mouth. It is made up of mostly hyaluronic acid, or HA, a substance found naturally in the body that is responsible for the integrity and appearance of the skin.
As we age, levels of HA in the skin decrease, leading to wrinkles, smile lines and creases. Juvederm injections restore this lost compound, smoothing wrinkles and smile lines in the process. It can also be used to plump the lips, as is popular in Hollywood these days.
Although hyaluronic acid is a liquid in its natural form, the manufacturer of the product, Allergan, Inc. uses a process called cross linking to chemically transform it into a gel. As such, once it is injected, it retains its form much longer before eventually being absorbed into the body.
There are four versions on the market, although all work in a similar fashion. There’s the Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus, and the Ultra XC and Ultra Plus XC, which includes lidocaine.
How long does Juvederm XC last?
The company maintains that the restorative effects can last up to a year, but generally in about six to nine months the body will start to absorb the HA and the effects will wear off. At that time, or sometime before that, additional procedures will be necessary to maintain the improved look. The introduction of lidocaine has made the procedures more tolerable however, providing a numbing effect to ease the pain.
Are there any side effects or precautions?
As with any dermatological procedure, it’s important to be aware of the potential problems and complications before undergoing the injection procedure. Some of the more common Juvederm side effects include swelling, pain and redness in the area of application, although they are usually mild and short-lived. In rare cases there is the potential for granulomas, an immune system reaction marked by facial lumps.
If you have severe allergies, or are allergic to certain bacterial proteins or lidocaine, it is not advised that you undergo this procedure.
Regardless of your current state of health, make sure you discuss your medical history and current medications with your doctor before treatment begins. There may be a reason why Juvederm XC is not right for you.
What’s the cost of Juvederm injections?
Juvederm cost is typically in the range of $500 to $1000 per syringe, depending on a variety of factors including the location and the dermatologist or other doctor performing the procedure. A typical marionette line or nasolabial fold will require only one syringe…most serious cases might require an additional one.
Keep in mind though that you shouldn’t just choose a doctor based on price, for dermal fillers or any other procedure. It’s great to save money, but not if it means the injection is being performed by someone who isn’t qualified or experienced. If you have to pay a little more for a reputable, highly recommended dermatologist or plastic surgeon then do so. it’s worth it to minimize potential Juvederm side effects.