Juvederm XC and Juvederm Voluma XC are hyaluronic acid fillers that are used to correct wrinkles and volume deficits in the aging face. They can also be used to increase the volume of the lips for a fuller, more youthful appearance to the mouth.
Juvederm XC fillers are made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in your skin. As you age, you lose hyaluronic acid, which leads to a loss of the skin's structure. The result is the formation of wrinkles and loss of volume in other parts. Juvederm XC fillers are engineered to mimic our natural substances, and will replace lost volume and smooth wrinkles.
Juvederm XC filler is indicated for patients with moderate to severe wrinkles and volume loss. It may be injected safely in many places including the cheeks, temples and chin. It can also be used for wrinkles anywhere on the face. People who have any known allergies to Juvederm XC or any of its components should not get Juvederm XC. Also, patients with severe chronic diseases or medicines that impair the immune system should discuss this with our doctors to see if they are a candidate for Juvederm XC fillers. We ask that you are honest and thorough with your medical history as we value great results and your safety is the top priority!
Juvederm XC fillers work by filling the wrinkles. If we need to increase the volume in the face, we will use Juvederm Voluma XC. It is specifically engineered to lift the subcutaneous tissues to give a more youthful curve to the face. Both fillers may be used for you depending on your specific needs.
Getting Juvederm XC is very convenient. No special preparations are necessary unless you are on medicines that thin your blood. If you are, we will need to assess whether it is safe to stop them before you receive your Juvederm XC filler injections. This will decrease the chance of bruising. You should be well hydrated and as stress free as possible when you arrive. If you want you can remove your makeup before coming in. Otherwise, we will need to do that in the area of the injections.
Once you have discussed the areas to be treated with our physician, we will clean the area to be treated. The doctor will then inject the Juvederm XC into the appropriate areas with very small needles. We may hold pressure on the injection sites to reduce the chance of bruising. You will notice immediate correction in the areas of volume loss. Over the next few minutes, the area will swell and it may look larger than you want. This will resolve in a week or less. You may also notice some mild differences in the skin texture due to the needle insertion sites, as well as some bruising at the injection site. These, too, will rapidly disappear. Juvederm XC fillers will also draw water into the treated area causing a smoother and overall better appearance with time. Once the treatment is over, you may gently reapply your makeup. We will be happy to help you if you need assistance with your makeup.
After your Juvederm XC injections, you will need to cool the area with ice for a few hours. This will keep the bruising and swelling to a minimum. You should avoid exposing the treated area to sunlight and use sunscreen very liberally. Cold wind and hot water should also be avoided as they will make the inflammation and redness worse. These should resolve in a week or less. If you have a lot of bruising, we can help you with a camouflage makeup. The minor bumps or irregularities in the surface will slowly smooth out over the first week or two.
Juvederm XC will last up to one year under optimal conditions. Juvederm Voluma XC lasts up to two years. To maintain the best appearance, it is recommended to touch up the areas as you notice a reduction in the amount of correction. When you reinject filler before it is all gone, you maintain the nice appearance of the face and generally will not need as much filler as the first time.
Juvederm XC and Juvederm Voluma XC are considered cosmetic procedures and therefore will not be covered by insurance companies. We do offer CareCredit to finance the cost of removal. Just ask our staff and they will be glad to assist you!