With so many different skincare products and procedures on the market today, it can become challenging to determine which may be the best for you. On the same token, there are multiple different versions of the same product and procedure! It is easy to see how someone may not know where to start. At Solara Skin & Laser Center, we offer a variety of services as well, including three different lines of injectable skincare products. Previously, we did a post about Botox and the type of skincare needs it could address. We offer two other injectable products at our center; Juvéderm and Kybella. This post will discuss Juvéderm and how it is used. It will also discuss how it compares to and how it is different from Botox. In a future post, we will cover Kybella.

What is Juvéderm?

Juvéderm is a form of cosmetic treatment commonly known as a filler. It is used to restore facial contours and reduce the visible signs of aging. Juvéderm is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that is designed to focus on facial treatments. Areas which are commonly treated include the cheeks, lips, and the areas around the mouth. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring product in the human body that stimulates the production of collagen. As we age, the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen decreases, which results in more visible lines and wrinkles.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Juvéderm in 2006. Since then, millions of procedures have been performed with hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvéderm. In the year 2016 alone, more than 2.4 million procedures were performed.

The products of the Juvéderm family

There are several products within the Juvéderm family. At Solara Skin & Laser Center, we offer three of them. Each product is used to help people address the facial signs of aging skin. Also, each product in the line features different bonding and differing concentrations of hyaluronic acid, which results in each product being tailored to target specific problem areas. Juvéderm has a smooth and gel-like consistency when injected into the skin.

The types of Juvéderm include the following:

  •       Juvéderm Voluma XC- This product adds volume beneath the surface of the skin to increase the size of your cheeks.
  •       Juvéderm XC and Juvéderm Vollure XC- these two products address the loss of elasticity in the skin. They also fill out lines and wrinkles around the mouth and nose, commonly known as smile lines.
  •       Juvéderm Ultra XC and Juvéderm Volbeaa XC- these products work as nonsurgical lip enhancement treatments.

How long does the procedure take, and what can I expect?

Before choosing to undergo a Juvéderm procedure, you should schedule an appointment with a skincare specialist to discuss your skincare goals and what your expectations are for the procedure itself. Juvéderm procedures are minimally invasive, so they are often done on the same day as your consultation appointment, although a follow-up appointment may be necessary.

Due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, there is a limited amount of preparation required. Some simple instructions you will likely be told to follow before your procedure include avoiding medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and St. John’s Wort as they act as blood thinners. You will also want to limit your alcohol use during the weeks leading to your procedure. Finally, smoking is also discouraged. Avoiding all these things can help to reduce bruising.

Most Juvéderm require an office visit, which will last approximately fifteen to sixty minutes, depending on the area being treated.

During the procedure, your provider will use a pen to mark the areas of the face to be treated. Your provider will then perform your injections. They will also lightly massage the area to ensure an even distribution and to reduce the chance of swelling. Juvéderm injections contain a small amount of lidocaine, which acts as a pain reducer. This will help to minimize any pain or discomfort you feel during the treatment, and shortly after.

Recovery time for Juvéderm fillers is very minimal, with some people requiring no recovery at all. However, people are still advised to avoid strenuous activity, sun exposure, wearing makeup, and consuming alcohol for at least twenty-four hours post-treatment.

How quickly will I see results?

Results of a Juvéderm procedure are most often noticeable immediately after completion of your procedure or after any minor swelling has reduced. Results typically last between six months and two years. The longevity of the results will depend on which Juvéderm product was used.

Is it safe?

Almost any product you apply to or put into your body could have side effects. This depends on how your body reacts to the product you are using.

With Juvéderm injections, you can expect a small amount of swelling and bruising at and around the injection site. Other common side effects can include:

  •       Redness
  •       Tenderness
  •       Lumps and bumps at the injection site
  •       Minor pain or discomfort after the procedure
  •       Itching

Any side effects that present usually subside within two to four weeks after the procedure. There are more a few more severe side effects associated with Juvéderm injections. These are commonly related to unprofessional handling, such as injection Juvéderm accidentally into a blood vessel. Complications can include permanent scarring, vision abnormalities, blindness, or stroke. Therefore, it is essential to ensure your provider is trained and experienced with the injection of fillers before allowing them to perform the procedure.

Juvéderm vs. Botox

Both Botox and Juvéderm can quickly reverse the signs of aging. Additionally, they are both fast and relatively painless procedures that require very little or no recovery time. Botox and Juvéderm are both manufactured by Allergan. This is where their similarities end. Here are the significant differences between the two products:

How they work

Juvéderm and Botox are different in which problems they treat and how they treat those problems. Botox works by temporarily relaxing the facial muscles, which cause persistent lines and wrinkles when they contract. When injected into the targeted site, Botox acts as a neuron blocker. Juvéderm, on the other hand, is a filler as opposed to a neuron blocker. Fillers add temporary volume under the skin to fill in wrinkles and add volume to plump the skin.

What they treat

Botox is mainly used for cosmetic purposes in the upper face, around the eyes and forehead. It is used to eliminate the wrinkles that stem from repeated facial expressions such as frowning, smiling, or wrinkling your forehead. Juvéderm, on the other hand, is used to correct lines and wrinkles around the mouth. There are specific formulas that are also used to plump the lips, cheeks, and upper face to reduce the appearance of sunken or hollow spots.

Formulation

Botox is a neurotoxin that is a diluted form of the bacteria Clostridium botulinum, a botulism toxin that is mostly inactive and non-toxic. Although this sounds scary, these toxins have been medically used in various applications for the past thirty-five years. Juvéderm is a formulated hyaluronic acid which is a naturally occurring protein found in the skin. This protein works to plump or firm the skin by attracting and holding water.

Longevity

Botox injections typically last three to four months, while Juvéderm often lasts six to nine months or longer (depending on where it is injected). Both will generally require touch up treatments over time to maintain results.

If you are struggling with frustrating facial lines and wrinkles but are not sure what the appropriate course of action is, it is important to ask the right questions. If you are wondering if Juvéderm or Botox would be beneficial to you, give us a call here at Anchorage’s Solara Skin & Laser Center. We would be happy to teach you about the differences between the treatments and how one may be more beneficial than the other depending on your skincare needs. We look forward to hearing from you!