Juvéderm™ Ultra is designed to:
The most common areas for treatment are the fine lines that appear on your lips and in filling or defining the lips. Because of its softness and medium consistency, it is ideal for the lips and fine lines anywhere, but also useful for filling larger lines and wrinkles and smaller volume deficits. When filling the malar or zygomatic areas with Juvéderm™ Voluma® or fat is not practical or not adequate, Juvéderm™ Ultra is very useful in treating the nasolabial folds (from the root of the nose to the angle of your mouth) and the marionette lines (the area from the corner of the mouth to the chin in front of the jowl). In Today’s Liquid Lift we use it to rejuvenate the lips and to eliminate fine lines throughout the face and neck. It is also ideal for filling the temporal areas when they appear depleted.
It is a synthetic hyaluronic acid gel, a natural substance found throughout your body that is a precursor of collagen, the support layer of the skin. This synthetic product carries no risk of allergic reaction. It is extremely safe, with millions of injections yearly. It is smoother, more concentrated, more cross-linked, and lasts significantly longer than other similar hyaluronic acids. This has allowed the FDA to approve it to fill wrinkles, lines, and the lips for up to 12 months. Although we have found it usually lasts around 10 months when injected around the lips, it may last much longer in other areas. With its unique ability to bind with water, it retains the volume correction until it is almost completely absorbed. Because of its long lasting effects and the fact it can be used anywhere Restylane®, any of the other thinner hyaluronic acids or the collagen products can, it is our preferred product for the areas above. It is the only filler approved for “persons of color.”
We inject it in a Spa setting using either topical or regional nerve block numbing in addition to a numbing agent in the Juvéderm Ultra XC® itself, making it as painless as we can. You can return to normal activities immediately. The most common problem is mild bruising that can last a few days. We try to reduce this by using where possible a very small blunt cannula type needle and encouraging your use of Arnica Montana and Bromelain (over the counter products, though we can provide them) or Pineapple juice peri-injection. If you do bruise, we can guide you in camouflage techniques using Jane Iredale® Mineral Make Up so you never have any down time.