By Allergan Network Physician, Dr. Michel Siegel
FDA-approved Juvéderm® XC injectable gel is a “next-generation” dermal filler. The smooth consistency gel helps to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds, like your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (nasolabial folds—the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth). With two formulations of Juvéderm® XC to chose from, Dr. Siegel can readily custom tailor treatments for each patient’s unique needs.
Juvéderm® XC is infused with lidocaine (a common local anesthetic used by dentists) to improve comfort during treatment. With Juvéderm® XC you get the smooth results you expect, with the improved comfort you want.
Juvéderm® XC Uses and Benefits
For Smoothing Wrinkles and Folds – Juvéderm® XC smoothes wrinkles and folds found in smile lines and nasolabial folds by adding volume to skin tissue.
For Moderate or Severe Wrinkles and Folds – Juvéderm® XC injectable gel is available in two formulations: 1) Juvéderm® XC Ultra provides versatility in contouring and volumizing facial wrinkles and folds. 2) Juvéderm® XC Ultra Plus is a more robust formulation for volumizing and correcting deeper folds and wrinkles.
For Persons of Color – Juvéderm® XC injectable gel is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has proven its safety and effectiveness in persons of color. Studies with Juvéderm® XC showed no increased risk of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring in patients of color.
The Juvéderm® XC Difference
Juvederm’s unique manufacturing process produces the highest concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid of any currently available hyaluronic acid dermal filler for long-lasting results. The final result is a gel with a smooth consistency that flows easily into the skin and provides a smooth, natural look and feel. All other currently approved hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are made of granular consistency gels. And, Juvéderm® XC is the first hyaluronic acid dermal filler that has demonstrated its safety and effectiveness in persons of color.
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found in all mammals that helps to hydrate and add volume to your skin. In addition to its use as an aesthetic treatment, hyaluronic acid has also been used for more than 20 years for injection into arthritic joints to aid movement as well as for eye surgeries and wound repair.
The Juvéderm® XC Treatment Procedure
It is recommended, but not necessary, to discontinue the use of any medications that may prolong bleeding, including aspirin and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS), at least 1 week prior to treatment with Juvéderm® XC in order to reduce the risk of bruising or bleeding at the injection site.
Infused with lidocaine to dull the pain of injection, Juvederm® XC requires no other topical anesthetic to be administered. Also, Dr. Siegel uses a fine needle to further reduce any injection discomfort.
Immediately after injections, an ice pack will be applied to the treatment area to prevent swelling.
Dr. Siegel has vast experience with all dermal fillers and he performs all the treatments himself.
After the Juvéderm® XC Procedure
Most side effects from the Juvéderm® XC procedure are mild or moderate in nature, and their duration is short lasting (7 days or less). The most common side effects include, but are not limited to, temporary injections site reactions such as: redness, pain/tenderness, firmness, swelling, lumps/bumps, bruising, itching, and discoloration. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.
Avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and alcoholic beverages for 24 hours after treatment in order to minimize the risk of temporary redness, swelling, and/or itching at the injection sites. Call immediately with any problems possibly related to Juvéderm® XC treatment.
On-Going Juvederm® Treatments
Juvederm® treatment is long-lasting but not permanent. The length of time a treatment maintains its effect is very individual and depends on many factors, such as your age, skin type, life-style and muscle activity, as well as the injection technique. Experience shows that Juvederm® can be effective for up to 6 months or more after the treatment of lines and folds.
Together with Dr. Siegel, you can draw up a plan for regular future visits to maintain the results of your Juvederm® treatments. Most patients choose to have a follow-up treatment approximately six to 12 months after the initial treatment of wrinkles, lines and folds.