What is Juvéderm?
Our faces naturally lose their “baby fat” and look thinner as we age, making lines and wrinkles stand out more. A collection of injectable fillers made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the skin, Juvéderm is a popular way to temporarily add volume back. In addition to lifting your cheeks, smoothing smile lines around your mouth, and plumping lips, it can also help fill pitted acne scars or rejuvenate the look of aging hands.
Which Juvéderm filler should I choose?
The Juvéderm collection includes these products:
- Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus XC reduce moderate to severe parentheses lines and wrinkles around your nose and mouth. It can also be used to plump lips.
- Juvéderm Voluma XC lifts and defines your cheekbones.
- Juvéderm Vollure XC adds fullness and plumps thin lips.
- Juvéderm Volbella XC adds subtle volume to your lips to smooth the appearance of vertical lip lines.
How much does Juvéderm cost?
RealSelf members say the average cost of Juvéderm is about $750.
“Juvéderm costs about $550 per syringe,” says Dr. David Hansen, a Beverly Hills dermatologic surgeon, in a Juvéderm Q&A. “[It] usually takes two syringes for the nasolabial areas [smile lines], one syringe for the lips, and two syringes for under the eyes.”
Typically, results last about six months to two years, depending on the type of Juvéderm injected.
Many factors affect cost, including the number of areas treated, the experience level of the provider, and your location.
Are there effective alternatives to Juvéderm?
There are many facial fillers available, but the one most commonly compared to Juvéderm is Restylane, since both contain hyaluronic acid. Doctors noted a few differences between the two fillers in a RealSelf Q&A:
- Juvéderm settles in more smoothly than Restylane, and it’s less likely to form a bump in the tissue. However, this also means it’s more difficult to build up volume with Juvéderm.
- A Juvéderm treatment uses a complete syringe, which can’t be shared or stored to use again later.
- Doctors report that Juvéderm is easier to inject correctly.
- Restylane typically lasts 6 to 18 months, while some forms of Juvéderm can last up to two years.
Is Juvéderm permanent?
Juvéderm will naturally be broken down and reabsorbed by your body over time, and it can also be dissolved with an injection of hyaluronidase. Typically, results last about six months to two years, depending on the type of Juvéderm injected.
“Permanent fillers aren’t a great idea for almost anyone,” says Dr. F. Victor Rueckl, a Las Vegas dermatologist, in a RealSelf Q&A. “What if you don’t like it? What if as you age your facial shape changes a bit? What if you need some kind of rhinoplasty or other nose procedure years from now? What happens to the permanent filler then?”
How long will my Juvéderm results last?
Juvéderm can last six months to two years, depending on your own metabolic processes, the Juvéderm product used, the area injected, and the skill of the injector. If you’re very active, your body may process Juvéderm more quickly, and your results won’t last as long.
What are the side effects of Juvéderm?
Choosing an injector with extensive Juvéderm experience can help reduce any potential risks or side effects.
“Most of the issues associated with Juvéderm revolve around injection site issues, and many are short lived,” says Dr. Marie Montag, an Omaha, Nebraska plastic surgeon, in a RealSelf Q&A. “Most patients experience swelling and some degree of redness and discomfort at the injection site.”