What is Juvederm?

I read that juvederm filler is a good wrinkle treatment. does juvederm work in other ways? what is it best for?

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How is Juvederm used most effectively? Juvederm is used...

How is Juvederm used most effectively?

Juvederm is used for reversing signs of facial aging and is extremely effective as a part of your overall facial rejuvenation plan. It can not only soften lines and wrinkles but also add volume lost through the aging process.

Another filler, Restylane, was recently shown to stimulate collagen formation. Theoretically, Juvederm may do the same. As such, repeated treatments may help prevent age-related volume loss.

The best way to decide if Juvederm is right for you is to have a consultation with a physician. He or she will speak with you about your specific goals and determine whether or not Juvederm would be an effective option.

The most common areas where Juvederm is used are:

  • Lips
  • Nasolabial folds (the lines just lateral to the mouth/nose)
  • Marionette lines (the lines just below the lip corners)
  • Tear trough (area along the orbital rim)
  • Cheeks

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Juvederm is a naturally occurring soft tissue filler

Juvederm, along with Restylane and a few other brands, is a naturally occurring substance called hyaluronic acid, or HA for short.  HA is a sugar that occurs naturally in your tissues (including skin) and is most commonly known as the lubricant in your joints.  The HA that is Juvederm and Restylane is synthetic, meaning that it is manufactured and not harvested from any animal.  It has been modified by a process called cross-linking.  This cross-linking "sticks" the sugar molecules to each other causing them to resist your body's natural tendency to dissolve it.  Because of that, Juvederm usually survives at least 6 months and commonly 1 to 2 years in the smile lines.  If you look at an HA product, it has the appearance and texture of clear jello that is a little warm.

Louis W. Apostolakis, MD
Austin Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Juvederm is in a large category of 'facial fillers.'...

Juvederm is in a large category of 'facial fillers.' Technically, Juvederm is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occuring lubricant in the body. There are many other tradenames for hyaluronic acid. It is currently indicated for injection into the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds (such as nasolabial folds). It can be used in other areas safely as well. Juvederm comes in two molecular sizes branded as Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus. Facial filler work by adding volume to the skin to hide the wrinkles and depressions in the skin. Juvederm is approved by the US FDA to indicate that it lasts up to a year.

Juvederm can be used for many applications:

  • correction of nasolabial folds (lines between the nose and corner of the mouth.
  • correction of glabellar furrows (lines between the brows)
  • correction of acne scars (often combined with other procedures)
  • adding volume to the lips
  • adding volume to the cheeks
  • correction of lines from the corner of the mouth to the chin
  • correction of the 'tear trough deformity', depression near the corner of the eye and the nose

D.J. Verret, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

What is Juvederm and How is it used?

Juvederm is in a family of products called "hyaluronic acid fillers". Hyaluronic acids, or "HA"s, are naturally-occurring compounds in your body that support cell structure and plumpness of skin. When processed in certain ways, they form gel compounds that we use to fill facial folds and add volume to certain areas of the face.

Juvederm, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Restylane, Belotero and Voluma are all HA products but are used in different ways and different areas of the face depending on how thick they are, what the FDA approval indicates and what areas the patient needs addressed.

Typical areas for Juvederm include the lips, cheeks, and smile lines. Not all of these areas are FDA-approved, so it's important to have these procedures done by expert Facial Plastic surgeons who have performed these injections many times before and can explain the risks and likely outcomes reliably.

The other benefit of HA fillers is that if something unexpected should occur, or you are unhappy with the result, the product can be dissolved with an injection of an enzyme "hyaluronidase" that breaks up the material within minutes. Hopefully you wont need that, but its certainly saved a patient or two who has undergone an "over-injection" by someone inexperienced! Happy injecting!

Anita Sethna, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What is Juvederm

Juvederm is a colorless viscous gel made of hyaluronic acid.  It is synthetically made from bacteria and is used to plump up areas of the face. It lasts from 6 – 12 months. It also stimulates the laying down of collagen.

Thomas Guillot, MD
Baton Rouge Plastic Surgeon
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Juvederm, Restylane, what is a Filler?

Juvederm is a temporary filler used to diminish deep wrinkle lines of the face, and augment areas such as lips.

Juvederm and Restylane are two popular products used as skin fillers to soften or eliminate deep wrinkles of the face, as well as enhance the size of lips.

Unlike Botox, which paralyzes muscles, preventing skin from moving and thereby causing wrinkles, fillers like Juvederm act more like a scaffolding to push up the skin from underneath, eliminating wrinkles or "filling" them.

Juvederm can last up to 12 months depending on the area of the face in which it is used and the amount used. 

Juvederm - A Filler for Lines and Wrinkles

Juvederm is a smooth naturally filler material capable of improving fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, forehead, cheeks, and lips. You should consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to learn how Juvederm can help you look more radiant and younger without the need for surgery. Juvederm is injected in the office and requires no recovery. Visit the website below to learn more.

Ankit Desai, MD
Jacksonville Plastic Surgeon
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Juvederm injectable gel is a dermal filler that helps to 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).

Juvederm is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration.

We primarily use Juvederm XC, which contains lidocaine for increased comfort. 

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 21 reviews

Juvederm is a useful filler

Juvederm is a hyaluronic acid filler.  Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body.  In order that it is not quickly broken down it is cross-linked.  There are many methods to treat this compound so it stays in the body for a longer period.  This filler is great  for folds and volume augmentation.

Robert Mounsey, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 7 reviews


Juvaderm is a hyaluronic acid filler that can be used to fill out facial depressions such as in the nasolabial folds. It can last between 6 and 12 months depending upon the product used.

Steven Wallach, MD
Manhattan Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

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