What is Juvederm Ultra used for? How is this different from other types of Juvederm, like Ultra Plus - do they treat different things?
Juvederm Ultra vs. Ultra Plus
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Juvederm Ultra vs Ultra Plus
The difference in Juvederm Ultra and Ultra plus is mostly consistency. Juvederm ultra is thin and less viscous, thus appropriate for injection intradermally to address fine wrinkles and scars. In my practice I rarely use Ultra and much prefer Ultra plus for many reasons. For volume fill of the lips and reshaping the face, which is most of what I do with Juvederm, Ultra plus provides more dramatic results and lasts much longer. These products get very expensive and I feel that out of all the HA products that I have used Juvederm Ultra Plus gives the most bang for the buck for my patients. I hope this helps!
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Rian A. Maercks M.D.
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Differences between Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus
There are four forms of Juvederm: Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC. The XC formulations of both products have added lidocaine, an anesthetic to make the injection more comfortable.
The difference between Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus is that Juvederm Ultra Plus is a more robust formulation, that is made for deeper and more severe facial wrinkles and folds that Juvederm Ultra. Juvederm Ultra Plus is ideal for deeper naso-labial folds, whereas Juvederm Ultra, a finer molecule, does very well in enhancement of the lips or filling fine wrinkles.
Ulta vs Ultra Plus
Although Juvederm is an excellent product, it suffers from an unfortunate name issue of Ultra and Ultra Plus. Ultra is used for superficial locations where maximum silkiness is needed. Ultra Plus is a thicker product with longer duration at the expense of less silkiness. Their use should be based on the recommendation of an experienced injector.
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Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultraplus
Thanks for the question. Juvederm Ultra is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occuring polysaccharide component of all connective tissue, that helps add volume and hydration. It is a uniform structure throughout all species. Adverse reactions are exceedingly rare. Cross-linking is the differentiating factor between Juvederm Ultra and Ultra Plus, at 6 % and 8 % respectively. Both products are FDA approved for management of nasolabial folds, although their off-label use include areas such as lips and periorbita, among others. In our hands, this is an exceptional product with negligible side-effects. The large propensity of patients tend to be quite satisfied with the results.
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Do you prefer Juvederm Ultra or Ultra Plus?
Juvederm Ultra Plus has a larger molecule size allowing it to be used in deeper folds and lines than Juvederm Ultra which provides a smaller molecule permitting this product to be better used in the lips and small folds of the skin.