Why is the Juvederm Lasting So Long?

I've had Juvederm put in my upper lip over two years ago in Sept '10, and in my tear troughs in Feb '11, AND IT"S STILL THERE. And, it looks exactly the same. I asked the doctor about it, and he said "It will evenutally go away." A second dr. confirmed this. I'm thrilled that it is lasting, but I would like some validation of my feeling that it might be here to stay. Has there ever been a documented case of permanence? What is the "world's record" to date of how long it's been seen to last?

Doctor Answers 9

Juvederm longevity

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A couple of things to keep in mind.  One is that hyaluronic acid (HA) products like juvederm, restylane, perlane, and belotero behave differently in different facial sites.  So mobile areas like the lips will break down faster than less mobile areas like tear trough and cheek. Second, as Dr Dembny noted, is that juvederm tends to swell more than restylane in the tear trough so most docs avoid it's use here.

Two studies worth mentioning.  One was a follow up on patients injected with HA in the tear trough, which recognized persistent volume/product in the tear trough at the end of the study 24 mos after injection.  So you may still have product there, or...

The second study of HA injected in the nasolabial fold found that 18 mos after a second injection patients continued to note augmentation of the fold.  A biopsy was done which showed the filler was gone, replaced by new collagen.  So fillers clearly induce collagen formation as they dissolve.  How much volume of collagen compared to the volume of filler is unclear at this point though.  

Madison Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Juvederm lasting so long

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I do have a number of patients who have had fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane or Radiesse that have had duration of effect that is much longer than we see on average. It is a function of where the filler is injected into, how deep, by whom, and how fast your metabolism is. 

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

Juvederm can last a long time.

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It is impossible to know how long the Juvederm will last.  It can cause collagen stimulation to give a longlasting result.  I'm very happy that you like your results.

Martie Gidon, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologist

Why does Juvederm last so long?

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Juvederm has a high concentration of Hyaluronic acid and it is heavily cross linked so this gives it more persistence than some of the other fillers.  It's not uncommon to have it last a year or more but You are lucky to have it look the same after 2 yrs!  I have no idea what the world record is but I do know of others with the same experience.

Sam Naficy, MD, FACS
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 231 reviews

Long lasting juvaderm

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This is unusual but again the productt is the same for everybody but what differs is your bodies response to the juvaderm.Consider yourself lucky,

Robert Brueck, MD
Fort Myers Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Yes, I have observed this outcome with Juvederm, especially Juvederm XC.

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I have seen several cases similar to yours. And then there are the people in whom it lasts much shorter than we hope. It puts us in a difficult situation. We want to give our patients an accurate estimate. Currently, I tell the patient that it lasts 7-12 months, but that it is possible that the Juvederm could last less or more than 7-12 months. 

Christine Glavey, MD (retired)
Alpharetta Dermatologic Surgeon

Why is Juvederm lasting so long

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Remember that when lengths are given for how long fillers last, these are an average conducted in FDA studies. So to get an average, some people will have it last longer, and some people shorter time lengths. There is no public report available for who has had it last the longest, so just consider yourself lucky it's lasting, especially since you like it so much! Under no circumstances has an HA filler even been documented to be "permanent".

Long Lasting Juvederm

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When optimal correction is provided with the treatment, Juvederm can last up to one year; in your case longer. Juvederm does have very good persistence in the lips, especially if more than one treatment has been performed. It can last equally long in the tear troughs; but some individuals experience excessive swelling in this area with Juvederm, so Restylane is usually the preferred product for the tear trough. I don’t know what the work record is for how long Juvederm has lasted, but I’m glad it has worked so well for you. Consider yourself lucky, since in most patients these fillers don’t last much longer than a year.

Best wishes, Ken Dembny

Kenneth Dembny, II, MD
Milwaukee Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

Results after 2 Years with Juvederm

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    The results after 2 years may be the result of scar formation and collagen deposition in addition to filler.  If you like the results you should probably do nothing.  If you are unhappy and there is still product, enzymatic degrading can be performed.

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