What is Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC?
Over time, our skin stops producing as much collagen, we experience volume loss, and the dermis (middle layer of the skin) becomes thinner. It’s a natural part of the aging process. Hyaluronic acid is also a natural component of the skin. As some of the original hyaluronic acid fillers on the market with a longstanding history of safety and efficacy, Juvéderm® Ultra XC and Juvéderm® Ultra Plus XC are formulated to restore volume and provide correction to static lines and wrinkles. They also can provide lip enhancement to help combat the loss of collagen that occurs naturally. Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus XC are both hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers with two slightly different uses. Juvéderm Ultra XC is a thinner lip filler used for finer more superficial vertical lip lines and loss of lip volume. They can give you plump lips, much like Volbella. Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC is slightly thicker and can be used to treat facial wrinkles and folds of moderate depth such as those that occur from the edge of the nose to the corner of the mouth, known as nasolabial (nose to lip) folds or the folds that occur below the corners of the mouth to the chin, known as marionette lines. The “XC” at the end of the product name means that they both contain lidocaine, a numbing agent, for your comfort during and after treatment.
Who is a Candidate?
A candidate for Juvéderm® Ultra XC and Ultra Plus XC would have noticeable signs of aging such as static lines and wrinkles that are superficial to moderate in depth. Also, depending on your unique lip shape, Juvederm Ultra XC or Ultra Plus XC may also be suitable for lip enhancement. During your appointment, you will be able to work with Dr. Sweat or one of his personally trained injectors to decide your concerns, the degree of enhancement, and therefore how much filler will be necessary for various areas.
The results of the dermal filler treatment will be evident right away, but there will likely be some swelling as well. The swelling will decrease over the following days and your final result will be seen within a week or two. If you had lines and folds filled in such as smile lines (nasolabial folds) or marionette lines, they will be shallower or filled completely in depending on the severity of the lines and folds. Dermal fillers are intended to add subtle volume and fill depressions in the skin to provide a more youthful appearance rather than tighten the skin, or prevent movement like Botox® would.