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JUVÉDERM® XC

JUVÉDERM® XC is the lead product in the JUVÉDERM® line and is designed to replenish lost facial volume and reduce signs of wrinkles caused by the natural aging process or environmental elements, like sun exposure. JUVÉDERM® XC contains hyaluronic acid (HA), which is naturally-occurring in the body and works to improve the texture of the skin.

For individuals looking to further enhance their facial features, JUVÉDERM® XC can usually be combined with other non-surgical treatments, like JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC or other dermal fillers, to achieve a more refreshed and youthful appearance.

Benefits

Signs of aging around the face can begin at any time, but commonly appear in both men and women beginning in the mid-twenties to thirties. As individuals age, a loss of volume may occur in the lips and around the eyes or cheeks. As the tissues begin to lose elasticity and relax, fine lines may also begin to show.

The visible aging process can be diminished with the help of non-surgical treatments like JUVÉDERM® XC. When performed by an experienced professional, this cosmetic injectable can create results that look both natural and beautiful.

JUVÉDERM® XC is formulated with HA and, therefore, it is unlikely that individuals will experience any allergic reactions. HA is touted for its cosmetic benefits such as collagen retention, an increase of skin moisture, and improved elasticity. JUVÉDERM® XC also contains lidocaine. This agent works to numb tissues near the treatment site to make the procedure more comfortable.

Candidates

Individuals who inquire about JUVÉDERM® XC are often interested in remedying the appearance of facial aging. Some signs may include the formation of nasolabial folds that run from the nose to the sides of the mouth, frown lines around the forehead, or marionette lines that drag down the corners of the mouth. A JUVÉDERM® XC treatment can work well to remedy these concerns, which are common among both sexes. Individuals who wish to have this treatment must meet the minimum age requirement of 21 years.

Procedure

Our office will be happy to arrange an appointment either by phone or in person. On the day of your visit, we will first complete a facial evaluation. Secondly, we will discuss your aesthetic goals to determine which treatment can safely and effectively meet your needs. If JUVÉDERM® XC is the best option, we will create a customized treatment plan designed to address your concerns.

The JUVÉDERM® XC filler will be administered into the targeted areas using a very fine needle. Our medical team will then massage the area of the injection site to help evenly distribute the product and create the most natural-looking results. In addition to the lidocaine element in the JUVÉDERM® XC solution, a topical anesthetic can be applied to the skin prior to injection to further minimize any potential discomfort.

The procedure should take about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the extent of treatment, and results are often seen immediately. In some cases it can take up to 24 hours to see an increase in fullness for the administered sites.

Recovery

After receiving a JUVÉDERM® XC treatment, an ice pack may be placed over the injection site to lessen the swelling or any redness that is present. As the filler bonds with the water in the skin, it should smooth out the undesired facial lines. There is minimal downtime required for this type of treatment, which is partly why it is so popular. Results can typically be seen immediately, but the truest form of the results may take up to 24 hours to appear. JUVÉDERM® results typically last up to six months, and even up to a year in some patients. Individuals who have opted for this treatment can often undergo occasional “touch-up” injections to maintain results for extended periods.

Side Effects

The most commonly reported side effect is bruising; however, the amount of bruising around the injection sites can be minimized if the procedure is done by an experienced injector. Bruising is more common for individuals who are currently taking blood thinners. Other rare but possible side effects include redness, tenderness, and swelling. Normal activities can typically be resumed immediately following treatment. It’s advisable to wait at least 24 hours before exercising or staying out in the sun for extended periods.

For more information about a JUVÉDERM® XC treatment or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office at your convenience.