As we age, we lose facial fat, muscle, and boney structure. This gradual deflation of the face leads to a fatigued and gaunt appearance. When the cheeks and lips lose their prominence with age, Juvederm Ultra XC can help restore a more youthful appearance.
What is Juvederm Ultra XC?
Juvederm Ultra XC is one of the newest Juvederm wrinkle fillers that is designed to reduce discomfort during the injection process. Juvederm XC includes lidocaine, which is an anesthetic that makes injections more comfortable.
Juvederm Ultra is a hyaluronic acid filler, which is non-allergenic and made from a compound that occurs naturally in the human body in skin tissue, tissue around the eyes, and elsewhere. Hyaluronic acid is slowly absorbed by the body, which means Juvederm treatments are not permanent and last up to one year.
How is Juvederm Ultra XC Used?
Juvederm Ultra is best used for locations that require maximum silkiness as it is a thinner product with fine molecules that are perfect for filling fine wrinkles and enhancing the lips. Juvederm XC may also be used to restore volume to the cheeks and under the eyes.
Juvederm XC Treatment Process
To begin the process, you will schedule a consultation with Dr. Hobgood, who will determine if Juvederm Ultra XC is truly the best option to give you the results you are looking for, or if surgical intervention or another type of filler would be more appropriate.
During the treatment, the injection site is prepared and Juvederm XC will be injected in very small amounts with a fine needle. Most patients do not find the procedure uncomfortable. While the procedure takes about ten minutes total, please plan for 40-60 minutes to allow time for your consultation. Dr. Hobgood performs Juvederm treatments in his office.
You will see the results of the injections immediately, but it is common to experience some swelling and slight discomfort at the injection site, as with any injectable treatment.
Juvederm XC Recovery
When your procedure is over, you may experience mild redness, swelling and discomfort. Some patients also experience temporary bruising. There is no recovery period after your Juvederm injections, and you may resume work and normal activities immediately. A cold compress can help minimize redness and swelling.
Juvederm Ultra XC Side Effects
Juvederm Ultra XC is a very safe injectable filler, and Juvederm XC side effects are uncommon. This is because the filler is made from hyaluronic acid, which occurs naturally in the body and thus has a low risk of adverse reaction. Allergic reactions are very rare, and no skin test is required prior to treatment. Commons side effects of Juvederm injections include temporary tenderness, swelling, redness and mild bruising.
There are very rare complications of Juvederm treatments, which include bleeding, facial asymmetry, scarring, infection and permanent numbness. These risks are minimized even further by choosing a highly qualified and experienced surgeon like Dr. Todd Hobgood to perform the procedure.
Juvederm Ultra XC versus Juvederm Ultra Plus XC
There are four types of Juvederm, which can make it difficult to understand the difference. Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC both contain lidocaine to make Juvederm treatments more comfortable. The difference is Juvederm Ultra Plus is more robust with larger molecules, which makes it a better option for filling more severe or deeper facial wrinkles and folds, including the nasolabial folds.
Are Juvederm Ultra XC treatments painful?
- Juvederm injections in general are not painful for most patients, but Juvederm’s XC line does linclude lidocaine, a numbing agent, that makes Juvederm treatments even more comfortable.
How much does Juvederm XC cost?
- A syringe of Juvederm Ultra XC usually costs around $550 and $650 depending on the area injected. In many cases, two syringes are necessary for the best results; although, the amount necessary depends on the amount of correction necessary and the treatment area.
How long do Juvederm results last?
- Juvederm is made from hyaluronic acid, which is reabsorbed by the body. Most patients find their results last for 6 to 12 months. You will need repeat sessions to maintain your results. If you discontinue treatments, your fine lines or original appearance will return.
Is Juvederm Ultra XC the best option for thin lips?
- If you want to plump your lips — whether your lips are naturally thin or they have lost volume due to age — Juvederm Ultra XC is an excellent option, as it is made with a very fine solution that does not give a lumpy appearance, unlike fillers which are meant for deep wrinkles and folds.