Juvederm Ultra XC is an injectable dermal filler designed to add volume to tissues, with an emphasis on use in treating smile lines, laugh lines, and lips.
Maybe you’ve heard about it and similar dermal injectables as a minimally-invasive alternative to or supplement to plastic surgery, but don’t really understand what they do, who they’re for, or what sorts of results they offer.
What is Juvederm Ultra XC?
Juvederm Ultra XC belongs to a family of dermal fillers which combine hyaluronic acid, a natural substance found in your skin and used in the treatment of arthritis, with water.
The reaction of hyaluronic acid with the water creates the gel-like substance which ‘fills’ the targeted tissue. The XC version of this treatment includes a small amount of lidocaine, as the addition of lidocaine alleviates pain and allows for a faster, easier to tolerate treatment, compared to a two-part treatment of pain reliever and injection.
While HA-based fillers combined with lidocaine may seem all the same, minor differences can add up to significant differences in outcomes; for this reason, Ultra XC isn’t typically used for wrinkles near the eyes or in your cheeks.
Juvederm Ultra XC is an optimal treatment for a few types of patients:
- Patients who cannot safely tolerate full surgical intervention
- Patients who prefer their final result be as close to their natural beauty as possible
- Patients who cannot afford time off for lengthy post-procedure healing
- Patients who need results quicklu
- Patients who cannot afford surgical procedures
It also makes for a good supplement to certain forms of facial plastic surgery, allowing accurate fine tuning of the final result after healing and recovery.
Juvederm Ultra XC offers a number of differences and benefits against competing procedures, though it may not always be your optimal choice.
Compared to Botox, which works to relax your expression-based wrinkles, Ultra XC and similar treatments work to fill in the empty space of a winkle, ideally while improving plumpness and maintaining a natural springy texture. This allows Juvederm Ultra XC to treat a much wider variety of winkles, scars, thinned skin, etc.
Comparing within dermal injections, Juvederm Ultra XC offers built-in pain relief to minimize the necessary steps in a treatment, speeding up the process, minimizing pain, and ensuring consistent results.
The results of a treatment with Juvederm Ultra XC should be apparent almost immediately, though side effects may make it difficult to fully access the final result for a few days. Patients often experience tenderness, redness, swelling, bruising, and similar symptoms of skin agitation shortly following a treatment, though the process itself is typically painless and simple.
The results of Juvederm Ultra XC can last a year or longer, but in general you should expect half a year to a year for any HA-based treatment.
The rapid growth in popularity of Juvederm Ultra XC and other dermal fillers from Juverderm and other vendors showcases the desire for effective, consistent results without full surgical intervention. Research indicating improvements in natural collagen production following dermal injections only further reinforces the value of these procedures for all patients—not just those squeamish about surgery.