WHAT IS JUVEDERM ULTRA PLUS?
Dermal fillers are a group of non-toxic substances that are injected under the skin at various depths to smooth out fine lines, deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds, and acne scars, volumize and define lips, contour the chin and nose, or plump up sunken cheeks or temples for a full, lifted appearance. Juvederm ultra plus
Juvederm Ultra Plus (Allergan) is a thicker version of it’s sister dermal filler, Juvederm Ultra, which is why it is used to correct more severe facial wrinkles, deep nasolabial folds (the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth), and marionette lines (the lines from the corners of your mouth down toward your jawline) and to fill in depressed areas in the cheeks. It may also be used in a “liquid face lift” procedure to sculpt and reshape facial contours or as a hand rejuvenation treatment. Juvederm Ultra Plus XC is the exact same formula, but contains lidocaine, an anesthetic, to make the injection more comfortable.
Juvederm Ultra Plus is made with a hyaluronic acid gel. “Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that’s found naturally in your skin and makes your joint spaces feel slippery. Its function is to absorb water, deliver nutrients and act as a cushioning agent. So when you inject it into your skin, it acts like a sponge and expands to fill in wrinkles and folds and support sunken areas,” explains Dr. Debra Wattenberg, who specializes in cosmetic dermatology in her New York City boutique clinic, SkincareRX, and is an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital. The extra water brought to the skin’s surface also imparts a fresh, glowing radiance and a soft, supple skin texture. These injections induce a robust production of collagen, which helps to further firm and plump your skin and reduce wrinkles over time.
There are various brands of fillers comparable to Juvederm Ultra Plus and they all have slightly different compounds and consistencies and are designed to be injected at various depths within your skin. It’s really up to your cosmetic doctor to choose which ones are best to address your issues, but in general, Juvederm Ultra Plus is thicker than Belotero, Restalyne, and Juvederm Ultra, and pretty equivalent to Perlane. It’s meant to be injected deeper into the skin than the lighter dermal fillers for more intense correction. In many cases, a combination of two or more dermal filler brands applied to different areas will be most effective for optimal facial rejuvenation.
A few words of caution: “If a hyaluronic acid based dermal filler gets inadvertently injected into a blood vessel, it can cause some significant side effects such as skin breakdown, ulceration, or necrosis of the skin. Thankfully, a quick injection of hyaluronidase, an enzyme, can immediately reverse those negative effects,” explains Dr. Wattenberg. It’s important you go to a qualified cosmetic doctor who can quickly diagnose this type of situation and administer the antidote. Browse The Book for the best experts in your city. Improper injections can also result in an infection.