Juvederm Facial Filler
For over a century, physicians have been developing ways to restore volume
and structure to aging skin using a variety of approaches including paraffin,
silicone and collagen injections. In the 1930s, researchers discovered a natural
substance in the body that they named hyaluronic acid, and they found that it
plays a key role in numerous areas of the body including the maintenance of
skin volume and hydration, eye volume and shape and joint lubrication and
In the decades since, numerous therapeutic and aesthetic uses have been developed for this versatile natural substance. In 2003, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first hyaluronic dermal filler for the correction of facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds (the folds running from the sides of the bottom of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth). Today, hyaluronic based dermal fillers are the fastest growing non-invasive aesthetic procedure in the United States, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
The triple combination of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid provides structure, elasticity and volume to the skin and contributes to its overall appearance. As the skin ages and is exposed to environmental pollutants and sun, the cells lose the ability to produce hyaluronic acid. As a result, the skin begins to lose volume, often resulting in the formation of facial wrinkles. Dermal fillers are used by physicians to help temporarily replace lost hyaluronic acid and to restore skin volume.
There are currently Three formulations of Juvederm available in the U.S. Market: Ultra, Ultra Plus, and Voluma. These all come in XC versions which have lidocaine premixed with the filler for added comfort. The differences between the three versions included viscosity, spreadability, and longevity. Voluma has been FDA approved to last up to 2 years. Its viscosity makes it ideal for lifiting and is useful in the cheek and jawline areas.