Juvederm is a popular brand of aesthetic treatments used worldwide to fight the signs of facial aging. Juvederm was 1 of the first dermal filler treatments made of hyaluronic acid to enter the market, gaining FDA approval in 2006. Made of non-animal derived, stabilized hyaluronic acid, doctors prefer to buy Juvederm products over other dermal fillers because of the smooth consistency and optimal viscoelastic properties that produces natural and long-lasting results. Currently, the Juvederm brand encompasses several formulations that are indicated to treat various age-related aesthetic defects, including filling lines and wrinkles, improving the skin’s condition, and facial volume restoration.
Many patients that are considering dermal filler treatment will take into account the issue of the duration of treatment effects, i.e. how long the results last, when making their ultimate decision. The ideal treatment will provide results that are as long-lasting as possible to minimize the need for repeat injections that may eat into the overall cost of treatment. Here, we will give insights on how long a typical treatment with Juvederm will last, the optimal situations to use Juvederm and when to come in for repeat treatments.
My filler treatment didn’t last as long as I thought
There are many factors that determine how long the filler will last in its implant location. For this reason, filler durability will differ according to patient. A main factor that plays a role in dermal filler longevity is product formulation. Hyaluronic acid in its native form is rapidly degraded in the body—the half-life of hyaluronic acid in the body is a mere 24–48 hours. To prolong its duration of action in dermal tissue, the hyaluronic acid used in dermal fillers is usually stabilized through a chemical process called cross-linking (in the case of Juvederm, with 1, 4-butanedioldiglycidyl ether, or BDDE for short). The degree of cross-linking, as well as other formulation characteristics, such as particle size, will affect filler stability. The site of treatment will also determine how long the product will exert its effects: for example, dermal filler longevity is shorter in areas of high tissue mobility (more muscle movement, e.g. around the mouth and eyes). Anatomical structure of the surrounding skin, such as skin thickness, will also impact filler durability. The patients’ response to the treatment will also play a part in determining the duration of results. The patients’ response is individualized as a culmination of various intrinsic and lifestyle factors that include metabolism, skin type, age, and habits like smoking and amount of sun exposure. Lastly, other factors that need to be taken into account are the skill of the practitioner and amount of product injected. It also should be noted that there usually is a discrepancy between the duration of results as claimed by the manufacturer, and the effects found in clinical practice.
How long will my dermal filler treatment last?
The average duration of results can be gleaned from the numerous clinical studies that have been performed with Juvederm products. Based on findings in clinical trials, Juvederm products tend to last up to year and beyond, in optimal treatment conditions. In order to maintain results, patients need to return for repeat or touch up treatments. For this reason, a dermal filler that provides longer-lasting results is often preferable and more cost-effective to the patient in the long run. The following denotes the duration of effects of some Juvederm products, with optimal treatment.
- Juvederm Volbella XC: This dermal filler is used for the enhancement of lips, perioral, periorbital areas and fine line reduction, with results that last 1 year. Repeat treatments are anticipated yearly.
- Juvederm Voluma XC: This cosmetic injectable is meant for volume restoration of facial areas including the cheeks, cheekbones and chin, with results that last 2 years. Maintenance treatments are necessary every 1–2 years.
- Juvederm Vollure XC: This soft tissue filler is used in the treatment of moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles, including nasolabial folds. It produces results that can last for up to 18 months, with repeat treatments every 2–3 years.
- Juvederm Ultra XC: This popular injectable is indicated in the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, as well as lip augmentation. Results last about 9 months to 1 year, with repeat treatments anticipated yearly.
- Juvederm Ultra Plus XC: Another popular filler, it is used to treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. The results last beyond 1 year and repeat treatments every 1.5–2 years are necessary to maintain the effects.
- Juvederm Volite: This is a skin-booster treatment used for improving skin quality. Treatment typically lasts up to 9 months and should be maintained with top-up treatments 2–3 times a year.
The longevity of the effects of treatment is usually 1 of the key factors governing the patient’s decision in choosing a dermal filler therapy. You can help your patient make the right choice of filler by giving them all the information necessary to make an informed decision. Juvederm filler products can be found online at Focus Medical. Sign up for a free account at www.focus-med.net to start saving on medical and aesthetic supplies.