Juvederm is a brand of cross-linked hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers that is designed and manufactured by Allergan, a world-renowned pharmaceutical company headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. These soft tissue implants are made of non-animal hyaluronic acid extracted via biofermentation. Following extraction, the hyaluronic acid molecules undergo a thorough purification process to remove any bacterial endotoxins and impurities. The molecules are then cross-linked with each other using patented Vycross™ or Hyalacross™ Technologies. The resulting monophasic injectable fillers are completely biodegradable, colorless, and transparent with varying degrees of viscoelasticity. These fillers can be used to treat a wide range of aesthetic imperfections like dehydration, dullness, superficial lines, wrinkles, shapeless lips, and even sunken facial areas.
What is the best Juvederm filler for lips?
Though there are a lot of Juvederm fillers that are used off-label to non-surgically augment the shape and size of lips, the 2 fillers that are formulated specifically for the aesthetic correction of lips are Juvederm Volbella XC and Juvederm Ultra XC (also known as Ultra 2). Juvederm Volbella is tailored to deliver subtle volume to thin lips and smooth out the appearance of vertical lip lines, as it is made of only 15mg/ml modified cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Juvederm Ultra XC, on the other hand, is composed of 24mg/ml cross-linked hyaluronic acid and 3mg/ml of fast-acting lidocaine, making it ideal for adding fullness to thin lips. Both these filler formulations can provide beautiful and natural-looking results for up to a year. That being said, the residence time of the fillers depend largely on the patient’s age, lifestyle behaviors, skin condition, and health status.
How is Juvederm used to correct the lips?
The lips are covered by only 5 layers of skin. Due to the massive networking of blood vessels and nerves, lips are an exceptionally sensitive structure of the face. The shape and size are determined by individual genetics and can also be affected by age and lifestyle behaviors. Just like the other regions of the face, the lips will also show signs of aging when the genesis and repair of dermal cells slow down. Besides that, repeated movements of the mouth, such as puckering, exacerbate premature aging of the lips resulting in the formation of unsightly lines. When Juvederm is injected into the lips, the gel instantly volumizes them while erasing any wrinkles for the perfect pout.
How is Juvederm filler injected into the lips?
A non-surgical lip augmentation procedure must be conducted in the same manner as other medical procedures. Only appropriately certified medical practitioners should perform the treatment session. Besides that, the patient’s medical history (e.g. history of allergy attacks, underlying medical condition, medications and/or supplements taken, etc.) must be reviewed, so as to ensure that they are suitable for the treatment. A thorough aesthetic assessment will also determine the degree of non-surgical augmentation required for satisfactory results. Once the lips are cleaned and sanitized, the chosen Juvederm filler will be injected into the lip mucosal layer until it is adequately corrected. Any leftover filler and used medical supplies should be disposed of.