What is Juvederm Dermal Filler Used For?: Types & Side Effects

What is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a brand of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers manufactured by Allergan. The Juvederm fillers can be categorised into 2 collections—Vycross™ and Ultra—which are differentiated by the type of technologies used to manufacture them. Vycross Technology is used to produce fillers with a combination of low molecular weight and high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. The resulting fillers are very cohesive and easily mould to correct numerous skin concerns for a natural appearance. There are also fewer incidences of post-injection swelling.

The fillers in this collection are:

  • Volite with Lidocaine
  • Volbella with Lidocaine
  • Volift with Lidocaine (also known as Volift Retouch)
  • Voluma with Lidocaine

The Ultra collection is manufactured using Hyalacross™ Technology, which creates a gel with an ultra-smooth consistency.

The dermal fillers in this line are:

  • Ultra Smile
  • Ultra 2 (also known as Ultra XC)
  • Ultra 3 (also known as Ultra Plus XC)
  • Ultra 4

Ultra fillers are also integrated with lidocaine for more comfort during procedure. Patients looking for a treatment to revitalise exhausted and dehydrated skin can choose the Hydrate injectable. It is a biorejuvenating solution ideal for mesotherapy.  

What is Juvederm used for?

These soft tissue fillers are indicated for correcting a variety of facial concerns. Medical practitioners should choose the appropriate filler based on the concentration of hyaluronic acid and degree of altering needed:

  • Correcting fine lines like crow’s feet and skin inelasticity: use Juvederm Volbella or Volite.
  • Augmenting lip shape and size: use Juvederm Volbella or Ultra Smile.
  • Correcting moderate to deep-set lines like nasolabial folds: use Juvederm Volift, Ultra 2, or Ultra 3.
  • Correcting hollowed out regions like cheeks and temples: use Juvederm Voluma or Ultra 4.
  • Replenishing overall skin hydration and elasticity: use Juvederm Hydrate.

How to inject Juvederm

Injection depths and methods are dependent on the type of filler used and degree of skin condition severity:

  1. Volite with Lidocaine: inject into the dermis.
  2. Volbella with Lidocaine: inject into the superficial or mid-dermal layer. You may also inject into lip mucosa.
  3. Volift with Lidocaine: inject into the deep dermal layer.
  4. Voluma with Lidocaine: inject into the deep dermis or subcutaneous layer.
  5. Ultra Smile: inject into the mucosal or dermal layer of the lip.
  6. Ultra 2: inject into the mid-dermal layer.
  7. Ultra 3: inject into the mid to deep dermal layer.
  8. Ultra 4: inject into the deep dermal layer.
  9. Hydrate: inject into the superficial dermal layer.

Side Effects

Patients may exhibit some reactions following injections such as:

  • Mild pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Infection, rare
  • Allergic reactions, rare

Patients should recover from common reactions within a week. Patients should seek immediate treatment from the nearest hospital if they develop serious reactions.


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