What Is Juvéderm? Uses, Risks & How Long It Last

What Is Juvéderm Uses, Risks & How Long It Lasts

Most people have probably heard something about Juvéderm. This injectable gel is a dermal filler. It is meant to temporarily treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds like nasolabial folds in people over 21. 

You can also use it to give the cheeks and lips more volume. Juvéderm is such an effective treatment that most people eye to get it. If you’re one of them, A Nu U Aesthetics will help discuss its uses, risks, and effectiveness.

Check out this blog post for more details! 


Juvéderm is a smooth gel that adds volume to the skin and smooths out wrinkles and folds on the face that are moderate to severe. It is made of sugar in the body, called hyaluronic acid (HA). 

HA’s job for the skin is to deliver nutrients and water and to act as a cushioning agent. Young, healthy skin has a lot of HA, but as you get older and spend more time in the sun, the amount of HA in your skin goes down. This causes your skin to lose structure and volume.

How to Use Juvéderm Injectable Gel

Juvéderm injections take about 30–45 minutes in a doctor’s office. The injection is given under the skin in the desired area with a fine needle to add extra volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. 

Because Juvéderm has lidocaine to make you feel better, you may not need an anesthetic. A doctor may still use a topical anesthetic before giving the injection. After that, the doctor may give the room a light massage.

After treatment, patients can return to their everyday lives with almost no downtime. To lower the risk of complications in the first 24 hours after treatment, patients should not do strenuous exercise, spend too much time in the sun or heat, or drink alcohol.

How Juvéderm Injectable Gel Works

After getting an injection of Juvéderm, you can see the results immediately. Any swelling or bruising, which can work with ice, should go away over the next few days. Also, results can last 6 to 9 months, sometimes up to a year. 

But most experts say that the results vary, and the correction is only temporary. You may also need extra “touch-up” treatments to get the best results and keep wrinkles and folds from returning.

Dangers of Juvéderm 

Even though Juvéderm is thought to be safe, there is a chance that it could cause side effects. Most of the time, they only affect the place where the injection was given.

  • Redness
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Firmness
  • Swelling
  • Dots or humps
  • Bruising 
  • Itching
  • Discoloration 
  • Infection

For instance, you may have heard about the two types of Juvéderm. Juvéderm Voluma for the cheeks can be used for different kinds of treatment, and Juvéderm Ultra XC.

Juvéderm Ultra XC works for fine lines and wrinkles on the face, and Juvéderm Ultra Plus XC is a more potent version used for deeper lines and wrinkles on the face. 

On the other hand, Juvéderm Volbella is used to make the lips look fuller and to treat “smoker’s lines.

What’s Best About Juvéderm and What’s Not?

Juvéderm may be an effective process and technique to help you heal your worries. But there are still things to know. Here are its pros and cons. 


  • It is an effective treatment for rejuvenating, sculpting, and enlarging the face, and the results are seen immediately.
  • Mostly, lidocaine is mixed into Juvéderm fillers to make them less pain during and after treatment.
  • Juvéderm has the most hyaluronic acid of any dermal filler on the market.
  • The results last longer than with other fillers.
  • Since the body makes its hyaluronic acid, there is little chance of an allergic reaction.
  • Like other fillers made with hyaluronic acid, they can be broken down with hyaluronidase if you don’t like the results or if something goes wrong.


  • Results only last for a short time, so you’ll need to do touch-ups to keep them. 
  • Fillers don’t work to treat sagging skin or deep wrinkles on the face, and they’re not a replacement for any plastic surgery. 
  • People who have lost some facial volume but still have good skin elasticity will benefit most from them.
  • You’ll probably feel sore, bruised, and swollen the days after treatment.

Other Side Effects To Consider

You won’t need to take time off, but the place where your provider put the injection will probably hurt and swell for a week or two. Ice or cold compress on and off can help reduce swelling after injections.

Because the lips have a lot of blood vessels, Juvéderm lip filler is most likely to cause swelling there. Still, it can happen anywhere the filler is injected.

Fillers commonly cause lumps and bumps, especially in sensitive places like the lips. They can happen when you get an injection, but the doctor will smooth them out. They are usually easier to see after some of the swellings go down. 

They often go away independently, but you can speed things up by massaging the area. Still, if these bumps don’t go away, the filler can be broken down by injecting the area with hyaluronidase.

These bumps should be gone in a few days. Note that some types of Juvéderm, like Juvéderm Voluma, have more cross-links, making them harder to dissolve. That’s why talking to a dermal filler injection expert is so important.

How Long Does Juvéderm Last?

Most Juvéderm fillers last between six and 18 months. How long they last depend on the formula and how much your injector uses.

  • Ultra XC and Volbella XC can last for up to a year.
  • Ultra Plus XC can last for more than a year.
  • Vollure XC can work for as long as 18 months.

In general, filler lasts the longest in places where the skin is thinner and there isn’t much movement. Besides, fillers gradually and predictably break down over time, giving most people a natural and symmetrical look.

How quickly your body breaks down food is a significant factor in how long you live. If you have a fast metabolism, you may notice that the filler wears off faster. On the bright side, you’ll see that it lasts longer and longer after two or three injections.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out at A Nu U Aesthetics. Contact us at 617-934-8700 for more details or book an appointment online. We also have other services like SculptraKybella, and Restylane

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