A Juvéderm® XC Injection is a dermal filler, and is a popular alternative to face lifts or other surgeries that give patients tighter, younger looking skin.
The active ingredient in Juvéderm® is hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring, biodegradable complex sugar found in all living organisms, including the human body. As you age, sunlight and other factors can reduce the amount of HA in your skin. This causes the skin to lose structure and volume, creating wrinkles and folds.
The skin is composed of two layers: the epidermis and the dermis. The epidermis is the outer layer of skin, and acts as the primary defense against the environment. The innermost layer of skin, or dermis, is composed primarily of connective tissue, and this provides the skin with a support network.
Using a fine needle, your doctor will carefully ease the Juvéderm® XC under the skin to fill the soft tissue of the dermis. The treatment adds volume and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles and nasolabial folds (parenthesis lines around nose & mouth). It is a non-surgical technique performed in our offices.
Juvéderm® XC is unique among the variety of hyaluronic fillers available in that is uses a manufacturing process called Hylacross™ technology. This gives it a special smooth-gel structure that hold up over time. Juvéderm® XC is the first smooth consistency HA gel, and the only HA filler that is FDA approved to last up to one year with only one treatment.