JUVÉDERM® XC is an injectable gel made of a substance called hyaluronic acid (or HA). HA is actually a natural substance found in your skin that helps to maintain the skin’s structure and volume. However, aging skin begins to lose its HA. The result is the appearance of wrinkles and folds, which only worsen over time. JUVÉDERM® XC introduces more HA into the areas that you would like to treat, instantly improving your appearance.
Candidates for JUVÉDERM® XC
You may be a candidate if you would like to:
- Fill in hollows under your eyes
- Restore lost volume to your cheeks
- Restore fullness to your face and soften features
- Add shape and fullness to your lips
- Soften your smile lines
- Vertical Lip Lines
- Nasal Labial Folds “Smile Lines”
- Oral Commissure
- Jaw line
Local anesthesia is used prior to injections to ease discomfort. Dr. Lacombe will then ease the injectable gel under your skin to fill wrinkles and folds, instantly increasing volume. Following the injection, he may gently massage the treated areas. The procedure is quick and easy. Depending on the number of areas treated, the injection itself usually takes only 15-30 minutes.
The Recovery and Results
There is minimal recovery or downtime. Some people may experience swelling, redness, bumps and bruises. Ice packs can be used to minimize the swelling. Patients can opt to have Dr. Lacombe give them a quick “zap” with a laser to reduce and eliminate bruising. Studies have shown that these possible side-effects are usually mild to moderate and will clear up on their own in 3-7 days.
You should see an immediate improvement in the treatment areas resulting in a smoother and natural looking appearance. Typically JUVÉDERM® XC results last up to 12 months depending on the patient and the area being treated.