Hyaluronic acid, or HA, is a naturally occurring substance that delivers volume to the skin. Juvederm Ultra Plus is a long-lasting, non-surgical option that contains a modified form of HA. Fillers that include HA are a top choice for patients—over 90% of filler patients receive an HA dermal filler.
To convert HA molecules into a stable, lasting filler, they are bonded together, or “cross-linked,” in a specific fashion and suspended in water to make a gel. The tighter the cross-linking, the higher percentage of HA molecules per mL of water, and the thicker the gel.
“Regular” Juvéderm XC cross-links HA molecules of uniform molecular weights—they called this Hylacross.
Juvederm Ultra Plus is a great option for many areas of the face and is a favorite in the lips. This beautiful product will last 12 months.
Little prep and aftercare is required for each injection. The total time spent depends on how many injections you’re getting. The procedure may take up to 15-30 minutes.
Since Juvéderm contains lidocaine, we won’t need to apply a topical anesthetic to your skin before the injections (unless we’re doing your lips… and then I’ll apply a numbing cream). I’ll cleanse your skin first, and then inject the product into the target areas.
You shouldn’t feel too much pain… it’s a quick pinch. You might feel slight pressure and tingling as the product is injected.
Once the injections are completed, you can leave.
Like other Juvéderm products, you might see noticeable differences in your skin almost immediately. According to the Juvéderm website, these results can last up to a year.
You can go back to work right after this procedure. However, in the first week after the procedure, you will have swelling that is worse the day after your injections but continues to improve each day.
You’ll need follow-up treatments to maintain your desired results, and as recommended by the provider. Usually at the year mark… but it could be sooner depending on your goals.