You’ve seen all your favorite celebrities strut down the red carpet with seriously full lips. In fact, in the last few years, pillow-y pouts have become all the rage (we see you, Kylie!). While you could certainly fake a super-sized smile with lip liner, let’s be real: You may not have the time to expertly apply makeup every time you want to rock a plush pout. Which is why considering a lip filler might be a better solution. We’re here to give you the scoop on Juvederm, a popular filler than can be used to plump up lips as well as add volume back to your face and smooth out wrinkles.
What is Juvederm, anyway?
Juvederm is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that can be used to do everything from add volume back to flat cheeks, soften the look of wrinkles around your nose and mouth, and fill your lips.
Wait a minute: What is hyaluronic acid again?
Let’s back up for a second with a quick science lesson so that we’re all on the same page. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that naturally occurs in your skin. The thing is, the amount of hyaluronic acid you have starts to drop off as you age—and that leads to more pronounced wrinkles, volume loss, and an overall less glow-y appearance. (Oh, the joys of getting older, right?!)
OK, back to the main event! Where can I be injected with Juvederm?
Some of the most popular areas for Juvederm injection are the cheeks, temple, and lips, and this is to treat volume loss in the skin when we get older. Juvederm is also used to treat smile lines (a.k.a. nasolabial folds), wrinkles at the corners of your mouth, and marionette lines (creases that go from the corners of your mouth to along your chin), although this is a newer treatment and not as popular as the other facial injections.
Why would anyone consider a hyaluronic acid filler?
When your face starts losing volume, this can make you look older. So, adding fullness back to your face via an injectable like Juvederm may make you look younger—and that’s the ultimate skin care goal, isn’t it? (Don’t worry—if you’re not quite ready for injectables, you can find hyaluronic acid in a variety skin care products, too.)
Hm, I’m intrigued. Is there anything else I should know before getting Juvederm?
Well, its important to know that there are different types of Juverderm that address different skin concerns.
Juvederm Vollure XC: Softens moderate to severe parentheses lines around the nose and mouth by adding volume — lasts up to 1.5 years.
Juvederm Voluma XC: Adds volumes to cheeks and temples, and can last up to 2 years.
Juvederm Volbella XC: Adds volume to lips and smooths vertical lip lines, is ideal for finer lines around the lips and eyes, and can also be used for under-eye bags. (Pictured below)
Juvederm XC: Softens moderate to severe parentheses lines and around the nose and mouth
Juvederm Ultra XC: Plumps lips and smooths parentheses lines, it can last up to a year. As pictured below, it can also be used to fill the nose.
What’s a Juvederm treatment actually like?
Now that we’ve schooled you on the nitty-gritty, let’s get to what you really want to know. Is this thing going to hurt?! Injections take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the area of your face you’re having treated. While you won’t need anesthesia, your doctor may apply a topical anesthetic to make you more comfortable and reduce your pain. Once the injection is done, your dermatologist or plastic surgeon may gently massage and ice the area — and then you’re good to go!
Is there any downtime?
Nope! You can get back to the grind ASAP (although we don’t blame you if you use this as an excuse to chill for the rest of the day). You may notice redness or swelling, but this should subside shortly. Just keep in mind that you should steer clear of hardcore workouts, lots of sun exposure, and drinking booze for 24 hours post-Juvederm to curb your risk of any issues arising.
How long do results last?
The good news: You won’t need to see your derm all that often. Juvederm results (depending on the specific type) should last anywhere from six months to two years — and you should see the results instantly after injection.
Dr. Betty Yan, a dermatology resident at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU), helped contribute to the accuracy of this story.