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JUVÉDERM® XC injectable gel is a U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved dermal filler that, according to its manufacturer, Allergan, Inc., is designed to "temporarily treat moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds such as nasolabial folds" in people older than 21. Unlike the original JUVÉDERM injectable gel, JUVÉDERM XC is infused with lidocaine to make its injection more comfortable.

JUVÉDERM XC in Scottsdale, AZ

JUVÉDERM XC restores volume to the skin and smooths away moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds with hyaluronic acid (HA), a sugar that occurs naturally in the body. HA delivers nutrients and hydration to your skin, acting as a cushioning agent. Young, healthy skin contains a lot of HA, but aging, sun exposure, and other factors can reduce its presence, causing your skin to lose its structure and volume.

What’s the JUVÉDERM XC Procedure Like?

JUVÉDERM XC injections take about 15 minutes to administer in a doctor’s office. A fine needle is used for the injection, which is given under the skin in the targeted area to add volume or fill in wrinkles and folds. 

Because JUVÉDERM XC contains lidocaine to improve comfort, an anesthetic may not be needed. However, a doctor may still elect to use a topical anesthetic on the area to be treated before giving the injection. Afterward, the doctor may gently massage the treated area(s). Once treatment is completed, patients can return, with virtually no downtime, to their regular activities. For the first 24 hours after treatment, to reduce the risk of complications, patients should avoid strenuous exercise, excessive sun or heat exposure, and alcohol consumption.

What Kind of Results Can I Expect from JUVÉDERM XC?

Your results will be visible immediately after your JUVÉDERM XC treatment, and any swelling or bruising will subside over the next few days. Results can last six to nine months, and sometimes up to a year. We do recommend that you set up return appointments, for what we refer to as “touch up” treatments, which can help to ensure that you’re maintaining your ideal results.

Are There Any Risks with JUVÉDERM XC?

Although JUVÉDERM XC is considered safe, there is a risk of side effects. They are usually limited to the injection site, and include the following:

  • Redness
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Firmness
  • Swelling
  • Lumps or bumps
  • Bruising
  • Itching
  • Discoloration
  • Infection

JUVÉDERM at AdmireMD Plastic Surgery

For customized treatment, Allergan, Inc., offers two types of JUVÉDERM XC: JUVÉDERM Ultra XC, which is suitable for superficial facial lines and folds, and JUVÉDERM Ultra Plus XC, a stronger formulation that is used for deeper facial folds and lines. JUVÉDERM XC is the first HA filler that is FDA-approved for use on people of color.

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