The Many Faces of Juvéderm

Many people know the name. Juvéderm represents a large family of dermal fillers, though the selection of various products is often simply known by the name of the brand itself. When people discover that their needs may best be met by one or more products in this family, they often express surprise. If all Juvéderm products are classified as hyaluronic acid soft tissue fillers, why is there a need for so many options? Here, we discuss the basics of Juvéderm as well as the details of each of the common products to help you understand which may be right for your needs.

As a whole, Juvéderm is designed to introduce hyaluronic acid particles to the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a vital, naturally-occurring chemical that attracts and traps water molecules in tissue. It is necessary for the lubrication of joints, eyes, and for the moisture that plumps and smooths the skin. Hyaluronic acid restores water volume to the skin and, in so doing, can enhance the face in several ways.


The traditional Juvéderm filler is made with structured particle formation that reinstates a smooth foundation for the skin. This product has been used for years to eradicate moderate to severe nasolabial folds, the smile lines that form around the nose and mouth. It is also used to plump marionette lines that run from the outer corners of the mouth to the chin. The density of ULTRA XC is also advantageous in lip enhancement where more volume is needed in the body of the lips.


Volbella XC is a more recent development in which hyaluronic acid particles are cross-linked to achieve a particular consistency. This is referred to as Vycross technology. Vycross technology is also used to make Voluma XC and Vollure XC, which we will discuss here also. For Volbella, cross-linking modifies the molecular weight of the product to make it smooth and supple for natural-looking lip enhancement. Why choose Volbella when ULTRA XC is also for the lips? Because the two products have unique consistencies that make them good for particular concerns. Where ULTRA XC is used to add volume to the lips, smooth, silky Volbella is used to add definition to the edges of the lips. This product is also suited to the thin lines that form around the mouth.


Another cross-linked hyaluronic acid gel, Voluma has a denser consistency that allows it to stay put in the deeper tissue beneath the skin. Voluma, as the name suggests, is made for noticeable volume in the midface. It can be inserted into the right areas of the cheeks to restore natural contour. In the area of the upper cheek, Voluma can smooth tear trough lines to reduce the appearance of undereye bags.


Vollure XC is used much the same way as Juvéderm ULTRA. However, this product, with its Vycross cross-linking technology, is known for its moldability and flexibility beneath the skin. ULTRA is by no means stiff, but Vollure is simply smoother, providing elasticity and movement to areas around the nose and mouth.

Dermal filler treatment doesn’t have to be difficult to figure out. Our experienced injector can help. Schedule your consultation and treatment in our Bryn Mawr office at 610.527.4833.

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