Summary: You could be forgiven for wondering, how many types of Juvederm are there? It seems like there’s a new formulation of Juvederm that comes out every week. Of course, that’s an exaggeration. But it’s important to make the point that there are plenty of Juvederm variations to choose from. That can be confusing. But your cosmetic surgeon is definitely there to help!
Just How Many Types of Juvederm are There Anyway?
There was a time when cosmetic surgery seemed simple, almost one-note, compared to its plastic surgery cousin. But now things are more complicated and you’re asking, how many types of Juvederm are there, anyway? In a perfect world, there would just be one Juvederm that does everything. Plastic surgery marketing companies find opportunities in these variable types of Juvederm as a way to increase visibility for their clients.
Instead, we live in a world where there are actually several variations of Juvederm injectables. They all have a similar root function. They all fill volume. But they’re different in subtle and important ways. Unfortunately, that can make it difficult to know exactly which type of Juvederm you should actually get.
To a certain extent, that’s okay. You don’t have to know. Your cosmetic surgeon will make a series of recommendations about which Juvederm injection is going to best suit your desired outcome. But more knowledge is never a bad thing. And the more you know about each Juvederm type, the better prepared you’ll be for your treatment. How many types of Juvederm are there? Let’s find out!
Perhaps the most common Juvederm injectable on the market is currently Juvederm XC. As with all formulations of Juvederm, XC is a hyaluronic acid based filler. Currently, Juvederm XC is kind of like the base model of Juvederm. That doesn’t mean it’s not high end. Simply that Juvederm XC is going to be what most people use when they want to get “Juvederm.”
In essence, Juvederm XC is great for:
- Treating nasolabial lines and folds
- Mitigating lines and wrinkles around the mouth
- Helping to make the face look more youthful
- Juvederm Voluma XC (a slightly different variation) is the only filler FDA approved for use in the cheeks
Typically, Juvederm XC will last for about a year before the results begin to fade. At that time, you can always get maintenance injections to keep your youthful look!
In many ways, Juvederm Vollure is kind of a step up from Juvederm XC. Vollure is brand new, FDA approved only a few months ago. Vollure, essentially, is composed of molecules that are absorbed by the body less quickly. Additionally, those molecules tend to be of various sizes.
This ultimately leads to a result that looks more natural and lasts longer. Whereas Juvederm XC typically last 12 months, Juvederm Vollure has been observed to last around 18 months. Of course, there is some personal variability (where the Vollure is injected tends to matter quite a bit).
Vollure is especially effective at treating deeper lines and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds. Indeed, there’s some evidence to suggest that Vollure might actually treat these areas a little bit better than Juvederm XC. That said, you’ll have to talk to your surgeon about which option is better for your desired outcome.
Another new addition to the Juvederm line is a product called Juvederm Volbella. Technically, Volbella is only FDA approved to treat wrinkles of the lips. Now, this isn’t the same thing as lip augmentation. Instead, Juvederm Volbella adds just enough volume to the lips in order to smooth out wrinkles that are caused by aging.
This makes the lips look smoother and more youthful, but not always larger. Indeed, many patients want the lips to remain roughly the same size that they have always been. Volbella uses various sized molecules and is generally longer lasting than many other Juvederm variations.
Of course, that’s important in the lips because the more you use an area injected with a filler, the more quickly that filler tends to wear off.
Off Label Use
Juvederm Volbella also has a very popular off-label use. “Off-label” simply means that the FDA hasn’t approved that particular use. Botox, for example, has quite a few off-label uses. Juvederm Volbella is often used to treat what’s known as the tear trough—the often deep lines that form beneath the eye (that your tears tend to flow down). Juvederm Volbella is perfectly suited for this area of the face because the hyaluronic acid-based molecules are quite fine and the results are very natural looking.
Generally, this off label use is quite safe, but consult with a trusted cosmetic surgeon before making any decisions about using Juvederm Volbella in this manner.
Choosing the Juvederm Type For You
Ultimately, whatever Juvederm type you choose is going to be mostly determined by what your desired final outcome is. If you want your lips to look more youthful, you’ll want to look for Juvederm Volbella. If you want to address deep nasolabial folds, then Juvederm Vollure might be your best bet. And if you’re looking to treat typical lines and wrinkles, think about using Juvederm XC.
That said, in most cases, your cosmetic surgeon is going to have to the best possible advice in terms of what will work for you as a patient. How many Juvederm types are there? Lots, of course. But don’t worry, your surgeon will know them all!