Using Juvederm to Treat Nasolabial Folds
- Medical Community Member - July 10th 2019
What are nasolabial folds?
Nasolabial folds, which are also referred to as “smile lines,” “parentheses lines,” and “laugh lines,” are the deep wrinkles that extend from both sides of the nose down to the corners of the mouth.
When a person smiles, nasolabial folds become more pronounced. The depth varies among individuals; however, as people age, the folds become thicker and more pronounced.
In comparison, nasolabial folds are not present in babies and children. This is due to the quantity and quality of hyaluronic acid, a substance that gives skin its firmness and elasticity, within the skin, which decreases during aging. As the skin loses its firmness and elasticity, nasolabial folds become more prominent.
While prominent nasolabial folds tend to occur in older individuals, people in their 20s may also notice them.
Why choose Juvederm?
Juvederm is a popular brand of injectable dermal fillers made from non-animal hyaluronic acid. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006, but has been on the market in Europe and Canada since 2003. The collection includes Juvederm Hydrate, Volbella, Voluma, Ultra XC, Ultra 4, and more.
While some dermal fillers have a granular consistency, Juvederm comes in the form of a smooth gel. Some Juvederm products contain lidocaine, a local anesthetic that numbs the area being treated in a matter of seconds. Juvederm is used to plump up the skin, smooth out lines and wrinkles and correct moderate to severe nasolabial folds. It is also used to augment the lips, correct marionette folds, and correct acne scars.
How does Juvederm help get rid of nasolabial folds?
Juvederm is injected subcutaneously, where it attracts and holds moisture. The region below the nasolabial folds swells up, adding volume to and smoothing away the wrinkles. Juvederm's smooth consistency will leave your patient with results that appear and feel quite natural.
In a multicenter, double-blind, randomized, controlled study with 87 subjects, 98% of patients treated with Juvederm Ultra Plus maintained significant correction after 24 weeks. Due to their unique consistency, Juvederm fillers allow for more precise injection and more natural results. Juvederm Ultra, Ultra 2 and Ultra 4 are also ideal for the treatment of nasolabial folds.
How much Juvederm is needed to treat nasolabial folds?
Depending on the severity of the nasolabial folds, patients may need up to 1.6ml, which was the average amount needed for correction in a recent study.
How long does Juvederm last?
Juvederm is biodegradable and is broken down and absorbed by the body around 12 months after treatment. In the same study mentioned, 81% of patients maintained their results for up to a year or more. After the filler starts to be metabolized, your patient can opt for maintenance treatments. After the initial treatment, patients typically require a smaller amount of filler for optimal correction.
Internationally recognized, Juvederm is one of the most popular cosmetic filler brands on the market. Its high safety profile and long-lasting results make it an optimal treatment for superficial to severe facial wrinkles and folds.