What is Juvederm Hydrate?
I'm contemplating getting fillers for the first time in my life. I'm looking into fillers to treat my sagging cheeks. I also have dry skin and came across Allergan's Juvederm Hydrate filler. How does this filler differ from Voluma, Juvederm Ultra, Regular Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane? Does it actually do as it says and helps hydrate your skin? Whenever I hear claims like this, I almost always assume it's nonsense.
Not all injectable treatments are interchangeable. Juvederm Hydrate is a unique product that works to enhance skin hydration and provide the patient with a refreshed appearance. It is not, however, a dermal filler. Dermal fillers are used to treat folds or wrinkles in the skin and create volume in the mid-face. To achieve this, they are injected into a deeper level of the skin, whereas Juvederm Hydrate is injected into a more superficial level of the skin. It is comprised of hyaluronic acid and mannitol.
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance found within the body and helps to add volume and a healthy glow to the skin. As you age, the skin's natural levels of hyaluronic acid diminish, resulting in it appearing dull with fine lines and being dry to the touch. The hyaluronic acid in Juvederm Hydrate implements deep hydration of the skin by helping it to retain moisture. As a result, the skin's texture is improved and and the treated areas feel smoother and softer to the touch. Mannitol is an antioxidant which helps to prolong the results of the treatment by combating free radicals which can degrade the hyaluronic acid.
A syringe with a shorter needle is used to inject Juvederm Hydrate just beneath the upper layer of skin for a plumping effect. The product is administered through tiny injections about 1-2 cm apart. Hyaluronic acid gel is distributed evenly into the skin via these injections and rehydrates it, improving skin tone and elasticity, resulting in a natural glow.
Juvederm Hydrate is particularly effective at combating dehydration and fine lines around the mouth, décolletage, crow's feet or the tear troughs under the eyes. It can also improve the unevenness in the skin that results from acne scarring. In these areas, a dermal filler is inappropriate as it can give an overly "filled" appearance to the skin where a smoothing and slightly plumping effect is preferable. The results of Juvederm Hydrate last between four and six months. It represents an effective method of skin rejuvenation, however, the results are more subtle than those of a dermal filler.
If you are hoping to address sagging cheeks, a hyaluronic acid dermal filler such as Juvederm Ultra Plus or Restylane can help to both restore volume in the area and lift the jowls. Sculptra, another dermal filler, provides the most significant improvement as it stimulates the body to produce more collagen. More than one session is required before the effects become apparent, however.
Juvederm Hydrate can be used in conjunction with a dermal filler to achieve an optimal aesthetic outcome. For the best possible results, seek out a plastic surgeon experienced in administering dermal fillers. He or she will be able to guide you regarding the best dermal filler or combination of injectables to help you lift your sagging cheeks and rehydrate your skin.
Juvéderm® HYDRATE is part of the Juvéderm® ULTRA family of dermal fillers which contain hyaluronic acid (HA) as well as the anti-oxidant, mannitol.
Juvéderm® HYDRATE is designed to improve skin hydration and elasticity by replacing HA lost through ageing. It is not a traditional filler; instead it acts as a hydrating agent, attracting moisture, retaining it within the skin to maintain a healthy glow. It is administered as tiny injections to the face, neck, hands and décolletage.
Juvederm Hydrate was launched in the UK and Europe in 2010 and is manufactured and distributed by Allergan, the maker of the Juvéderm® filler range and the botulinum toxin, Botox®.
Cross-linked hyaluronic acid with mannitol.
What does it contain?
Juvéderm® HYDRATE uses a non-animal form of hyaluronic acid, plus mannitol, an antioxidant which helps to fight potentially damaging free radicals. Free radicals can deteriorate hyaluronic acid and the inclusion of an antioxidant helps to prolong the results of the treatment.
How is it made?
Streptococci bacterial fermentation. Mannitol is a naturally-derived antioxidant.
Is a skin test required before treatment?
No allergy test needed.
Is it temporary or permanent?
Hyaluronic acid is completely broken down within the skin over a period of months, eventually leaving no trace of the filler. This treatment typically lasts for between four and six months.
Juvéderm® HYDRATE is classed as a CE marked medical device having been given a European CE mark in December 2009.
Should be used by
Trained members of the medical profession only, including doctors, nurses and dentists.
Juvéderm® HYDRATE is available in one formulation and has a number of applications:
Juvéderm® HYDRATE (13.5mg hyaluronic acid, 9mg mannitol/ml)
Juvéderm® HYDRATE is not a traditional filler. It is used to improve elasticity, hydration and skin laxity and is used in a treatment technique known as mesotherapy, whereby the product is superficially injected in minute quantities into the upper layers of skin, improving hydration, resulting in a smooth, bright, natural appearance. Hyaluronic acid is a humectant, which means that it attracts and retains up to 1,000 times its own weight in water. When used in mesotherapy, it draws in moisture and retains it, reducing the dryness, fine lines and wrinkles associated with ageing and is also recommended as an early treatment for crow’s feet and fine lines around the mouth.
Not to be used in
Juvéderm® HYDRATE should not be used in clients with the following contra-indications.
• those with allergies or known intolerant reactions to hyaluronic acid or mannitol,
• those with skin inflammation or allergies,
• those who are susceptible to hypertrophic scarring,
• those who are pregnant or breastfeeding women,
• or those taking certain medications, including antibiotics and chemotherapy.
Duration of effect
The effects of Juvéderm® HYDRATE last for approximately four to six months. This is a shorter period of time than other injectable treatments, and this is because the product is injected superficially rather than deep into the dermis like other dermal filler products.