Juvederm XC Earns FDA Approval
by Wendy Travis
Patients who have received dermal fillers like Juvederm in the past had to add additional time to their treatment to allow an anesthetic block to take effect, or else go without and deal with the discomfort of the procedure. Today, patients can have the best of both worlds with the recently approved Juvederm XC. This injectable filler is equipped with a dose of lidocaine to keep patients comfortable throughout the treatment without the need for an additional step to administer local anesthetic.
The Food and Drug Administration recently approved use of the Juvederm XC formulation for the treatment of moderate to severe wrinkles and folds in the skin. This procedure works particularly well on nasolabial folds; the lines that appear around the nose and mouth. However, Juvederm XC can be used on other areas as well, for a smoother, younger looking complexion.
The original Juvederm is the only approved dermal filler that can provide long lasting results that continue for up to a year after treatment. It is the number one selling hyaluronic acid dermal filler on the market today. The procedure only takes a few minutes to complete and there is little recovery or downtime afterward. The formula provides smooth, natural looking results that last up to 12 months.
Why Juvederm XC?
The addition of 0.3% preservative-free lidocaine in Juvederm XC creates a more comfortable treatment experience for the patient. The numbing solution works on the area within seconds, so no further anesthetic is usually required. In addition to an increased comfort level, the ability to combine anesthetic with the injection means the procedure can be done in about half the time. Anesthetic blocks can take up to 30 minutes to work, but this procedure uses numbing solution that has the desired result in seconds.
Approval by the FDA was based on clinical studies that followed 72 subjects for two weeks after treatment with both Juvederm XC and Juvederm without lidocaine. Researchers found that up to 93% of patients reported less discomfort during the procedure when treated with the Juvederm XC formula. Both formulas achieved similar results in terms of safety and effectiveness. The study was double-blind and randomized to ensure accurate results.
Juvederm is part of a family of products that are only available with a doctor's prescription. Following FDA approval of Juvederm XC, the formula is now available nationwide and works in a similar fashion to the original Juvederm solution. It is important to make sure the specialist you choose for your Juvederm XC treatment is experienced with Juvederm procedures.
To learn more, or to schedule a free consultation with a Juvederm provider near you, contact us today!
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