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What is the Juvéderm® Family of Fillers?

Ever wished you could make your wrinkles disappear? Sadly, you can’t wave a magic wand to get smooth skin, but fillers just might the next best option. Some wrinkles that form on your face and neck are depressions that occur when your skin loses a significant amount of the essential ingredients it needs to keep it healthy and supple. This loss can also be due to environmental damage.

Youthful skin contains large amounts of beneficial proteins, like collagen and elastin, along with water and fat that make it buoyant and smooth. Unfortunately, as you age, levels of all of these substances noticeably decrease, leaving you with thinner and drier skin. Fillers like Juvéderm ®, however, can help to correct this loss. Juvéderm ® is the name for a family of fillers that each have unique applications. If you’re thinking of trying out Juvéderm ®, our Minnesota-based team at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists can help you find the product that will be most effective for you.

Hyaluronic Acid

All Juvéderm ® products contain synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) as their active ingredient and have a smooth, malleable texture and a transparent appearance. The idea behind a filler treatment is to add a soft gel beneath the surface of the skin, where it acts as a “replacement” for the lost collagen. As a result, wrinkles become more shallow and the skin has a smoother, lifted appearance. This helps to reduce the signs of aging.

Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule your body creates on its own. It has the ability to pull in water from the deeper layers of skin or surrounding atmosphere and trap it. This gives your skin a more hydrated and plump appearance. Here are some of the hyaluronic acid options available in the Juvéderm ® collection.


Ultra plumps and reshapes lips, along with reducing perioral wrinkles. It also improves medium-depth wrinkles around the center and lower part of the face, such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines.

JUVÉDERM ® Ultra Plus

Ultra Plus is a thicker filler with a slightly larger particle size when compared to Ultra. It works on deeper wrinkles than Ultra and is sometimes used for reducing depressions to re-contour the face.


Voluma is used to lift and contour the cheek area by countering age-related midface volume loss.

Talk to our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team about your skin care goals and discover more about what you can achieve with Juvéderm ® and other fillers. Write us a message or call our offices at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth) to get started.

Comparing Juvéderm® vs. Sculptra® Aesthetic

Skin aging is inevitable. Unfortunately, in its protective role, our largest organ suffers damage from the sun, the surrounding environment, lifestyle choices, and more. Thankfully, there are steps we can take to grow older gracefully and manage signs of aging that appear. With that in mind, however, patients may be unsure as to whether they should try injectables or some other option. Since there are so many treatments available, it can be difficult to know which one to go with. Put simply, no one filler is better than the other. Individual results depend largely on the patient’s unique physiology and metabolism, as well as the skill of the injector.

That said, two of the most popular choices for restoring the appearance of aging skin are the Juvéderm® family of fillers and Sculptra®. Our Zel Skin & Laser Specialists team in the Minneapolis area offers Juvéderm® filler consultations to help patients determine which wrinkle-filler is the right choice.


Later in life (but sometimes as early as a person’s 20s and 30s), visible signs of aging show. This is because collagen, hyaluronic acid, elastin, and other molecules start to degrade faster than they are replaced in the skin. The Juvéderm® collection of fillers consists of products designed to address these specific problems. All of the fillers in the line are made with hyaluronic acid. This naturally occurring sugar molecule with a clear, viscous consistency keeps connective tissues throughout the body lubricated and cushioned. When Juvéderm® is injected below the skin, it takes up space there, acting as a “placeholder” for the proteins like collagen and elastin, essential oils, and moisture that have been depleted.

This filler is mainly used on the center and lower face for moderate to severe creases such as nasolabial folds. JUVÉDERM® ULTRA and JUVÉDERM® ULTRA PLUS are both effective on wrinkles, but ULTRA PLUS is beneficial for more pronounced lines and hollows because of its thicker consistency.


Similar to Juvéderm®, Sculptra® volumizes the skin when it has become thinner and less elastic from aging. Its active ingredient, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), encourages gradual collagen production to revive the structure of the skin. Although some improvement will be seen immediately, the skin will continue to strengthen over several months. This filler is especially beneficial for smile lines and chin dimpling.

Contact our Minneapolis-area team at Zel Skin & Laser Specialists for more information on the Juvéderm® family of fillers and other alternatives. Write us a message or call our offices at 952-929-8888 (Edina), 612-338-0711 (Minneapolis), or 952-473-1286 (Plymouth) to get started.



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