JUVÉDERM® dermal fillers are designed to smooth wrinkles, as well as provide subtle additions of volume to pronounced creases or sunken areas of the face. There are different variations of this non-surgical cosmetic treatment that are optimized for specific purposes and areas of concern. If you wish to diminish an aging look in the face with non-surgical dermal fillers, but are unsure which product is right for you, Minneapolis plastic surgeon Joe Gryskiewicz, MD (“Dr. Joe”) can help you determine which treatment would be of most benefit according to your aesthetic goals in a consultation.


Like all JUVÉDERM® products, JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC is a colorless, hyaluronic acid-based gel. It is used to temporarily add volume and fullness to the lips, as well as smooth moderate to severe facial creases like the nasolabial folds. The effects of treatment last about one year, depending on how fast your body breaks down the serum.

Common treatment areas include:

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There is virtually no downtime involved and patients can usually return to their normal routines immediately.

What is Treatment for JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC Like?

JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC is injected directly into the skin using a fine needle to reduce injection discomfort. Our plastic surgeons choose to anesthetize the treatment area to further enhance the experience and minimize patient discomfort. There is very little downtime involved, if any, as most patients return to their normal daily routines right after their visit. Dr. Joe understands that every patient is unique, so be sure to discuss your plans with him during your consultation. Just like with any injection, you may experience mild irritation, swelling, itching, redness, bruising, or tenderness at the injection site. These effects typically resolve on their own.


JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is a filler utilized to minimize the appearance of vertical lip lines (“smoker’s lines”) and provide strategic additions of volume to the lips for a fuller, plumper aesthetic look. In clinical studies, results from JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC treatment have been proven to last up to one year for many patients. Depending on your aesthetic goals, this dermal filler can be an exceptional way to achieve natural-looking enhancement in the lips and around the soft contours of the mouth for individuals aged 21 and older.

What is Treatment for JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC Like?

Similar to other JUVÉDERM® treatments, JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC  is injected in the lips or around the mouth with a fine needle for meticulous and targeted enhancement. Before treatment, Dr. Joe will listen to your unique concerns to ensure JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC is the most effective filler to attain the look you desire. A topical anesthetic may be applied to the treatment area in order to desensitize the skin. After injections, temporarily bruising or mild discomfort may be experienced; however, these side effects should dissipate quickly. There is virtually no downtime involved and patients can usually return to their normal routines immediately.


As another formulation in the JUVÉDERM® product line, JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler optimized to soften nasolabial folds, or parentheses lines, around the nose and mouth. The injectable formulation is designed to smooth these pronounced creases with a volumizing solution that flows effortlessly into the treatment area for a natural-looking result. Developed using advanced VYCROSS® technology, JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC has been proven to diminish the appearance of parentheses wrinkles for as long as 18 months.

What is Treatment for JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC Like?

Before the in-office procedure, Dr. Joe will review your cosmetic concerns to ensure JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC is the most beneficial filler to achieve your goals. Once it is confirmed that the treatment is appropriate for your aesthetic desires, the JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC solution will be carefully injected into the treatment site using an ultra-fine needle. This typically involves very little discomfort, if any, thanks to the filler’s advanced molecular composition. In addition to being comprised of hyaluronic acid—a naturally-occurring substance in the body—JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC also contains a topical numbing agent called lidocaine that can help reduce discomfort at the injection site. After treatment, mild bruising and swelling may occur, but usually subside within a few hours. There is virtually no recovery time involved with JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC and patients can resume their normal daily activities immediately.