Long Awaited Juvederm with Lidocaine gets FDA Approval


“Today Allergan, the pharmaceutical company which manufactures Botox, announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval of JUVÉDERM® XC, a new formulationJuvederm which contains lidocaine to make the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds much more comfortable.

Juvederm has a smooth consistency gel which makes it easier to inject and provides a more natural looking result which lasts for up to a year. This new formulation of Juvederm maintains the same result and also contains 0.3% lidocaine, which numbs the treatment area within seconds. Hopefully, this will reduce the need for any additional anesthetic.

The FDA approval was based on clinical data in a multicenter, double-blind, randomized clinical trial in which patients received injections of Juvederm or Juvederm XC in each nasolabial fold. 93% of patients reported less pain when treated with the new formulation of Juvederm compared to those treated with the non-lidocaine formulation.

Juvederm XC is now available for ordering nationwide. Just like other Juvederm products, it must be administered by a trained medical professional.”



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  2. There’s no question that fillers with lidocaine have been available for some time now. You mentioned Prevelle. Zyderm and Zyplast are two others that come to mind.

    Just yesterday there was an annoucement that Restylane and Perlane will also be offered with lidocaine.

    Despite containing lidocaine I find that additional anesthesia is almost always necessary. Some people can tolerate the injections with topical anesthetics, but for others additional injected dental blocks may be necessary–which here at CosmetiCare we provide for no additional charge.

    To understand the difference for example, recall the last time you were at your dentist for a procedure that required anesthesia. The numbness you felt in your lips would be the same level of anesthesia we would induce prior to your filler injection. Essentially no pain.

    Of course any improvement in pain management is a plus. We welcome the release of Juvederm XC as an addition to the filler group and look forward to discussing it with our patients one on one.

    Dr. Stephen Sutherland
    Newport Beach, CA


    1. Thank you for your comments. I agree that some individuals will still need additional anesthesia especially in the lip area. I have always found this area to be super sensitive, especially at the corners of the mouth. I also think that once you are have had injectables and know what to expect, your pain tolerance level increases. I do welcome Juvederm XC and will be curious to feel the difference next time I go have my lips filled.


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