Thursday, 11 March 2010

Juvéderm Ultra Smile - we test the newest lip enhancer

Beautiful lips - that is lips with subtle volume always make a face look attractive. But in the past cosmetic procedures, using different types of fillers, have been hit and miss with some products in the early days that were totally unsuitable for subtle enhancement.

Now Botox innovator Allergen has recently launched a new lip enhancer, Juvéderm® ULTRA SMILE. This product is the first hyaluronic acid dermal lip filler to contain a local anesthetic called lidocaine.

Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance within the skin, which amongst other things, hydrates the skin and adds volume, contributing to the overall smooth appearance by enabling the skin to retain water and absorb more than 1,000 times its weight. The hyaluronic acid in this filler is formulated in a lab.

Juvéderm® ULTRA SMILE has received European regulatory approval and has a CE mark following clinical trials at 13 clinics across the UK. The trial enrolled 57 patients requesting aesthetic treatment for lip definition and enhancement. Patients were treated with Juvéderm® ULTRA SMILE for a variety of reasons including top and/or bottom lip definition, top and/or bottom lip fullness, and to treat the corners of the mouth.

Importantly, 96 percent of patients treated felt Juvéderm® ULTRA SMILE gave natural looking results, and 98 percent said they would recommend the product to a friend.

ELIXIR tests the product

ELIXIR has tested the claims made for this product. Our guinea pig, a 58-year-old went along to try it at the clinic of Dr Tracy Mountford in London's Harley Street.

Dr Mountford is a meticulous practitioner - ensuring first and foremost that you know exactly what the treatment involves and filling out a detailed health questionnaire - which Dr Mountford went through with a "fine tooth comb"!

Juvéderm® ULTRA SMILE is about subtle enhancement - a treatment philosophy espoused by Dr Mountford - so our testor was confident she would not come out looking like Daffy Duck or certain celebrities.

The treatment itself takes around 15 minutes with injections using a fine needle at strategic points on the lip to bring out a subtle fullness. The lidocaine does not completely eleminate the pain but makes it less painful overall so that the doctor can work more precisely.

Our guinea pig had about 8-10 injections - one phial of Juvéderm® ULTRA SMILE. Dr Mountford also recommended tiny injections at the corner of the mouth to give the lips a more positive unturned look.

At the end of the treatment there was minimal swelling and the subtle enhancement our tester had hoped for. Importantly there were no lumps, bumps - a completely natural look...

"I was pleasantly surprised. I have had one previous experience of lip fillers and mine swelled up enormously, although they went down later. This time there was virtually no swelling and I was very pleased with the result - younger looking lips which don't look as if I have had any work done. I would have it done again when I need it."

Our tester gave this treatment 9/10.

Juvéderm® ULTRA SMILE costs between £200 and £400 and lasts longer than most others - up to one year.

Contact: Dr Tracy Mountford






Compare the subtle enhancement above with these celebrity disasters:

Lesley Ash

Melanie Griffiths

Pete Burns

More information on Juvéderm® ULTRA SMILE and information on finding a qualified practitioner visit

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