At California Dermatology Care, we are excited to introduce the latest addition to the JUVÉDERM® collection of dermal fillers: SKINVIVE™. Referred to as an “injectable moisturizer” or “skin booster,” this revolutionary new product is designed to improve cheek skin smoothness and hydration. Unlike other dermal fillers, which are designed to change the contours of the face, SKINVIVE™ aims to rejuvenate the skin through hydration.

There are countless ways to reverse common signs of aging, but dermal fillers are among the least invasive and most effective. These injectables correct wrinkles, fine lines, facial hollows, contour irregularities, volume loss and more in a single session without downtime. With this addition to the world of JUVÉDERM® injectables, we can now also enhance the smoothness and radiance of your skin.


SKINVIVE™ is the first and only hyaluronic acid microdroplet injectable. It is a unique product designed by JUVÉDERM® to improve skin smoothness, softness and glow in the cheek area. The product is injected into the top layer of the skin (called the epidermis) to provide hydration from within.

Hyaluronic acid dermal fillers normally work by adding volume to the skin, filling in wrinkles and facial hollows and providing plumpness where needed. But SKINVIVE™ is different. Instead of volumizing, this treatment improves the quality of your skin. This is why it is often called a skin booster or injectable moisturizer. The result is a more youthful glow and greater skin smoothness.

SKINVIVE™ has been FDA-approved to improve cheek skin smoothness in anyone over 21 years of age. Once injected into the epidermis, the effects of this treatment become visible within three to four weeks and can last for up to six months.

How Does SKINVIVE™ Work?

Dermal fillers normally have a gel-like texture and significant amounts of hyaluronic acid to provide visible filling and lift to the skin. SKINVIVE™, on the other hand, has a more watery texture and is delivered in microdroplet amounts into the skin. This unique formula allows the product to diffuse evenly across the epidermis where it provides increased hydration.

All hyaluronic acid fillers work by attracting water, and SKINVIVE™ is no different. Hyaluronic acid is a molecule naturally found in your skin and responsible for keeping your skin hydrated. Its production tends to decline with age, leading to the skin appearing dull, wrinkled and crepey.

By replacing some of this lost hyaluronic acid with SKINVIVE™, we can help rehydrate your skin from within for up to six months. After that time, the body begins to break down and absorb the product, so repeating treatment once or twice a year is necessary to maintain results.

What Concerns Can SKINVIVE™ Treat?

SKINVIVE™ has been FDA-approved for use in the cheek area, where it can address the following cosmetic concerns:

  • Dullness
  • Vertical cheek lines
  • Crepey cheek skin

In the near future, SKINVIVE™ may also be used to address skin issues in the neck, temples, around the eyes and lips. Because this treatment is new on the market, more testing is needed to discover where else it can safely and effectively rejuvenate the skin.

Benefits of SKINVIVE™

With the great number of cosmetic treatments available, it can be hard to decide which one to choose. Learning about the benefits of SKINVIVE™ can help you figure out whether this skin rejuvenation treatment is what you are looking for:

  • Minimally invasive with no downtime
  • Quick procedure (complete within 10 to 15 minutes)
  • Only 1 to 2 injections a year to maintain results
  • Natural-looking results
  • Visible improvement in skin quality, hydration and smoothness
  • Can reduce the appearance of fine lines on the cheeks
  • Results lasting up to 6 months
  • FDA-approved with few risks and side effects
  • Safe for all skin tones and types

The SKINVIVE™ Treatment Process

The SKINVIVE™ process starts with an initial consultation at California Dermatology Care. One of our providers will talk to you about your concerns, discuss your treatment goals and examine your skin. They may also quickly review your medical history to make sure this treatment is safe for you.

The treatment can be performed immediately in the office or at a later date if needed. You will be sitting in a reclined chair during this procedure. Your provider will first cleanse your skin and then apply a topical anesthetic. They will map out the ideal injection sites in your cheek area to help distribute the product evenly.

Once the anesthetic kicks in, your provider will inject about two syringes of the product across your cheek area into the epidermis, which is the superficial layer of your skin. The treatment takes only about 15 minutes from start to finish.

SKINVIVE™ Recovery and Results

There is no downtime needed after SKINVIVE™. You can go about your day as usual immediately after the treatment. However, it is a good idea to avoid excessive direct sunlight, strenuous exercise, alcohol and exposure to heat for the first one to two days to avoid irritating the injected areas.

Most patients experience only mild side effects, like temporary swelling, bruising and discomfort. These usually resolve within a week.

Your results will not become noticeable until three to four weeks have passed, which is how long it takes for the hyaluronic acid to attract water. Your results will then gradually become more noticeable, and you will be able to enjoy them for many months.

Am I a Good Candidate?

If you have visible signs of aging in the cheek area — such as dullness, fine lines and dryness — you are probably a good candidate for this treatment. Nearly anyone can be treated with SKINVIVE™, no matter their skin tone and type. However, the treatment is contraindicated in people with a history of severe allergies with anaphylaxis or a known allergy to lidocaine (a numbing agent added to SKINVIVE™).

Schedule Your Consultation at California Dermatology Care

At California Dermatology Care, we want to help you achieve healthy and radiant skin. That’s why we now offer SKINVIVE™ to our patients in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you want to learn more about this treatment and see whether it can benefit you, call or text us at 925-328-0255 or schedule an appointment today!