A youthful face is composed of many characteristics, all of which work together to give you the young luminous appearance that draws others to you. An attractive face free of sun damage, wrinkles, and sagging skin is something many of us strive for, but unfortunately Mother Nature often has other plans. Now physicians have another anti-aging solution available to them in the form of a new injectable filler. Juvederm Voluma XC is Allergan’s latest injectable product. Voluma has been FDA approved to restore volume loss in the cheeks and promises long lasting-results when used correctly with advanced injection techniques.
Juvederm Voluma is a hyaluronic acid filler, much like Juvederm and Restylane, but rather than smoothing out wrinkles it subtly lifts the cheeks and restores the contours of the face, reversing volume loss that occurs as a result of age. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in the body in the soft connective tissue and skin. The substance is a popular component of facial fillers due to its ability to retain water and help build collagen, a protein necessary to retain healthy skin structure and prevent laxity. Over time collagen production diminishes and the cheeks may become hollow, adding to an older appearance. With Juvederm Voluma the hyaluronic acid has been cross-linked to deliver natural-looking fullness and return essential moisture to the cheeks.
The more youthful profile may last up to 2 years under optimal treatment circumstances, making it a very desirable procedure. The procedure is quick, taking an average of 15 minutes. No downtime is required following treatment and patients may return to all normal activities soon after. Some patients may experience some moderate side effects, such as tenderness, swelling, redness, or bruising. These common side effects are temporary and generally last no longer than 1 to 2 weeks.
To learn more about Juvederm Voluma and the benefits that injectable fillers have to offer, prospective patients should call Dr. Buckingham’s office to schedule a consultation. Consultations involve a comprehensive analysis of the face to determine which procedures are suitable for a particular patient’s needs. Dr. Buckingham will gladly answer any and all questions you may have concerning volume loss in the cheeks or Voluma.
Juvederm Voluma Frequently Asked Questions
Juvederm Voluma is a long-lasting injectable smooth gel filler composed of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. The product has been FDA-approved for injection into the cheek area for the purpose of restoring lost volume in the mid-face. Voluma is effective in all three areas of the cheek: the apex, apple, and hollow.
Good candidates for Juvederm Voluma are individuals over the age of 21 who are in good general health and have concerns about volume loss in their cheeks.
The Voluma procedure is performed in the office setting by either Dr. Buckingham or our Aesthetic Nurse Injector.
What can I expect during the Juvederm Voluma procedure?
A fine needle will be used to inject Voluma into the skin. The procedure is quick and easy and takes as little as 15 minutes. Anesthesia is not necessary since lidocaine is already included in the Juvederm Voluma mixture. However, a topical anesthetic or another option may be used for sensitive patients. The results are immediately noticeable.
How long does the Juvederm Voluma procedure last?
Juvederm Voluma injections typically take between 15 and 20 minutes to perform. Some patients may require more extensive treatment which can increase the procedure time.
Are Juvederm Voluma injections painful?
When performed by an experienced physician or nurse injector, patients experience minimal discomfort. Voluma also includes a small dose of local anesthetic in the mixture, diminishing any pain felt during the procedure even more. Dr. Buckingham will be able to discuss other options with you, such as topical anesthesia, at your consultation to minimize your discomfort during injections. Tenderness of the treatment site is a side effect, but it is typically moderate and short lived.
What is recovery like after the Juvederm Voluma procedure?
After Voluma injections, patients may return to their normal activities. There is virtually no downtime. Some side effects are commonly seen in Voluma patients, including bruising, redness, tenderness, and swelling at the injection sites. In the vast majority of patients these side effects are resolved within several days. The enduring results are rejuvenated cheeks that enhance the youthful appearance of the face.
How long do the results of a Juvederm Voluma procedure last?
When used correctly, Juvederm Voluma has the potential to show continued results for up to 2 years, much longer than with other hyaluronic acid fillers.