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There is a remarkable new hyaluronic acid filler from our favorite family of fillers: Juvederm. You have probably seen the ads with a woman and a bunch of apples. While we don’t really groove on the apple analogy, we are thrilled with the results we’re seeing with our Knoxville patients.
Since it received clearance by the FDA last year, it has become one of our “go-to” fillers. We’re not the only ones singing Voluma’s praises. New Beauty picked Voluma as the “Best Anti-Aging Treatment” and Allure gave it the “Beauty Breakthrough Award”.
So why all the excitement about another hyaluronic filler coming to the market? What makes Juvederm Voluma XC so different from other fillers and the regular Juvederm XC we all know and love?
What is JUVÉDERM VOLUMA®?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® is an injectable filler that uses hyaluronic acid to add plumpness to areas that have lost volume as a result of aging. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body, which means Juvederm’s Voluma® is very well tolerated.
How does JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® work?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® works in three primary ways: First, it replaces lost volume in the cheek area for instant plumpness and visible, natural-looking results. Next, the hyaluronic formula works to attract and retain moisture so cheeks look fuller longer. And finally, injections of the gel help stimulate the production of collagen, one of the building blocks of firm, youthful skin, so skin continues to look firmer and more resilient over time.
Who is a candiate for JUVEDERM VOLUMA?
Virtually anyone with volume loss in their midface is a candidate for treatment with Voluma, as well as individuals with poorly defined cheekbones. Patients in their 30s, 40s, and 50s may not be appropriate candidates for surgery, but may benefit instead from Voluma treatment. Patients in their 60s and beyond who have more significant skin laxity and volume loss tend to require more filler volume. And while these patients are often good candidates for surgery, they often choose volumizing filler treatments due to surgery concerns such as anesthesia and potential complications.
Where is JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® used?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® was developed specifically for use in the cheek area, and in 2013, it became the first cosmetic product to receive FDA approval to correct volume loss in the cheeks due to aging. Unlike other fillers, the formulation of JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® is designed to provide the firmer support required to achieve long-lasting and natural-looking effects in the cheeks.
What is the JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® procedure like?
Prior to your procedure, you’ll have a consultation to discuss the results you’re hoping for and to determine if JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® is the best dermal filler for your goals. In some cases, additional procedures may be recommended at the same time as your Voluma procedure to help fill in lines and wrinkles for a non-surgical facelift effect. During the procedure itself, once the injection sites are cleansed, your healthcare provider will inject the Voluma filler into the deeper layers of your skin using very fine needles. The gel includes lidocaine, a mild anesthetic that can help numb the treatment area so you feel more comfortable before and after your procedure. Most procedures take no more than 20 to 30 minutes.
What is recovery like?
Following your injections, you may notice some mild redness, swelling or tenderness in the injection sites, all of which will resolve within a few days. There is no recovery time, which means you can resume your regular activities soon after treatment.
How soon will I notice results?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® offers patients immediate results which will become more visible once any initial swelling resolves.
Does JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® last as long as other dermal fillers?
Yes, and some studies indicate in can last much longer – up to two years. Ask your healthcare provider about what steps you can take to help your results last as long as possible.
Are The Treatment With JUVEDERM VOLUMA Painful?
Patients usually report only minimal or mild discomfort during treatment. We uses a specially formulated numbing cream that alleviates most discomfort. Juvederm Voluma XC is also formulated with lidocaine to enhance patient comfort. During treatment, ice may also be used in some patients.
Voluma Lifts and Lasts
Juvederm Voluma is the first and only HA filler cleared by the FDA to restore volume loss in the cheeks, a major factor in the aging equation. Think about it like this: Juvederm Voluma XC lifts, as opposed to the other products which fill in lines.
Volume loss in the cheeks is the major reason we lose our youthful profile when we age.
Plastic surgeons have known this for decades. A well-performed facelift actually repositions the cheek fat that sags as a result of gravity over time. Just to be clear, Voluma can’t reposition cheek fat, but its thicker cross-linked formula adds volume in a way that restores a more-youthful contour to the midface (or a more pleasing Ogee curve if you speak medicalese.) So if you’re not quite ready for a facelift but have started noticing some changes, Juvederm Voluma could be just what you’re looking for.
The subtle lift achieved with Juvederm Voluma XC can make a dramatic difference. Patients surveyed in the clinical trials said they look up to 5 years younger. The best part? Juvederm Voluma XC lasts up to two years.
A side-benefit of restoring volume to the cheek area is that it can also improve wrinkles and lines in other areas of the face, particularly the nasolabial folds and around the eyes. This varies from patient to patient depending on the depth and location of the wrinkles.
It’s becoming clear that the aesthetic non-surgical field is evolving. Rather than just chasing individual wrinkles and filling them in, we can now take a more holistic approach by improving the 3-D effects of aging in the midface first and filling the rest in later. So you can see how well Juvederm Voluma works hand-in-hand with its sister product Juvederm and why we are delighted to have it in our anti-aging arsenal.