As we age, it’s natural to experience loss of facial volume and skin elasticity. Besides seeing lines and wrinkles, you may start to notice a loss of fullness in your cheeks, which can give your face a hollow, sagging appearance. Dr. Schrader combines expertise gained through years of treating her patients with injectables as well as her aesthetic sense to administer Voluma in order to enhance the cheeks while gently lifting the jowls to reveal a smoother jawline. As you age, your face loses volume and leaves some areas depleted. This can cause an increase in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
This facial filler helps to restore contour for a more youthful profile, with results lasting for up to 2 years. The Juvederm Voluma XC cheek filler is a good option for patients not ready to have a surgical facelift. Juvéderm Voluma XC can be injected into the cheek to restore its natural suppleness. A fine needle targets the area to boost their volume and beautifully contour the face. In a matter of minutes, your skin is restored to a firm, plump state. Your face will be more defined and instantly appear more youthful. There’s no downtime, and you can immediately continue on with your day. In addition to the cheeks, Voluma has also been used to minimize the appearance of sagging jowls.
HOW LONG DOES VOLUMA LAST?
Voluma is the longest lasting of the FDA approved facial fillers, lasting up to 2 years or more. In fact, Voluma is the ONLY hyaluronic acid filler approved by the FDA to specifically contour and volumize the midface. Other fillers typically have a life cycle of between 6-9 months.
DOES IT HURT?
Dr. Schrader preps the treatment of fillers with a lidocaine cream applied to the area to be injected once it has been cleaned. Voluma is pre-mixed with lidocaine (a numbing agent) so most patients find the treatment to be very comfortable. The only discomfort is the injection into the skin which is done through a very fine gauge needle and feels like a quick pinch. As the Voluma gel is placed, you will feel mild pressure. Patients are very comfortable while receiving Voluma treatments.
WHAT IS THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN VOLUMA AND THE OTHER FILLERS?
Both are formulated from hyaluronic acids and are made by Allergan. Juvederm smoothes out moderate to severe wrinkles and folds while VOLUMA, the only product FDA-approved for the mid-face, adds volume and creates a lift to the cheek area. The main difference between receiving Voluma or other Juvéderm filler products is the depth of placement. Voluma is injected deeper into the skin to allow for lift the mid-region of the face, the cheekbones and the smoothes the jawline.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?
Voluma has the same potential side effects as every other facial filler. Normally this is mild and transient such as swelling, bruising, and redness. Because Voluma is injected more deeply into the tissues, there may be more tenderness or soreness for a few days after treatment. The discomfort is easily managed with over the counter pain medication such as Tylenol.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Voluma results are seen immediately following treatment. Treatments take approximately an hour.
HOW SAFE IS VOLUMA?
Since 2005 Voluma has been marketed in 72 countries. In the 10 years it has been in use, it has proven to be very safe, efficacious and predictable results.
HOW MANY SYRINGES WILL I NEED?
The amount of product needed depends on the patient’s anatomy, age, genetics, and desired goals. The FDA has cleared Voluma for adults over 21 years of age. For someone in their mid 30’s with very minimal sagging, one syringe usually produces amazing results. In older patients with significant loss of volume and sagging, 2 syringes or more per side might be necessary.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR VOLUMA?
Most people requesting Voluma are between 30 and 70 years of age and have minimal to moderate signs of aging due to loss of volume. Good candidates for Voluma are people who are dissatisfied with the appearance of their sagging or hollow face. Prospective Voluma patients want a non-surgical way to bring volume back to their face and have a healthier, younger look.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO TO PREPARE FOR VOLUMA?
The preparation is essentially the same as with any filler. Patients should discontinue any nonessential vitamins, herbal supplements and pain medication such as aspirin or Advil. This will reduce the chances of bruising.