Voluma – “Lift without Surgery”
Juvederm Voluma is a facial filler made up of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance that helps to bind water to cells. Its extensive cross-linking helps to provide an excellent lifting capacity, making it an excellent choice for restoring volume in the cheeks and midface.The loss of midface volume is one of the hallmarks of facial aging. This occurs in varying degrees of severity, and can lead to significant changes in the facial appearance. One of the most noticeable changes is the loss of cheekbone definition. Historically, this was addressed with surgery to tighten the overlying skin and lift the deeper soft tissues. More recently, volumizing fillers have been used to provide a similar ‘lift’ without surgery. The goal is to restore volume in the midface to create a natural, youthful face.
Juvederm Voluma is the first filler formulated with lidocaine that is FDA approved to restore age-related volume changes in the cheeks. Unlike other fillers commonly used to treat the midface, Voluma is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler. HA fillers are made from long chains of sugars that occur naturally in the skin. Juvederm Voluma is unique in that the HA is cross-linked through a process called Vycross that helps provide an excellent lifting capacity. This special cross-linking also helps to avoid degradation, making Voluma last almost twice as long as other fillers. Studies have shown that it can last up to 2 years. And since it is an HA filler, it can be molded and shaped into the desired contour after injection.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER A JUVEDERM VOLUMA XC INJECTION?
Results are immediate and can last up to 2 years. The duration of filler correction depends on the facial area treated, the injection technique, and the rate that the patient ‘s tissues break down the filler. The majority of patients can resume their daily activities immediately after treatment. Some patients may experience slight swelling and bruising, but this typically improves rapidly.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME AFTER A JUVEDERM VOLUMA XC INJECTION?
There is no downtime after treatment, and patients may return to their normal activities. In some patients, there are transient side effects, such as minor swelling and bruising, but these are usually mild.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF A VOLUMA TREATMENT?
Side effects are generally minor, such as bruising or mild swelling, and can be easily concealed with makeup. Avoiding certain medications and supplements, such as baby aspirin and fish oil, can minimize bruising.
CAN JUVEDERM VOLUMA BE COMBINED WITH OTHER FACIAL FILLERS?
Juvederm Voluma can often be combined with other facial fillers. In fact, our aesthetic providers often uses different fillers for the same patient in order to achieve a more natural result. Voluma is well suited for many areas of the face, such as the cheeks, but is not ideal for certain areas like the lips.
WHAT AGES ARE MOST APPROPRIATE FOR TREATMENT WITH JUVEDERM VOLUMA?
While theoretically any patient with deficiency in the midface could benefit from Voluma treatment, there are some important principles to understand when it comes to selecting appropriate patients for Voluma treatment. Younger patients with early fat volume loss often notice a more dramatic restoration of their facial volume due to excellent skin elasticity. Older patients, on the other hand, typically require more filler in order to achieve optimal correction. Often these patients benefit from other treatments, such as Botox and laser resurfacing, to create a more complete facial rejuvenation. But overall, there are no absolute age limits for Voluma treatment.