Voluma (aka Juvéderm Voluma)
Voluma treatments have become increasingly popular in the cosmetic capital of the world. The newly approved injectable belongs to the class of facial fillers that include Juvéderm, Belotero and Restylane. Your cosmetic dermatologist injects a filler under the skin to fill depressed areas, smooth wrinkles and plump sagging skin caused by aging. Although there are already many injectables on the market, Juvéderm Voluma XC is the only product approved by the FDA for deep-tissue injection in the midface where the signs of aging are particularly visible.
Juvéderm Voluma XC Differs from Other Injectables
This versatile new age-fighting weapon in the dermatologist’s arsenal differs from other injectables in several key areas:
· Not Just for Wrinkles
Juvéderm Voluma restores cheeks and a youthful profile for up to two years. The injectable not only treats wrinkles but also moderates folds and facial lines around the mouth and nose. Many patients praise the results of treatments by
comparing them favorably to a mini face lift.
· Faster Results
Treatment results in immediate, visible improvements in skin. Increased volume of the skin restores a youth appearance without extensive surgeries or expensive, multiple treatments.
· Fewer Side Effects
Side effects are minimal, and the procedure is almost painless because the gel contains lidocaine. Most cosmetic dermatologists also numb the skin with a local anesthetic before treatment.
Juvéderm Voluma for Lower Cheeks
Sunken cheeks can make people look older than their physical ages, but a long-lasting office treatment hasn’t been available until the FDA approved Juvéderm Voluma. Injections can restore round contours and produce those sought-after high cheekbones that people consider markers of natural beauty.
Juvéderm Voluma XC FDA approval
The Food and Drug Administration approved Juvéderm injectable gel with hyaluronic acid in 2006 after clinical studies proved that the dermal filler was both safe and effective for maintaining skin volume and hydrating skin. The Juvéderm Voluma XC formula was approved by the FDA in October of 2013 and became the first and only injectable approved for treating midfacial areas of the cheeks. Details of the FDA’s approval include:
1. In clinical trials, physicians and patients could see visible results that corrected losses of volume in the skin associated with aging.
2. Parent company Allergan was granted approval to market the injectable in the United States for adults over the age of 21.
3. Approved for deep-tissue injections and cheek augmentations, the injectable is made of hyaluronic acid, lidocaine and phosphate-buffered saline.
4. The body slowly absorbs the gel over a two-year period.
5. The General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel of the FDA unanimously approved Juvéderm Voluma XC based on extensive clinical trials.
6. Clinical studies determined that the benefits of the injectable fulfilled a need and clearly outweighed any risks or side effects.
Juvéderm Voluma has already proven effective in Europe and 60 countries where it has been available since 2005.More than 500,000 syringes have been used by dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons throughout the world with minimal risks and complications.
Juvéderm Voluma XC Injections
Juvéderm Voluma XC injections only take about 30 minutes and are given under local anesthetics. You should avoid blood thinners for 7–10 days before having the procedure. After treatment, you can resume normal activities almost immediately. Benefits of the active ingredient, hyaluronic acid in gel form, include:
· Longer lasting results than other injectables
· Safe and noninvasive
· Reversible by treating skin with the enzyme hyaluronidase
· Moderate side effects and minimal bruising
· No downtime or recovery period required
· Virtually painless due to the fact that lidocaine is mixed with the gel
Not all fillers work for every type of cosmetic procedure. Always choose an experienced physican to administer injectables. Juvéderm Voluma works for all skin types but could cause discoloration in darker skinned inpiduals, but these uneven pigments can be treated with skin brighteners.
Before treatment, your surgeon or physician will schedule a consultation to discuss your facial features and determine the best strategy for enhancing your appearance. You will receive a thorough briefing on your options for Juvéderm Voluma treatment, potential side effects and contraindications. Your physician will also discuss aftercare best practices.
· Don’t wear makeup for 12 hours after injection.
· You might experience some tenderness, bruising and swelling, but Voluma injections are given with small-bore needles so that bruising is minimal.
· Any redness in the skin can be camouflaged with makeup after 12 hours.
· Expect visible changes immediately such as more cheek volume and smoothing of wrinkles around the nose, mouth and eyes.
Voluma for Lower Face
Juvéderm Voluma can restore lower cheeks and sagging jawlines and lift nasolabial folds. Trained cosmetic surgeons get excellent results when using the injectable for chin augmentations and procedures to treat cleft chins.
Juvéderm Voluma Side Effects
Juvéderm Voluma shouldn’t be used by pregnant women or nursing mothers. Taking blood thinners or even aspirin could cause bleeding complications, so inform your dermatologist or physician about any medications that you use. Getting chemical peels or laser treatments after injections could cause skin inflammations in people who have had Juvéderm Voluma XC injections. Patients who have a history of severe scarring, hyperpigmentation or keloids could have adverse reactions because clinical studies haven’t yet addressed this issue.
Juvéderm Voluma Reviews
Reviews of the injectable have been overwhelming positive, and patients praise the affordable price, long-lasting results, fuller cheeks and minimal discomfort of the procedure. Most patients expect some pain and are pleasantly surprised to find that injections are painless. Many people report no swelling or bruising and immediate improvement of their profiles and midfacial areas. Some patients report less-than-stellar results, but the success of any cosmetic procedure depends on the skill of the physician or dermatologist.