What is Juvéderm Voluma XC?
Juvéderm Voluma XC is a gel that is injected into the cheek area to gently lift the skin and restore volume that is lost from aging. It is made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid which is a natural complex sugar that occurs within our bodies.
What is Juvéderm Voluma XC indicated for?
Juvéderm Voluma is the first and only FDA-approved non-surgical option to instantly correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area in patients 21 and older. Juvéderm Voluma has been used in Europe since 2005 and approved in over 60 countries with over 500,000 syringes used.
How is Juvéderm Voluma XC actually used in treatment?
Juvéderm Voluma XC is typically used for restoring cheek or mid face volume loss and also to help restore a more youthful curve and position to the higher area of cheekbones in women (not men). In Europe and Canada Juvéderm Voluma has been widely and very successfully used for off label FDA uses for lifting, volumizing and recontouring the face and jawline. Injection using little blunt microcannulas in addition to traditional small needles is also widely used for helping create a natural look while minimizing discomfort and bruising.
What makes Juvéderm Voluma XC different from other dermal fillers?
Juvéderm Voluma was specially designed to fill and lift the mid-face and cheeks. It uses a new advanced technology from Allergan which is called Vycross that results in a smooth gel that flows easily and consistently and which can be nicely sculpted. This special cross-linking technology not only produces the lift and fill that is unique to Voluma, but it also contributes to its long-lasting nature.
How long does Juvéderm Voluma last?
Up to two years with optimal correction. There is evidence that hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvéderm and Restylane actually help to stimulate the production of new collagen by your own body so that longer duration of improvement may be seen. Also depending on various factors of your health, weight and body chemistry as well as the volume injected and the skill of the injector duration of correction may be shorter (or even longer) than two years.
Are the injections painful?
There is typically minimal discomfort during the treatment process. Topical numbing cream may be applied before treatment to reduce discomfort – especially for sensitive areas such as fine lines around the mouth. Numbing shots are normally not needed so that you do not have the long-lasting dental type numbing effects after you leave the office.
Can men be treated?
Yes, however the technique is somewhat different especially for cheeks because what is optimal to create a younger male appearance differs from that needed for females.
When can I return to work and resume my social life?
Juvéderm Voluma XC results are immediate and very natural looking, so typically you may return to work or social activities immediately. However, sometimes transient side effects occur – in particular bruising – and mild swelling may develop by the next day, so you do need to consider this in your planning. This is especially true if you have never been treated before or if you are taking things which might increase your risk or the severity of bruising like baby aspirin, blood thinners, fish oil, etc. So discuss this with your aesthetics provider.