You’re probably familiar with Botox and other injectable fillers such as Juvederm. Maybe you’ve had the treatments yourself, maybe you know someone who has, or maybe you’ve just seen the commercials on TV, but if you’re reading this, you’ve at least heard of them. These products are used to reinvigorate the face and turn back the clock without surgery. Now a whole new dermal filler has arrived on the scene.
You may not realize this, but your body doesn’t all age at the same rate. For most people, especially those who smoke or drink a lot, or spend a great deal of time in the sun, the face ages more rapidly than the spirit, leading to a disparity in how we look (old and tired) and how we feel (young and energetic). This disparity increases with every day in the sun, every hilarious comedy and every night spent pacing with worry.
Juvederm Voluma restores volume in the cheeks, reducing the hollows and drooping skin to revitalize your face and make you look younger.
Voluma is the first Hyaluronic acid injectable filler to obtain FDA approval for immediately filling in the cheeks and creating lift and making the hollows disappear.
Voluma XC may look just the same as any other dermal filler on the market, but it’s not. Voluma can not only be used to reduce lines and wrinkles, but actually alters the whole shape of the face.
One dermatologists who uses Voluma explains that an attractive and young face has a curved fullness around the middle part of the face. In an older looking face, this area looks sunken and hollow. This is where the Voluma is administer.
What is the XC?
The XC designation indicates that the filler has lidocaine, which reduces any discomfort that may accompany the injection. Juvederm XC syringe holds 25% more than the Juvederm without lidocaine. Some less ethical practitioners may try to save a little money by using the less expensive syringes that do not contain lidocaine. If you have any doubts about what you’re getting, ask to see the box. An ethical practitioner will be happy to show it to you.
Voluma vs Botox, what’s the difference?
Voluma is designed to treat different cosmetic issues. Botox smooths the skin to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Botox is particularly suited for lines around and between the eyes, nose, and mouth. Voluma adds volume to the cheeks. Because they work in somewhat different ways, Botox and Voluma can be used together to rejuvenate the entire face.
What you need to know about Juvéderm Voluma
Juvederm Voluma was first developed in Europe in 2005 without lidocaine. The lidocaine was added four years later, in 2009. By the end of 2013, it was available in 72 countries and had obtained FDA approval. Because it is a nonsurgical procedure, it is less expensive, does not carry the same risks as surgery, and requires less recovery time. The main ingredient in Voluma is hyaluronic acid, a substance found in the cells that diminishes as we age. Voluma contains lidocaine to numb the area and can last as long as two years.
Side Effects of Voluma
Voluma is nonsurgical, so it doesn’t carry the risks of surgery, but that doesn’t mean it’s without side effects. For most people, these are mild and temporary and include:
- Swelling or sensitivity at the injection site
- Firmness or even possibly lumps
- Redness, bruising or other discoloration
Your doctor will offer suggestions to help reduce any discomfort you may experience following your injection. These suggestions will likely include avoiding cosmetics, excessive sun exposure or intense heat like that found in steam rooms, saunas or hot showers. For more information about what you can expect to experience in the days following your treatment with Voluma, talk to your doctor.
Why Voluma vs Botox?
Diminishing fullness in the cheeks is second only to wrinkles and lines in aging the face, something cosmetic surgeons have known for a long time. When a surgeon performs a facelift, sagging fat from the cheeks is moved to enhance the profile. While Voluma can’t actually move the fat, the viscous formula is able to obtain much the same result by filling in the same area refreshing the contours of the face. If you’ve started noticing some sagging, but are reluctant to go under the knife and assume the associated risks (and recovery time), Voluma could be the answer.
The lift offered by Juvederm Voluma is subtle, but the results can be dramatic. In clinical trials, patients reported looking as much as five years younger, with results lasting as long as two years.
While other fillers can be used in conjunction with Voluma to reduce wrinkles, they may not be needed. Adding volume to the cheeks can also make a difference in the appearance of wrinkles in nearby areas. Of course, the extent of this effect will vary based on where and how deep the wrinkles are.
The field of nonsurgical aesthetic procedures is growing. Instead of simply filling in wrinkles in isolated areas, it is now possible to bring back a youthful appearance to the whole face by changing its overall shape.