As we age, our appearance changes. Fine lines and wrinkles can start to form, age spots appear, and the skin can lose elasticity, leading to sagging. Lines, wrinkles, and age spots aren’t the only considerations when it comes to losing our youthful appearances, however. Over time, the cheeks can lose volume, leading to a flat, sunken mid-face look.
What is Juvederm Voluma?
Juvederm is one of the leading developers of products for healthcare professionals engaged in the art and science of helping patients restore their youthful appearance. Juvederm’s Voluma XC is an FDA-approved injectable gel, and it was developed specifically to restore age-related volume loss in the cheek area of adults. It can also be used to add contours to the chin, improving the overall appearance of the face. Voluma XC is part of a family of specialized injectable fillers made by the company, each targeting a specific area of the face. Voluma XC adds volume to the mid-cheek area, giving it a more rounded shape and reducing or eliminating the sunken appearance that often forms as we age.
Voluma XC uses hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally produced by the human body. This acid, a glycosaminoglycan very similar to a carbohydrate, contributes to cell migration and proliferation as well as the elasticity and resilience of both skin tissues and cartilage. The product also contains an anesthetic compound to reduce discomfort during treatment.
Patients undergoing treatment with Voluma XC reported looking up to five years younger at a point six months after completing treatment with the dermatologic injectable filler. With the appropriate treatment protocol, Voluma XC has been proven to give lasting appearance improvements for two years After two years, patients repeating the treatment reported using less of the filler to achieve the desired results. The product has been tested repeatedly under numerous clinical trials, and even won the 2014 Allure Best of Beauty Breakthrough Award.
How is Voluma XC Treatment Performed?
Before Voluma XC treatment is conducted by a qualified dermatologist, that dermatologist will consult with the patient to determine the desired results and the potential for appearance improvements. Juvederm Voluma XC can be used on all skin types. Once the consultation is complete, treatment can begin. The filler is injected into the areas of the mid-cheek and chin using tiny needles. In some cases, micro cannulae may be used to help sculpt specific areas of the face. A single application may take only 15-20 minutes, but generally takes about an hour to complete. Full face sculpting may take substantially more time, while a quick pick-me-up takes less time.
Results may appear in one visit, but typically the dermatologist will schedule one or two follow-up visits to evaluate the results and to make the necessary contour adjustments.
What are the Side Effects of Voluma XC Treatment?
The Voluma XC treatment procedure is usually completed with little or no discomfort on the part of patients. Some patients experience minor swelling and redness at the injection sites after treatment. Tender tissues and some bruising may also occur. These side effects last only a few days and are generally relieved with over the counter medications. Your dermatologist can help you to overcome any minor discomfort you may experience, as well as answer any questions you might have about the procedure and its effects.