Restore Lost Cheek Volume with Juvederm Voluma.
The Aging Face
As we age, we tend to focus on the easily visible signs of aging like wrinkles and brown spots. However, we tend to overlook the most tell-tale sign of aging, loss of facial volume. Not only does the skin thin and sag with time, but we actually start to lose fat, muscle and bone in our faces. This leads to dramatic changes in the appearance of our brows and temples, cheeks and chins. This loss of volume, more than anything else causes us to have an older looking face.
Thankfully, rejuvenation of the aging face has progressed from more than filling in wrinkles. We have known for years that restoration of facial volume in the cheeks, brow and chin is the key to facial rejuvenation. Our tool box currently includes dermal fillers like the hyaluronic acid Juvederm and Radiesse and facial fat transfer. We are now introducing Juvederm Voluma for such purposes. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is indicated for deep injection for cheek augmentation to correct age-related volume deficit in the mid-face in adults over the age of 21.
What is Juvederm Voluma XC?
You may be familiar with Juvederm XC which is a very popular dermal filler. It consists of hyaluronic acid which is a natural building block of skin. It has a great safety record and is used to smooth lines and restore volume throughout the face. Juvederm Voluma is a hyaluronic acid filler treated with Vycross technology. This cross links the hyaluronic acid particles which make the filler smoother and longer lasting. In fact it has been shown to last up to two years!
Like other dermal fillers, Juvederm Voluma is injected using a small needle. The site is numbed before the injection with a topical anesthetic. Juvederm Voluma also contains the local anesthetic lidocaine which will produce a relatively painless procedure. Every patient is different and your injector will indicate where on your cheeks the volume loss is most evident. The Juvederm Voluma is injected deeply below the skin, close to the bone. It then can be shaped to match the contours of your face using gentle massage.
How Long Does Juvederm Voluma Last?
The initial studies have indicated that most of the Juvederm Voluma Cheeks patients will require a touch up at the one month mark. After this touch up, the cross linked hyaluronic acid produced by the Vycross technology has been shown to still be evident up to two years. During this time the hyaluronic acid is gradually broken down by the body. It is important to note, that during this time we will continue to age and further lose more volume. So volume replacement is a procedure that requires occasional maintenance.