What is Voluma® and am I a good candidate?
Voluma® is an FDA-approved Hyaluronic Acid filler to temporarily correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area in adults 21 and over. It helps create a more youthful appearance to the face and provides natural-looking and long-lasting results. Individuals looking for non-invasive facial rejuvenation may be great candidates for Voluma® as the results can be dramatic without any downtime.
What are the benefits of Voluma ® and how does it work?
As people age, the cheek area can lose volume, causing the cheeks to flatten out and the skin to droop and sag. Voluma® injectable gel helps to correct this age-related volume loss in adults over 21 years of age. Voluma® is made from a modified form of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural complex sugar that occurs within the body. Voluma® is made with Allergan’s proprietary VYCROSS ™ technology, a unique combination that contributes to the lift capacity and to the duration of the product. In a clinical study, subjects rated themselves as looking an average of 5 years younger 6 months after their last treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
The filler has been approved to last up to 2 years with optimal treatment. Treatment can be repeated as necessary.
What type of results will I see?
Voluma® treatment results can be seen immediately and volume is restored for a youthful, revitalized appearance. Talk to your physician about the desired results for a customized treatment that fits your needs and goals.
Is there any downtime associated with this procedure?
The procedure is very quick and easy. Prior to filler injections, a numbing cream is applied to the site. Some patients may experience mild swelling or bruising at the injection site that lasts anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Cold compresses can be applied post treatment to reduce any potential side-effects. Camouflage makeup may also be used and most patients can return immediately to work and resume normal activities. We recommend that patients avoid aspirin, vitamin E supplements and alcohol for 3 days prior to any injectable procedure to minimize the risk of bruising. The doctor will discuss your medical history at your office visit to rule out any contraindications to this product.
What other treatments/procedures can Voluma® be combined with?
Filler helps with restoring volume to areas, but sometimes additional treatment like Botox® or Dysport® may be needed to help soften some excess muscle contractions which result in the formation of lines. Treatments to help the epidermis and general skin health are Dermasweep, chemical peels, laser resurfacing and a customized topical regimen. The combination of these therapies can be very satisfying to effectively treat signs of aging from various angles.
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