Juvederm Voluma : What’s all the hoopla about this new product?
Allergan, the company that makes Botox® (the most popular cosmetic treatment in the US and the world) has just gotten FDA approval for a new injectable anti-aging treatment Juvederm Voluma. The new product temporarily corrects age-related volume loss in the cheeks, improving the appearance of “sagging skin”.
Voluma is made of hyaluronic acid, the same agent that is in Restylane and Juvederm, wrinkle fillers that have been on the market for more than 7 years. What’s new is that Voluma has a denser structure, so it should last longer. Studies showed benefit of up to two years vs 6-9 months with existing hyaluronic acid fillers, Juvederm and Restylane.
This product will be used differently than Restylane or Juvederm. The former are primarily used to plump up wrinkles or to create fuller lips. According to the Allergan website “Juvederm Voluma with lidocaine was specifically created to restore lost facial volume in the cheeks, cheekbones and chin “ The product is a smooth injectable gel that provides a gentle lift in the cheeks, creating a more youthful appearance to the face.
Other dermal fillers, Scupltra and Radiesse are currently used as facial volume enhancers, with excellent results. Allergan claims that the benefits of Voluma are: results are obtained with a single treatment and last longer (up to two years). It will be interesting to see the inevitable comparisons when Voluma becomes more widely used
Is Voluma Safe?
- In the US, there are three FDA approved dermal fillers made up of hyaluronic acid with experience going back ten years, and Voluma has been used in Europe for the past two years. Due to the long history of widespread use, potential complications of hyaluronic acid are well known. The reported complications are: temporary bruising or swelling for a few days and rarely, bumps or irregularities. An added safety factor – hyaluronidase, an enzyme that gobbles up hyaluronic acid like “Pac Man”, can be used to dissolve Voluma Bumps under the skin lasting more than 2 weeks are rare and usually not visible.
- The experience of the provider is very important in the final outcome. Since I have used dermal fillers including fat, Sculptra, and Radiesse for many year, I will be able to deliver great results right away. Medi-spas will also be offering this treatment, provided by nurses and physician assistants, but results may vary. In the unlikely event of a complication, having a physician who is board certified in a cosmetic specialty as your provider could be very important.
What about the cost and availability?
- The cost per vial will be $900-$1000 depending on the number of vials used and the zip code of the physician. Voluma is available now! We are excited about offering this treatment. Call to schedule a consultation to see if Voluma is right for you. For more information and future specials see our website www.drgoodlerner.com