Juvederm Voluma replenishes lost skin volume to regain a youthful appearance to the cheeks, cheekbones and chin. Shortly after treatment, your face will appear softer and more rounded. The appearance of lifting may last up to two years. (results vary between individuals). If you are looking for a way to improve “sagging skin” without surgery, dermal fillers like FDA approved Juvederm Voluma are a good option.
Juvederm Voluma is an injectable volumizing filler that is specifically formulated for deeper treatment in the cheeks, cheekbones and chin. The filler is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body having the consistency of a smooth gel. It also contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic to make treatment comfortable.
Juvederm Voluma FAQ
- What are the advantages of Juvederm Voluma?
- How does Juvederm Voluma work?
- Where is Juvederm Voluma Used?
- What is a Voluma Lift?
- How long does Voluma last?
- Is there any downtime?
- What should I do after my Voluma treatment?
- Does Juvederm Voluma cause swelling?
- What are common side effects of Voluma?
- Can Voluma cause bumps or irregularities?
- When will I begin to see results after my Juvederm Voluma Treatment?
- Juvederm Voluma vs Sculptra: How do they compare?
- Who is a good candidate for Voluma?
- Who should not get treatment with Juvederm Voluma?
What are the advantages of Juvederm Voluma?
Hylauronic acid wrinkle fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm have been in wide use in the US since 2003. The benefits as well as adverse effects are well studied. One of the advantages of using hyaluronic acid is that there is an agent, hyaluronidase, that can dissolve it. If there is an over-correction or irregularity, part or all of the injectable can be removed with an injection of hyaluronidase.
How does Juvederm Voluma work?
Hyaluronic Acid, the ingredient in Voluma naturally occurs in the body in the skin and in joints. When this gel is injected, it acts like an inflated cushion to support facial structures and tissues that may have lost volume or elasticity due to normal aging. It also brings water to the surface of skin to keep it looking fresh and supple. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because the same substance is often injected into the aching joints of people with arthritis to ease pain and provide extra cushioning.
Where is Juvederm Voluma Used?Voluma is FDA approved for enhancement of volume in the mid face. It can be used in the nasolabial lines but this use has not been tested. It is not recommended for use in the lips.
What is a Voluma Lift?
Some practitioners have used this term for marketing. Voluma does not actually lift. When it is used to enhance volume in the mid face for non-surgical cheek enhancement, there will be an appearance of lifting. The mid face looks softer, fuller and more attractive. The appearance of jowls can be diminished with no actual change in jowls or sagging.
How long does Voluma last?
The manufacturer Allergan, the makers of Botox, reports benefits up to two years. In most patients, 12 months of benefit is likely. A touch up treatment performed when Voluma starts to be absorbed or at 9 months can provide extended benefit.
Is there any downtime?
Patients can apply makeup immediately after treatment. The minimal bruising that can occur usually can be covered with concealer and foundation. Most patients go to work the next day. If you are having treatment for a special event, scheduling 2-3 weeks in advance is recommended.
What should I do after treatment?
It is recommended not to wear makeup immediately after. Ice is helpful to minimize bruising or swelling. Avoid contact sports and extreme physical activity. Moderate exercise as tolerated is fine.
The product contains Lidocaine .3%, a local anesthetic to reduce injection pain. We also use ice to numb the area prior to injection. There will not be significant pain afterwards.
Does Juvederm Voluma cause swelling?
There may be slight redness, swelling or localized bruising. These effects usually resolve by one week. And, 12 hours after the treatment, you can wear makeup to conceal any discoloration. The majority of patients return to work and normal activities the day after treatment. This is a non-surgical treatment requiring little downtime.
What are common side effects of Voluma?
All filler injections have the temporary adverse effect of bruising. The tendency to bruise varies based on skin type, genetics and other factors. Medications such as aspirin, Advil, Ibuprofen increase the risk of bruising. If these medications are not medically necessary, stopping the medication for a week is helpful. Supplements such as Omega Fatty Acids, Cinnamon, St John’s Wort as well as drinking alcohol can increase bruising. If possible, we recommend avoiding extra supplements and alcohol for a week.
Can Voluma cause bumps or irregularities?
Voluma and all thicker fillers used to enhance facial volume can rarely cause small bumps under the skin. The bumps may develop up to several months after treatment. The cause may be localized inflammation or reaction to the filler as a “foreign body”. With treatment in experienced hands, the “bumps” resolve. Voluma, which is made of hyaluronic acid, can be dissolved by injection of a medication, hyaluronidase, directly into any “bump” or irregularity. Oral antibiotics and/or oral cortisone may be used in addition to injections if the problem is more severe. I have had specific training by expert dermatologists in the appropriate treatment of this rare complication and have experience in resolving difficult to treat Voluma bumps.
To minimize this complication, we prep the face using a surgical scrub. Post treatment, Dr Goodlerner or our medical assistant performs gentle massage of the treated area to be sure the filler is placed smoothly. We recommend that patients do the same for several days. We always schedule a follow-up visit at two weeks. Patients are encourage to call us should any unexpected problem occur.
It is important to have Voluma treatment at a physician’s office rather than a med-spa so that any minor complications can be expertly treated. This is a non-surgical cosmetic procedure that requires considerable experience. Groupons or other discounts are not appropriate for this treatment.
When will I begin to see results after my Juvederm Voluma Treatment?
Facial volume enhancement is visible immediately after Voluma treatment. Optimal results for all fillers are at 2 weeks when swelling has resolved.
Juvederm Voluma vs Sculptra: How do they compare?
Both Sculptra and Voluma are facial injectables used for volume enhancement. Juvederm Voluma is filler, providing immediate results. Sculptra stimulates the body’s own collagen over time resulting in gradual improvement. Treatments are done in a series of 2 or 3 sessions. In each treatment session with Sculptra, a larger volume is injected as compared with Voluma. There may be more temporary swelling. Sculptra is FDA approved for global facial volume enhancement vs Voluma which has been tested only for the mid face. I recommend Sculptra for patients over 45 who have more significant volume loss.
Who is a good candidate for Voluma?
Patients who have early signs of volume loss in the mid face are optimal candidates for Voluma. Restoring the “apples” of the cheeks can provide immediate improvement. You can learn more on the official Juvederm website.
Who should not get treatment with Voluma?
Voluma has not been tested for use in pregnancy or during breastfeeding. Patients who are immunosuppressed may be at greater risk of infection. Anyone in this category should check with their treating physician prior to treatment. Patients who have been prescribed blood thinners are at greater risk of bruising and should advise the treating doctor as well as check with their primary physician before stopping any prescribed medication.
For more information about whether Juvederm Voluma is right for you, and to set up a consultation and appointment, you’ll want to be seen by a board-certified dermatologist in South Bay who has a record of success using cosmetic injectables.