Can Juvederm Voluma Improve the Appearance of My Cheeks?

Voluma is an FDA-approved injectable gel derma filler used to reduce the signs of aging (i.e. wrinkles and fine lines) by adding instant volume to your cheeks. This filler is formulated to add volume to the three main areas of the cheek: apex, apple and hollow. Voluma gives you a youthful appearance by adding shape and a subtle lift to your cheek area. Moreover, results can last for up to 2 years. It is important to note that you must be at least 21 years old to have this treatment. Side-effects tend to be temporary, generally lasting between 2 and 4 weeks. Common side-effects associated with Voluma include: tightness, swelling, tenderness, bumps/lumps, mild-to-moderate pain, bruising, redness, itchiness and/or discoloration.

What is the difference between Juvederm and Juvederm Voluma? Voluma is not only thicker; it also gives more lift to your cheeks. In fact, this dermal filler is perfect for the cheeks. Juvederm, on the other hand, not only spreads easier, it is a little softer and thinner in consistency. This dermal filler is best for lip wrinkles, marionette lines (i.e. laugh lines) and nasolabial folds (i.e. smile lines). In addition, Voluma has a better lifting capacity than Juvederm. Can Juvederm Voluma improve the appearance of your cheeks? Yes!

Benefits

  • Voluma is the only FDA-accepted hyaluronic acid filler able to instantly lift and add volume to your cheeks. Hyaluronic acid is a natural element produced by your body and found in your skin. Aging can cause you to lose hyaluronic acid, which can lead to saggy skin, fine lines, nasolabial folds and wrinkles.
  • This dermal filler is not only soft, it also produces natural results. It is important to note that Voluma is not recommended for the lips.
  • With optimal treatment, results are clinically proven to last up to two years.
  • Best of all, after 24 hours, you are able to resume your normal activities.

Precautions

  • Voluma injectable gels has not been approved for use with pregnant or breastfeeding women.
  • Voluma has not been approved for patients under the age of 35 or over the age of 65.
  • Clinical research studies have not determined whether or not Voluma is safe and effective for areas other than your cheeks.
  • It is unknown if Voluma is safe for patients who have a history of severe scarring (i.e. keloid formations and hypertrophic scarring) and pigmentation conditions. It is important to note that in these situations, Voluma can cause additional scarring and/or pigmentation changes.
  • It is unknown if repeated Voluma treatments are safe for patients who have very thin cheek skin.
  • There is a chance that the injection site will become inflamed, if chemical peeling and/or laser procedures are performed after the treatment.
  • There is a higher risk of experiencing side-effects, if you have irritated, injured, inflamed or damaged skin near the injection site.
  • Tell your plastic surgeon or dermatologist, if you are taking medications and/or treatments that reduce your body’s immune system function (i.e. immunosuppressive therapy). In this case using Voluma can increase your risk of infection.
  • Tell your plastic surgeon or dermatologist, if you are taking medications that thin your blood such as: ibuprofen, aspirin or prescribed blood thinners because Voluma may cause or worsen bruising and bleeding at the injection site.
  • Limit strenuous exercises and avoid excessive sun exposure and/or heat for the first 24 hours, after a Voluma treatment.

References:

Juvederm XC. (2014). Juvederm Voluma. Allergan. Retrieved from            http://www.juvederm.com/views/voluma/

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