There are a variety of products available to assist us in decreasing the signs of aging such as lunes and wrinkles. However, the cheek area is another that often needs addressing. As time passes, the volume of the cheek area decreases, causing the cheeks to sag. Gravity begins pulling the cheeks downward toward the jaw line.
Once our faces lose contour, the signs of aging are evident. Until now, the only way to address sagging cheeks was with an actual surgical facelift. Today, there is an injectable gel that is FDA-approved for adding volume to the cheek area. This gel is called Juvederm Voluma XC. Although there are several injectable fillers available to help reduce the signs of aging, Juvederm Voluma XC is unique.
- Why is Juvederm Voluma XC unique?
Juvederm Voluma XC is the only injectable gel approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) for adding volume to make the cheek areas appear plumper. While other fillers just add volume to areas that are close to the surface of the skin, Voluma XC not only fills, but can also add contour to the face by lifting the cheeks.
- What are the ingredients in Juvederm Voluma XC?
Just like other injectable fillers, Voluma XC contains hyaluronic acid (HA). It is also formulated with the numbing agent, lidocaine.
- What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are created using long chains of sugars. These are sugars naturally occur in the skin.
- How does Voluma XC lift the cheeks?
The hyaluronic acid that is used in Juvederm Voluma XC has been cross-linked through a process called Vycross. This cross-linking provides the lifting capacity and it also slows degradation. Additionally, Juvederm Voluma XC is injected deep into the cheek, and because it is made with a thicker gel it allows the specialist to actually mold the gel directly following the injection.
- How long does it take to receive a Juvederm Voluma XC treatment?
Because Voluma XC is a non-surgical treatment, it can be completed during a single office visit.
- Does it hurt?
Chances are you will experience some discomfort; however, the numbing agent (lidocaine) is formulated into the Juvederm Voluma XC to make the treatment more comfortable.
- How long will it be before results are visible following treatment?
Results are visible right away.
- Do the results look natural?
Yes. If you experience lumps or bumps, your doctor can smooth them out. Or, since Juvederm is highly malleable, you can smooth the potential rough spots.
- How long will the results of Juvederm Voluma XC last?
Because of the cross-linking process, the results of Voluma XC can last up to two years.
- How old do you have to be to receive treatment using Juvederm Voluma XC?
Patients must be older than 21 years.
Some individuals who are treated with Juvederm Voluma XC notice that it also helps diminish some of their other fine lines and wrinkles.
If you have any questions about Juvederm Voluma XC and the process, contact us to schedule a consultation.