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Voluma Juvederm XC for Treating the Aging Face
Voluma Juvederm XC is a hyaluronic acid that is used for soft tissue augmentation in the face. It is FDA approved to restore age related volume changes in the cheeks. No wonder it is called voluma. Voluma is available to US physicians as of the fall of 2013. It has been available in Europe since 2005 and has been used worldwide in 72 countries. It is manufactured by Allergan the manufacturers of Botox, Juvederm ultra XC and Juvederm ultra plus XC. US physicians have been anxiously awaiting the FDA Clarence of this facial injectable.
As we age there is a loss of volume in the face, especially the region of the cheeks. This deflation of the mid-face is related to loss of bone and fat. When the cheeks descend, the skin envelope that drapes over the underlying bony support changes leading to facial lines and furrows. Restoration of cheek volume to the pre-aging state gives a healthy more youthful look and softens the lines between the nose and the corners of the mouth, commonly known as the parentheses lines. The use of facial fillers has been very attractive to many patients for the following reasons, it has little or no downtime, there is relative little or no discomfort, the patient experiences immediate gratification, and in many cases may delay a surgical facial procedure. Depending on the amount of correction needed to meet the patient’s expectations facial fillers and injectables can be costly. Since fillers are temporary it does require maintenance.
Voluma XC has been formulated by using Vycross technology which provides excellent lifting capacity in the regions of the cheek. It is said to last 24 months with a full correction twice as long as other hyaluronic acid products. It is formulated with lidocaine thereby reducing discomfort. The XC following the name voluma denotes the addition of lidocaine. The benefits of using Voluma allow the injector to avoid injections into underlying blood vessels. Since this injectable is a hyaluronic acid it can be removed if necessary. For its removal a product known as hyaluronadase is used, but is rarely necessary.
As with any injectable there are potential risks and complications which should be explained to you by your physician. Even non-surgical procedures carry potential risks. Complications Include but are not limited to swelling, bruising, needle marks, asymmetries, bumps , contour irregularities as well as loss of tissue, underlying nerve injury and injury to deeper structures. Fortunately complications are rare. Facial injections should be done by an experienced physician with a thorough knowledge of facial anatomy.
Voluma XC as well as Juvederm ultra XC and Juvederm ultra plus XC can be used in combination as a nonsurgical approach to facial rejuvenation. With the addition of Botox for treating lines related to motion of the upper face the results can be amazing. This nonsurgical procedure is also known as the Liquid Facelift. Please be aware, that proper patient selection, and a well thought out aesthetic plan are necessary for optimal outcomes.
Facial Fillers and injectables are not in competition with surgical procedures. Fillers and injectables are best suited to treat early signs of aging. They can also be used to enhance the results of facial cosmetic surgery. Plastic surgeons have multiple options when treating the aging face the right tool must be used in the right combination for the best outcomes.
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