Q. What is Voluma?
A. Voluma (formally known as Juvederm Voluma XC) is a hyaluronic acid (HA) injectable gel that is FDA-approved to add volume to the cheeks. It’s the newest filler in the Juvederm family of products. But Voluma has been used in Europe since 2005 and has been used in over 70 countries worldwide. It’s formulated with lidocaine, a numbing medicine, to give you a more comfortable experience.
Q. What makes Voluma different from other fillers?
A. Voluma is the first filler formulated with lidocaine that is FDA approved to replace volume loss in the cheeks. There are other fillers used for the cheeks, but Voluma is one that is known as an HA fillers, or hyaluronic acid filler. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring compound found in our bodies, mostly in our joints, eyes, and skin. Voluma is made with a special cross-linking technology, called Vycross, which makes Voluma unique in its lifting capacity. This special cross-linking also makes Voluma last almost twice as long as other fillers up to 2 years.
Q. What is the Voluma procedure like?
A. Voluma is an injectable filler, so the procedure is much like that of any other filler. Ice is typically used to numb the treatment area. Voluma is pre-mixed with lidocaine, a numbing medicine, so the procedure is fairly comfortable. the procedure is done gently with a very tiny needle. Photos will be taken before and after your treatment, so you can appreciate your instant results.
Q. How long do Voluma results last?
A. Voluma results last up to 2 years. And you see your results instantly.
Q. Is there any downtime after a Voluma treatment?
A. You can return to normal activities right after your Voluma treatment. There may be some bruising or slight swelling, which can last for 7-10 days, but this is usually mild. If you are concerned about bruising, ask our office about arnica. Also, be sure to stop taking Vitamin E, aspirin, and other products that increase the risk of bruising, for about 3 days prior to your treatment.
Q. Who is a good candidate for Voluma?
A. Voluma is meant to replace volume lost due to age, but it’s also great for younger men and women who don’t have well-defined cheekbones. Nearly anyone who needs cheek or midface volume restoration could benefit from treatment with Voluma. With enough filling, and with the right combination of fillers, you can expect to see a tighter jawline and neck, as well as less hollowing in the under-eye area.
Q. Can Voluma be combined with other treatments?
A. YES, and it often is! Nurse Claire often uses other fillers at the same time as Voluma. For instance, Voluma isn’t a good filler for the lips, so Juvederm or Restylane or Restylane Silk might be used at the same time Voluma is used in the cheeks. Or you might have a facial skin treatment done at the same time as your Voluma.
Q. What else should I know about Voluma?
A. Voluma is a part of the Allergan Brilliant Distinctions Program, so you can earn and redeem points for every treatment.