As years roll by, wrinkles and fine lines begin to show as an inevitable part of aging. But, have you noticed the less obvious sagging cheeks? Experts call it as age-related midface volume loss that brings about marked changes in facial appearance. Let us take you through how Volumacan optimally contour the cheek area to create a natural, youthful face.
What is Voluma?
Voluma is a FDA-approved facial filler that is used to restore volume in cheeks and define cheekbones. It comes from the family of Juvederm and is the only approved non-surgical option to checkage-related loss of cheek fat.
It is a thick hyaluronic acid (HA)soft tissue filler. HA is a natural sugar found throughout your body, a major chunk of it found in skin. Each molecule of HA can hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water making it unique to plump your skin and improve skin texture.
What is the process?
Voluma is injected through a very fine gauge needle deep under the skin and over a larger area that leads to volumizing cheekbones and defining the jawline. All you feel is a quick pinching sensation. It is premixed with a numbing agent called lidocaine that makes the treatment comfortable for most patients. Ice may be used in some cases. You will feel mild pressure once the Voluma gel is placed under the skin. The treatment takes close to an hour. You can see instant results and resume your usual activities immediately after treatment.
Are you a good candidate for Voluma?
You should be over 21 years of age and without a history of severe allergies. If you are having minimal to moderate volume loss in midface or if you have flat/hollow cheeks due to aging, you make a right candidate for Voluma. Younger individuals who have early fat loss can expect to notice a more dramatic restoration of facial volume due to better skin elasticity while older individuals may require more filler to get optimal correction.
How long do the effects last?
Effects of Voluma are clinically proven to last as long as even two years making it a cost-effective option for shaping the cheeks. It is the only long-lasting facial filler in the market as compared to other fillers that last 6-9 months at the most.
Is Voluma safe?
Voluma was introduced in 2005 and marketed in over 70 countries. It has proven to be very safe in addition to giving good results.
Be sure to tell your provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Within the first 24 hours post treatment, avoid exposing yourself to excessive sunlight or heat and stay away from alcoholic beverages.
What are the possible side-effects?
The most commonly reported side-effects are redness, swelling, pain, tenderness, bumps, discoloration and bruising at the injection site. However, most of them are mild tomoderate that last for 2-4 weeks. There could be a risk of infection as with all skin injection treatments. As the gel is placed deep under the skin, some may experience more tenderness or soreness for a few days post treatment. Over the counter medication can easily alleviate such discomfort.
Ready to give it a try? To know if Voluma is right for natural cheek contouring, get more information with a qualified aesthetic medicine specialist.