When you think of facial aging, what comes to mind? Many people think of wrinkles, fine lines and a change in the quality and texture of the skin. However, changes in fat distribution on the face also contribute to signs of aging. As you get older, the fat that keeps your cheeks and the under-eye area firm and youthful begins to shift and change. Fat loss makes the cheeks and eye area look sunken or hollow. To help restore volume to the face, the Glasgold Group offers Juvéderm Voluma, the first non-surgical, injectable treatment to be FDA-approved for this purpose.
What is Voluma?
Juvéderm Voluma is an FDA-approved injectable dermal filler designed to restore lost facial volume. It’s a member of the Juvéderm family, a range of injectables made from hyaluronic acid. Other products in the Juvéderm family include Juvéderm XC and Vollure.
Although each filler contains the same active ingredient, the formulation is different. Voluma XC consists of a modified form of hyaluronic acid. It’s a thick, viscous gel that has a nice flow. The viscosity of the gel allows surgeons to use it to sculpt and volumize the cheek area.
The FDA approved Voluma XC as a cheek filler and a non-surgical treatment for volume loss in the mid-face area in 2013. During treatment with Voluma at the Glasgold Group in New Jersey, our surgeons can inject the filler into three distinct areas of the cheeks: the hollow, the apex, and the apple. Voluma is appropriate for adults over the age of 21 who have signs of facial aging and volume loss in the cheeks.
Procedure Before and After Photos
* Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
Ideal Candidates for Voluma XC
The ideal candidate for Juvéderm Voluma is a person who has experienced a loss of volume in the cheek area and wants to restore that volume instantly, without surgery. Candidates for Voluma should be at least 21 and should be in good health.
During a consultation for Voluma injections at the Glasgold Group in South Jersey, Dr. Mark Glasgold or Dr. Robert Glasgold will ask you questions about your medical history and current health to see if you’re a good candidate for the treatment. They’ll also evaluate the degree of volume loss and other signs of aging affecting your face to help you choose the procedure that’s best for you.
Your Voluma Consultation in Princeton, New Jersey
Your consultation with the plastic surgeons at the Glasgold Group is an opportunity for you to learn more about Voluma and any other non-surgical treatments you might want to consider. It’s also a chance for our surgeons to get to know you and to learn more about your health and medical history, your expectations, and your goals for the treatment.
During the consultation, Dr. Robert Glasgold or Dr. Mark Glasgold will examine your face to determine which areas of the cheek would benefit from Voluma. They’ll explain the injection process to you in more detail, including the type of anesthetic they’ll use to improve comfort during treatment. They’ll also give you an idea of what you should and shouldn’t do immediately after the injections and how long you can expect the results to last.
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Preparing for Juvéderm Voluma
The plastic surgeons at the Glasgold Group will give you specific instructions to help you prepare for cheek filler treatments. Although the preparation requirements aren’t as rigorous as they might be for a surgical procedure, following the instructions you receive is essential for helping to reduce the risk of problems or complications after your treatment.
For example, you’ll most likely be asked to avoid taking certain medications for a few days or weeks beforehand, such as ibuprofen or aspirin. It’s also a good idea to avoid vitamin E and certain herbs or supplements in the days before the injections. Some medicines, vitamins, and supplements increase your risk of bruising or bleeding after treatment.
You might also want to avoid drinking alcohol for a few days before Voluma. If possible, don’t wax or pluck hair from the treatment area starting a few days before the injection session.
If you have any questions about what you need to do to prepare for Voluma XC, feel free to ask your surgeon.
The Juvéderm Voluma Procedure
The actual Juvéderm Voluma procedure is usually very quick. Treatment typically takes about 20 minutes. The injectable contains lidocaine, which helps to improve your comfort during treatment. If you’re concerned about additional discomfort, you can ask your surgeon about possible anesthetic options, such as a topical numbing cream.
Dr. Robert Glasgold and Dr. Mark Glasgold use a very fine-tipped needle when injecting Voluma. The small size of the needle helps to improve your comfort. They’ll inject Voluma deep into the tissues of the mid-face area.
How many injections they will perform and how many syringes of Voluma they’ll use will depend on the amount of volume loss you’ve experienced. If you’re just beginning to show signs of facial aging and fat loss, you’ll need fewer syringes compared to someone who has more significant volume loss.
What To Expect After Voluma Treatment
Voluma provides results that are instantly visible. Right after the treatment, you’ll be able to look in the mirror and see improved facial contours and a reduction in signs of aging.
No recovery time is needed after Voluma, so you’ll be able to go back to work and most other activities immediately. However, you might want to avoid exercise or working out for a day (or for as long as recommended by your surgeon).
The plastic surgeons at the Glasgold Group will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to help you care for the treatment area after Voluma. You might want to apply a cold compress to reduce bruising and swelling. It’s also usually recommended that you avoid sleeping on your side or stomach for several days after getting Voluma.
Voluma Side Effects and Risks
Like any other non-surgical cosmetic treatment, there is the potential for side effects after Voluma. The injectable also has some risks. Following your surgeon’s instructions before and after treatment will help to minimize your risks and reduce the likelihood of side effects, such as lumps and bruising.
It is possible to experience a reaction to Voluma, especially if you are allergic to lidocaine or have had a negative reaction to other fillers made with hyaluronic acid in the past. If you’ve ever had any sensitivities to these ingredients, let your plastic surgeon know.
What Other Juvéderm Options Are Available?
Voluma is a member of the Juvéderm family of dermal fillers. Other fillers in the Juvéderm family include Vollure, which reduces the appearance of laugh lines, and Volbella, which adds volume to the lips.
You can combine Voluma with other dermal fillers or with other types of non-surgical wrinkle treatments, such as Botox or Dysport. If you’re interested in multiple injectables, talk to the surgeons at the Glasgold Group to learn more about which options are best for you.
FAQs about Voluma
Juvéderm Voluma provides long-lasting results. In fact, it’s one of the long-lasting dermal fillers available today. Depending on how your body reacts to and metabolizes the filler, results can last anywhere from 18 months to 2 years.
Patients over the age of 21 may be good candidates for Voluma. Whether you have volume loss and the degree of volume loss determines whether Voluma is right for you, more than your age in years. In some cases, a different treatment, such as facial implants or a facelift, might be more appropriate.
Pricing for Juvéderm Voluma and other injectables is based on the number of syringes used. The more syringes you need, the higher the Voluma XC cost.
Allergan, the company that produces Voluma and other Juvéderm products, offers a rewards program. As part of the program, you can earn points that can be used for discounts and special offers.
The main ingredient in Voluma and in many other dermal fillers is hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a type of sugar that the body naturally produces. It helps to plump up the skin and provides volume. It also provides cushioning for the joints and eyes.
As you get older, your body produces less and less HA, which is one factor that contributes to the development of wrinkles and volume loss. Injectable fillers like Voluma help to restore lost HA.
The number of syringes the surgeons at the Glasgold Group will use during treatment depends on a number of factors. On average, a surgeon might use two to four syringes during treatment. The greater the level of volume loss, the more syringes you might need to get the results you want.
If you live near Princeton, NJ, The Glasgold Group offers Voluma among its services and is conveniently located at 4390 US-1 #100, Princeton, NJ 08540.
Many people find that treatment with Juvéderm Voluma isn’t painful, for a few reasons. The needles used to inject the filler are very fine, which helps to reduce discomfort. Additionally, Voluma XC contains lidocaine, a numbing agent. The lidocaine helps to improve comfort during treatment. Your surgeon might also apply a topical anesthetic or use ice to further improve your comfort.
Sculptra is another injectable that can restore volume to the cheeks. It’s different from Juvéderm Voluma in several ways. The main ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid, not hyaluronic acid. The two injectables also work differently. While Voluma provides instant results, Sculptra provides a more delayed reaction and long-term results. The injectable stimulates collagen production in the cheeks. It can often take a few weeks for results to appear after Sculptra. Additionally, many people need multiple treatment sessions to get satisfactory results with Sculptra.
Bumps and lumps in the treatment area can be a side effect after treatment with Voluma and are not necessarily a sign that something has gone wrong. Gentle massage in the days after your injection will help to reduce the bumps and feelings of lumpiness. Immediately after the injection, your plastic surgeon will massage the area to help smooth it out.
Two years might seem a long time to wait, especially if you aren’t happy with the results of Voluma. Fortunately, there is the option of reversing the process, if needed. Your plastic surgeon can inject an enzyme, hyaluronidase, that will dissolve the HA, undoing the treatment.
Schedule Your Voluma Treatment in New Jersey Today
The Glasgold Group are a premier plastic surgery and cosmetic treatment practice in South Jersey, serving patients in Princeton, Trenton, Howell, Freehold, Marlboro, and beyond. To learn more about the benefits of Juvéderm Voluma, contact our practice today at 732-846-6540 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mark or Dr. Robert Glasgold.
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