Few substances in cosmetic medicine are as versatile as hyaluronic acid (HA), the compound used in dermal fillers. By controlling the viscosity and composition of HA, researchers have devised treatments for a wide variety of common skin problems. There’s Juvéderm®’s Vollure, a filler that’s ideal for erasing smile lines. Volbella (also developed by Juvéderm®) is designed to create a long-lasting improvement in the shape of the lips, while Juvéderm® Ultra is an excellent all-purpose wrinkle filler. For age related volume loss in the cheeks, our office uses Juvéderm® Voluma to create an instant lift and increase in tissue volume.
Restoring the fullness of the cheeks is an essential part of creating a youthful, vibrant appearance. Through the aging process, fat gradually leaves the extremities, making us look gaunt in specific areas. The loss of fat deposits on the face also accentuates loose skin (because there’s no longer enough fat present to make tissue look plump). Juvéderm® Voluma replaces this lost volume without the need for surgery. It also improves overall skin condition, smoothing pits and fine lines.
How Does Juvéderm® Voluma Work?
Like all HA-based dermal fillers, Juvéderm® Voluma has a dual mode of action: It directly increases fullness around the injection site and stimulates the production of collagen, a potent skin-firming compound. HA accomplishes this by entirely natural means; hyaluronic acid is already present in the human body, so dermal fillers like Voluma essentially add to what’s already there. They combat age-related collagen loss to treat and prevent wrinkles, hollows, and other visible signs of aging. At the same time, the thickness of HA gel provides an improvement in the contour of the cheeks. The full effects of increased collagen production, on the other hand, usually peak after two months.
What Should I Expect During My Voluma Appointment?
Dermal filler injections are considered a “lunchtime procedure” because they can be administered in about half an hour. During your dermal filler appointment, your skin will be cleansed, and a topical anesthetic will be applied to the treatment area. Your provider will then make a series of injections with a thin needle; you probably won’t even feel them while they’re happening. Once your cheeks have been contoured, you’ll be able to return to work and engage in all your normal activities. Juvéderm® Voluma treatment does not require any downtime—that’s why these injections are so popular with patients who don’t have time for facelift surgery.
Do Dermal Fillers Cause Any Side Effects?
Dermal fillers are entirely side-effect free for most patients, though it’s normal for the area around the injection site to feel a little bit tight for a few days. Rarely, patients report mild bruising, redness, tingling, or itching around the injection sites. These symptoms usually clear up on their own within a few days. If you experience any discomfort, take an over the counter pain reliever and apply a cold compress to the affected area.
Adverse reactions to dermal fillers are infrequent because HA occurs naturally within the human body. Juvéderm® Voluma is FDA approved and has been in use since 2005, so it has an extensive history of safe, satisfactory results. Still, if you have multiple severe allergies or chemical sensitivities, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor before you try any cosmetic injection.
How Long do Dermal Fillers Last?
Most patients report that their cheeks remain fuller for about one year after their injections. Improvements in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles often last for several years. If you prefer to use nonsurgical treatments to combat the signs of aging, you can choose to have your Voluma injections topped up once per year. This will ensure that your results remain consistent.
Scheduling Your Juvéderm® Voluma Consultation in Stockton
Plastic surgery creates beautiful and long-lasting results, but it isn’t for everyone. If you’re looking to erase the signs of aging without discomfort or the need for recovery time, dermal fillers are an excellent choice—especially when they’re paired with other noninvasive treatments like Botox®. To begin the process of developing a personalized skin care plan, contact our office to book your consultation in Stockton, California. We look forward to meeting you and restoring the contours of your face, simply and naturally.