What to expect from Voluma treatment – step by step guide
Juvéderm Voluma is an award-winning line of dermal fillers, produced by Allergan, the same company behind Botox. It is formulated to address signs of aging such as sagging skin or flattened cheeks. Dr. Jeanine Downie of Image Dermatology in Montclair, NJ is not only an internationally known Voluma injector, but also a patient herself. She uses it to maintain facial volume and slow the aging process.
Many patients who seek out Dr. Downie’s expertise ask about the basics of Voluma treatment, such as how it is injected, how soon results develop, and how long it will last. Below is a step-by-step guide to how to prepare, what to expect during the procedure, aftercare, and long-term maintenance.
Consultation and treatment planning
The first step is determining if you are a suitable candidate. Like other Juvéderm fillers, Voluma is made with hyaluronic acid, which is highly biocompatible because it naturally exists in the human body. It is safe for most adults, except for those who are allergic to lidocaine, or certain types of proteins.
Dr. Downie will help you choose the best treatment option, based on your aesthetic needs and potential medical considerations. It is important to communicate your concerns and goals for treatment. Tell Dr. Downie which areas of your face bother you, what you envision yourself looking like after treatment, and any other dermatological concerns that you would like to address.
Dr. Downie will choose precision locations for Juvéderm injections, based on your discussed treatment plan. Many patients are surprised to learn that in many cases, the product is not injected directly in the problem area. This is because volume loss in one area of the face can impact other areas. This is especially true of deflation in the upper face, which leads to sagging and folds in the lower face.
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Voluma injections – the procedure and recovery
When you arrive for treatment, we will begin by cleansing the skin to remove any cosmetics or toxins on the skin’s surface. Juvéderm Voluma is then administered, usually in several small injections at specific, pre-determined locations. The exact placement and amount of Voluma will depend on your needs.
You will likely feel a poking sensation, as the injection begins, but the needle is quite small, so most patients do not consider it painful. All Juvéderm products designated with “XC” contain a small amount of lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic. Therefore, Voluma actually numbs the area as it is injected, making treatment especially comfortable.
Like other dermal fillers used at Image Dermatology, Voluma has minimal risk of complication and no downtime at all. The most common side effects include bruising and swelling, which should fade away after a few days to a week. These effects are generally mild but can have a cosmetic impact. Swelling causes some patients to worry that they’ve been overfilled, or that their facial contours are not as well defined as hoped. However, the final result is revealed as swelling subsides.
Benefits of Voluma treatment
Voluma is one of our most popular dermal fillers, with a number of unique benefits. It is formulated to be thicker and more resilient than most formulas, which provides a distinct advantage in deep injections. The deeper a product is injected, the greater pressure it will be subjected to by surrounding tissue. Therefore, many products are at risk of being displaced, and tend to be very short lived. The consistency and viscosity of Voluma makes it ideal for these hard to treat areas. The benefits of treatment include:
- Beautiful results that may last as long as 18 months
- Approved by the FDA for volume loss in the cheek area associated with age
- Ideal for adding deep tissue volume in areas such as the chin, cheeks, and nose
- The inclusion of lidocaine makes injections particularly comfortable
- Voluma may be used alone, or in conjunction with other dermal fillers, or with other anti-aging treatments
- When you choose Image Dermatology, you will benefit from Dr. Downie’s extensive experience and expertise in nonsurgical antiaging procedures
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