Evaluate cost of fillers like Voluma compared surgical alternatives

There are a number of soft tissue fillers available in the Essex Fells area. Each has a slightly different formulation and is appropriate for a specific area of the face or type of rejuvenation. Until recently, though, no dermal filler was approved by the FDA for use in the cheek area. Juvederm changed that with the introduction of Voluma. It is designed and approved specifically to restore youthful volume to the cheeks and mid-face, for smooth contours rather than harsh angles. Dr. Jeanine Downie encourages patients of image Dermatology ® P.C. to consider the value of Voluma treatments compared to the surgical alternative. Dr. Downie has used Voluma on label in the cheeks and off label in the hands to make them look less thin and bony and in the chin to round out so it does not look pointy or sagging.

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Cheek augmentation surgery

The plastic surgery procedure called cheek augmentation is intended to emphasize this area of the face. Cheek bones are sometimes grooved for better integration. Then prosthetics of various shapes, made of a solid form of silicone or polyethylene, are implanted through an incision above the gum line (intraoral) or near the eye. Whether the procedure is performed alone or in conjunction with face lift, it involves anesthetic, cutting, a substantial recovery period, and usual surgical risks such as infection and scarring. Whether you love the results . . . or not . . . they are permanent. Average cost is in the range of $4,000 – $7,000 or more. Dr. Downie does not do cheek implants, as she almost never recommends them.

The Voluma difference

Envision a treatment that beautifully supplements the upper cheek area (apex and apple) and restores lost volume to hollows beneath the cheek bones for a more youthful profile. Imagine that it takes just a few injections at the doctor’s office, with a safe, FDA-approved product and virtually no downtime. Think about the benefits of combining this method with others like Botox, additional dermal fillers, and skin rejuvenation techniques. Consider the value of on-going collagen stimulation for results that look natural and last about two years. Now you have an idea of the Voluma difference.

Dr. Downie customizes Voluma treatment for every patient, intuitively sculpting beautiful cheeks with expertise in the differences between male and female profiles. For this reason, cost of treatment is also individualized. However, it is safe to say that the benefits of treatment, reduced risk, and cost make Voluma a great value compared to surgical alternatives.

At image Dermatology ® P.C., your image is Dr. Downie’s priority. Call (973) 509-6900 today to schedule a consultation.

Dr. Jeanine Downie is an experienced and popular dermatologist in Montclair. She possesses extensive experience and training in all aspects of dermatology, including cosmetic dermatology and laser surgery. Dr. Downie provides modern and cutting-edge dermatology treatments to everyone in your family in a professional, competent and compassionate manner while ensuring that your individual and unique needs are met. Having received rigorous academic training, she completed her residency in Dermatology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City and also served as Chief Resident. She continues to upgrade her skills set and share her knowledge through professional affiliations and lecturing assignments on behalf of several renowned medical societies such as The Skin Cancer Foundation and The American Academy of Dermatology, among others. She also frequently interacts with the public through popular television shows such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, and The Dr. Oz Show, to name a few.

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