Is Voluma an alternative to surgery for chin augmentation?
Chin augmentation is a surgical procedure that recontours the chin or enhances its size. This is typically accomplished through an incision inside the mouth or under the chin on the outside. A pocket is created in front of the chin bone, underneath the muscles. An implant made of silicone or other material is inserted into the pocket. This surgery carries the usual risks of anesthesia and infection. Most patients are publicly presentable in about ten days, and fully healed within three to four months. The results of chin augmentation surgery are permanent, but if the procedure sounds a little extreme, you may have a nonsurgical option.
Voluma is a subcutaneous (deep tissue) filler recently introduced into the well known family of Juvéderm products. It contains hyaluronic acid (HA) which occurs naturally in the body. The HA in Voluma is not derived from animal sources, so there is little risk of allergic reaction. HA captures and holds many times its own weight in water. That means that it adds instant volume and maintains it for up to two years.
This smooth gel formulation is approved by the FDA to restore lost volume in the cheek area. However, with vast training and experience in injectable fillers, Dr. Downie has excellent results using Voluma alone or in combination with other dermal fillers for chin augmentation. In many cases it is an ideal option for the man who wants a stronger jaw line, or to balance the proportions of a woman’s heart-shaped face by enhancing the size of a diminutive chin.
An injection session is relatively brief, and there is essentially no downtime. You may return to work or other activities after treatment. While some patients experience minor swelling or bruising at injection sites, it is typically mild and temporary and may be easily disguised with makeup. Results are long lasting, but the body gradually absorbs the HA in Voluma. Dr. Downie will recommend a retreatment schedule to maintain your attractive new profile.
If you aren’t ready for the risk, recovery time, or permanency of surgical chin augmentation, call image Dermatology® today at (973) 509-6900 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Downie. She will be happy to talk with you about exciting advances in soft tissue fillers.