What is new and exciting? Juvéderm Voluma®XC
Before/After 2cc Juvederm Voluma XC
The revolutionary way to lift the upper part of your face without undergoing surgery. The first FDA approved filler to correct midface age related or inherited soft tissue volume loss. A youthful face appears oval and elevated. As we age the contour of the face changes. the midface appears flat the skin starts to sag and the cheeks may appear hollow. Juvéderm Voluma®XC is a cross linked mixture of high and low molecular weight hyaluronic acid gels sometimes called “sugar gels” that help to lift the soft tissues upward where they began.
Results are seen at time of visit
Simple, Walk-in /Walk-out Procedure
No Downtime or Recovery
Q: So why is Voluma XC® exciting?
A: First, Juvéderm Voluma® XC has been used in many countries for several years so there is a well established safety record for this product. Secondly, this “new” injectable is similar to Juvéderm XC® however it does something that Juvéderm XC® does not do –that is it actually creates an upper facial soft tissue lift above your cheek bone (below your eyelids) as well as your cheeks.This is equivalent to an upper “liquid facelift“. The objective is to look younger but not to look different. Voluma is also particularly good as a lower eyelid filler in the “tear trough” directly below the inner corner of your lower eyelids and along your jawline.
Q: Is the injection painful?
A: No, lidocaine (like novocaine) has been mixed in with the gel so that you barely feel the injection particularly if you have had a numbing cream applied to your skin 15 minutes prior to the actual procedure. Furthermore, Dr Kopelman uses blunt tipped cannulas rather than sharp needles to inject the filler beneath the skin. This reduces your chances of bruising and in most cases dramatically reduces discomfort associated with injection of fillers.
Q: Does Voluma®XC look lumpy after the injection?
A: No, because Dr. Kopelman injects this hyaluronic gel into deep soft tissue it creates a smooth facial contour. Voluma XC allows your cheek bones and cheeks to have a softer more youthful shape. You will not be lumpy or appear “round faced” because there are specific injection sites that help lift the underlying soft tissue of your face without overfilling the natural curves of your face.
Q: How long does the procedure take to perform?
A: The entire procedure takes approximately thirty minutes or less to perform and you can resume your normal activities soon afterward.
Q: Are there any precautions to have prior to the procedure?
A: Yes, in order to minimize bruising you should stop any blood thinners such as aspirin, Plavix, Advil, Motrin, vitamin E, and fish oil a week to ten days in advance of treatment. Any patients with open wounds or inflammatory skin conditions should avoid injections with hyaluronic acid gels including Juvéderm Voluma®, Juvéderm XC®, Restylane® and Belotero®. Women who are pregnant and/or breast feeding should refrain from these elective injections. Patients on immunosuppressive therapy or immune compromised should also defer treatment until stable.
Q: What can be done if I don’t like the way it looks?
A: Most people like the improvement in their facial contours however Voluma XC can be reversed almost immediately with an enzyme called hyaluronidase. Dr. Joel E. Kopelman may inject this enzyme into any area that appears too full. This enzyme breaks down the hyaluronic acid gel so that you can easily return to your original state.
Q: Does Juvéderm Voluma® XC replace Juvéderm XC®, Restylane® or Belotero® as a filler?
A: No, “one size does not fit all”- each hyaluronic acid gel filler has a specific property that makes it ideal for particular areas of the face. Juvéderm Voluma XC® is specifically used to raise the soft tissues overlying the cheek bones and cheeks. It is not a good choice for the nasolabial lines that straddle your nose and it is not ideal for lip augmentation . For lip augmentation and “laugh lines” surrounding your mouth Dr. Kopelman prefers Juvéderm XC® because it feels and looks softer than other products.
Q: How does Juvéderm Voluma® XC compare with Sculptra®?
A: Voluma XC® is made of hyaluronic acid gel compared to Sculptra which is made of polylactic acid particles.These two products work differently.When you have Voluma® XC injected beneath your skin-“what you get is what you see” immediate correction of the flattening of your hollow cheeks and cheekbone. Sculptra®, on the other hand ,takes weeks to months to stimulate subcutaneous collagen which gradually fills and lifts the soft tissue of your face.Like Voluma ®XC it can also improve the contours of your face however Sculptra® fill in areas that JuvédermVoluma XC® cannot.Each product has distinct advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Kopelman would be pleased to discuss the pros and cons of each injectable with you. Please make an appointment today or contact our office through e-mail or directly by telephone.
Q: What other therapies beside Juvéderm Voluma® XC will give me a refreshed look?
A: You can appear years younger and healthier by combining Juvéderm Voluma® XC with other dermal fillers (like Resytylane, Juvederm, or Belotero) and botulinum toxins (like Botox, Dysport or Xeomin) along with skin-tightening procedures such as Fraxel laser skin resurfacing. Your youthful appearance can be maintained with the use of a customized skincare program that includes Retin-A and vitamin C combined with a good night sleep, a healthy diet, a regular exercise program and a positive attitude .
Q: When I exercise often my face appears gaunt and old. Will Juvéderm Voluma® XC solve this problem?
A: Long distant running and frequent exercise does lead to loss of facial fat and diminished facial volume . Now it is no longer necessary to choose between your face and your body. Juvéderm Voluma® XC can be a long term solution to restoring the volume in your hollow cheeks.
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