Answering your questions about the new facial filler called Voluma™

In October of 2013 the United States Food and Drug Administration approved a new “device” for the temporary reversal of volume loss in the mid-face related to aging. You’ve probably heard about Voluma™ in the news, but you may have additional questions about this new facial filler. I’m here to answer them.

 What is Voluma™ XC?

This is a smooth, biodegradable gel formulated with cross-linked hyaluronic acid. It is used to restore facial volume lost as part of the natural aging process.

 What is hyaluronic acid?

HA is an amazing element found naturally in connective, muscle, and nervous tissues in the body. Because it grabs and holds many times its own weight in water, it acts as a lubricant for joints and an internal moisturizer for other tissues.

How does Voluma™ work?

Over time your face loses volume underneath the skin. Fat, muscle, bone, moisture, collagen, and elastin diminish. That causes cheeks to look sunken and allows skin to sag. Using a fine needle and a completely sterile procedure I inject Voluma™ into precise areas of the mid-face where features have become angular due to lost volume. It adds instant fullness and continues to improve facial contours for about six months. The results look quite natural, and there’s virtually no downtime following an injection session.

Who is the manufacturer?

Allergan is one of the most respected names in aesthetic medicine.Voluma™ XC is the newest product in their trusted Juvéderm® line of soft tissue fillers.

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What does the XC mean?

XC stands for extra comfort. The Voluma™ formulation is infused with lidocaine, a local anesthetic. That means a more comfortable injection experience for you.

How is Voluma™ different than other soft tissue fillers?

Voluma™ is the first (and to date the only) filler approved by the FDA specifically for correction of age-related volume loss in the cheeks. It contributes to a more youthful facial profile by smoothing mid-face contours. Voluma™ is a terrific compliment to a customized rejuvenation plan including Botox®, Dysport®, other dermal fillers, and skin tightening and resurfacing techniques.

These are questions I commonly get from patients considering Voluma™, but there is much more I can tell you about this exciting new filler. Call me today at 212-593-1818 for a cosmetic consultation.

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