Juvederm® Voluma™ XC
Juvederm® Voluma™ XC for Cheek Volume
Juvederm® Voluma™ XC is a hyaluronic acid filler used by California Skin Institute providers to help patients increase facial volume, especially in the cheeks. As people age, it is common for the cheek areas to lose volume, causing the face to appear hollow, and lead to sagging skin. This flattening and subsequent drooping of the skin can drastically change how you look and even create a sickly appearance. At California Skin Institute we help patients with this problem on a regular basis, and offer Juvederm® Voluma™ XC as a treatment option, in addition to several other techniques to bring back volume to the cheeks.
What is Juvederm® Voluma™ XC
Juvederm® Voluma™ XC is the first and only FDA-approved, non-surgical option to almost instantly correct volume loss in the cheek area related to age, in adults age 21 and over. The filler is an injectable gel that is easily situated under the skin, and can even be molded immediately after injection to achieve a natural shape of the cheeks.
California Skin Institute was one of the first practices in this country to offer Juvederm® Voluma™ XC with our master injectors, who have extensive experience in a wide range of dermal fillers and injection treatments.
How Juvederm® Voluma™ XC Works
Juvederm® Voluma™ XC is one of several dermal filler options we use at California Skin Institute to address age-related changes in the cheeks, because the procedure can almost instantly provide visible improvement; adding volume under the skin, thus giving a more youthful appearance to the face.
This dermal filler is a gel formulated with hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally in the human body, but in lower concentrations. When injected into the skin, the gel provides immediate volume to the cheeks which helps in several ways.
Firstly, the added volume gives the face a more balanced, youthful contour. Secondly, the added volume helps support any sagging skin in the area, which makes the skin look more supple.
As Juvederm® Voluma™ XC is broken down by your body over time, the hyaluronic acid in this filler keeps attracting moisture to the area, which helps retain the improvements much longer.
What Juvederm® Voluma™ XC Treats
Juvederm® Voluma™ XC is primarily used by California Skin Institute providers to help patients improve the appearance of hollow, sagging cheeks. To understand how Juvederm® Voluma™ XC works, it’s important to consider why some individuals develop the appearance of hollow cheeks.
Your skin derives much of its strength and elasticity from collagen and elastin proteins, which create a tight network of fibers that help your skin snap back into place if it is pulled or pinched. With age, however, your body produces less of these proteins, causing your skin to become weaker, because the fiber network loses its strength. Fatty tissues under the skin also lose volume with age, causing skin to lose support.
The combined effects of protein deterioration, fatty tissue loss and the natural pull of gravity eventually lead to sagging skin.
How Long Does Juvederm® Voluma™ XC Last?
You will notice improvements from Juvederm® Voluma™ XC immediately after treatment and will leave the office with significantly improved volume in the cheeks. The improvements aren’t just natural-looking, but also long-lasting; with positive outcomes being reported up to 1 year after treatment, with optimal treatment.1
What to Expect During Juvederm® Voluma™ XC Treatment
California Skin Institute providers are experts at administering Juvederm® Voluma™ XC with natural-looking outcomes. When you visit us for a consultation, your provider will study your facial structure and create a custom treatment plan that will achieve improvements that interplay with your other facial features.
Our goal isn’t to just improve the volume, but to make sure that your face looks balanced.
A small needle will then be used to inject the Juvederm® Voluma™ XC filler into your cheeks, and your California Skin Institute provider may use his or her fingers to further sculpt the filler once it is inside the cheeks, before it settles in. This will ensure that your cheeks have smooth transition lines from your temples and the areas under your eyes.
Does Juvederm® Voluma™ XC Hurt?
Here at California Skin Institute, most of our patients have found the procedure to be very comfortable, with relatively little recovery or downtime; yielding nearly-instant improvements that patients will notice before leaving our office.
Further, Juvederm® Voluma™ XC contains lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic that makes the procedure even more comfortable for our patients.
To learn more about Juvederm® Voluma™, call a California Skin Institute practice near you or find a location near you and request a consultation!
References: 1. Long-term efficacy, safety and durability of Juvéderm® XC. Annelyse C Ballin, Alex Cazzaniga, and Fredric S Brandt. 2013
Treatment results will vary, talk to a practitioner to see if this treatment or procedure is right for you.