As we age, volume loss leads to loose skin, wrinkles, drooping, and sagging. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC provides immediate correction of volume loss in the cheeks and midface, lifting and filling the face to create a natural, youthful look. Manufactured by Allergan, the makers of Botox Cosmetic, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is the only FDA-approved volume replacement therapy for use in the cheeks and cheekbone areas.
Like all dermal filler products, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is a hyaluronic acid filler. Hyaluronic acid is the natural moisturizer that exists in our skin but diminishes with age. By replacing this component in the skin, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is able to restore the firm, plump look of young skin in a way that looks natural and doesn’t harm the body.
As the face ages, bone volume decreases, connective tissues loosen and fade, fat deposits droop and pool, and wrinkles and folds are magnified by this downward shift. In your 30s and 40s this shift begins as the fat deposits, once high atop your cheekbones, drift down into your cheeks and jawline, accentuating any nasolabial folds and marionette lines. Later in your 50s—especially in women who are undergoing major hormonal shifts—the structure that connects fat to bone further diminishes, creating cheek hollows, under-eye grooves, and jawline drooping. Simultaneously, these hormonal changes slow cell turnover rates, creating additional skin wrinkles and folds. Finally, in your 70s and beyond, drooping, pooling and sagging have occurred in multiple locations across the face, compounding the wrinkles and folds that now form more readily, as your skin has now lost 30% of the moisture it once had.
It is remarkable the effect a fuller, higher cheekbone can have on diminishing and reversing the aging process. The volume increase across the face lifts sunken cheek hollows, nasolabial folds, marionette lines, chin, jowls, and droops.
How is JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC different from other fillers?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, like all of the dermal filler products, is a hyaluronic acid filler that works by replacing the volume lost with age. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is unique in its thicker formulation and injection technique, which places the product deeper, next to the cheekbone.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is the only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler to instantly add volume to the cheekbone area. Unlike most fillers, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is not meant to correct wrinkles and lines directly. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is not injected into wrinkles as most dermal fillers are, but rather the volume added to the high cheek area lifts and plumps skin throughout the mid and lower face. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC does not address any volume loss above the high cheek area.
How does JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC work?
Injected deep into the face directly above the cheekbones, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC replaces volume lost due to bone absorption, connective tissue loss, flaccidity, and fatty deposit migration. By replacing volume in the cheek contours, JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, lifts, and smoothes the skin in the lower and mid face, eliminating wrinkles and folds in the nasolabial and marionette line areas, replenishing hollows, lifting jowls and the chin.
According to clinical studies, you can expect long-lasting results for up to 2 years.
How is JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injected? Will it hurt to have JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injected?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC comes in pre-filled syringes which are used to inject the product. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is placed deeper in the face, right next to the cheekbones, and thus, we limit this procedure to our board certified plastic surgeon, dermatologist and specially-trained physician assistants. The injection is a quick in-office procedure which allows for you to immediately return to work and other normal activities.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC comes pre-mixed with lidocaine for patient comfort. Lidocaine will numb the area during and after the injections, minimizing discomfort.
How much JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC will I need to have injected?
Most patients use 1-3 syringes to achieve a lifted, full look. However, each individual is different and a consultation with one of our providers will give you the necessary information so that you can make an informed decision regarding your aesthetic goals.
How much does JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC cost?
Our practice prices fillers by syringe, with discounts given on additional syringes used at the same appointment. A specific quote will provided at your consultation based upon your specific needs and goals.
How should I prepare for JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injections?
Start with a complimentary consultation with our providers. If you wish to have injections the same day as your consultation, you can further prepare, starting a week before, by avoiding excess sun and stopping any over-the-counter medications and vitamins that can increase the risk of bleeding (such as St. John’s wort, vitamin E, aspirin, ibuprofen, etc).
You’ll have to remove any makeup before JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is injected, but it can be re-applied directly after the treatment. We are happy to provide makeup remover and have mirrors available in each procedure room for patient ease and comfort.
What is the difference between JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC and other dermal fillers?
There are many dermal fillers available for adding volume to areas of noticeable loss on the face which include Restylane, Perlane and Juvederm. Fillers made of hyaluronic acid, an ingredient natural to the skin, are generally used to fill in folds and deep wrinkles for six to nine months. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is the only hyaluronic acid filler that is used to add volume for up to two years. The reason for its volumizing effect and longevity is the unique cross-linking of hyaluronic acid within the filler.
What should I expect after my JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC treatment?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC’s instant effects are not generally accompanied by any side effects. Most patients are able to resume their normal activities immediately after their injection appointment. As with all dermal fillers, the most commonly reported side effects are swelling, stinging, bleeding, bruising and itching at the injection site, with most resolving naturally in less than 24 hours. You should avoid strenuous exercise and alcoholic beverages the day of injection, as well as excessive sun or heat exposure.
How long will my JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC treatment last?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC lasts two years, but it is not a permanent solution.
What else should I know about JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC?
Unlike so many other fillers, in the case of over-filling with JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, there is an antidote of sorts in Hyaluronidase, which can dissolve the Hyaluronic Acid. Our providers tend to underfill rather than overdo it, and so we offer touch-up appointments for patients to come back and use their remaining product to be sure patients have achieved full correction after the product has taken full effect.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is manufactured by Allergan, the same company that manufactures Botox Cosmetic, Latisse, and Natrelle breast implants, as well as many other pharmaceuticals and products. With such a renowned manufacturer, you know the quality and safety with which JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is made and provided. Our office also offer Brilliant Distinctions, a loyalty rewards program that can help you afford all of your cosmetic treatments and products.
For more information on this product, please view our downloadable patient brochure, by clicking the following link: JUVEDERM_Voluma_XC_Patient_Brochure.pdf. To schedule your JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC appointment, call Premier Plastic Surgery & Dermatology in Pittsburgh, PA at 412-835-5550 or Wexford at 724-933-1800. We’re happy to serve women and men from across Pittsburgh and Wexford, as well as Butler and other cities in the region.