Juvederm & Voluma "Fillers" Albuquerque
As we age, our faces begin to show the effects of gravity, years of facial muscle movement such as smiling, squinting, and exposure to the sun. The underlying tissues that keep our skin looking youthful begin to break down, often leaving laugh lines, smile lines, crow’s feet or facial creases over the areas where muscle movement occurs.
Injectables or soft-tissue fillers such as Juvederm, and Voluma can help fill in these lines and creases, restoring a smoother, more youthful-looking appearance. When injected beneath the skin, these injectable facial fillers plump up creased wrinkles and sunken areas of the face. They can also add fullness to the lips and cheeks. Injectable fillers like Juvederm can be used alone or in conjunction with other procedures, such as Ultherapy.
How Long will Juvedérm® last?
- Hyaluronic acids such as Juvedérm® have now become the gold standard of fillers, meaning they set the bar for which new fillers must be compared in the FDA approval process.
- Juvedérm® lasts for approximately 6 to 12 months.
- As the product is broken down in the skin, the hyaluronic acid particles attract more water, allowing consistent wrinkle correction over the life of the filler.
What are the Side Effects? Is It Safe?
- There is very little potential for reaction to hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvedérm®.
- Mild swelling and bruising are the most likely side effects following injection.
- These side effects can be minimized with proper injection technique.
What Areas Can You Treat with Juvedérm®
- A myriad of facial regions may benefit from tissue augmentation with Juvedérm®. The nasolabial folds, marionette lines, perioral area (around the mouth), cheeks, and temples can be treated with Juvedérm®.
- Small amounts of Juvedérm® can be used to accent the brow bone, augment the chin, or even treat traumatic and acne scarring.
How is Juvedérm® used in the Lip?
- Due to the smooth nature of the hyaluronic acid gel, Juvedérm® is ideal as a filler for volumizing the lips.
- Lip volume and size can be addressed, the lip border augmented, vertical lip lines improved, the corners of the mouth turned upward, and the parentheses about the mouth improved.
- Accentuation of the lips creates a pleasing facial balance. Proper and careful placement of Juvedérm® in the lips is crucial to create a youthful, slightly pouty lip with good definition.
Is The Injection Painful?
- Unlike some other filler choices, hyaluronic acid fillers are now available pre-mixed with local anesthetic, increasing comfort during injection.
- Juvedérm® XC incorporates lidocaine within the gel. Ice packs are all available to patients to increase their ease and comfort during the injectable procedure.
- An additional added benefit of hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvedérm® is their “anecdote” in case of overcorrection. Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that breaks down hyaluronic acid fillers within a matter of hours following placement.
How Do I know How Many Syringes I Will Need?
- The number of syringes a patient will need varies from person to person.
- Optimum correction usually requires between 2-4 syringes, however, some people need more.
Do I Have To Do It All At Once?
- No, many people will purchase 2 syringes at a time and come in over a 2-4 month period of time if they need additional syringes.
What is Voluma?
- Voluma is the newest hyaluronic acid filler made by Allergan (the makers of Botox and Juvederm)
- Hyaluronic acid is a common component to the second layer of the skin, and it helps provide structure to the skin.
- Voluma, as it name infers, helps provide volume to areas of the face that have deflated and become sunken over time.
- It lifts tissue, giving a true liquid facelift.
Is Voluma available in the U.S.?
- Yes! Voluma was FDA-approved for use in the U.S. Market on October 23, 2013.
- Voluma already has a good safety profile and has been approved for use in Canada and Europe.
How does Voluma differ from other hyaluronic acid products like Juvederm?
- Voluma has a much different consistency from other earlier generation products Juvederm.
- It is composed of shorter chains of hyaluronic acid with significant connections or “cross links.” In general, the more crosslinks, the greater the lifting power of a hyaluronic acid filler.
- This gives Voluma superior lifting capacity for sagging tissues compared to many other injectables.
Where can Voluma be injected?
- Voluma is approved for the midface to lift sunken cheeks and allow true facial re-volumizing.
- However, It can be used to treat other areas beyond the cheeks to fill and contour. The temples, jawline and marionette lines may benefit from the lifting and filling properties of Voluma.
Are results from Voluma immediate?
- Yes, Voluma allows immediate correction of volume deficiency in the face.
How long does Voluma last?
- As a hyaluronic acid filler product, your body breaks down Voluma naturally over time.
- According to clinical trials the filling effect of Voluma may last approximately 18 months, although individual results vary.
What are the possible side effects and downtime following Voluma placement?
- Hyaluronic acid products such as Voluma have a high level of safety in the hands of properly trained injector.
- Mild swelling and bruising are possible.
- In general, Voluma is a little to no downtime procedure.
Is Voluma reversible if I don’t like the results?
- Yes. The filling effect of Voluma can be erased if under correction is desired.
- An enzyme called hyaluronidase, can be used to breakdown unwanted deposits of hyaluronic acid including Voluma.
What is the Voluma procedure like?
- The use of Voluma is somewhat similar to other hyaluronic acid filler products. Voluma is placed more deeply than other products to reinflate deeper tissues including facial fat.
- Because of the thickness of the gel, a larger needle is used for placement. With proper technique, minimal punctures are required and pain is reduced by lidocaine incorporation into the product.
Can I use Voluma with other procedures?
- Yes, Voluma may complement the use of other cosmetic products and procedures.
- Neuromodulators that relax overactive muscles such as Botox, can be used with Voluma but may not necessarily be performed on the same visit.
- Skin tightening procedures such as Ulthera, is an excellent complement to the lifting and filling capabilities of Voluma.