Allergan, the global pharmaceutical responsible for the Juvederm line of dermal fillers, has now created a dermal filler for adding volume to the hollows in facial structure created by age and/or extreme weight loss. Juvederm Voluma is an injectable hyaluronic acid filler which restores the volume to the cheeks, cheekbones, and chin areas. It was developed to temporarily replace facial tissue volume which has been lost over time.
Juvederm Voluma: More Volume For Larger Facial Areas
While most dermal fillers are injected to smooth specific facial lines and wrinkles, Juvederm Voluma adds volume to skin tissue within the cheekbones and chin area. It does not require more injections to fill a larger area, but the way in which the substance injected is cross-linked, makes the difference. The material injected expands and molds, bringing back the contours of the face which may have been lost over time.
How Is it Made?
Juvederm Voluma is made from hyaluronic acid and cross-linked sugar chains. This material is used in other Juvederm products, but the chains in Juvederm Voluma are shorter, making the material lower in weight so that it has more lift. The particles are more uniform in size, and their oval shape make the substance easier to inject, lessening the chance of nodule formation. The increased cross-linking also makes the product last longer, with longer-lasting results seen.
How Safe Is Juvederm Voluma?
Juvederm Voluma has received preliminary Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, as being effective, but has yet to be approved by the FDA for sale in the United States. This preliminary approval was given after a two-year study, evaluating results of effectiveness and safety. Allergan is hoping to launch its new product late in 2013, and is already being used in many other countries.
Juvederm Voluma was found to last approximately eighteen months on average, and can last up to two years. The amount of time visible results lasts depended on the age, lifestyle, and physiology of the client studied. As with any dermal filler injection, results are directly related to the location injected, and the technique used. It is imperative that the client receive injections from only someone licensed and trained to do so.
The Injection Procedure
The Voluma injection follows many other dermal filler procedures. The process takes from 15-30 minutes. Depending on the circumstances, the professional may massage the area in order to distribute evenly, and may also apply ice to minimize any swelling, bruising, or inflammation. The area injected is likely to discolor, bruise, or swell for one or two days, but will subside on its own.
Any Dermal injection is not recommended for those who are pregnant or under 18 years of age. Medications which contain blood thinners are discussed and possibly discontinued before injections. There is a lower incidence of adverse reactions to Juvederm Voluma, but if you are allergic to hyaluronic acid or any other substances, they should be discussed with the professional, before injections take place. The average cost per injection is estimated at 500-600 dollars, but depends on the professional administering them, and the area and number of injections.
Is Juvederm Voluma For You?
Juvederm Voluma’s best feature is that it is a dermal filler for adding volume to facial tissue on a larger scale. If your facial contour has been lost because of hollowed cheeks, Juvederm Voluma works to add volume to your existing facial tissue, and wrinkles therefore smooth in the process. It does seem to provide immediate and longer-lasting results according to preliminary studies. Because of the formula used, Juvederm Voluma can give a more even and natural-looking difference without feeling bumpy from nodules that often form from thicker fillers.
This product, as with all other fillers, only works well with a certified professional injecting the product. There is no down time associated with Juvederm Voluma injections, but side effects do occur. These can be minimized by researching your professional’s experience with facial injections, and discussing any medications taken and allergies that you may have prior to injections. Follow up assessments should be scheduled 2-4 weeks following injections, and Voluma is only a temporary filler.