The art of plastic surgery and cosmetic treatments is always evolving, and we continue to make progress in our approaches to aging. For instance, the focus on facial volume loss has only just begun in the last few years, but it is an important aspect of facial rejuvenation for many people. Along with this improved knowledge comes improved technology and products to help slow down the process as much as possible and provide versatile options for patients who want to look younger. Fortunately, there is a non-invasive method for subtly improving facial volume: Juvederm Voluma.

The Effects of Volume Loss

As we age, collagen loss begins to take place. Collagen is an essential protein in the skin that gives structure and support. Collagen loss starts to make the skin sag over time, at the same time as fat loss can start occurring in the face. The combined effect of these changes makes for a sunken, sagging, and often hollow look to the face. The cheek area has a huge impact on the look of the face, and aging in this area can make the whole face appear tired and aged.

What Is Juvederm Voluma?

Juvederm Voluma is a new, FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that is used to replace some of the lost material in the face for a refreshed and youthful look. It is similar to many other soft tissue fillers, but with some notable differences. Voluma is specifically formulated to target the cheek area and combat facial volume loss. While most other fillers focus on static wrinkles, Voluma is used to provide subtle volume, lift, and contour to the cheek and cheekbone areas.

The Treatment

As with other facial fillers, Voluma is an injectable treatment that involves little to no risk, downtime, or discomfort. The formula is smooth, and is designed to provide a comfortable experience, though patients can request local anesthetic if needed. The skill of the plastic surgeon providing the treatment also affects how comfortable the procedure is. The injection process is quick, lasting only about 15 to 30 minutes. The only common side effects are mild bruising, redness, and swelling, which typically subside within two to seven days. No downtime is needed following the procedure, and patients can expect results to last as long as 18 months.

Is It Right for You?

Juvederm Voluma is a great option for many patients experiencing facial volume loss in the cheek area, due to the gentle and effective nature of the treatment, but it is not the right option for everyone. Some patients may want to pursue longer-lasting results with a surgical procedure such as a cheek lift or mini facelift. Allergic reactions to Voluma are very rare, but they are not unheard of, and can make a patient ineligible for the treatment. The treatment is also quite expensive for an injectable filler, and may not be cost-effective for some patients. Only you and a plastic surgeon can determine whether or not Voluma is appropriate for you.

Finding a Provider

Because Voluma is a newer product, it is not as widespread as some hyaluronic acid fillers. It is important to find a facial plastic surgeon who has the skills and knowledge to give patients consistently good outcomes. Though the procedure itself is straightforward, technique is important for optimizing results. Dr. Rami K. Batniji is a renowned facial plastic surgeon in the Newport Beach (949-650-8882) and Beverly Hills (310-467-2180), CA area, offering patients Voluma treatments, as well as a range of other fillers, facial treatments, and the best in facial plastic surgery. Call either location today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Batniji.