It might not be hot news right now, but Voluma has certainly stood the test of time. And like fine wine and gourmet cheese, sometimes the oldies are the goodies. So, if you’re thinking of trying out dermal fillers and wondering if Voluma might be the right choice for you, here are ten facts to float your boat…
1. From injectable giants, Allergan and part of the Juvéderm family of fillers, Voluma was first introduced to Europe in 2005 and became the first non-surgical, hyaluronic acid filler to be FDA-approved for filling and plumping hollowed cheeks for adults over the age of 21. While most fillers are used to treat wrinkles, Voluma is actually for volumizing. Come on, the clue was right there in the name.
2. Unlike synthetic fillers, HA fillers involve the use of a viscous fluid derived from a hyaluronic acid compound. Hyaluronic acid fillers are reabsorbed by the body and typically don’t cause adverse reactions because they boast the same chemical and molecular structure as hyaluronan, an enzyme that’s already present in your body.
3. As with Juvéderm Vollure and Volbella, Voluma contains a proprietary cross-linking technology called Vycross. Vycross technology stabilizes the filler molecules and gives it a certain thickness which prevents the body from breaking it down too quickly. This means it’s able to provide more lift… and for longer.
4. While Voluma’s benefits can last for up to 18-24 months, most people gain the best results from 12 monthly top-ups. Still, this is a helluva lot longer than most fillers which usually offer results somewhere between six and nine months.
5. Although it’s typically around 50 percent more expensive than other HA fillers, Voluma’s long-lasting results far outweigh the extra few dollars. Also, a little goes a long way, so oftentimes just one or two syringes is sufficient for outstanding results.
6. Voluma is injected slightly deeper into the face than many other HA fillers, so it’s vital you only ever employ a super-experienced injector who’s intimately familiar with both the product and your facial anatomy.
7. While specifically indicated for adding volume to the cheeks, Voluma can also be used for any kind of mid-facial rejuvenation such as nose definition. It’s also used in certain practices to add volume to the temples.
8. Also known as the ‘liquid facelift,’ a Voluma procedure takes about 15-20 minutes and includes its own numbing treatment, lidocaine, to make the experience more comfortable. If you still have concerns about pain, your injector can also offer additional pre-procedure options, so always ask beforehand.
9. Similar to most fillers ,when administered correctly and proficiently by a board-certified injector, the risks and side-effects of Voluma are minimal. You may be numb for one to three hours following injection, and minimal bruising, swelling, itching and/or redness may occur, but all this should clear within two-four weeks.
10. Most FDA-approved injectables are available as part of HintMD’s personalized beauty memberships and are enjoyed by many of our patients. And Voluma is no exception. With an easy-to-follow schedule and a low monthly payment, a customized beauty program is the future for maintaining your absolute best self. Check out our homepage for further information on how you can sign up and join our family.