As you get older, you may notice volume loss in your cheeks. That’s because your body’s production of hyaluronic acid reduces as you age. Still, no one wants to trade wrinkles for an unnatural look. At E Med Spa in El Cajon, CA, we offer the first FDA-approved volumizing filler, Juvederm Voluma XC, allowing you to turn back the hands of time naturally and beautifully.
Understanding Volume Loss
As you age, you experience volume and bone loss in your cheekbones, which leads to sagging skin and smile lines. Juvederm Voluma XC acts as a scaffolding for the skin, providing the padding and support needed. It also eliminates the need to use other fillers to fill in smile lines.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Our bodies naturally produce hyaluronic acid. It is a gel-like substance that holds moisture, giving your cheeks that smooth, plump, and vibrant look. Hyaluronic acid plays other essential roles in your body.
- A lubricating agent for our joints
- Aids in skin repair
- Plays a part in collagen production
- Helps the body fight free radicals
- Has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
Your body produces about 15 grams of hyaluronic acid at its peak. About one-third of the production is synthesized daily. As you get older, your production drastically reduces, which affects the aging process. Fortunately, you can ingest and inject hyaluronic acid.
What Is Juvederm Voluma XC?
Juvederm Voluma XC is a hyaluronic acid injectable gel specifically made to add volume in the cheek area. It is the latest addition to the Allergan family. Voluma not only restores volume, but it also provides a lifting effect. Furthermore, it is not prone to swelling like other fillers.
Other fillers can give you an overdone look when used to fill in smile lines. Voluma does as the name indicates; it fills the cheekbones and smooths out the smile lines, giving you a natural-looking result.
What Are Its Uses?
Juvederm Voluma is injected deep into the treatment site. The hyaluronic acid, elastin, and collagen work together to improve your cheek structure and elasticity. Your face transform from looking sunken in and rundown to fresh and rejuvenated!
Key advantages of this treatment include:
- It’s long-lasting
- It plumps and lifts your mid-face
- The results look natural and are immediate
- It’s the only FDA-approved injectable for volumizing
- It contours your cheeks and jawline
- It stimulates collagen production
- It has minimal downtime
- It smooths lines around the mouth
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Juvederm Voluma instantly revitalizes your face and lasts up to two years.
What to Expect During Your Consultation
Before treatment, you will have an in-depth consultation with one of our medical providers. We will review your medical history, and you will have the opportunity to let us know your concerns. You will also get a thorough explanation of the treatment options and what to expect.
Issues to Discuss
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
Let the doctor know if you are either pregnant or breastfeeding since it is not known whether this treatment is safe for pregnant or lactating women.
Excessive Scarring or Pigmentation Disorders
Disclose any history of scarring issues, such as keloid development or pigmentation issues, no matter how minor it may seem.
Laser Treatments or Chemical Peels
Let the doctor know if you are planning to have aesthetic laser treatment or a chemical peel after your injections. You should wait one month before having any laser or chemical peel treatments.
Trauma on Treatment Site
If you have any injury near the treatment site, your doctor may want to delay treatment as it increases the chance of infection.
Disclose any immunosuppressants you are taking as it heightens your risk of infection.
Bring a list of all medications and supplements you are taking. If you are on any blood thinners, these can increase bruising and bleeding.
Does the Treatment Hurt?
Your comfort and safety are our utmost concern. The injections are performed using a very fine needle. Additionally, the filler includes lidocaine to numb the area and keep you comfortable throughout the treatment. You can expect to resume most of your normal activities right after your injections.
What Is the Downtime?
Most patients go back to their regular activity after treatment. Our doctor will give you aftercare instructions that may be like the following:
- Avoid intense exercising, heat, sun, and alcohol for 24 hours
- No use of goggles with swimming or skiing
- Sleep on your back for about four days post-treatment
- Avoid laser or chemical peel treatments for a month
Who Is a Good Candidate?
If you are 21 or older and have sagging skin, wrinkles, and or lines due to loss of volume in your mid-face, and have realistic expectations, then you may be a candidate for treatment. Loss of hyaluronic acid, collagen, and elastin can happen anytime in your adult years. Treatment is safe for all skin colors and types.
Our doctor will review your medical history to see if you any medical issues, such as severe allergies, and discuss whether you should use one of our alternative beauty treatments.
Schedule Your Appointment
Rejuvenate your skin without looking “overdone.” To learn more about our injectables, contact our dedicated beauty experts at E Med Spa in El Cajon, CA, today.