Over time, you may have noticed some loss of definition and volume in your cheeks. You might feel like your smile has lost some of its charm or that you appear older than you actually are. While loss of volume in the mid-face region is a common side effect of aging as your skin loses elasticity, it doesn’t need to be a feature you live with. Juvederm Voluma can help instantly restore natural, youthful volume to your cheeks and mid-face region. This treatment is proudly offered at RiverwalkMD Aesthetics in Corona, CA.
What Is Juvederm Voluma?
Juvederm Voluma is part of the Juvederm product family, which consists of synthetic hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal fillers designed to give your skin a natural volume boost. This FDA-approved treatment is specifically formulated to restore volume loss in the cheek and midface region. It includes lidocaine to ensure your optimal comfort and offers a smooth, natural appearance under the skin thanks to its liquid consistency.
By restoring your cheek contours and firming skin in the mid-face region, you can reclaim your younger appearance and regain your confidence in a matter of weeks.
How Can It Restore Volume?
As we age, our skin naturally loses its elasticity and our body’s collagen production slows. Collagen, often called the framework of the skin, provides structure and support, and our skin begins to sag once production decreases. This can create or highlight wrinkles, fine lines, and expression lines in the skin.
In addition, it can cause areas like the cheeks and mid-face to lose volume as the skin is pulled downward. The result is often a gaunt, aged appearance in the cheeks and a general dissatisfaction with the appearance of the face due to this common side effect of aging.
How Does It Compare to Alternative Treatment Options?
In the past, the best way to address loss of volume in the cheeks was a facelift surgery. This procedure, while effective overall, is invasive and requires a significant amount of preparation and recovery time. Today, Juvederm Voluma offers comparable results with a non-invasive, zero-downtime treatment option that has fewer risks and is designed to be long-lasting.
It’s an excellent alternative to surgery for those who wish to see signs of aging reversed in their mid-face region. While there are other dermal filler options available to help build cheek volume, this treatment offers superior smoothness thanks to its consistency. Other fillers may remain granular under the skin or form hard lumps or bumps once injected. These issues can be difficult to address post-injection.
This treatment is easily massaged into the skin by your doctor, making it easy to achieve the placement you desire. Even better, it has a texture indistinguishable from your natural skin, helping it disappear seamlessly into your skin while adding volume in your target areas.
When Should I Consider Getting Treatment?
While most patients who pursue treatment are between 35-65, this treatment is safe and effective for patients of all ages over 21. Some patients prefer to preemptively address the loss of mid-face volume by having treatment performed at a younger age. This can help maintain a smooth, youthful appearance with regular treatments and offset any developing signs of aging.
Some patients begin seeking treatment when they notice a visible loss of volume in their cheeks. This treatment is proven to be highly effective at restoring lost volume as well as maintaining desired volume. Depending on your ideal results, you could benefit from beginning Juvederm Voluma treatments today. You should talk to your doctor to discuss the best treatment options for your unique situation.
Even though this treatment is non-invasive and involves fewer risks than a facelift procedure, it’s crucial to seek the care of an experienced doctor. This expert oversight ensures that your treatment experience will be positive and will deliver the best results possible. You should feel free to ask your doctor any questions you may have during treatment.
Before your first treatment, you’ll have an initial consultation with your doctor. This gives your doctor the opportunity to examine your face and skin in person to confirm that you’re an ideal candidate for treatment. They’ll be able to show you exactly how injections in your target area can add volume to your cheeks. They’ll also be able to explain the treatment and recovery process in detail and answer any questions you may have.
During this appointment, you should be prepared to disclose any regular medications or natural remedies you take as well as any past dermal filler treatments or facial procedures you’ve had in the past. Your doctor may also inquire about your normal skincare routine as some skincare products can interact negatively with dermal filler treatment. Once your doctor is satisfied and has approved you for treatment, you can begin preparing for your appointment by following your doctor’s specific instructions.
Beginning 2 weeks before your appointment, you should stop using alcohol and blood-thinning medications and herbal remedies to decrease your risk of excessive bleeding and bruising. Your doctor may ask you to avoid some skincare products containing retinols during the week leading up to your appointment. You should apply sunscreen regularly and avoid direct sun exposure to protect your skin from sun damage, which is estimated to be responsible for up over 90% of all common skin-related concerns, including wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer.
Make sure you follow your doctor’s instructions carefully to ensure the best results. On the day of your appointment, cleanse your face thoroughly and remove all makeup and skincare products. You may also wish to remove jewelry prior to the start of your treatment.
Before your doctor begins, they may apply or inject an anesthetic to ensure your optimal comfort. The numbing agent included in the HA formula will also help to reduce any discomfort during treatment. Next, your doctor will mark your cheeks and mid-face region to guide the injections and ensure that the volume achieved is symmetrical.
Once you are happy with the planned sites, your doctor will begin injecting the hyaluronic acid with a tiny needle. The HA formula immediately begins to plump the treated areas, allowing your doctor to see results instantly and adjust injections as needed. During injections, you may feel some pressure and mild discomfort, but with skilled placement, this treatment involves far less discomfort than other dermal fillers.
Your appointment will take between 15-60 minutes, depending on the treated areas, and you should be able to see your results instantly. After your doctor cleans your face, they may massage your skin gently to distribute the treatment evenly before allowing you to return to your normal daily schedule with no downtime required.
For the first 2-3 days, you will likely experience some tenderness and light bruising around the injection sites. Your doctor may recommend that you ice the area to reduce discomfort and calm any redness. You may also notice some bumps under the skin, which is normally caused by collection of the hyaluronic acid in one spot. Your doctor can easily massage this area to redistribute the formula during your follow-up appointment.
For the first 2 weeks, avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, and sun exposure as your skin heals. You should also avoid wearing any makeup until your doctor approves. Treat your skin gently for the first 1-2 weeks, avoiding exfoliants and any rubbing or pressing of the skin, which could form lumps or bumps under your skin as the dermal filler is disturbed.
Once the HA formula settles into its final position, you should see a complete reduction of any swelling, redness, or bruising. This typically happens within the first 1-2 weeks. If any swelling, itching, or discomfort persists after 1 week, contact your doctor to ensure that your skin is healing normally and that there is no negative reaction to the treatment.
Most patients see complete healing within 2-3 weeks of treatment. As their skin heals, collagen production is stimulated by the presence of the HA formula in the skin, giving an extra boost in volume and smoothing the skin significantly. You should notice that your cheeks are rounder and more defined. Your entire face should appear more youthful and smooth after treatment, and any wrinkles treated should be noticeably faded. If for any reason you wish to undo the process, the HA formula can be safely broken down with a reversing agent in a matter of days.
While the effects of aging are not permanently reversible, this treatment can help maintain your ideal appearance. Most patients find that 1-3 treatments deliver their ideal results, which can last between 8-12 months. Maintenance appointments can be scheduled 1-2 times per year to maintain results. Best of all, the results of treatment will leave you feeling as young as you look, giving you more confidence as you see your face in the mirror each day.
How Many Treatments Do I Need?
Most patients find initial success with 1-3 treatments, after which point maintenance treatments can be scheduled to help maintain your ideal appearance. Your doctor can help you design a personalized treatment plan to fit your needs and aesthetic goals. This may involve other skin-rejuvenating treatments in combination with regular dermal filler injections to keep your skin healthy and smooth.
Thanks to its synthetic rendering of a natural substance, the hyaluronic acid contained in Juvederm Voluma is safe for most patients and can be injected routinely to maintain volume in the cheeks and mid-face region.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
This treatment is considered safe and effective for the majority of patients. It’s FDA-approved for patients over the age of 21 and is safe to use on any skin type with the approval of an experienced doctor. However, you may wish to consult your doctor if you have any known allergies to the ingredients used or if you have hyper-sensitive skin.
Your doctor can recommend alternative treatments in these cases. In addition, pregnant and breastfeeding women should consult their doctors as this treatment may not be ideal for them. You should feel free to ask your doctor whether you’re an ideal candidate during your initial consultation.
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Living with common side effects of aging can drain your confidence. It’s easy to focus on your appearance instead of the more important things in life, but Juvederm Voluma can restore lost volume and help you look and feel younger in just a few weeks. Even better, you’ll be able to maintain your ideal image for years to come with easy routine appointments designed to help you look your best.
If you’re ready to get your smile back by restoring your cheek volume, contact the experts at RiverwalkMD Aesthetics in Corona, CA to schedule an initial consultation today! We look forward to serving you soon.