Cheeks Showing Your Age? Volumize Them With Voluma
Varci Vartanian on 27 Nov 2013 at 9:00am
Here's the bad news. As we age, our faces lose fat and the cheeks start to hollow. But that doesn't mean your baby-faced days are thing of the past. Voluma, a filler that was just FDA-approved last month, was specifically designed with cheek plumping in mind.
Voluma is so very new, however, it's only being released to select physicians who are experienced injectors. Dr. Steven F. Weiner, who has been chosen as an initial user -- gives us a quick primer on cheek plumping -- Voluma style.
1. What is Voluma exactly?
Juvederm Voluma was approved by the FDA [last month] for treatment of age-related volume loss in the cheek area. This is the first filler to be approved for this purpose. Its main component is hyaluronic acid -- which is also found in Juvederm Ultra, Restylane, Perlane, and Belotero -- all FDA approved fillers.
2. How does Juvederm Voluma differ from Juvederm Ultra?
Juvederm Voluma is a thicker, more viscous version of Juvederm Ultra which gives it more “substance”. The technical term for this property is called “G prime”.
The higher the G prime, the better ability for the filler to lift and support skin and surrounding structures. Compared with Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Voluma has about 10 times (10X) the G prime.
3. What makes Voluma different than other facial fillers like Radiesse, Perlane and Restylane?
Radiesse, Perlane, and Restylane have higher G primes than Juvederm Voluma. And although, these other [fillers] are not approved for volume loss of the cheek, they are commonly used “off label” for this application.
An advantage of Voluma over Radiesse, Artefill, or Sculptra is that Voluma can be “erased” or dissolved with an easily-obtained enzyme called hyaluronidase. Although hyaluronidase is seldom used, it can give patients the piece of mind that their results don’t have to last for a year if they aren’t happy.
3. What is the procedure like for getting Voluma injected?
Being very thick and viscous, Voluma will need to be injected with large bore needles or blunt cannulas. It's mixed with lidocaine (numbing medication) from the factory, so the procedure is very well tolerated.
4. How long can I expect Voluma to last?
It’s longevity is longer than most fillers, lasting up to two years in their clinical trials. At 2 years, 76% of patients were still satisfied with their Voluma results. Also, at 2 years, the average patient’s perception was that they looked 3 years younger since the Voluma treatment.
5. How much Voluma will I need to volumize my cheeks?
Obviously, the volume needed for correction varies from patient to patient, depending on their degree of volume loss. During the clinical trials, the average volume needed for correction was just over 6 cc's.