I have hemi facial spasms which are treated with Botox. Can I have Juvaderm Voluma for cosmetic purposes with this condition?

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Fillers and hemi-facial spams

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Yes, you can have fillers while being treated with Botox for hemi-facial spasms.  Neurotoxins and fillers are usually injected into different planes of the tissue - one is injected into the muscle and fillers might be injected under the skin or in the skin. 

New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Not a problem....

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Hemifacial spasm  is not a contraindication to filler use.I would also advise that HFS patients after having botox for long periods of time can develop atrophic facial changes as the botox weakened the facial musculature. It is essential that you get balancing botox injection to the other side of the face to, otherwise asymmetry will be come inevitable.Best of luck with your treatment.

Daniel Ezra, MD, FRCS
London Oculoplastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

Voluma in hemifacial spasm?

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Of course, Voluma is fine to use in this condition. If is often done at the same time as Botox treatment. Treating hemifacial spasm with Botox requires an experienced injector.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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I have hemiface all spasms which are treated with Botox. Can I have Juvederm Voluma for cosmetic purposes with this condition?

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Thank you for your excellent question.  Though you should clear treatment with your Botox injector there is no reason that you can not have Voluma placed for cosmetic purposes.  Hope this helps.

Nelson Castillo, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Voluma will not be affect Botox® when placed at a deeper level of the face as it can be placed below the muscle

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Thank you for your question. You state you have hemifacial spasm which you treat with Botox®, and ask if you can have Juvederm Voluma, understanding that you have hemifacial spasm concurrently.

I can certainly share with you my approach to patients like yourself. A little background: I’m a Board-certified cosmetic surgeon and Fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. I have been in practice in Manhattan and Long Island for over 20 years. The first group of doctors who used Botox® were oculofacial surgeons, and the original use of Botox® was for conditions like yours, hemifacial spasm and a condition called benign essential blepharospasm, so this is something I’m very familiar with. I’ve treated a lot of patients with muscle spasm conditions long before the indications for Botox®’s  cosmetic uses eventually made it the number one non-surgical cosmetic procedure.

Let’s understand the interaction and why there would be a potential issue, but we’re talking about two different classes of materials used for cosmetic problems. Voluma is a filler that adds volume where you place it, and Botox® is a neurotoxin that prevents certain muscles from contracting. I can understand you are a little concerned if the filler could cause some local issue that can worsen your condition. I’ll share with you my approach on how I would use a filler like Juvederm Voluma for somebody regardless if they have a facial spasm, and its relationship to the muscles.

Hemifacial spasm is basically the eye muscles and the muscles that lift the cheek and the outer part of the lip contracting in an uncontrollable way, so they are relaxed with Botox®. If I were to place a material like Juvederm Voluma, my preference would be to place it at a deeper level actually below the muscle, on top of the bone. I suspect you’re asking about Voluma specifically because you want to improve the midface-cheekbone area. I feel there’s an advantage in placement at the bone level because the muscles glide over the material, so the muscle doesn’t negatively impact the material, but rather helps the material shape well with the bone structure. It also allows for a significant amount of stability in the longevity of the material. When I place it at the bone structure level, the material can last up to 2 years. There’s an advantage where you don’t need as frequent injections, or as much volume if you need repeat injections earlier than the 1-2 year timeframe.

For the relative position in soft tissue like the cheeks, the malar fat pad or just in the superficial level, potentially if your spasm increased and you are constantly squeezing, which is different from a person’s normal facial movements, theoretically, there can be more pressure forces and shearing that can maybe displace and shift the material. It’s hypothetical, but it does have a certain validity based on the anatomic placement, so for me I would put it at a deeper level.

From a medical perspective in terms of interaction with the Botox®, I would say there would be none. From a safety point of view, I think it’s completely safe to do. Without knowing the rest of your medical history or other details of your situation, I would say, assuming everything else is good, that it’s not likely to be problematic.

Speak to your doctor who normally performs your Botox® treatment, mostly likely a neurologist or an oculoplastic or oculofacial plastic surgeon. They may or may not be doing the injectables for Voluma and other things, so if you need to go to another doctor for the filler, just run it by your doctor who does the Botox® for you to make sure they don’t have any concerns I don’t know about from the details of your question, just to be safe. I hope that was helpful, I wish you the best of luck and thank you for your question.

Amiya Prasad, MD
New York Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 80 reviews

Hemifacial spasm, Botox, and Juvederm

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Hemifacial spasm can be controlled with Botox, which weakens the muscles to decrease the severity of the spasm. Facial fillers like Juvederm Voluma are injected on the bone, often times deep to muscles. The important thing to consider is what the face looks like while at rest and while at spasm before injected the filler, because filler will affect the appearance of both. Safety comes first.

Victor Chung, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 reviews

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