Of the 14.6 million cosmetic procedures performed last year, one of the most common was injectable facial fillers. Since the first dermal fillers won FDA approval more than three decades ago, they have soared in popularity as the safety and effectiveness of the procedure has been perfected. Surgeons have developed their understanding of the ageing process, focusing on augmentation of existing tissue, rather than simply filling wrinkles.
Modern dermal fillers are injected under the skin to restore volume and give a smooth appearance. By lifting the skin in the upper cheeks, they restore the youthful shape of the face. One of the most recent facial fillers to hit the market is the Juvederm Voluma XC, which was approved by the FDA on October 23, 2013. It claims to create a natural, youthful appearance that lasts for up to two years. So how does it work?
It’s actually a very quick procedure from start to finish. This convenience is undoubtedly a big part of the appeal for people with busy lives. The entire process takes just two short sessions. An initial consultation will help you work out a personal treatment plan suited to your needs. Aesthetic goals are discussed, and you will establish the appropriate treatment area and the volume of Juvederm needed to achieve those goals.
Anesthetic is not required for Juvederm Voluma XC, as the formula contains lidocaine, a numbing agent that increases comfort during the procedure.
A month after the initial injections, you return to evaluate the results and see if there is a need for a second ‘touch-up’ procedure. If there is such a need, you will have your second and final procedure.
Juvederm Voluma is a nonsurgical dermal filler. As such, the recovery time is brief and the results instant. You will have regular follow-up appointments – this is discussed with your doctor, and may vary from person to person.
As a non-invasive facial rejuvenation procedure, there are almost no risks associated with Juvederm Voluma XC. There are some minor, temporary side effects around the injection site, such as:
These side effects are generally mild and disappear within 30 days. Your doctor will recommend avoiding strenuous exercise or exposure to extensive sunlight and heat during the first 24 hours after treatment.
Fillers are not appropriate for all patients. If you have severe allergies with a history of severe reactions (anaphylaxis), or you are allergic to lidocaine, you will not be advised to use Juvederm or any other injectable filler.
The benefits of Juvederm XC are temporary. Re-injections may be required, usually between 9 and 12 months after the initial treatment. Smaller injections may be needed for repeat procedures.
Quick, convenient, comfortable and safe, the Juvederm Voluma filler is already proving to be the preferred option for patients seeking a refreshed, more youthful appearance. If you’d like to learn more about how Juvederm Voluma works, please call Dr. Loeb’s Manhattan office at 212-327-3700 to schedule a private consultation with a Juvederm NYC expert.