Voluma: A Promising Non-Surgical Alternative to Cosmetic Surgery

Allure.com writer, Joan Kron, featured an article about Allergan’s release of Juvéderm Voluma XC, or simply, Voluma. It is the “first filler approved by the FDA to claim it can temporarily correct age-related volume loss in the cheek area of adults over the age of 21.’” With Voluma, the process of altering the mid-face to add volume and create a more youthful contour is improved and also promises longer-lasting results. Furthermore, it may be a viable option for those patients not yet ready for a surgical Beverly Hills facelift.

“Cosmetic doctors in the U.S. have been waiting almost five years for the aptly named Voluma, a hyaluronic acid, or HA. It is already approved in 72 countries, where doctors have found it works particularly well restoring volume to cheeks.

Another quality unique to Voluma is that it can last for two years—exceptional longevity for an HA—and something that makes it particularly appealing to patients who dislike returning for frequent refills.”

Aging leads to a variety of changes in the face. Volume loss takes its toll on the facial tissues, affecting muscle tone and skin elasticity. Fine lines become prominent on the forehead, around the eyes and the mouth. Facial skin, especially on the cheeks and chin, sags as fat loss occurs on those areas. Cartilage on the nose may also deteriorate due to natural degeneration.

While the aging process cannot be stopped, minimally invasive procedures, such as injections with a collagen replacement or “filler”, can be done to combat these facial aging effects. Scientifically approved fillers are injected into target spots to fill creases and sags for a fuller, rejuvenated appearance. The most popular dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and now Voluma, are made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body which is widely tolerated and breaks down over time.

Dermal fillers may be used in conjunction with Botox treatments and/or cosmetic surgeries. Preliminary tests such as medical history-taking and allergy testing may be needed to see if the patient is a candidate for treatment with injectables or a face lift in Beverly Hills. This is why only professionals with in-depth experience, training, and certifications, such as Beverly Hills facelift expert Dr. Davis B. Nguyen are qualified to administer these treatments.

(Source: Voluma, a Unique New Filler, Gets FDA Approval, Allure.com, October 25, 2013)