Juvederm Voluma XC
Juvederm®Voluma XC was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December of 2013 as the first injectable filler to add volume to the cheek area.
Dr. Doherty feels that this new filler is not just “anti-aging” but it also can be used to contour the face. This is very important for female and male patients that are concerned with the facial volume loss that comes with age.
A youthful face is one that is full and has pronounced and full cheeks. Facial fat and fad pads are responsible for this. As patients age, they notice the facial structures that hold the face up, tend to relax. With this relaxation, those fat pads drop and jowls and sagging may occur. A successful facial filler is able to fill in these spaces, allowing a lift. This lift allows the cheeks to pop up the overlying skin. It is these defined cheeks that help create a more youthful face.
Juvederm®Voluma XC goes a long way. Dr. Doherty feels that Juvederm®Voluma XC fills these spaces more effectively than other facial fillers. He feels that Juvederm®Voluma XC helps him achieve a natural, sculptured and rejuvenated face and not the overly filled, puffy and rounds faces that have been associated with facial fillers in the past.
Dr. Doherty cautions patients that Juvederm®Voluma XC injections are more expensive than other fillers and require special injections training and knowledge of facial anatomy and aesthetics. Dr. Doherty has been a peer-to-peer injection trainer and instructor for over six years and has the knowledge and artistic eye for successful facial Juvederm®Voluma XC injections.
Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Doherty appreciates the smoothness as well as the durability of Juvederm®Voluma XC. Juvederm®Voluma XC is made with Allergan’s proprietary manufacturing technology called Vycross™. Dr. Doherty aims to use facial fillers to fight the effects of gravity as well as to lift and fill the cheeks. Filling the cheeks in an appropriate and subtle manner can successfully lift facial skin, improve jowls and create a better jawline.
Dr. Doherty’s goal is to create safe and subtle facial rejuvenation for his patients. He feels like Juvederm®Voluma XC is an excellent addition to the injectable products that he has been using for several years.
What is Juvederm®Voluma XC?
Juvederm®Voluma XC is the most recently FDA approved hyaluronic acid designed for cheek injections in order to restore volume. It is most often injected in the cheeks and midface for volumization and lifting. Juvederm®Voluma XC is manufactured and distributed by Allergan, the company that produces Juvederm® and Botox®.
How does Juvederm®Voluma XC work?
Juvederm®Voluma XC is injected by a trained injector into the deep layers of the midface to sculpt the cheeks. Successfully placed Juvederm®Voluma XC can smooth out the face; it can enhance cheekbones, round facial contours and better define a jawline. Juvederm®Voluma XC is produced using Allergan’s Vycross™ technology which creates a stronger, more durable filler. This explains the prolonged effects of Juvederm®Voluma XC.
Where is Juvederm®Voluma XC injected?
Dr. Doherty uses Juvederm®Voluma XC to enhance the midface and cheekbones. After cleansing and preparing the skin, he injects the filler deep within the layers of the facial tissue. This injection technique allows for added support to the overlying skin and a return of youthful and harmonious facial contours. Other areas of the face where Dr. Doherty safely injects Juvederm®Voluma XC are: the temples, chin and jawline.
How long does Juvederm®Voluma XC last?
Allergan has performed clinical trials that show Juvederm®Voluma XC can last up to 18 months. Correct volumization can be different for every patient. Some patients may require more syringes than others for an appropriate treatment, and as a result length of effect may vary as well.
Who is a good candidate for Juvederm®Voluma XC injections?
Dr. Doherty recommends Juvederm®Voluma XC injections to his patients that are otherwise healthy and who are concerned about their facial volume loss that has come with aging. Patient selection is very important for facial injection procedures. Dr. Doherty conducts full consultations on all of his patients before recommending Juvederm®Voluma XC or any other facial injection product.
Are Juvederm®Voluma XC injections painful?
Most of Dr. Doherty’s facial injection patients have a comfortable experience. After washing and preparing his patient’s faces, Dr. Doherty applies numbing cream. He also uses ice and a frozen titanium roller to improve patient’s experiences. Juvederm®Voluma XC is pre-mixed with lidocaine (a local numbing medicine) that helps reduce injections discomfort as well.
Can Juvederm®Voluma XC be injected in Men?
Males are excellent candidates for all facial injections. Men, like women, lose volume in their faces with age and replacing this volume can have significantly rejuvenating effects. As they get older, men can have a deflated look in their midface. Dr. Doherty feels that injecting some filler in the mid-cheek in most men can have a very youthful effect. Dr. Doherty sees many male patients for facial rejuvenation and understands that most men are looking for subtle and undetectable procedures. Dr. Doherty feels that Juvederm®Voluma XC is a fantastic product to achieve this result.
Can Juvederm®Voluma XC be used with other products?
Dr. Doherty often used Juvederm®Voluma XC with other products in order to create facial rejuvenation. After injecting the midface and cheeks with Juvederm®Voluma XC, Dr. Doherty often injects the naso-labial folds with Juvederm®Ultra Plus XC, the corners of the mouth with Juvederm®Ultra XC, the lower eyelids with Restylane® or Juvederm®Volbella XC and the lips with Juvederm®Ultra XC or Restylane®. Also, Juvederm®Voluma XC can be safely injected at the same time as neurotoxins like Botox® or Dysport®.
What happens if I do not like the results of Juvederm®Voluma XC?
While most patients very much enjoy the facial rejuvenation effects of Juvederm®Voluma XC injections, these effects are not permanent. If a patient does not want to continue with the results of the injections, they will naturally wear away. Dr. Doherty advises that since Juvederm®Voluma XC is a hyaluronic acid, the enzyme hyaluronidase may be used to remove fillers. He recommends that patients wait at least two weeks after injection to consider use of hyaluronidase as most patients love their results.
If you are interested in a cheek lift or midface volumization with Juvederm®Voluma XC, please contact Dr. Doherty’s Boston or Brookline, MA office to set up a consultation with Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Sean Doherty, MD.