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Voluma: The New Tissue Filler for 2014

Published January 22, 2014 9:45 AM by Mina Grasso

Juvederm Voluma with Lidocaine is the hot new filler for 2014. With the natural aging process we lose facial volume. Voluma was developed to provide more volume and lift in areas such as the cheeks,  cheekbones and chin which are areas of larger-scale volume loss.

Voluma is hyaluronic acid that is smoother than other hyaluronic acids which makes it easier to inject during the treatment and results look and feel smooth and natural. Voluma is developed using Vycross technology, which is responsible for these results. It has been proven to last up to 18 months. 

A youthful face has round contours, high cheekbones and definition of lower face, chin and jawline. With Voluma injections, cheeks can appear higher and firmer. It can also support the chin, replacing some structural integrity due to volume loss partially due to bone loss. Patients can regain the youthful curve and angles that they once had in their youth.

Because Voluma is made with Lidocaine, patients tolerate the procedure well. A topical anesthetic can be used to minimize discomfort from the needle puncture. Although Voluma is considered to provide more lift and seems “thicker”, it passes smoothly though a small guage (27gauage) needle. I feel it is easier to inject than Juvederm Ultra.

Caution must be taken with injections because less pressure is needed to inject this product. Routine aspiration prior to each injection is critical to avoid intravascular injections when using standard needles. 

Optimum results in some areas require injecting just above the periosteum, and patients should be prepared for tenderness post-procedure when the anesthetic wears off. Due to the depth of injection in most sites, patients seem to experience less swelling post-procedure. 

For years patients have been asking for something to provide more volume and last longer. With the safety profile of hyaluronic acid and Voluma’s volumizing and lifting properties, patients will have a higher satisfaction with their liquid facelift results.

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