Juvéderm Voluma® XC
Juvéderm Voluma® XC is the newest HA (hyaluronic acid) soft tissue filler to gain FDA approval. It has been available in Europe since 2005 and is used in 72 countries worldwide. Juvéderm Voluma® XC is also the newest filler in the family of Juvéderm products, and is formulated with lidocaine for added comfort during treatment.
How Juvéderm Voluma® XC Works
The loss of midface volume is one of the hallmarks of facial aging. This occurs in varying degrees of severity, and can lead to significant changes in the facial appearance. One of the most noticeable changes is the loss of cheekbone definition. Historically, this was addressed with surgery to tighten the overlying skin and lift the deeper soft tissues. More recently, volumizing fillers have been used to provide a similar ‘lift’ without surgery. The goal is to restore volume in the midface to create a natural, youthful face.
Benefits of Juvéderm Voluma® XC
JJuvéderm Voluma® XC is the first filler formulated with lidocaine that is FDA approved to restore age-related volume changes in the cheeks. Unlike other fillers commonly used to treat the midface, Juvéderm Voluma® XC is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler. HA fillers are made from long chains of sugars that occur naturally in the skin. Juvéderm Voluma® XC is unique in that the HA is cross-linked through a process called Vycross that helps provide an excellent lifting capacity. This special cross-linking also helps to avoid degradation, making Voluma last almost twice as long as other fillers. Studies have shown that it can last up to 2 years. And since it is an HA filler, it can be molded and shaped into the desired contour after injection.
Who Can Receive Juvéderm Voluma® XC
Virtually anyone with volume loss in their midface is a candidate for treatment with Voluma, as well as individuals with poorly defined cheekbones. Patients in their 30s, 40s, and 50s may not be appropriate candidates for surgery, but may benefit instead from Voluma treatment. Patients in their 60s and beyond who have more significant skin laxity and volume loss tend to require more filler volume. And while these patients are often good candidates for surgery, they often choose volumizing filler treatments due to surgery concerns such as anesthesia and potential complications.
What to Expect when being treated with Juvéderm Voluma® XC
Before your treatment, you’ll meet with Dr. Mary Pritikin for a consultation and skin test. During this appointment, she will perform a physical examination and review your medical history to determine whether you’re a good candidate for the procedure. Dr. Mary Pritikin will also clearly explain risks and benefits of the procedure. You may be required to meet with Mira Cano, our office billing manager to make arrangements to cover the cost of Juvéderm Voluma® XC before you leave or receive treatment.
According to a clinical study, patients reported looking up to five years younger only six months after treatment.
Juvéderm Voluma® XC Side Effects and Risks
The most common side effects of being treated with Juvéderm Voluma® XC include tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, and itching. Most side effects are mild or moderate and last 14 days or less. One of the risks with using this product is unintentional injection into a blood vessel, and while rare, the complications can be serious and may be permanent. These complications, which have been reported for facial injections, can include vision abnormalities, blindness, stroke, temporary scabs, or permanent scarring. As with all skin injection procedures, there is a risk of infection.
Cost of Juvéderm Voluma® XC
The cost of Juvéderm Voluma® XC varies for each patient, as the number of injections needed increases or decreases with each unique patient. During your consultation with Dr. Mary Pritikin, a plan for treatment will be put together based on your specific cosmetic and financial needs.
To learn more about Juvéderm Voluma® XC and other Skin Rejuvenating treatments, please make an appointment at PritiSkin™ Advanced Cosmetic Rejuvenation – Chicago’s leading provider of aesthetic and esthetician services – at 312-332-4475.