As an alternative to cheek augmentation surgery, patients have the option of an injectable dermal filler, Juvederm Voluma XC. This filler plumps up cheeks that have lost volume and in addition, it adds contouring and slightly lifts the area. Made from a substance found naturally in the body, doctor Chan appreciates the safety and effectiveness of this filler. Voluma revitalizes the face by erasing years off the patient’s appearance. Since the filler is injected into the dermis, the layer of skin beneath the surface, results from Voluma XC can last up to 2 years in some patients.
"Botox - Dr.Chan was very knowledgeable about all injections and left me with no bruises. It was a great location and he was punctual with my appointment and the staff was very professional!! Overall very impressed. I will be back soon for another procedure."- N.L. / Vitals / Jun 30, 2015
What to Expect
Voluma is injected into the skin with fine needles, so some patients may experience some minor pain from the initial prick. Numbing creams may be applied on the injection site to ease the patient’s discomfort. Patients also have the option to use lidocaine, which is mixed with the Voluma solution, to help provide anesthetic effects in and around the area. A treatment may take up to 30 minutes. Patients will be able to return to daily activities after several hours. There may be some swelling, discoloration, and tenderness around the cheeks, but will subside after a few days. Results are readily evident, and can last up to 2 years.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Natural?
Hyaluronic acid, Voluma’s main ingredient, is derived from natural substances found in the human body. Its main function is cell hydration, and with its cross-linking abilities, it is generally useful in helping facial areas that lack volume. Over time, the gel substance breaks down and is absorbed naturally by the body without any side effects.
Those who seek improved volume in the cheeks may consider Voluma as a noninvasive solution. The lack of cheek volume may be due to aging or the patient’s natural facial structure. The doctor will be able to recommend if Voluma is the best option during the initial consultation.
How Long Is Recovery?
Right after treatment, patients will be able to resume to their normal routine with restriction on strenuous activities or any movement that may put pressure on the treated area. It may take up to 1 week before the derma filler settles within the cheek pockets.
Among derma fillers available in the market today, Voluma can last up to 2 years or longer. Reinjection varies as patients’ bodies process and break down hyaluronic acid at different rates.
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