What is Voluma?
While many people watch for lines and wrinkles, volume loss in the face, particularly in the midface and cheeks, can also make you look older. Voluma XC, part of the Juvéderm family of injectable wrinkle fillers, is a hyaluronic acid (HA) injectable that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to add or replace facial volume in the mid-face area, including the cheeks and malar pads. Voluma injections are especially great as an interim non-surgical step to provide volume and lift to the cheek area. Voluma is like a liquid facelift for those who’ve lost facial fullness. Juvéderm Voluma XC’s unique formula uses VYCROSS® technology, which makes the gel more efficient and tightly cross-linked to boost the amount of lift created by the injection, and the length of the results. Voluma is safe for deep injection in the subcutaneous and supraperiosteal planes to revive the ideal ogee curve and lift sagging skin. At Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford can help you address age-related volume loss with safe, long-lasting injections from Juvéderm Voluma XC.
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A typical treatment session time for Juvéderm Voluma XC injections is about 45 minutes, but this depends on the amount of areas being treated. Juvéderm Voluma XC’s contains 0.3% lidocaine for increased comfort during treatments, so most patients experience minimal or no discomfort. Dr. Gene will carefully inject the Juvéderm Voluma XC’s into at least one of the three areas (hygrometric arch, submalar region, and anteromedial cheek) on both sides of the face until the patient’s face is symmetrical and the volume goals are achieved.
Juvéderm Voluma XC treatments are performed as an in-office procedure by Dr. Gene and you will be allowed to leave as soon as you feel able to resume your regular activities. Some patients may experience redness, bruising, or swelling at the injections sites, so you may take 1 – 2 days for recovery or cover any concerns with makeup. Dr. Gene recommends that Juvéderm Voluma XC patients follow up in 6 weeks so he can check your results and help you decide when to schedule your next appointment.
About 6 months after their Juvéderm Voluma XC treatment, most patients considered themselves to look about 5 years younger. The benefits of Juvéderm Voluma XC a in the cheeks can last up to 2 years, but patients are encouraged to schedule an appointment with Dr. Gene when they want to refresh their appearance.
What Does Voluma Cost?
A typical patient spends about $1,500 - $3,000 on a single Juvéderm Voluma XC treatment. Like Juvéderm Voluma XC and other wrinkle treatments, Juvéderm Voluma XC is priced based on the amount used, which is typically around 6.8 mL. Most patients tend to need less product each time they get a new treatment, so over time, the cost usually decreases. By joining the Allergan Brilliant Distinctions® rewards program, you can earn discounts on your future Juvéderm Voluma XC injections with Dr. Gene, plus exclusive discounts on other Allergan products: BOTOX®, Juvéderm, Kybella®, Latisse®, SkinMedica®, and Natrelle®. Register at www.brilliantdistinctionsprogram.com/explore.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,500 - $3,000
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 2 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 45 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
- Face asymmetry
- Facial volume loss
- Flat, sagging cheeks
- Hollow cheeks
- Loose jowls
- Sagging in mid-face
- Weak jawline
You are a good candidate for Juvéderm Voluma XC treatments if you have signs of volume loss (caused by age or other reasons) in your mid-face area that you would like to improve without surgery. Juvéderm Voluma XC is best for men and women who are at least 21-years-old, have realistic expectations, and are in good general health.
Most of the side effects are minor (redness, swelling, bleeding, bruising) and should not last more than 2 weeks after the treatment. You should tell Dr. Gene about your full medical history, including any allergies, current prescription and over-the-counter medications, recent infections, and surgeries so he can determine if Juvéderm Voluma XC is the best and safest option for you.
Juvéderm Voluma XC can also be a valuable adjunct to a surgical facelift since it will remove excess skin, while it restores volume and projection to the cheeks. Juvéderm Voluma XC can also be used in combination with other dermal fillers, like Restylane®, and Sculptra® plus BOTOX wrinkle relaxing treatments to achieve what is commonly called a liquid facelift. Juvéderm Voluma XC can also be used with facial fat injections to add more dramatic volume to the mid-face.