As you grow older, do you feel like your face is losing volume? Are you seeking a non-invasive, long-lasting solution to common signs of aging in the midface? If so, you could be a perfect candidate for Voluma, a specially formulated dermal filler designed to lift and plump the cheeks and restore youthful volume to the midface region. We’re proud to offer this product alongside our other top-quality fillers and medspa treatments at Aesthetic Surgical Arts/Mia Bella Donna Medspa in Overland Park, KS.
What Is Voluma?
Voluma is a product in the Juvederm dermal filler family, which is one of the best-known and most trusted lines of fillers available today. These professional-grade fillers are formulated to address common signs of aging in various regions of the face, including the lips, cheeks, and midface.
This specific filler was created to address the loss of volume in the midface, a widespread issue that could not be effectively corrected with traditional fillers. It is FDA approved to fill, contour, and lift the cheeks, revitalize the midface, and create a fresh glow in the skin with one simple treatment.
Like the rest of the Juvederm products, this filler has a hyaluronic acid base and is injected into the skin with a fine needle. A typical appointment takes less than half an hour, and the resulting lift is instantly noticeable. Even better, the recovery period requires zero downtime, allowing most of our patients to return to their normal schedules immediately.
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic acid is an ingredient in nearly every major dermal filler due to its naturally plumping properties and hydrating effects. This acid is found in the human body and helps attract and retain moisture, giving your skin a healthy glow from the inside-out. Once injected, hyaluronic acid is also proven to stimulate small amounts of new collagen growth, which can add extra support to the treated areas.
Unlike other hyaluronic acid-based products, Juvederm fillers use cross-linked hyaluronic acid, which offers superb lift and unbeatable longevity. This helps create natural yet visible volume that can rejuvenate the midface region and take years off your appearance.
Does It Lift the Face?
Dermal fillers are called “liquid facelifts” for good reason. One simple appointment can completely transform your appearance, erase lines and wrinkles, and restore volume lost during the aging process.
Dermal filler injections are able to correct many concerns targeted by facelift surgery without the price, recovery time, or discomfort associated with this major surgery. Voluma is able to effectively lift the face in two key regions.
Round, smooth cheeks have been a hallmark of youth and good health for hundreds of years. As we age, our skin begins to lose its collagen and elastin protein support, which can cause wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging skin. This is a normal part of growing older, but it is also a source of insecurity for many patients.
This concern can cause the cheeks to become sunken and lose their curve and contour, impacting both your appearance and your smile. Voluma can be injected into these areas to lift, smooth, and shape the cheeks without invasive surgery. Our skilled staff members build visible volume in real-time to flatter your natural face shape, bone structure, and cosmetic goals.
In addition, the after-effects of treatment often include increased collagen production and even more pronounced results. Lines, wrinkles, and loose skin in the cheek areas are also smoothed away by the powerful filler formula.
When patients seek corrective cosmetic treatments for common signs of aging, they often focus on specific concerns rather than facial regions. The midface includes the area from below your eyes to under your nose, but there aren’t many treatments that can efficiently rejuvenate this region.
Many patients experience fine lines and wrinkles in the midface region, and the area by the sides of the nose can become more hollow as you continue to age. Even facelift surgery cannot always address the loss of volume in the midface region.
With this filler, the midface can be treated with strategic injections to build volume and correct signs of aging. The versatile nature of this treatment allows our team to treat each patient individually to achieve symmetrical, attractive results. Most patients are amazed at how a little extra boost in volume in the midface region can lift and refresh their entire appearance.
How Long Does It Last?
While final results vary between patients and can be impacted by some lifestyle choices, our patients typically enjoy the results of their first treatment for two years. Once the product has settled in the skin, you can choose to schedule a brief touch-up appointment to add minimal amounts of volume. However, the vast majority of patients find that they don’t need to schedule follow-up treatments until at least 18 months after their first appointment.
At this point, the filler begins to safely absorb into the body, and signs of aging may start to reappear. Most patients choose to have follow-up injections to maintain their results. In general, we recommend that patients follow a gentle skincare routine to help prolong their results. They should avoid having too many intensive skin treatments, including other types of injections, to maintain the filler for as long as possible.
Finally, patients who practice good sun protection habits often enjoy the longest-lasting results. Harmful sun exposure, which is estimated to cause over 90% of all common skin concerns, can break down the filler more quickly and may impact the longevity of your results.
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
In general, any male or female adult over the age of 21 is a possible candidate for treatment with this dermal filler. A good candidate is healthy and experiences mild to severe loss of volume in the cheeks and midface region. They may also experience mild to severe wrinkles and lines and mild to moderate skin laxity in these regions.
You may not be an ideal candidate if you have any allergies or skin conditions that may interact negatively with treatment. In addition, this treatment is not typically effective for patients who experience severe skin laxity, which may need to be corrected with an alternative treatment option.
Finally, pregnant or breastfeeding patients should consult our doctor before pursuing this treatment. Our professional team can help you decide whether this treatment is right for you during your initial consultation.
What Can I Expect?
If Voluma seems like a perfect treatment option for you, you might be wondering what you can expect from a typical dermal filler injection appointment. We’re committed to helping each patient achieve their ideal results with a safe and informative treatment process.
Every patient’s experience and results will be unique, but here is a general idea of what you can anticipate when you trust our experienced team with your cosmetic goals.
To start your journey to a more youthful appearance, you’ll meet with our doctor for a short consultation. During this appointment, you will learn more about this dermal filler and treatment process.
In addition, our doctor will examine your areas of concern and explain how our staff members will use this product to deliver natural-looking results in your cheeks and midface region. Our doctor will also review your medical history to ensure that you are an ideal candidate for treatment. Once you’re approved, you can schedule your first appointment.
We provide each patient with personalized instructions on how to prepare for their appointment. In general, you should try to protect your skin from irritation during the week before your treatment. This means skipping any exfoliating treatments or new skincare products that may irritate the skin.
You should also wait to schedule chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or laser resurfacing appointments for at least two weeks before and after your first dermal filler appointment.
We recommend remaining well-hydrated and keeping your skin moisturized to promote overall skin health before your appointment. You should plan to wear sunscreen when you are outside and protect your skin from sunburn or tanning before your treatment.
On the day of your appointment, you may wish to avoid wearing makeup in the target areas. Our trained staff member will begin by cleansing your skin and inspecting the target areas for any signs of irritation or infection. They will then apply a topical numbing cream to your cheeks and midface.
Once your skin is numb, our staff member will inject Voluma into the predetermined areas of your face to build volume and smooth away signs of aging. This process is completely pain-free and takes less than 10 minutes for most patients. Once the injections are complete, you can admire your results in a mirror. Depending on the areas treated and the concerns corrected, you should be able to see that your cheeks are noticeably lifted and defined.
The midface should be volumized, and any lines, wrinkles, or skin laxity should be significantly improved. Your total treatment time should be less than half an hour unless you choose to combine this treatment with one of our other cosmetic services. Once your appointment is complete, you can return to your normal activities.
For the first two weeks after your treatment, we recommend that you avoid touching or rubbing the treated skin. This prevents the displacement of the dermal filler and allows your skin to heal completely after the injections. Once the two-week period is complete, you can touch your skin normally.
You can also use your normal skincare products and treatments to enhance your final results. In some cases, you may notice a slight decrease in volume once the filler settles into its final position. If this is the case, we can easily perform a touch-up session to re-volumize any affected areas.
Once your final results are visible, you can look forward to 18 months to two years of smoother, more volumized skin, plumper cheeks, and a fuller midface. Limiting your sun exposure and any more invasive skin treatments may help prolong your results, and keeping your skin healthy with a gentle skincare routine and frequent hydration will help maintain your new glow.
Once your results begin to fade, you can schedule a follow-up treatment to maintain your ideal image. This treatment can be performed once every two years for as long as desired to keep you looking and feeling your best.
Contact Us to Learn More!
Don’t let the loss of volume in your cheeks and midface keep you from loving your appearance or enjoying your life! With Voluma, you can combat signs of aging, enjoy long-term results, and see a younger-looking you smiling in the mirror.
To learn more about this treatment option, contact our team of professionals at Aesthetic Surgical Arts/Mia Bella Donna Medspa in Overland Park, KS, to schedule your initial consultation today! We look forward to helping you achieve your cosmetic goals!