How Does Voluma Work?

Aging seems to sneak up on you. One day you’re young, and the next day you look in the mirror and see lines that never used to be there. However, there is a solution, and that solution can be found in dermal fillers. One of the most obvious signs of aging can be seen in the cheeks. At Radiant Divine Medical Spa in Avon, OH, we are proud to offer Voluma, one of the Juvéderm fillers that can restore volume to the mid-face region and, in doing so, restore your youth.

How Does Voluma work?

Voluma is made of a crystal clear hyaluronic acid gel. Hyaluronic acid is its active ingredient and can fill hollow areas and plump the skin from the inside out. Once injected below the skin’s surface, this gel hyaluronic acid seamlessly blends with the skin’s structure and adds volume in the space between the epidermis and the dermis. This particular dermal filler is designed to add volume to the mid-face area, particularly the cheeks.


Hyaluronic Acid

One of the newest trends in the skincare world is topical hyaluronic acid products. These products are intended to moisturize the skin quickly and, in doing so, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid helps support the skin, maintain skin health, and provide adequate hydration levels. However, once applied to the skin’s surface, hyaluronic acid absorbs quickly and requires another application to maintain results.


Hyaluronic Acid-Based Dermal Fillers

The hyaluronic acid in dermal fillers is a synthetic version of that which the body produces naturally. However, it mimics that natural version that the body has and, in doing so, provides long-lasting results.


Over time, the body produces less hyaluronic acid with the aging process. Still, dermal fillers like those in the Juvéderm collection help restore hyaluronic acid below the skin’s surface to increase moisture content and, in doing so, plump the skin. They also fill in hollow areas, smooth out lines and wrinkles, and can enhance the features.


What Is Voluma?

Voluma is one of many Juvéderm fillers that fills in hollow areas, plumps the skin, and smoothes wrinkles, and it focuses on doing that in the mid-face region. It is designed to enhance the cheeks and lift, define, sculpt, and contour them. Voluma is injected into the mid-cheek areas and other mid-face areas, including the hollows of the cheeks, the cheekbones, and the jaw.


Your injection location will vary based on the areas that require treatment, but this dermal filler can improve the appearance of under-eye hollows. It can also lift the cheeks, smooth mid-face wrinkles, contour the jawline, and add volume to the face. It is also used to treat specific skin problems, including:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Chin wrinkles
  • Smile lines
  • Volume loss within the chin

How Do I Begin Treatment?

If you want to experience all the benefits of this filler or other Juvéderm fillers, you can begin right away. The first step in undergoing treatment is scheduling a consultation in our office. This consultation is important because it not only determines your candidacy for this treatment, but it will help us learn more about you and your goals and then create a unique treatment plan designed for your needs.


We will discuss your medical history as well as any other cosmetic treatments you have had. We will also make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in this filler and perform an allergy test if necessary. We will discuss your concerns, explain the treatment in detail, and give you the room to ask any questions you may have about the treatment process and your results.


How Much Filler Will I Need?

The total amount of product used in your face will vary based on your goals, your concerns, and your treatment plan. Some patients only need one unit in their cheeks to reach their goals, others need two, and others need multiple units to treat multiple areas of their face.


This is something we will determine during your initial consultation, so you know exactly what to expect when you come in for your appointment. Some factors play a role in how many units you will require to achieve your ideal look.


Your Age

Your age plays a part in determining how much product you need to get results. Two different women can come in to treat the same concern but end up needing different amounts of product because of their age. Younger patients have more hyaluronic acid in their skin than older patients. Younger patients require less synthetic hyaluronic acid injectables than older patients do.


Your Weight

Your weight also plays a role in the appearance of your face, wrinkles, and your skin volume. Those with more body fat tend to have more fat in their faces than those who are on the thinner end of the spectrum. Heavier individuals will have more fullness in their faces and most likely will need less filler to achieve their goals.


Your Facial Structure

The facial structure also plays a role in determining how much filler you will need. Those with high cheekbones or more angular, defined faces may experience a greater degree of hollowing as they age. More hollowness will require more filler to create a soft, youthful appearance.


Your Genetics

You may have heard it said that you can get a good idea of how you will age by looking at your parents and how the aging process has affected them. This is true because genetics plays a role in how quickly or slowly you age. So too do genetics play a part in how the aging process affects your cheek and the volume of your face.


Genetics determine when your hyaluronic acid production declines, the total amount of fat stored in your face, and how quickly your body will metabolize injectable hyaluronic acid.


What Kind of Results Can I Expect?

The benefit of dermal fillers is that they provide immediate results that only continue to improve over time as the hyaluronic acid gel settles beneath the surface of the skin and spreads to the desired location. Your problem areas will show significant improvement immediately following your appointment.

How Long Will My Results Last?

Juvéderm products are known for their effectiveness and long-lasting results. Voluma is the formulation that provides the longest-lasting results. Once injected, you can expect to enjoy your new volume for 18 to 24 months total. Results vary based on your age, how much product is used during your injection, the location of your filler, and how quickly your body metabolizes the ingredients.


Is There Any Downtime?

There’s no downtime associated with this treatment. You can go back to work or go home and resume all of your normal daily activities as soon as your appointment is complete. There are some things that you must do to take care of your skin and treatment sites for the first few days following your injections. Once your appointment is complete, we will provide you with a detailed list of instructions on caring for your skin, what to do, and what to avoid.
You can expect to be asked to do the following:
  • Avoid intense exercise 
  • Stay out of the sun 
  • Avoid alcohol consumption 
  • Refrain from using certain supplements and medications 
  • Avoid touching or rubbing your face, especially the treatment site 
  • Sleep on your back and elevate your head 
  • Avoid excessive sweating or heat exposure, including saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs  
  • Avoid facial massage or facial pressure to avoid displacing the distribution of the filler in your face

What Are the Benefits of Voluma?

This particular filler can be used to treat many different concerns in the mid-face region. It offers many different benefits, which is why it is such a popular dermal filler.


It’s Safe

This product is FDA-approved to treat the cheeks. It has undergone multiple clinical trials and has been approved for use for its anti-aging capabilities, effectiveness, and safety. When you inject this filler into your face, you are not injecting your face with a foreign substance but one that the body recognizes as its own.


It is biodegradable, meaning the body will metabolize it over time. It does provide long-lasting results, but it’s not like an implant, and it won’t stay in your face forever.


It Delivers Long-Lasting Results

This dermal filler is one of the longest-lasting fillers in this collection, and it helps your body produce more collagen when injected into the cheeks. Not only will you get long-lasting results, but your body will be working on producing more collagen, which leads to natural anti-aging results. As a result, you may need less filler once the initial effects wear off.

It’s Non-Surgical

This treatment is minimally invasive. It doesn’t require surgery to get results. It is an injectable fitted with an ultra-fine needle, so injections are comfortable and virtually painless. Additionally, each formulation, including Voluma, is formulated with lidocaine as one of its main ingredients. Lidocaine is a mild numbing agent, and it is included in these fillers to help provide maximum comfort both during and after the injection process.


It Delivers Natural-Looking Results

Many people avoid dermal fillers despite having concerns about their appearance because they want to look natural and are nervous that fillers will make them look fake or over-filled. When injected by our expert injectors, you can rest assured that you will get soft, natural-looking results that will improve your appearance without changing your face. You will look like a more youthful and improved version of yourself, not like a different person.

Am I a Candidate?

Ideal candidates for this treatment are men and women who want to restore volume to the mid-face region, particularly their cheeks. As long as you are an adult in good health and are not allergic to the ingredients in this injectable, you most likely will qualify for treatment. The best candidates are those who want to:

  • Look more youthful
  • Improve and correct skin laxity
  • Contour the jawline and cheeks
  • Lift their cheeks
  • Define the jaw

Some individuals do not qualify for treatment, including those who are allergic to lidocaine, those who have had a negative reaction to hyaluronic acid fillers in the past, and pregnant or nursing women.


Schedule Your Consultation Today

Voluma is a safe and effective way to cite the aging process and improve your appearance. If you are ready to restore youth to your face and improve your confidence, our expert injectors are ready to help. Contact us today at Radiant Divine Medical Spa in Avon, OH, to learn more about the Juvéderm collection and how you can add it to your anti-aging routine.