Have you noticed lately that your cheeks have begun to show visible signs of aging? Perhaps the “apple” of the cheek is not as plump as it once was, or perhaps you have experienced volume loss in the skin itself, leading to a “hollow” or “sunken” look. If you are looking for ways to lift your cheeks, restore volume, or contour your cheek line, you can find them at Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX. We can treat all these concerns with Juvederm Voluma: an effective and long-lasting hyaluronic acid dermal filler.
Who Is a Candidate for Treatment?
Nearly anyone who wishes to restore cheek volume can get this treatment. According to the manufacturer, patients should wait until they are at least 21 years old to get Juvederm injections, regardless of what type it is. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also wait to get treatment until they are no longer pregnant or breastfeeding. The filler works for nearly any skin type and for any patient who is looking to fill, contour, or lift their cheeks.
What Is Juvederm Voluma?
This is just one of several varieties of the popular dermal filler Juvederm. Unlike the other kinds of Juvederm, this variation is specifically designed for use on the cheeks.
Our cheeks age differently from other parts of the face. This is because the skin in our cheeks is thicker than it is in other regions like the forehead or near the mouth. As a result, dermatologists use this special variety of Juvederm to fill the cheeks as it is thicker and designed to provide volume when delivered to a slightly deeper injection site.
What Is Juvederm?
Juvederm is a specific type of injectable dermal filler known as a hyaluronic acid filler. Hyaluronic acid fillers work by increasing the amount of hyaluronic acid in your skin. This re-hydrates and adds volume to the skin as a whole. When administered properly by an experienced injector, the technique can soften deep facial lines, smooth wrinkles, and restore plumpness to cheeks or lips.
How Does a Hyaluronic Acid Filler Work?
Although there are several different brands of hyaluronic acid fillers, they all work according to the same basic principle: by adding hyaluronic acid to the skin, we can increase the volume, suppleness, and youthful aesthetic to our faces.
Hyaluronic Acid Is a Natural Substance
Hyaluronic acid is a type of sugar that exists within our skin. It is a natural substance that everyone is born with. It has several functions throughout the body, but two of the most important features are retaining water and delivering nutrients.
Hyaluronic Acid Retains Water
Hyaluronic acid attracts water molecules and binds to them, often attracting up to 1000 times its own weight in water. This means that the hyaluronic acid itself is not what provides the volume in our skin. More accurately, the hyaluronic acid keeps water present beneath the surface of our skin, and this is what causes it to retain moisture and volume.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers Keep Your Skin Hydrated
When we age, we begin to lose hyaluronic acid. The sugar breaks down, and over time we produce less new hyaluronic acid to replace it. When this happens, our skin retains less water. This can lead to drier skin, thinner lips, wrinkles, facial lines and hollow cheeks.
4 Top Benefits of Juvederm Voluma
Juvederm is a popular hyaluronic acid filler because it can work in many locations. The manufacturer has developed targeted formulas for several treatment areas, including the nasolabial folds, the lips, and marionette lines. Of course, they also developed a formula that has been perfected to work on the challenging treatment area of the cheeks, providing several key advantages in the process.
It’s an Effective Treatment
The main reason this remains such a popular treatment is that it works. Patients who use this filler can rest assured that millions of other patients have used it already. Roughly 2 million patients get Juvederm injections every year in the United States, and with over a decade of satisfied customers, you know you are getting a brand that has stood the test of time.
When it comes to the cheek-filling technique, this has been in use for roughly seven years. Specific injection techniques can be used to sharpen the cheek line or to add volume to the mid-face region.
All versions of Juvederm are FDA-approved and have gone through rigorous clinical testing ever since the first version was cleared in 2006. When we talk about Voluma specifically, it was originally approved in 2013 for use in treating age-related volume loss in the cheek area.
Because it can be used in multiple cheek areas, we can fine-tune a treatment plan to reflect your personal aesthetic goals. Some patients may wish to fill their cheeks to get rid of a hollow or sunken look. Others may wish to give their cheek line a higher contour. Still others may want to add youthful volume by rounding out the apple of the cheek. The diverse applications of this filler make it a multi-faceted tool for crafting your ideal look.
When the first varieties of Juvederm came out, they were often listed as lasting between 6 months to a year. Most of the current versions of Juvederm last from one year to 18 months, depending on the specific treatment area. The cheek-filling variety, however, is the longest-lasting of all Juvederm treatments. Patients often continue to see positive results for two years after their injection session. That means fewer follow-up sessions and longer, more consistent results.
How Long Does a Session Take?
Juvederm treatments are very quick, often lasting just 15-30 minutes. Every variety of Juvederm contains lidocaine, a local anesthetic used to reduce discomfort and encourage a quick recovery. The entire process is designed for maximum comfort and convenience.
What Is the Recovery Period Like?
The treatment session is a quick “in and out” appointment. After your session, you can go back to your daily routine, although there are a few recommendations for the first few days. We may advise patients to avoid alcohol for 24 hours before and after treatment as well as strenuous exercise.
We also ask patients to avoid blood-thinning medicines (such as aspirin). This helps us control the injection process. We recommend avoiding extreme temperatures or direct sunlight. Finally, patients are advised to avoid massaging or touching their faces after treatment so that the filler has time to settle properly.
How Soon Will I See a Change?
Results from Juvederm usually appear within a day or even hours. However, it will take a little time for the filler to “set.” As the hyaluronic acid binds to the water in your skin, it will gradually achieve its long-term shape over the course of two weeks.
What Are the Other Types of Juvederm?
There are other varieties of Juvederm that work on areas besides the cheeks. Juvederm Volbella, for instance, treats the lips. It usually lasts for a year and can soften lip lines or subtly increase the lip volume. If you really want to add a lot of volume to the lips, you can use Juvederm Ultra XC, which generally increases the volume at a faster rate.
Juvederm XC or Vollure are excellent choices for treating facial lines like nasolabial folds, or marionette lines around the mouth. Finally, for very deep lines that require an extra-thick filler, Juvederm Ultra Plus can deliver increased treatment for severe nasolabial folds and similar issues.
Can I Get Multiple Types of Juvederm Simultaneously?
Patients often combine their treatments in order to make the process simpler. The number of injections and type of injections will depend on the exact goals you have, and our medical staff may do both treatments in one session, or recommend separating them.
In addition to combining Juvederm treatments, many patients elect to get Botox in one region and Juvederm in another. It is not uncommon for patients to use Botox on their forehead or frown lines while using Juvederm for their cheeks or lower face.
Why Should I Choose a Hyaluronic Acid Filler Instead of Botox?
Hyaluronic acid fillers are a unique classification of injectable treatment. They are different from neurotoxins like Botox, and they are also different from collagen treatments that focus on triggering the long-term regrowth of collagen. Hyaluronic acid fillers typically last for 1-2 years and have a specific set of advantages.
Neurotoxins May Not Treat the Same Concerns
Botox and other related neurotoxins like Dysport and Xeomin work by blocking the signals from the nerves to the facial muscles. They often work quickly, but they are best used in areas with lines that are caused by contracting muscles. Forehead lines and worry lines are excellent treatment areas for these injectables, but neurotoxins are not as effective when the goal is to add volume to the cheeks.
Collagen Treatments May Not Work Quickly
Hyaluronic acid fillers can also sometimes be more efficient than collagen growth. When it comes to restoring volume, some collagen treatments are very effective. Collagen production is a very natural process, and it can increase the quality of the skin as well as provide volume. However, one challenge of several collagen treatments is that while some results can be seen right away, the ideal results usually come after new collagen has been produced, which can take weeks or even months.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers May Work Faster
Hyaluronic acid fillers will usually reach their “ideal” stage in about two weeks. This is faster than it typically takes to regrow collagen. Juvederm also works in areas like the cheeks, where Botox and other neurotoxins are less effective. This makes it an excellent choice for anyone who wants to add cheek volume quickly and effectively.
Fortunately, you don’t have to become an expert in all the different types of treatments in order to get your best results. When you visit Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX, we will work with you to get an understanding of your personal goals and help develop the best treatment plan for you. It all begins with a personal aesthetic consultation.
What to Expect at Your Aesthetic Consultation
Your personal consultation is a relaxed, one-on-one meeting with our medical staff. If we haven’t had you as a guest before, we’ll take some time to get to know you, and we’ll make sure to get a good idea of your aesthetic goals and expectations for treatment. We will also carefully go over your medical history, to ensure that you have the safest possible care. Although Juvederm is a very low-risk treatment, we want to make absolutely certain that it is the right treatment for you.
Would you like to know more about this treatment? You can, at last, reclaim that youthful glow and vibrant aura in your cheeks, taking years off your appearance with the natural and long-lasting Juvederm Voluma treatment. Contact Novo Med Spa in Frisco, TX and book your consultation today!