As we age, our cheeks begin to lose volume because the bone structure and fat distribution in the face changes. Since there is less fatty tissue under the skin, it becomes loose and with the help of gravity, starts to sag. This causes the skin to lose its smooth, plump appearance. The cheeks appear saggy, and nasolabial folds (better known as marionette lines) are more pronounced.
Dermal fillers have long been used to address this loss in facial volume. You’ve probably heard of products like Restylane, Radiesse and Juvaderm. These products are used to “fill in” the deep wrinkles that are caused by volume loss in the face.
The newest filler on the market, Voluma, works a bit differently from the earlier fillers. Voluma is designed to add volume to the cheeks in order to slightly lift the face creating a natural looking, youthful appearance. Some have gone to so far as to call Voluma the new “liquid facelift.” The treatment doesn’t produce a fake, “plastic” look, but instead helps patients get back some facial volume that they may have lost with age.
Popular fillers on the market, like Restylane, also use a similar ingredient (Hyaluronic acid) to plump problem areas, but Voluma has advanced the effectiveness of Hyaluronic acid with Vycross technology. At a molecular level, the Vycross technology allows the product to keep its shape better (and longer) than earlier generations of fillers.
Amy McClung, MD, has been very impressed with Voluma. “I feel it delivers a subtle and natural looking change.” She adds that in her experience thus far, “it looks very natural and helps both to refresh the face and take off a few years.”
Dr. McClung is also excited by the fact that Voluma is FDA approved to last for two years – significantly longer than the other dermal fillers on the market. That means patients will be able to enjoy the results of the treatment and their youthful appearance longer than with other fillers on the market, getting more out of their investment.
While other fillers do have the ability to fill in and plump certain areas of the face, Voluma is proven to give greater, more natural results that last up to 2 years.
Want to know more? Schedule a consultation with Dr. McClung to learn if Voluma is right for you.