As we age, it’s not uncommon to start noticing a loss of volume in our cheeks and midface. At The Refinery Medspa & Wellness, we offer Juvederm Voluma injections to help restore lost volume and create a more youthful appearance. If you’re interested in learning more about Juvederm Voluma and its benefits, we invite you to visit us at our locations in West Melbourne, FL or Indian Harbour Beach, FL.
How Long Does Juvederm Voluma Last?
Voluma is designed to last 12-18 months. However, some patients may experience results for up to 24 months. The reason for this lengthy duration is due to the Vycross technology that is used to cross-link the molecules of the filler. This gives the filler a smoother consistency and also prevents it from requiring excessive amounts of hyaluronic acid to work effectively.
Additionally, the filler does not bind with the water in your body. This prevents the filler from breaking down at a faster rate and helps to keep it looking natural for a longer period. These features make Voluma one of the longest-lasting dermal fillers on the market today.
What Is Voluma Used For?
The flattening of our cheeks and the loss of volume in our midface starts becoming visible around the age of 40. This is because the production of collagen and elastin, the proteins that give our skin its elasticity and structure, begins to decline at this age. In addition, we start to lose fat in our faces, which further contributes to the loss of volume.
Hollowing under our eyes is another common sign of aging, and is caused by a combination of factors, including a loss of fat and a weakening of the muscles that support the eye. Voluma is an excellent choice for restoring lost volume in the midface, as it has an excellent lifting capacity. In addition, it can help to reduce hollowing under the eyes and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
How Long Does It Take to See Results?
Patients typically see results from Voluma within 24-72 hours. The most significant results are usually visible at two weeks. However, it can take up to four weeks for the final results to be evident. This is due to the fact that it takes time for the hyaluronic acid to settle in the body. Once the filler has been fully absorbed, the results will be long-lasting.
Will You Need More Than One Treatment?
The answer to whether or not you will need more than one treatment of Voluma is determined by several factors. The Juvederm gel is made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is eventually broken down and metabolized by the body. The rate at which this happens will depend on several factors, including your age and lifestyle. Patients who smoke or have a lot of sun exposure may need more treatments than those who don’t.
In general, most patients will need at least two treatments of Voluma to achieve optimal results. If you want to maintain the results, you will need to have touch-up treatments about every 12 months. Our office is conveniently located in West Melbourne, FL and Indian Harbour Beach, FL, making it easy to schedule a touch-up appointment when needed.
Is Voluma Safe?
Voluma was approved by the FDA in 2013 as a safe and effective treatment for patients aged 21 and over. The results of clinical trials showed that patients who received Voluma injections had great results with very little to no side effects.
Some patients may experience redness or swelling at the injection site, but this usually resolves quickly. The reduced risk of infection associated with Voluma makes it a safe and convenient option for patients who are looking for a way to achieve natural-looking results with little to no downtime.
What Should You Expect During Your Treatment?
Prior to your treatment, we will cleanse your face and apply a numbing cream to the injection site. We will then inject the filler into your cheek area using a fine needle. Once the filler has been injected, we will massage the area to ensure that it is evenly distributed. The entire treatment process takes less than 30 minutes, and you should be able to see some results immediately.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
To be a good candidate for Voluma, you should be in good health and have healthy skin. You should also be at least 21 years old and not have any severe allergies to drugs such as lidocaine. You should also have some wrinkles or volume loss in your cheeks that you would like to correct with Voluma.
How to Prepare for Voluma Injections
Schedule Your Consultation
The first step to getting Voluma injections is scheduling a consultation. This is crucial because it gives us an opportunity to assess your needs and goals and to determine whether or not Voluma is right for you.
The consultation also provides an opportunity for you to ask any questions that you may have about the treatment. After the consultation, if you decide to move forward with Voluma, the doctor will provide you with specific instructions on how to prepare for your treatment.
Avoid Topical Skin Irritants
We recommend avoiding any topical skin irritants for at least 48 hours beforehand. That means no retinoids, glycolic acids, fragrances, or other potential irritants. These substances can cause inflammation and make your skin more sensitive, which can increase the risk of side effects from the treatment. If you’re not sure whether a product is safe to use, speak to us and we’ll be able to advise you on what products to avoid.
Avoid Taking Blood-Thinning Medications
Taking blood-thinning medications can increase the risk of bruising and bleeding at the injection site. However, if you’re currently taking blood thinners, be sure to check with your doctor before discontinuing them. In general, it’s advisable to avoid taking these medications for at least one week prior to Juvederm treatment.
Ways to Extend Your Voluma Results at Home
Drink Plenty of Water
Water helps to keep the skin hydrated, which can help to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. In addition, water helps to flush out toxins from the body, which can help to keep the skin looking clear and bright. Finally, water helps to plump up the skin, giving it a youthful appearance.
Eat a Balanced Diet
The skin is constantly exposed to environmental stressors that can damage its structure and function. A diet that is high in antioxidants can help to protect the skin against this damage, and it can also help to promote cell turnover and collagen production. When combined with a good skincare routine, a healthy diet can help you achieve long-lasting results that will keep you looking young and radiant for months to come.
When we’re stressed, our bodies produce cortisol, a hormone that breaks down collagen and elastin. In addition, cortisol increases inflammation, which can further damage the skin and lead to the formation of acne. Try to de-stress as much as possible by taking time for yourself each day to relax and unwind.
The results from Juvederm Voluma typically last between 12-18 months, and touch-ups may be necessary to maintain the results. If you’re in the Indian Harbour Beach or West Melbourne area contact The Refinery Medspa & Wellness and Skin & Body by The Refinery by using our simple online form. Alternatively, you can also call us at 321-341-3321 to reach us in West Melbourne, FL, or call us at 321-428-3004 to reach us in Indian Harbour Beach, FL. Don’t forget to follow us on social media for our latest deals and specials & events!