Sculptra®, Voluma™ XC & Fat Transfer as Facial Volumizers
Volume loss is one of the most important aspects of the aging process. Volume loss must be addressed in order help make rejuvenation techniques look natural. Look at a photograph of your face taken 10 years ago. Although most people tend to notice a “drooping” type of appearance, if you look a little longer, you will start to notice a “deflation” effect. In youth, the face is full… the cheeks, brow, lips, and neck all appear full. As we age, there is some loss of skin elasticity, but we also lose volume in those areas. Imagine a grape slowly drying out and turning into a raisin. The raisin is certainly wrinkled, but the main change that occurs and results in the appearance of the wrinkled and dried raisin is the loss of the volume (water) from the grape.
For this reason, attention to volume loss in the face is of paramount importance.
The loss of volume in the face can be corrected with different products and procedures including fat grafting, Sculptra®, and dermal fillers like Juvederm®, Restylane® and Voluma™. These products can be used together to perform a “Liquid Lift” or “Liquid Face Lift.”
There is a remarkable new hyaluronic acid filler from our favorite family of fillers, Juvederm®. We have been eagerly awaiting its arrival since we heard of its approval by the FDA in October 2013. We are delighted to report that our doctors are ‘Platinum Plus’ level injectors of Voluma™ XC! So why all the excitement about another hyaluronic filler coming to the market? What makes Voluma™ XC so different from other fillers and the regular Juvederm® XC we all know and love?
Voluma™ XC is the first and only HA filler cleared by the FDA to restore volume loss in the cheeks, a major factor in the aging equation. Think about it like this: Voluma™ XC lifts, as opposed to the other products, which fill in lines.
Volume loss in the cheeks is the major reason we lose our youthful profile when we age. Plastic surgeons have known this for decades. A well-performed facelift actually repositions the cheek fat that sags as a result of gravity over time. Just to be clear, Voluma™ XC can’t reposition cheek fat, but its thicker cross-linked formula adds volume in a way that restores a more-youthful contour to the mid face. So if you’re not quite ready for a facelift but have started noticing some changes, Voluma™ XC could be just what you’re looking for.
The subtle lift achieved with Voluma™ XC can make a dramatic difference. Patients surveyed in the clinical trials said they look up to 5 years younger! What is the best part? Voluma™ XC lasts up to two years!
A side-benefit of restoring volume to the cheek area is that it can also improve wrinkles and lines in other areas of the face, particularly the nasolabial folds and around the eyes. This varies from patient to patient depending on the depth and location of the wrinkles.
It’s becoming clear that the aesthetic non-surgical field is evolving. Rather than just chasing individual wrinkles and filling them in, we can now take a more holistic approach by improving the 3-D effects of aging in the mid face first and filling the rest in later. So you can see how well Voluma™ XC works hand-in-hand with its sister product, Juvederm®, and why we are delighted to have it in our anti-aging arsenal.
How to Pick the Best Injector for your Juvederm Voluma™ XC
Experience Matters with Voluma™ XC
Our doctors have over 30 years combined experience injecting fillers to replace facial volume loss. As Allergan Platinum Plus level injectors, rest assured our doctors can deliver fantastic results with new techniques to diminish bruising, swelling and discomfort.
No Ouch! Flexible Cannulas
Our doctors use advanced techniques by using flexible cannulas for injecting fillers. Not only are they safer for our patients, but also they are less painful than needles with much less bruising. Our doctors are the first in Montgomery to use this new technology and as far as we know, RRFP doctors are the only injectors in town to use them.