Losing facial volume in the cheeks and the temporal areas (i.e. the area on the side of the face behind the eyes) is one very significant part of the aging process. It is also a problem, as losing the volume or fullness in the upper face gives the appearance of looking older.
Fortunately, more tools are becoming available to replace lost volume in the face and provide a more youthful appearance. Injectable fillers can restore volume and reshape the face without surgical intervention such as a facelift.
Injectable fillers have many advantages, including showing immediate results with little to no downtime. Depending on the filler, results can last from a few months to as long as two years.
The fillers that I currently offer, Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus, last about a year. The latest FDA-approved filler, Juvéderm Voluma XC, will last approximately two years.
Juvéderm Ultra and Ultra Plus are made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a substance that occurs naturally in the body and is a component of collagen. Since this is a naturally-occurring substance, HA has a very low risk of allergic reactions and is reabsorbed by the body over time.
This family of fillers is excellent for nasolabial folds (i.e. the corners of the mouth) and the lips. They can be injected precisely and in small amounts, giving me great control over the results.
I’m very excited about the recent approval of Juvéderm Voluma XC, as the filler will enable me to improve the volume of the face to a greater extent. Voluma is injected more deeply into the upper face area along where the cheekbone is located. These injections will give a more full appearance to the cheeks, and will restore volume to that area that is lost with aging.
Depending on a person’s facial structure and the status of their aging process, different fillers may need to be used in different locations. When Juvéderm Voluma becomes available in our office, which should be in the near future, I will make a general announcement through our newsletter and this website.
Finally, as I have mentioned in the past, new and exciting developments continue to arise throughout this exciting field of medicine. As always, I will keep you up-to-date and at the cutting-edge of these events as they occur.