VOLUMA® for Youthful Facial Contours
One of the key indicators of beauty is healthy skin and the presence of youthful volume. In our younger years, our faces are rounder and fuller due to normal facial fat. As the years pass however, this facial fat and collagen begins to diminish, causing the face to take on a gaunt, hollowed-out appearance. This causes facial tissues to begin to migrate south and as the skin loses tautness, lines and wrinkles begin to emerge.
The good news is that you have a say in how gracefully you age, and with advanced fillers like JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, you can restore youthful fullness and contour to the face with natural-looking results. If you live in the Austin area and are searching for highly experienced VOLUMA® injectors, then look no further! Dr. Anthony Bittar and his experienced team are dedicated exclusively to the art of facial aesthetics and skin rejuvenation.
Dr. Bittar’s comprehensive knowledge of facial anatomy and artistic sensibility play a key role in creating stunning facial refinements. When creating subtle enhancements through the use of fillers like JUVÉDERM VOLUMA®, Austin cosmetic surgeon Dr. Bittar is well known for creating results that look soft, natural and beautiful.
What is JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC and How Does It Work?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC is the newest hyaluronic acid soft tissue filler by Allergan (the makers of BOTOX® Cosmetic). It is the first and only FDA-approved injectable gel that provides immediate results for re-volumizing the cheek area.
VOLUMA® is from the Juvederm® family of fillers and is scientifically designed to treat large-scale volume loss. This particular filler has proven to be very effective in restoring age-related volume loss in the cheeks, cheekbones and the chin area.
Much like its predecessor, JUVÉDERM® XC, VOLUMA® contains hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring element in human connective tissue. HA is responsible for capturing water, in turn providing the skin with a plump, smooth and hydrated appearance.
An HA molecule is capable of holding up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, making its presence vital to providing support and volume to the skin. As we get older, this vital structural component begins to decline. The depletion of HA causes the skin to become dehydrated, lose its elasticity, and accentuate lines and wrinkles.
VOLUMA® works to restore volume and plump up the skin by replenishing lost hyaluronic acid. Its highly unique formulation allows it to be deeply injected into hollow regions of the face with an ultra fine needle. Once injected, the HA in VOLUMA® binds and absorbs water, creating a subtle lifting and giving the skin a plump, hydrated look.
What distinguishes VOLUMA® from other soft tissue fillers is the unique cross-linking process used in its formulation called VYCROSS™. This special cross-linking also helps decrease the rate of degradation, effectively improving the HA’s persistence at the injection site. In other words, VOLUMA® results are long-lasting. In fact, treatment with this filler can provide patients with a subtle lift and voluminous contour for up to two years with optimal treatment.
Am I A Good Candidate for VOLUMA®?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® is FDA-approved for the correction of age-related volume loss in the cheeks for patients 21 and older. Basically, anyone experiencing loss of volume in the mid-face and flattening of the cheeks is a potential candidate for VOLUMA®. If you are bothered by the appearance of sunken, hollow cheeks, then JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® may be a great solution for you.
However, the best way to determine if you are a good candidate for treatment is through an in-person consultation with one of our skincare experts. Our Austin JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC specialists will evaluate your facial structure, form, skin tone and texture to see if VOLUMA® can help you reach your facial rejuvenation goals.
THE ROLE OF CHEEK VOLUME IN BEAUTY
There’s a reason for the term “baby face.” Plump, round cheeks signify youth. Whereas the opposite – sunken, saggy cheeks – indicate aging. Young faces comply with what many plastic surgeons refer to as the “triangle of youth.” This refers to the idea that if you were to draw a line from ear to ear across the highest part of the cheeks, and then drew lines down to the chin to complete a triangle, the widest part of the face would be represented by the cheeks.
However, as facial aging occurs, this triangle gradually turns upside down, with the jawline eventually representing the widest part of the face. The cheeks are one of the first regions of the face where visible changes related to the aging process occur. This is referred to as “mid-facial aging,” wherein the cheeks deflate and facial skin and tissue begins to migrate south. There are several factors that cause mid-facial aging to occur:
- The skeletal structure thins, causing the cheekbones to recede and actually get smaller.
- The medial fat pad (which provided our cheeks with their plump fullness in our younger years) begins to thin out and descend downward.
- Collagen production begins to slow down, so skin is no longer as thick and firm as it was earlier in life.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC, (as its name implies) restores volume back to the cheeks to give the mid-face a subtle lift and overall a more youthful shape. The result is a smoother facial contour and a more refreshed and vibrant look.
SCHEDULE A VOLUMA® CONSULTATION IN AUSTIN
Dr. Anthony Bittar is renowned in his field and widely acclaimed for achieving beautiful results with non-invasive facial rejuvenation. Both Dr. Bittar and our professional medical team offer patients an unparalleled level of combined education, experience and expertise that has helped countless Austin men and women make their aesthetic goals a reality.
After a consultation, there is never any pressure to move forward with treatment. Get answers to your questions about JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® and other facial rejuvenation options in a friendly, low-stress environment.
If you are considering VOLUMA® treatment in Austin, please call (512) 448-4422 to schedule your consultation. You can also fill out our consultation request form and one of our staff members will be in touch with you shortly!
OTHER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQS): JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC
An injectable gel used to improve age-related loss of volume in the cheek area in adults over 21 years of age.
WHAT MAKES JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC DIFFERENT?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC injectable gel is the first and only FDA-approved filler to add volume to the cheek area. Using a special manufacturing process called VYCROSS™ technology, this treatment targets age-related volume loss, creating contour and lift for a more youthful appearance.
WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC?
Patients over 21 years of age who have experienced loss of volume in the cheeks. Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding, have a history of excessive scarring or pigmentation disorders, or are taking medications that can prolong bleeding or therapy used to decrease the body’s immune response should discuss this treatment with Dr. Bittar.
WHAT CAN I EXPECT WITH A JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC TREATMENT?
Patients should see more volume in the cheeks, with added contour and a subtle lift.
WHY SHOULD PATIENTS CHOOSE ANTHONY BITTAR, M.D FOR THEIR VOLUMA® TREATMENT?
Dr. Anthony Bittar is a trusted facial plastic surgeon practicing in the Austin area for almost 30 years, specializing in aesthetic and injectable treatments. Learn more about Dr. Bittar here.
IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME AFTER A JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC INJECTION?
Downtime is minimal; however, patients should limit strenuous exercise and exposure to extensive sun or heat within the first 24 hours following treatment. Because JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC treatment is non-surgical, you may return to your normal activities 24 hours after treatment.
WHAT ARE THE COMMON SIDE EFFECTS OF A JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC TREATMENT?
Moderate side effects of this procedure generally last 2 to 4 weeks, and may include temporary reactions at the injection site such as tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, and itching.
HOW DO I KNOW IF JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC IS RIGHT FOR ME?
If you are looking for a simple, injectable outpatient treatment to correct loss of volume and fullness of the cheek area, VOLUMA® may be right for you. Always discuss this or any cosmetic treatment options with your doctor.
ARE THE TREATMENTS WITH JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC PAINFUL?
Injections may cause some discomfort during and after the injection. The VOLUMA® formula contains lidocaine for a more comfortable injection experience. Also, your doctor may choose to numb the treatment area at the injection site.
CAN VOLUMA® BE COMBINED WITH OTHER FACIAL FILLERS?
Yes. The trusted professionals at Dr. Bittar’s Austin-area practice regularly combine facial filler treatments, as certain fillers work best for certain areas. Additionally, layering fillers is another safe and effective option.
WHEN CAN MAKEUP BE APPLIED AFTER MY TREATMENT?
Because it varies from patient to patient, you should speak with Dr. Bittar about when makeup can be applied after treatment.
CAN I COMBINE BOTOX AND JUVEDERM TREATMENTS?
Yes. Botox and Juvederm treatments can be combined safely under the care of an experienced professional.
HOW MUCH DOES JUVEDERM COST?
Fees may vary depending on your individual treatments. Contact Dr. Bittar online or call (512)448-4422 for more information.
HOW LONG DO RESULTS FROM JUVEDERM LAST?
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC can last up to 2 years with optimal treatment.
CAN I HAVE JUVEDERM TREATMENT ON THE DAY OF AN EVENT?
Your doctor may advise against getting JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC treatment on the same day as an important event, as you may be advised to limit certain activities immediately after treatment. Discuss your options with Dr. Anthony Bittar.
CAN PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT SKIN TONES/COLORS BE TREATED WITH JUVEDERM?
Yes. Juvederm products have been studied on all skin colors and types.