Juvederm Voluma XC seems to be the latest and greatest “hot shot for 2014”. Already released in Australia this much awaited dermal filler was designed to improve and repair areas of the face that appear sunken, droopy and tired in appearance. It is the very first hyaluronic acid filler the FDA has approved and it is said to last 12 months, and is promoted to help with the contouring and volumising of facial wrinkles.
Unlike other fillers, Juvederm Voluma XC is different because it is in a form of a thick gel, and it is made with the most concentrated hyaluronic acid which allows the gel to flow continuously with ease. It also has a small amount of lidocaine, a local anesthetic, that numbs the area to be treated which increases the patients comfort during the treatment. Voluma can last up to 18 months and is highly successful in the mid-face, jaw line, corners of the mouth and from the nose to the chin.
When considering this treatment, It is essential to have a detailed consultation with an accredited professional to ensure you are receiving the most informed and honest advice and recommendations.
I had a consultation with Brooke Francisco-Newberry of the Layt Clinic in Ballina and had a treatments including Juvederm filler about 18 months ago. At the time I was feeling a bit ‘haggard’, hollow, and to be honest, a little bit down on myself. With the big 5-0 looming, I needed a freshen up. Brooke suggested to achieve the results I was looking for, some Juvederm may just be in order. Boy, am I happy she recommended this. I had a little in my upper cheek area (no idea how much?!). My instructions to her were ‘just make me look good, and I DON’T want to look like I’ve had anything done”. No-one knew (until this article that is!), and over the next few months the comments were coming “looking good Trish”, “looking really healthy”. I was impressed and of course sold on Juvederm.
Here are some of the benefits of Juvederm Voluma XC :
- It can last up to 2 years which a regular dermal filler does not offer.
- It saves time and money for frequent ‘refills’ or ‘top-ups’ since it can last up to 2 years.
- It is potentially less bleeding, less bruising, and has a faster recovery period largely because it is designed to enhance a specific area. I was fine by the next day – but I did feel like I could see the tops of my cheeks when I looked down – this was a bit daunting to me – no-one could see what I felt I could see though.
- Other possible side effects like pain, lumps or bumps, firmness, injection site redness, itching, tenderness, discoloration, and swelling lasts only for 7 days or less and are observed to be mild to moderate – I was fine by the next day.
- It has less to no pain because Voluma contains lidocaine, a local anaesthetic that numbs the area to be treated so the patient feels comfortable during the entire procedure – it was way less painful than Botulinum Toxin (botox, dysport) to me!
- It gives a subtle non-surgical lifting effect in restoring the youthful contours and profile that makes the surface skin creases and lines less visible and casts less shadow and makes it look superficial straight after a Juvederm Voluma XC procedure.
Personally I love fillers. Having said that I hate the overuse of fillers which leave that bloated “OMG what’s she had done” look. To me, less is more. Of course in the changing and evolving world of cosmetic beauty, there’s always new products coming onto the market, so before you make your choices, research, research, research. Oh, and of course speak with your friends, they’ve probably done it too, and will probably deny that as well LOLLLLL.