Wrinkles aren’t the ONLY signs of aging!
Oh noooo, Father Time is QUITE thorough and likes to give us ALL sorts of little “extras.” As we age, we lose our apple round cheeks of youth and can get “sunken in” in the mid-face. We can also get jowls or those “folds” in front of the jowls called Marionette lines or “Howdy Doody” lines, and, of course, who doesn’t love the nasolabial folds, which run from the corner of the mouth upwards to the sides of the nose. Lucky, lucky!!
LUCKILY, a company called Allergen, who brings us the Botox filler, also makes Juvederm VOLUMA, an FDA approved injectable gel for the cheek area that is going to give you an instant subtle lift in your mid-face, bringing back the volume of your youth!
Voluma is a filler mainly composed of Hyaluronic acid, a natural occurring sugar in the body, the top choice for fillers.
And get THIS, Voluma is the LONGEST lasting filler on the market, coming in at TWO YEARS, with “optimal correction.” Now, the average amount of Voluma used is 1-2 syringes per cheek and optimal correction can be MORE than that — it’s what your doc recommends — but it’s gonna be plenty of syringes or injection maintenance after 12 months.
Does it hurt?
This filler requires a deep injection to the bone, but on the pain scale from 1-10, it comes in as a “3.”The syringe contains lidocaine and that puppy kicks in after 3 seconds so the pain is relatively low.
Does it WORK?
In clinical trials, 90% of patients reported being satisfied with the results after 6 months. They felt they looked 5 years younger…and 2 years later, they felt they looked 3 years younger, improving nasolabial folds, jowls, and even the under eye hollow in some cases.
At a recent skincare event in the South Bay, Dr. Keith Marcus of Marcus Medical Spa in Redondo Beach showed a group of keenly interested women how Voluma injections are done. What can I say? Dr. Marcus has a lot of fans! Dr. Marcus is a board certified head and neck surgeon with a private practice Marcus Facial Plastic Surgery. He performs many of the non-invasive procedures such as fillers for Marcus Medical Spa and made it clear that Voluma is his favorite filler!!
Dr. Marcus performed Voluma injections on “one of his own” – the spa’s managing partner, Molly.
I asked Molly if she felt if she lost any volume in her cheeks over time and she was quick to answer YES, and added especially after having kids, she felt she lost her fuller round cheeks.
Molly got 1/2 a syringe in each side of her face — see photos — and didn’t wince once! Dr. Marcus marked some guideline injection points on Molly’s face called Hinderer’s lines to define the injection areas and just merely iced her face without a topical pain reliever — see photos for details.
Remember, VOLUMA is all for the mid-face area. For lower in the face, Juvederm Ultra Plus is used.
Dr. Marcus added that “You don’t have to go gangbusters when getting the VOLUMA injections. You can do 1/2 a syringe on each side – do a little at a time and add on.”
TIP: The Brilliance Distinction Rewards which rewards you for Botox injections, is also going to reward you for VOLUMA injections (and Juvederm Ultra Plus). Right on!
And with VOLUMA, what you see is what you get. This is not like an injection of Sculptura, for example, which is going to improve your results over time. There may be a little swelling or even bleeding during injections, but the doc can be swift to stop bleeding. And best to get an experienced doc like Dr. Marcus who’s been using VOLUMA since it came out late 2013.
Dr. Marcus seems to be an encyclopedia of injectables and talked thoroughly about the comparisons of fillers and which filler is best for what, so he’s HIGHLY knowledgeable with VOLUMA, and he’s TOTALLY cool and down to earth. WARNING: He cracks jokes ! So, be ready to look better and have fun in the process !
More before and afters? Check out www.antiaginganalyst.com, and http://www.juvederm.com/en/juvederm-results/before-after.aspx.
Reach Dr. Marcus and staff at (310) 316-1445, or fill out this form here and the staff there will get back to you right away:
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~The Anti-Aging Analyst