Gravity may keep your feet planted firmly on the ground, but that perpetual tug can stress – and stretch - your skin. While a facelift is one way to lift, tone and restore lost volume, surgery entails a significant commitment in terms of time, recovery and money…not to mention the ouch factor.
Juvéderm Voluma XC – a.k.a. Voluma - is a non-invasive, hyaluronic-acid-based dermal filler that can instantly restore facial volume and rejuvenate the appearance of sunken skin. Currently the only injectable facial filler approved by the Food and Drug Administration [link] to correct age-related volume loss in the cheeks, Voluma is a groundbreaking advancement in non-surgical anti-aging treatments.
Why Volume Decreases with Age
Over time, skin gradually loses resilience and thickness due to diminishing collagen and hyaluronic acid production. It becomes more stiff and less able to adjust to changes in fullness underneath it. At the same time we lose muscle, fat and bone mass, causing the framework of our face to shrink. The result is a hollowing of facial features that makes us look gaunt and tired. As the support structure of the face loses volume, the overlying skin wrinkles, like a balloon that loses air. The first areas to lose volume are the cheeks, temples and chin area. These are the areas that the eye of the observer goes to in judging the age of a person they are looking at. These are the areas that need to be replenished in order to regain the fullness that confers an appearance of youth and restfulness.
Formulated with a dense version of the same hyaluronic acid that is already present in your tissues, Voluma injections restore lost facial volume. Voluma is placed in precise areas deep under the skin, refilling hollows and smoothing the contours of the face. As the support underneath the skin is strengthened with Voluma, the skin redrapes and we see decreased wrinkling and increased tightness and smoothness. Safe for all skin types and skin tones, Voluma treatments yield dramatic results that can last twice as long as other temporary dermal fillers. Studies show that Voluma is effective for up to two years or more. The other critical advantage of Voluma is that, like all hyaluronic acid fillers, it is reversible with a simple injection of hyaluronidase enzyme. Hyaluronidase is an enzyme that dissolves injected hyaluronic acid, but not your own hyaluronic acid. It is very safe and works within 24 hours.
Ideal Candidates for Voluma
One of the first doctors in Los Angeles to offer Voluma injections, Dr. Alexander Rivkin [link] is an international injection expert who regularly treats patients concerned with hollowness and volume loss in the face. According to Dr. Rivkin, the ideal candidates for Voluma treatment are individuals who:
- Have age-related loss of facial volume
- Would like to address facial asymmetry and/or a sunken, hollow appearance in the areas of the cheek, temples and chin
- Are seeking a non-surgical procedure to restore fullness in the face and rejuvenate the skin
- Want a longer-lasting volumizing treatment that immediately offers noticeable and natural-looking results
What to Expect During a Voluma Treatment
During a 15-minute treatment, Dr. Rivkin gently injects the Voluma gel into areas of the face that are exhibiting the greatest loss of volume. Because the Voluma gel contains a trace amount of local anesthesia, the skin is mildly numbed as the dermal filler enters the treatment area.
Bruising, although rare, is always a risk with injections, and there is usually some slight swelling after Voluma treatment. Both of these are very short lived. The procedure entails minimal discomfort and downtime so patients can immediately resume normal activities, all the while looking visibly refreshed with smoother, plumper, younger-looking skin.
Why Choose Dr. Rivkin for a Neck Lift
A Yale-trained cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Rivkin is a leading advocate of non-surgical alternatives and has successfully treated thousands of patients in the greater Los Angeles and Beverly Hills areas. Dr. Rivkin is also frequently featured in the media [link to press] and has performed Voluma injections on television [link to clip], demonstrating the astounding potential of this procedure. If you’re ready to turn up the volume and restore the skin of your youth, call us today at (310) 443-5273 to set up an appointment or fill out our contact form.