Getting Cheeky: Voluma XC Approved for Cheek Augmentation

beautiful woman pointing to cheekAre you still looking for the Fountain of Youth? It’s time to stop searching… Today experts know that the secret of eternal youth is found in the cheeks! With the recent announment that Voluma XC, a new FDA-approved filler, is joining the ranks of the Juvéderm family, those in the know are smiling cheek-to-cheek.

Safe and Effective

Juvéderm Voluma XC was approved this October to restore age-related volume loss in the midface (cheeks). It’s been about 8 months since the FDA General and Plastic Surgery Devices Panel unanimously recommended Voluma XC for approval as a safe and effective viscous gel for cheek augmentation. This hyaluronic acid product is the first of its kind approved in the US for deep-tissue injection to address lost volume in the midface / cheeks, earning it status as filling an unmet industry need. Here’s how:

Today’s aesthetic experts know that facial aging happens in 3 dimensions: the skin becomes wrinkled and damaged; we lose volume in the midface, under the eyes and in the temples; and tissue becomes lax and droops. Two decades ago, the answer was to pull the skin back tightly and trim the excess in a standard facelifting procedure. Surgeons today are able to restore volume, which lifts up some of that lax skin, and fill the lines with soft tissue fillers. Adding Voluma XC to the non-surgical toolbag puts the very first filler in surgeons’ hands that’s approved to restore lost volume to the midface / cheek area.

Study Results

In the clinical trials, Voluma was shown to be safe, with no permanent adverse events, and effective, with excellent results. In fact, about 70% of the study patients still had improvement in the midface 2 years after treatment, which means patients can expect a long-lasting result with infrequent (but necessary) touchups.

As for adverse effects, the most common in the study were at the injection site, including redness, tenderness, swelling, bruising, pain, and other moderatly uncomfortable skin nuisances. All were temporary, lasting 2 to 4 weeks. Voluma XC is for adults 21 years of age and older.

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