Juvederm Voluma XC has recently been FDA approved to add volume to the cheeks in those ages 21 and older. As we age, the soft tissues of the cheeks lessen and our cheek bones resorb. The fat pad of our cheeks then descend and help create the deep lines between the nose and the corner of the mouth (nasolabial creases). By restoring volume to the cheeks, we are able to achieve a more youthful appearance.
The Best Candidates For Juvederm Voluma XC
Juvederm Voluma XC is a smooth gel filler used to restore volume to the cheeks. The product is often used in combination with Juvederm XC areas which treats creases from the nose to the corners of the mouth (“laugh lines”), lines running down from the corners of the mouth (“marionette lines”), and to better define the jaw line. Juvederm Voluma XC may also be injected into the lips to either augment and/or better define the lips
Every Procedure Carries Some Uncertainty & Risk
When Juvederm Voluma XC is performed by Dr. Michael Baroody, a board certified plastic surgeon, complications are infrequent and usually minor. Still, individuals vary greatly in their anatomy, physical reactions,and healing abilities; therefore the outcome is never completely predictable. Complications that can occur include bleeding, bruising, firmness of the product, redness, and asymmetry. You will reduce your risks by closely following Dr. Baroody’s instructions both before and after your procedure with Juvederm Voluma XC.
Planning For Your Procedure
During your initial consultation with Dr. Baroody, he will evaluate your face and discuss your concerns. Dr. Baroody will review any medications or supplements that may cause problems during or after your procedure, such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen. Be sure to inform Dr. Baroody if you smoke or are taking any supplements/medications. If Juvederm Voluma XC is right for you, Dr. Baroody will explain the techniques, potential complications, before and after instructions, as well as medications you should avoid. Do not hesitate to ask Dr. Baroody any questions you may have, especially those regarding your expectations and concerns about the results.
Preparing For Your Procedure
Refrain from taking medications that will thin your blood such as Aspirin and Ibuprofen. If you are taking blood thinners prescribed by your physician because of a medical condition then discuss this with Dr.Baroody before stopping the medication. Although it is unlikely that you will bruise significantly following your Juvederm Voluma XC procedure, do not plan any significant social events for about a week afterward just in case.
Where Your Juvederm Voluma XC Procedure Will Be Performed
The Juvederm Voluma XC procedure will be performed in Dr. Baroody’s office.
The Juvederm Voluma XC Procedure
Dr. Baroody will place a specially compounded topical anesthetic ointment for 15-30 minutes prior to your Juvederm Voluma XC injections. If you are having the procedure placed in your lips, Dr. Baroody will give injections of lidocaine initially to completely numb your lips so you will not feel the Juvederm Voluma XC injections. The numbness will wear off in 1-2 hours. Ice will be administered during the procedure to decrease bruising and swelling.
After Your Juvederm Voluma XC Procedure
Take it easy for the remainder of the day. Expect some redness and swelling for 24-36 hours. The vast majority of the swelling will have resolved by the next morning. Place cold packs on the treated areas as needed for comfort. Even though Dr. Baroody uses various approaches to minimize bruising such as a topical agent and ice during/after the procedure you may bruise for 2-7 days. Typically make-up may cover the bruising as it resolves.