JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC injectable gel is the first and only filler FDA-approved to instantly add volume to the cheek area. It is made of hyaluronic acid derivative, a sugar molecule normally found in human skin. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC gives you a subtle lift with minimal down-time, helping to restore contour and a more youthful profile, for up to 2 years, in patients over the age of 21. It’s different than JUVÉDERM® XC and works on a different area of the face. JUVÉDERM® XC smoothes out moderate to severe wrinkles and folds around the nose and mouth, like parentheses. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC, however, adds volume to the cheek area. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is an excellent product for treating cheek hollowing and deflation. It contains a small amount of lidocaine which helps to numb the treatment area during the injection procedure. Patients may require a touch-up treatment after their initial treatment to achieve optimal results.
How do I know which injectable is right for me?
The choice of injectable agent is critical to the successful treatment of wrinkles, folds, and facial depressions. An individual consultation with one of our Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeons will give you an accurate assessment of what will be best suited for your face. Often, a combination of agents (i.e. BOTOX ® Cosmetic, Juvederm injectable gel, Voluma, Restylane, Radiesse) may be used to achieve optimal results in different portions of your face.
How long do injectables last?
Longevity of BOTOX® Cosmetic and Facial Fillers can vary from person to person. However, in general, BOTOX® Cosmetic lasts 3 to 4 months, Restylane and JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel last 6 to 8 months in facial folds, JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel lasts 3 to 4 months in the lips, Radiesse lasts 9 to 12 months in the folds and cheeks, Voluma lasts up to 2 years in the cheeks, and Artefill lasts 1 to 5 years. These ranges are on the conservative side, and are often underestimates.
Is BOTOX ® Cosmetic safe?
BOTOX® Cosmetic has an excellent safety record and has one of the highest patient satisfaction ratings of any cosmetic procedure.
Who performs the injectables at your practice?
All of our injectables are physician administered by one of our plastic surgeons. They have the skill and aesthetic training required to provide three dimensional volumetric enhancement and facial muscle relaxation.
Do injectables hurt?
Any injection will cause mild pain. However, we use a variety of measures to minimize this discomfort. Ice, topical anesthetic creams, and/or nerve blocks with lidocaine are all techniques used to reduce pain, bruising, and swelling.
Will I bruise?
This varies from person to person. In general, BOTOX® Cosmetic rarely causes bruising. However, facial fillers, especially near the corners of the mouth, often result in mild bruising. Avoidance of blood thinners can help reduce bruising, as long as you are cleared to stop these by your medical doctor. Make-up can be applied the same day for camouflage, if necessary.
How much do each of these cost?
Please call us at 239-594-9100 for a price list of all of our injectables. BOTOX® Cosmetic is priced by the unit, while the facial fillers (such as Voluma) are priced by the syringe. Keep in mind that only one of our plastic surgeons can give you an accurate assessment of the number of syringes or BOTOX® Cosmetic units that are needed to accomplish your goals.
I am only 30 years old. Am I too young to start?
Many lines, folds, and depressions are hereditary. It is not too early to address these. In fact, many facial fillers are made up of natural constituents of the skin, such as hyaluronic acid or collagen. Therefore, it makes sense to restore these to the skin.
Do injectables accomplish the same thing as a facelift?
No!!!. Injectables are often complementary to facelifts, but a needle will not restore facial fat pads, muscle laxity, or skin laxity to their youthful positions like surgery will. Vice versa, surgery often softens but does not eliminate deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines. In these cases, direct injectable fillers such as Restylane, Radiesse, JUVEDERM® Injectable Gel, Voluma, or Artefill can complement surgical treatment.
Can BOTOX® Cosmetic or Facial Injectable Fillers be performed on the same day as my consultation?
Absolutely. When you call to make your appointment with one of our plastic surgeons, just specify whether you are planning on having a consultation with or without actual injectable treatment on the same day.