As the face ages it loses its fullness, becomes more hollowed in areas, collagen breaks down forming fine lines and wrinkles, and facial bones begin to shift. A youth-full face is depicted by an inverted triangle with the fullness across the temple and cheek areas. Over time, as the fat pads begin to slip and the skin become more lax, the lower half of the face becomes more full, or the face begins to narrow, looking longer and more drawn. One of the best ways to hit the refresh button on your appearance is by replenishing the volume your skin has lost.
It’s hard to believe but by the age of 20 the collagen in our face is already beginning to break down, and by age 50, there is a 30% reduction of overall collagen, a fibrous protein deep in the dermis that gives structure to the skin and supports functions of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA). Elastin is an elastic protein that maintains the skin’s shape, gives it its snap. Hyaluronic acid cushions and lubricates to keep the skin hydrated. More collagen enables the presence of more elastin and HA, which is the key to maintaining younger looking and acting skin.
Injectables are ideal for restoring the youth-fullness to your face, or for creating balance by augmenting cheeks, lips, jawlines, chins and temples. Let’s face it, not everyone is born with perfect symmetry or ages at the same rate. Even if you have had a surgical procedure to restore your youthful appearance such as a facelift, or a non- surgical procedure like a FracTotal Facial, Injectibles will enhance your face’s youthful appearance. Injectables, administered correctly by a licensed professional with an artistic eye and years of training, can enhance your beauty in as little as a one-hour office visit.
Our philosophy at Anton MD is plastic surgery so natural you can keep it a secret and this applies to our non-surgical procedures, like Injectables, as well. Duck lips, lumpiness, and overfilled facial features are not the signs of natural beauty we strive for. Our goal is to create balance in your face by using the right product in the right area and in the right amount. This process begins with an aesthetic consultation with one of our experts to assess your facial structure, your aging process, your desires and even your budget. At Anton MD we offer a variety of Injectables and our aesthetic experts will discuss the best option for you.
Many patients inquire about a “liquid facelift”, which involves the use of numerous fillers used to treat all the aging conditions of the face including skin laxity, fine lines, deep wrinkles, hollows, and loss of contours. Our aesthetic specialist can discuss the pros and cons to a “liquid facelift” versus a surgical facelift.
Voluma is one of the newer HA (hyaluronic acid) fillers, popular for its longer lasting effectiveness. All fillers to date are absorbed by the body over time, but Voluma can last up to two years. Obviously, the results will not be the same over its duration and often maintenance injections are desired. It is an ideal filler for building foundational support to “lift” sagging skin.
Because of its viscosity, Voluma is ideal for creating beautiful, natural looking cheeks, filling temples, treating pre-jowl lines, augmenting jawlines and chin and lifting nasal labia folds (smile and parenthesis lines).
Who is a Candidate
Anyone concerned with facial aging, deep wrinkles, skin laxity or those who desire more prominent contours of the face. Some medications, lifestyles, and medical conditions may be contraindicated, restrict or prohibit treatment.
What to Expect
Treatment area(s) is numbed with a topical numbing cream for 30 minutes before the treatment begins. Voluma can be administered through a cannula (a small, blunt-tipped needle) or injected deeper into the bone. Both processes are made comfortable by the numbing cream and the steady hand of the injector. Ice packs are offered during and after treatment for added comfort.
Downtime and Recovery
Following treatment the face will remain numb for several hours. Slight bruising and swelling can occur but is resolved in 3-5 days. To minimize bruising, we advise you to stay off aspirin/Advil for 5 days prior to injections. Bruising is also minimized when patients apply direct pressure to the injection site for ten minutes following treatment. Some tenderness in the treated area is normal but resolves within 3-5 days. In the case of jawline injections, the jaw may be sore and feel tight for a few days after treatment. Massage is recommended in treated area(s) for the first 72 hours following treatment.
Voluma offers immediate results. Cheeks are fuller, contours more defined, wrinkles diminished or erased, and in some cases, the skin is “lifted” and appears more taut. For optimal results, wait 3-5 days after treatment to allow swelling and any bruising to subside.
How long do results last
Voluma is the only filler clinically proved to last up to 2 years in the cheek area. However, each body absorbs HA fillers at its own rate. People with a fast metabolism, and athletes can expect to absorb Voluma and all HA fillers more quickly. For best results, protect skin by limiting sun exposure and applying a physical sunblock daily, such as CORE made in the shade or Elta MD. In some cases, Botox may enhance Voluma’s results and longevity.
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