Voluma is an injectable filler to counter age-related volume loss in the cheek region of the face to give a more youthful appearance. It is a gel produced by Juvederm to plump and structure the area around the cheeks. It contains a proprietary formula consisting of lidocaine (a numbing agent related to cocaine), and hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is used for hydrating and plumping the skin and also occurs naturally in the skin so is broken down over time (around 6-9 months).
WHAT TO EXPECT
A professional assessment of the merits of using Voluma for your particular face, it will not be suggested for everyone. The aesthetician will ask you to fill out a detailed form that should include questions about allergies to lidocaine (which may have been used by your dentist in the past), hyaluronic acids and the gram-positive bacterial proteins used in these products. The product is not suitable for anyone who has had any severe allergic reactions to any substance (anaphylaxis) in the past. Do not expect it to be used anywhere outside of the cheek region as the safety of this has not been established. In this case another type of filler should be used. The aesthetician will agree with you the size or amount of filler to be used. The injection area will be sterilised and a relatively painless injection will be performed by the same aesthetician.
Fuller and firmer cheek area, lifting and tightening skin in the area to create a more youthful appearance. The process is relatively simple and can be performed in one visit.
The injected area can be tender, swollen, lumpy, bruised, painful, itchy, and red or discoloured after the injection, though these reactions usually die down within two weeks. However if the injection accidentally enters a blood vessel, vision can be affected, even leading to blindness. It may also result in stroke, infections or permanent scarring.