Voluma dermal filler: Effective facial rejuvenation in Plano, TX
Have you ever flipped through old photos of yourself and noticed how the apples of your cheeks used to show when you smiled? Or how your face looked more rounded and smoother? When you weren’t looking, the fat pads that gave you those appealing contours began to diminish. Dr. Daniel Achtman and Dr. Carmine McConnell at DSA Dermatology in Plano, TX restore facial volume with an effective dermal filler called Voluma.
How cheeks change over time
Once you reach physical maturity, your face has distinct fat pads – superficial around the eyes, temple, and forehead; and a bit deeper around eyebrows, nose, and mouth. Deep fat pads are located in the midface region. The type of fat in this area renews slowly (it takes about a decade for cellular turnover).
As we get older, our bodies begin to function less efficiently. In this case, the body cannot keep up with depletion of tissues, so deep fat pads begin to thin. Cheek apples disappear, cheeks flatten, and the face looks more angular and masculine.
While these changes to fat distribution are occurring, it also becomes more difficult to maintain bone and muscle mass. Without those substructures in the upper portion of the face, skin on the lower half sags into wrinkles and jowls.
How Vycross technology restores cheek volume
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a carbohydrate found naturally in the human body. HA has the unique ability to bind with water, so it helps to lubricate joints, and is a vital component of ocular fluid and other tissues. HA also helps to keep skin supple with internal hydration.
HA is a key element of Voluma, a dermal filler in the highly respected Juvéderm family of aesthetic products manufactured by Allergan. Traditional Juvéderm fillers are made with crosslinked HA. Hylacross is a method of binding molecules of hyaluronic acid together so they provide optimal volume and plumping when injected into skin. Allergan takes the technology a step further with the Vycross cross-linking technique using HA with varying molecular weights. This arrangement results in a filler that:
- Can be injected more deeply.
- Has a thicker consistency ideal for mid-face volumization. It delivers a natural and appealing lift to the cheeks that helps to smooth skin on the lower half of the face as well.
- Is dynamic – it moves with facial expressions, avoiding a fake or plastic appearance.
- Has a soft feel but does not diffuse as easily as thinner formulations.
- Provides long lasting results – up to two years.
What you need to know about Voluma treatment
For effective placement, Voluma requires deeper injection than other fillers. However, our doctors are professional injectors, trained and experienced in providing comfortable treatments. Plus, Voluma is infused with lidocaine, an anesthetic that reduces discomfort.
Your journey to more youthful looking facial contours begins with a consultation with Dr. Achtman or Dr. McConnell. The doctor examines your skin and takes plenty of time to understand your concerns, before explaining treatment options. If Voluma is the best choice for your needs, your first session can be scheduled. It is important that you are not taking any Asprin, Advil, fish oils, or omega fatty acids for the week before injections in order to reduce the chance of bruising. Also you must tell the Doctor if you are on any blood thinners. If you bruise easily you may want to consider starting ‘Arnica Montana’ both orally and topically before your appointment. This is a herbal supplement that reduces bruising and is available at health food and many grocery stores.
Your skin will be properly cleaned, then a topical numbing cream is applied for approximately 45 minutes and then your skin is re-cleansed. The doctor determines precisely where the product will be placed and how much will be needed to achieve the desired volume, while still looking natural. After your injections are completed, cold compresses are applied to the treatment area to reduce any chance of swelling, redness, or bruising at injection sites. The entire process including the numbing and the injection usually takes about an hour. You are free to return to usual activities after treatment, and wear makeup. You will see immediate change, with continued improvement for about a week as HA grabs and holds water. Then simply enjoy your rejuvenated appearance for 18 months or longer.
Voluma may be the only treatment needed to accomplish your skin improvement objectives. However, our doctors are adept at developing tailored treatment protocols that enhance your unique characteristics, rather than resulting in a cloned or cookie-cutter appearance. DSA Dermatology offers a broad range of nonsurgical and minimally invasive techniques which may be combined for personalized rejuvenation.
Voluma works well with other dermal fillers, as well as neuromodulators like Botox, light and laser therapies, Kybella for reduction in double chin, chemical peels, and microdermabrasion. You may want to complete your look with aesthetic services such as professional makeup application, laser hair removal, or eyebrow shaping.
In Plano, TX, Voluma dermal filler is an effective treatment with the added assurance of care from a Board-certified dermatologist. Call (972) 362-9567 to schedule your cosmetic consultation with Dr. McConnell or Dr. Achtman at DSA Dermatology.