Botox and fillers continue to be highly-sought procedures for patients across the board. Easily done, quick results, no downtime, what’s not to like? Even better, medical companies continue to push the technology towards even greater products.
One such newly FDA approved product, Voluma, stands behind years of success in Europe and Canada to become an incredible new choice for patients. Drs. Stephan Finical, Kevin Smith and Lou Bucky, all board certified plastic surgeons with a heavy interest in injectable fillers, sat down to discuss Voluma and the implications of its introduction in the US.
By: Adam McMillon
A Better, Longer-Lasting Filler is Here for US Patients
As with most medical products introduced in the U.S., Voluma has already had an extensive history in Europe and Canada, leaving U.S. based physicians excited for its introduction in the states. Dr. Kevin Smith, an expert in injectable fillers, describes his own excitment. “I love Voluma. It’s another member of the Juvederm family; it’s a hyaluronic acid that can be used to fill and re-volumize the face. The beauty of Voluma is that it has a great elasticity. We can push, we can lift… it’s more sculptural than the other fillers.”
What is a Hyaluronic Acid?
While Botox is an easy name to remember, hyaluronic acid is a scary term! Patients shouldn’t worry about the name, though, as the compound is completely natural. “It’s a natural building block of the body,” says. Dr. Smith. “They have a very low complication rate and are very well accepted by the body. The beauty with the formulation that makes up Voluma is it gives up to two years longevity to a patient’s results.”
Even with a thorough understanding of the filler by your board certified plastic surgeon, patients who are weary of their results have an added bonus: Voluma can easily be reversed, safely. “The great thing about Voluma, is that if someone doesn’t like the result, we can reverse the procedure,” says Dr. Finical. “We can give an injection in the same area and Voluma simply dissipates, easily erasing what was originally done!”
How long does Voluma last?
The major downside to Botox and fillers is their longevity: from a couple months to a year before treatments need to be redone. With Voluma, patients can enjoy up to two years before having to repeat the treatment. “After two years, 65% full volume is maintained, so it might last even longer,” says Smith. “Voluma lasts about twice as long as most fillers.”
With a longer lasting material, patients, may wonder about added cost. “Voluma costs about a third more, but lasts twice as long,” says Finical.
Dr. Lou Bucky wraps up the discussion for patients:
- A natural filler
- Excellent for volume to the cheek
- Reversible if the patient doesn’t like it
- Lasts twice as long as normal fillers
- Costs about a third more than normal fillers
“Voluma sounds like a very good filler to add to the choices for our patients.”