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Juvederm Voluma is a dermal filler made of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. It is commonly used in treating sunken areas on the cheeks, cheekbone, and chin. The filler can also be used for enhancing the lips. Supplied in two prefilled syringes, Juvederm Voluma comes with a set of traceability labels. The box also contains a product information, which should be read thoroughly before use. The filler is infused with the cutting edge Easyflow System for easy, fuss-free injection. Juvederm Voluma is made by Allergan, a pharmaceutical company headquartered in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
Juvederm Voluma is perfect for patients whose face lacks volume. Having volumizing properties, Juvederm Voluma effectively replenishes volume to the facial areas that appear sunken or hallowed, creating a more youthful appearance. Juvederm Voluma with lidocaine (a similar formulation formulated with a local anesthetic) is recommended for patients who are sensitive to pain. By inducing local anesthesia, lidocaine reduces pain and discomfort for a more comfortable injection experience.
Juvederm Voluma is formulated with 20mg/ml of cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Essentially, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring element that can be found in the tendon, cartilage, ligaments, joints, and skin. Having water retention properties, hyaluronic acid swells up when it comes in contact with water, thereby exerting its volumizing effects. The ingredients in Juvederm Voluma is sourced from a synthetic (non-animal) origin; therefore, has a minimal risk of causing immunogenic reactions. Manufactured using the cutting edge Hylacross cross-linking technology, Juvederm Voluma has a significantly longer length of action.
In most cases, it only takes one Juvederm injection to see results. Immediately after treatment, patients may experience minor swelling (which can conceal the final results). The swelling will usually resolve within one week, revealing the full results. Taking only 5–35 minutes to complete, Juvederm Voluma is designed for on-the-go patients who have a busy lifestyle.
While it is true that Juvederm Voluma (as with other hyaluronic acid fillers) does not last as long as Sculptra and Radiesse, it is reasonably durable and has a duration of action of at least six months. In some cases, Juvederm Voluma may last well beyond six months. In general, the duration of action of Juvederm is 4 to 6 months longer compared to other fillers. The longevity of the results varies from patient to patient.
The formulation has obtained approval by FDA. This means the safety and effectiveness of Juvederm Voluma have been thoroughly reviewed and validated. When used carefully, Juvederm Voluma is safe and not likely to cause any major adverse effects.
Regardless, Juvederm Voluma can potentially cause injected-related reactions. This includes (but is not limited to) tenderness, pain, erythema, itching, swelling and discoloration. However, most of these symptoms are mild and self-limiting in nature, usually taking a few days to resolve themselves.
When unintentionally injected into a blood vessel, Juvederm Voluma may cause severe, irreversible complications such as stroke, vision abnormalities, permanent skin scarring, temporary scabs and blindness. However, with careful injection, the chance of this occurring is very small. To ensure patient safety, all Juvederm Voluma injections should be administered by licensed and experienced medical practitioners who have undergone extensive training.
Before injecting Juvederm Voluma, practitioners should perform a medical assessment to determine whether the treatment is right for you. Patients who are allergic to any ingredients in the formulation should refrain from using the injectable. Currently, the effects of Juvederm Volume in pregnancy and lactation are not well studied.
Before using Juvederm Voluma, check the expiration date printed on the carton. Do not use Juvederm Voluma after its expiry date. Similarly, the filler should not be used if the packaging has been tampered with. The amount of product required is determined by factors such as the severity of volume loss and the structure of the bone. Generally speaking, younger patients tend to require less amount of filler (usually 1ml) whereas older patients may need twice the amount (about 2ml). In order to ensure patient safety, doctors should avoid injecting more than this amount. The depth of injection varies among treatment sites.
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