Voluma: the greatest thing since the Fountain of Youth!
Doc’s Journey continues this month as she takes the patient’s seat and shares her experience as she receives the latest in cosmetic dermatology treatments. This month features the hottest treatment currently at Van Dyke Laser & Skin – Voluma!
Of course we all know the Fountain of Youth is not real. But, Voluma is and I must say I’m truly wowed by this new filler. Not only does it last twice as long as its’ cousins (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, Perlane) but it can do something that we haven’t been able to do before: LIFT!!This March I’m continuing on my mission to improve myself in the year that I turn 60. In previous months I’ve written about my Ulthera and Thermage experience (and the results are starting to really show!) My latest adventure is with Voluma.
The goal: to “lift the face” without the “facelift”. Have you ever stood in front of the mirror and pulled up on the skin of your face? The results are great, right? The cheeks elevate, the folds from the corners of the mouth to the nose smooth out, along with positive improvement in the marionette lines from the corners to the chin (together known as parentheses). Even the crinkles, bags and dark circles under the eyes look better!! So you ask the plastic surgeon “can’t you just do a little tuck…like this (as you pull upward on your cheeks)?” His/her response, “well, little lady, that is a facelift, general anesthesia, incisions up and down your face, weeks of recovery and months of swelling and oh by the way, well into 5 figures financially.” So you get a face-lift or go home dejected.
Enter: Voluma, FDA approved in November 2013, and widely used in Canada and around the world for years. Voluma’s magic is in its ability to restore facial volume in the cheeks to better support sagging skin of middle age and later. Instant gratification, no down time, a fraction of the cost of surgery (and no surgery) and a natural, not surgical look that lasts for 2 years. PS: you don’t have to be middle aged to benefit; we are now able to enhance cheeks and deliver high cheekbones that maybe you did not get from mom.
Voluma: 2 to 4 syringes (I had 2), a few practically painless injections to the cheekbone area (don’t worry, you won’t get swollen or fat cheeks) and my face is more lifted and youthful. Seriously, it is the easiest thing I have done so far. You should try it.
Note: Dr. Van Dyke is a national trainer and lecturer for Allergan, makers of Voluma, Botox and Juvederm. She has trained hundreds of medical providers and physicians in the use of Voluma and was the first in Arizona to use the product upon FDA approval.