Address Facial Volume Loss Quickly and Efficiently with a Nonsurgical Treatment in Tucson and Oro Valley, AZ
The loss of volume in the cheeks that can create a sunken effect.
While many women and men recognize the role that wrinkles play in the aging process, volume loss is another change that can cause the face to look more aged. Specifically, loss of volume in the cheeks can create a sunken effect. Just as there are injectable treatments to address wrinkles and lines, there is also an injectable treatment to address facial volume loss: VOLUMA® XC. Tucson and Oro Valley women and men battling facial volume loss endure the added challenge of frequent and extreme exposure to the sun, which produces UVA and UVB rays that damage collagen and elastin in the skin.
However, VOLUMA® XC contains hyaluronic acid, which is one of the substances the body naturally produces to help the skin maintain its youthful elasticity. Treatment can be accomplished in the amount of time it takes to eat lunch, and patients experience no downtime and minimal interference with normal routines.
Am I a Good Candidate for VOLUMA® XC in Tucson?
Women and men over the age of 21 who are experiencing age-related volume loss in their cheeks and want to reclaim their youthful, healthy shape can likely benefit from VOLUMA® XC. Ideally, patients should be in good overall health with realistic expectations for what their treatment can accomplish. Patients who are allergic to lidocaine, or who are pregnant or breastfeeding, are not the best candidates. The best method of determining whether a VOLUMA® XC session is right for you is to schedule a consultation with our highly trained cosmetic injector who can assess the health of your skin and determine which treatment options, if any, would provide the most positive impact.
What Does VOLUMA® XC Address?
The apples of the cheeks are a prominent feature in youthful faces. Appearing round and rosy—especially when someone smiles—they indicate health and vitality, as well as serve to provide structural support for the entire face. Their firm, yet supple properties are due to the combination of collagen in the skin and fat just below the surface.
Over time, collagen levels drop, which makes the skin less supportive and full. Facial fat can also diminish. What remains can give in to the pull of gravity, traveling downward. When this happens, the apples can go from round to flat. In some cases, hollows can form. The loss also impacts more than the cheeks themselves, since the now-unsupported and sagging tissue has to go somewhere. Often, it shows up as jowls that obscure a defined jawline with wobbling skin.
VOLUMA® XC can simultaneously address both flat patches and jowls by restoring the midface volume that creates the apples of the cheeks. The thick gel brings roundness back by filling in hollows as necessary. The hyaluronic acid-based formula of VOLUMA® XC also makes for a stable support structure, subtly elevating the sagging tissue into a more youthful position.
What Can I Expect During a VOLUMA® XC Treatment in Tucson, AZ?
A typical VOLUMA® XC appointment lasts about half an hour, although the treatment itself takes just 10 minutes. We begin the process by cleaning and examining the treatment area. The number of injections during each appointment varies by patient, but typically we will administer two or more injections. The VOLUMA® XC product contains lidocaine, which is a local anesthetic to help reduce pain or discomfort during the process.
There is no significant downtime following a VOLUMA® XC treatment. However, patients may experience swelling, tenderness, and bruising at the injection sites. Swelling can be reduced with an ice pack. Patients can help reduce these symptoms by avoiding vigorous exercise and exposure to heat or sun in the first 24 hours following a VOLUMA® XC treatment.
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The positive results should be immediately visible following treatment, although the full results might not be visible until swelling and redness have diminished, which can take a couple of days or weeks. Many VOLUMA® XC patients choose to receive a touch-up treatment one month after their first appointment to maximize their results. While treatment results are not permanent, they typically last up to two years, after which patients may require additional VOLUMA® XC appointments to maintain volume.
VOLUMA® XC Cost in Tucson, AZ
The cost of a VOLUMA® XC treatment session depends on the amount of filler required to achieve the desired cosmetic resluts. Following the consultation, we provide patients with information related to what they can expect based on their treatment plan, including an outline of the cost of treatment. Other variables include whether a patient is satisfied after a single session or requires a touch-up.
Insurance companies do not cover the cost of aesthetic procedures. While cost is important and should be a factor in developing a treatment plan, pursuing a VOLUMA XC® treatment with licensed, experienced, and trained cosmetic injectors is vital to obtaining the best results in a safe environment.
What Are Hyaluronic Acid and Collagen?
Given the fact that their departure from the skin can cause such significantly visible signs of aging, it should come as no surprise to learn that collagen and hyaluronic acid are important components of a healthy and youthful-looking face.
Collagen is a protein found all throughout the human body. The structure of the molecule makes it especially good at filling a dual role of flexibility and strength. This serves it well in the skin, which must be tough as a barrier, but able to bend and stretch to accommodate the full range of motion necessary for daily living. Early dermal fillers made use of collagen as their main ingredient, but since it was derived from animals, allergies were an ongoing concern. VOLUMA® XC serves many of the same functions as collagen, but uses a hyaluronic acid-based formula instead.
Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate, also common in the body. This molecule is notable for the way it attracts water and holds onto it. This ability keeps the skin well hydrated, which means it can flex as it should and appear full, smooth, and rounded.
The structures that collagen forms in the skin hold hyaluronic acid molecules, which in turn hold onto water molecules, making for a relationship vital to healthy-looking skin. When these molecules start to break down, signs of aging appear. The hyaluronic acid in VOLUMA® XC is made in a lab setting.
More Than VOLUMA® XC
VOLUMA® XC comes from a family of fillers that also includes JUVEDERM® XC and VOLBELLA® XC. All dermal fillers in the line are made by Allergan and feature hyaluronic acid to improve moisture retention.
Allergan is also the manufacturer of BOTOX® Cosmetic, an injectable skin treatment used to relax the muscles specifically responsible for causing dynamic wrinkles to appear.
When used together, injectables can address a range of wrinkles and signs of volume loss to give the entire face a more youthful look. Ironwood Dermatology also offers a host of other rejuvenating options, including chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, and more.
Talk to our cosmetic injector to discover which treatment or combination of treatments—including VOLUMA® XC—would best work for you.