Voluma: The Bottom Line

There’s still a lot of advertising and hype for this product, some of it deserved. Here’s the bottom line:

This is the newest in the Juvederm line of hyaluronic acid gel fillers.  It is being marketed and is FDA approved for the cheeks but can be used by experts only in other areas.   It has a higher “G prime” (a measure of lift/loft) and lasts about a year.

The company’s marketing consistently says 2 years but think about this!!  Both Sculptra and Voluma technically last 2 years but who wants their face going from zero to full and full to zero – no one.

The relevant information is… about how often will you need maintenance for a consistent look?  So think about 9-12 months for that.  This product will be too much for many younger faces, and I’m already predicting a awful increase in the number of women/men with “chipmunk” cheeks that are out of proportion to the rest of the face.  We saw a few of those at the Oscars on Sunday night.

Please be very conservative with this product if you are under 50.

Dr. Brandith Irwin, MD

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