Non-surgical cosmetic procedures have been growing in popularity for several years. Botox, fillers and other non-invasive to minimally invasive treatments have allowed both women and men to turn back the hands of time and enjoy smoother, more voluminous, and healthier looking skin. And now, there’s a new procedure that may completely change the way we look at rejuvenation treatments.

Seniors and Plastic Surgery

Shafer Plastic Surgery’s own NY plastic surgeon, Dr. David Shafer, was featured in the news recently regarding a revolutionary new cosmetic filler that is taking the world by storm.

“It is a paradigm shift in the way fillers are used,” says Dr. Shafer of the treatment.

So what exactly is it?

Juvéderm Voluma XC, or Voluma for short, is the treatment that’s poised to revolutionize the cosmetic and plastic surgery field. Created by Allergan, the makers of Botox, Voluma is the first and only injectable filler to ever receive FDA approval for adding volume to the mid-face and cheeks.

Although it has just been approved by the FDA for use in the United States, Voluma has actually been around for quite some time and has been used on patients in 72 countries for the past five years. The treatment is ideal for individuals who have lost volume in the face due to aging or weight loss and results in a youthful, rejuvenated look.

But while all fillers produce similar results, what makes this particular cosmetic produce stand out from all the rest?

Like Juvederm and Restylane, Voluma is a type of hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring skin molecule. However, unlike other fillers, Voluma has very low hydrophilic properties, which means it has a very low rate of water-absorption and works fantastically as a volumizer. The problem with fillers that have a high rate of water absorption is the fact that while they may be great for wrinkle treatment, there is little control when it comes to adding volume to the treated areas. Voluma will not expand after it is injected and thus, provides precise results.

“What you see is what you get with Voluma,” explains Dr. Shafer.

Voluma also works exceptionally well when it comes to lifting. Unlike other fillers, the gel does not spread out once it has been injected, providing a fixed and superior lift to the cheeks and other areas that are treated, aside from just adding volume. The effects also last longer for Voluma than for other fillers. Traditional fillers may last anywhere from 8-12 months, while Voluma’s effects can continue for two or more years. And best of all, the results are not permanent, allowing patients even more control over their results. If an individual is not fully satisfied with the effects of the treatment, the procedure can be reversed.

The treatment is a quick, painless outpatient procedure and for most patients, doesn’t even result in bruising. Patients can return to work right after getting Voluma injections and can enjoy the results right away.

For more information on Voluma, contact Dr. Shafer today to schedule a consultation.