Do you ever feel like you look older than you are due to hollow cheeks? Do you have jowls that make you feel self-conscious? If so, you may be a good candidate for anti-aging injectables at WellSkin Med Spa in Dallas, TX. We offer a wide range of anti-aging injectables, but today we’re going to be focusing on one of our most popular treatments, VOLUMA.
What Is VOLUMA Used for?
VOLUMA, like other dermal fillers, is used to restore volume to the skin that has been lost due to aging, weight loss, or other factors. This filler is specifically designed to enhance the appearance of the midface. If you feel like your cheeks look gaunt, this is the perfect filler for you. However, there are other benefits of this injectable. For instance, it can also be used to:
- Recontour the cheekbone
- Lift sagging jowls
- Enhance the lower eye area
- Tighten loose cheek skin
How Long Can I Expect the Results of My Treatment to Last?
You can generally expect to enjoy your optimal VOLUMA results for two years. However, we can’t tell you exactly how long your optimal results will last because several factors affect the longevity of the results. For instance, older people tend to need more frequent touch-up treatments than younger people. Additionally, you may need more frequent follow-up sessions if you have severe concerns.
What Can I Do to Extend the Longevity of My Results?
There are several diet and lifestyle choices you can make that will help you enjoy your anti-aging results for as long as possible. One effective step you can take is to eat as nutritiously as you can. Your skin looks young, healthy, and beautiful when it has plenty of healthy and strong supportive substances, like hyaluronic acid, elastin, and collagen. To ensure these supportive substances are as healthy as possible, you should eat and drink enough:
- Vitamin C
Another highly effective step you can take to extend the longevity of your results is to make sure that your skin stays moisturized. Drinking plenty of water, tea, and coffee will hydrate the deepest layers of your skin. However, you should still apply a gentle, occlusive moisturizer to the top layer of your skin once or twice daily, depending on your skin type.
Is There Anything I Should Avoid to Extend the Longevity of My Results?
Yes, there are things you should avoid if you want to enjoy your optimal results for as long as possible. For example, you should avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Men who are 65 and older and women should drink no more than a unit of alcohol nightly, and men who are under the age of 65 should drink no more than two units of alcohol nightly. If you drink alcohol, you should make sure that you drink plenty of hydrating fluids, too.
It is also important that you avoid UV radiation damage. Tanning beds, tanning lamps, and sun tanning can all damage the collagen in your skin significantly. You should apply a bronzing cream to your skin if you want to darken it. When you go outdoors, irrespective of whether it is overcast, you should apply an SPF 35+ sunscreen.
How Soon Can I Expect to See My Desired Results?
You will be able to see an immediate improvement in the appearance of your treated areas. This initial improvement is due to the volume added by the injectable dermal filler. However, it may take approximately 10 to 14 days for the final results of your treatment to become apparent.
The reason why you can’t expect to see your desired results immediately is that the results of this treatment are due to extra collagen production in the treated areas. You need to wait until your skin has broken down the filler and finished producing the extra collagen to enjoy your optimal results.
Is There Anything I Can Do to See My Results Faster?
While it’s not possible to see instant results, there are a few things you can do to help ensure your skin can produce collagen as efficiently as possible. One of the best things you can do is to avoid applying too much pressure to the treated areas for a couple of days following your treatment. If you rub the injection sites too hard, you can shift the filler out of the intended areas, negatively affecting your results. This may necessitate a touch-up treatment.
Another very effective thing you can do for the sake of your skin’s collagen production efficiency is to eat fruits, vegetables, and protein with every meal. Furthermore, you should limit your intake of highly processed foods and alcohol. Smoking should be avoided entirely.
How Long Can I Expect My Treatment Session to Take?
Generally, you can expect your treatment session to take between 30 and 60 minutes to complete, depending on several factors, including the severity of your cosmetic concerns. Generally, the more severe your concerns are, the longer you can expect your session to take. Additionally, you can expect your treatment to take longer if you also need other cosmetic treatments performed during the same appointment to achieve your desired aesthetic.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You can generally expect to qualify for this treatment if you have a moderate or severe amount of volume loss affecting your midface. However, you also may qualify for this treatment if you have other cosmetic concerns, like sagging jowls. During your initial consultation, we will discuss all of your aesthetic goals and cosmetic concerns to determine which treatment or treatments will be effective for you.
Furthermore, we will discuss your health and drug and supplement regimen to ensure that this treatment will be safe for you. There are some contraindications for this non-surgical anti-aging treatment, including pregnancy, uncontrolled diabetes, and cancer. Moreover, you should know that you must be able to follow all pre- and post-treatment guidelines to be considered a good candidate.
What Preparation Steps Will I Need to Take Before My Treatment Session?
Despite the non-invasive nature of this anti-aging treatment, there are several important guidelines you will need to follow to ensure that your treatment goes as smoothly as possible. We will advise you on all the mandatory pre-treatment rules during your initial consultation. One of the most important rules you will need to follow is to not take any anticoagulants or blood-thinning drugs or supplements.
Additionally, you will need to avoid the use of any topical products that may irritate your skin. If your skin is irritated at the time of your appointment, we will postpone your treatment for your safety and comfort. Since we can’t treat irritated skin, you should do everything you can to prevent sunburn, including not spending too much time in direct sunlight in the middle of the day and applying sunscreen regularly.
How Will I Need to Care for Myself After My Injection Session?
Most people are free to resume their usual routine once their injections have been administered. However, depending on your usual routine, you may need to make some modifications temporarily. For example, strenuous physical activity must be avoided after your treatment session for 24 to 48 hours. If you have a physically demanding job or usually take a CrossFit class after work, you should go home after your treatment and enjoy a relaxing day.
There is nothing wrong with moderate cardio, like walking or cycling leisurely, but you should not sweat or struggle to sing a song. It is also extremely important that you do not drink alcohol or smoke for 24 hours following your injection session. Additionally, you will not be able to sleep on your side or stomach within 24 hours of your treatment session. Rather, you should sleep on your back in a bed with your head elevated by a couple of pillows or a recliner.
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VOLUMA is usually used to augment the apple of the cheek, but this injectable can also improve your appearance in other ways. For instance, this injectable dermal filler can be used to lift sagging jowls, enhance the upper cheek contours, and improve the appearance of the lower eye area. To learn more about this treatment, schedule an appointment with us now at WellSkin Med Spa in Dallas, TX. Please contact us online today or call 214-373-3223 to schedule a consultation.