Are fine lines and wrinkles making you feel insecure about the way you’re aging? Do you want to find a way to turn back the clock and refresh and rejuvenate your skin, all while keeping your natural beauty? Then Voluma may be right for you. With just a few simple injections, you can enjoy younger-looking, gorgeous skin that will have you feeling more yourself again! To learn more about this incredible treatment, offered here at ICT Eye in Wichita, KS, read on.
Where Can You Inject Voluma?
This amazing injectable can be used to treat various cosmetic concerns all over the body. It’s primarily used on the face to treat fine lines, more severe wrinkles, and sagging skin; think frown lines, hollow cheeks, sunken temples, marionette lines, smile lines, and nasolabial folds. It’s commonly used to fill out thin lips that have either always been thin, or lost volume with age. Incredibly, it can even be used to smooth out and soften skin and diminish the appearance of protruding veins on the hands!
What Actually Is Voluma?
Voluma is a series of injections known as a “dermal filler”, which means it uses a key ingredient called hyaluronic acid, or HA, to add hydration and volume to the skin. This FDA-approved cosmetic treatment is a cost and time-effective alternative to surgical cosmetic solutions like a facelift. It also provides more natural-looking results that leave patients looking restored and stunning without ever looking “worked on”. And with over 3.4 million Americans undergoing treatment in 2020, you have to admit this hit treatment must be doing something right!
How Does Hyaluronic Acid Hydrate the Skin?
HA moisturizes the skin by binding to water molecules it finds in the body and then bringing them to the skin’s surface. Incredibly, HA can carry up to one thousand times its weight in water! Not only does it give the skin the moisture it needs to stay soft and smooth, but it helps stimulate the production of proteins like collagen and elastin. These keep the skin springy and full of volume, which is what gives people a more youthful, lifted appearance.
What’s amazing is that HA originally occurs in our bodies. But as we age, we produce less and less of it, and as such, less and less collagen and elastin too. So this treatment uses a synthetic version of HA as its key ingredient, injecting it straight into problematic areas on the skin. The HA does its work, settling into the face over the days after treatment and kickstarting the body’s production of new elastin and collagen. After about two weeks, patients will be able to see the incredible full effects of treatment.
What Exactly Will These Results Look Like?
It will depend on the areas you’re looking to treat, but many patients experience tighter skin that gives them a more sculpted-looking jawline, or perhaps fuller, apple-like cheeks. If you’re looking to fill out lines and wrinkles, you’ll likely be thrilled to see those areas soften and give you a more youthful glow. Whatever the treatment area, all our patients love how natural the results look; treatment leaves them looking refreshed and healthy while still totally themselves. Incredibly, these dazzling results can last for anywhere between six months and two years!
Why Do We Lose HA?
Aging is a key factor in why we lose HA, but other factors can speed up the process. Diet, alcohol and tobacco consumption, sun damage, and even air pollution can all contribute to a rapid loss of HA. And while we can limit our exposure to these things, things like genetics, which are out of our control, also play a part. So it’s very clear that wrinkles and sagging skin are a normal and common part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with them if you don’t want to!
What Is Treatment Like?
The first step is to come in for a consultation with a member of our expert staff. This will be your chance to talk us through your cosmetic concerns, and we’ll evaluate your medical history to make sure you’re a suitable candidate. If everything is looking good, we’ll design a treatment plan for you, stating how many units of the product you’ll need and how many injections you’ll receive. We’ll carefully follow along with this on the day of your treatment.
On the Day
Treatment is performed in-house at our lovely Wichita office. We’ll ask that you come in with a clean face free of any makeup or sunscreen. We may first apply a topical numbing cream to ensure your maximum comfort, then we’ll perform the injections. Thanks to the cream and the fineness of the needle, many patients can hardly feel treatment! It will last for between five and twenty minutes, depending on how many injections are needed. then you’re free to go!
Incredibly, there’s no downtime associated with this treatment. Patients can immediately carry on with their days afterward, heading back to work or errand running without feeling run down. This is in contrast to surgical procedures that ask that patients take time off work and life to heal. We may advise against a few activities that will help you avoid bruising, but we’ll go into more detail after your treatment.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
Since there are so many factors that can lead to a loss of collagen and HA, we don’t prescribe one certain age as the “ideal patient”. If you’re over the age of 18 and you’re struggling with sagging, loose skin, we warmly invite you to come in for a consultation. There’s also no one correct skin tone or gender. Excitingly, as we normalize the idea that everyone deserves to look and feel fantastic, dermal fillers for men are becoming more and more common.
Some medical conditions may prohibit you from undergoing treatment, as will certain medications. Those who are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant soon will also be ineligible. During your consultation, we also may find that your skin concerns would be better treated with a different cosmetic solution, or maybe you like the sound of another treatment better. Whatever the reason, we would be thrilled to talk you through other options offered here at ICT Eye.
What Are Some Alternatives to This Treatment?
Collagen Induction Therapy
Also known as microneedling, collagen induction therapy involves rolling tiny needles along the skin’s surface to create hundreds of “micro-injuries”. While that may sound scary, all it does is trigger the body’s healing processes, triggering the production of new collagen and turning over fresh skin cells. The result is gorgeous, healthy skin with a reduction of pores, scarring, discoloration, and fine lines. It’s an ideal treatment for those who want to utilize their body’s natural processes.
Perhaps, during your consultation, we’ll learn that your wrinkles aren’t caused by a loss of collagen and HA at all, but instead are “dynamic wrinkles”. These are the wrinkles formed by repeated facial movements such as smiling and frowning. If this is the case, we may instead suggest Botox, an injectable that targets the nerves under the skin and blocks their communication with nearby muscles. When this happens, the muscles no longer contract as you move your face, meaning the skin on top stays smooth and gorgeous!
Want to stay away from needles altogether? You may be interested in one of our chemical peels, which are sort of like medical-strength facials. A series of potent, effective products are applied to the skin’s surface. These formulas can only be administered by professionals such as the members of our expert staff. They serve several functions: some can reduce the appearance of fine lines, while others work to brighten the skin. During your consultation, we’ll decide which peel will best treat your skin concerns.
Another great way to get your skin perky and supple is Ultherapy, which works similarly to collagen induction therapy in that it kickstarts your body’s natural processes to create more collagen. But this treatment uses microfocused ultrasound technology to heat the deeper layers of the skin. This thermal effect stimulates the body’s production of new collagen, without having to go anywhere near needles! The carefully focused imaging technology ensures the skin is heated at just the right temperature and just the right layers are targeted.
Are You Ready for Stunning, Younger-Looking Skin?
If you’re done feeling unhappy with the version of yourself looking at you in the mirror, why not change it? With just a few easy injections, you can look more youthful and bright, and feel you again. No matter where on your body you’re looking to treat, Voluma can help you achieve your cosmetic goals. To learn more, schedule a consultation with the team at ICT Eye in Wichita, KS, today.