The original Juvéderm™ is a hyaluronic acid filler, which is the fluid that lubricates your joints. It was created to fill lines and wrinkles, and is most frequently used to add volume to the lips and to fill the smile lines (nasolabial folds) around the mouth. The new product is more highly cross-linked, meaning the individual molecules have more connections between them. This results in a product that is a little thicker and less pliable than the original. Juvéderm VOLUMA™ XC was created specifically to add volume to the cheeks, and cannot be used in any other location.
There are currently two other products on the market that can also be used to add volume to the cheeks (although neither is specifically FDA-approved for this purpose): Radiesse™ and Sculptra™.
- Radiesse™ is made of calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral found in bones and teeth. It is administered in a single treatment. The results are immediate, and last for about 9-12 months.
- Sculptra™ works by stimulating your body to make collagen, so the results take several weeks to develop, and do not necessarily diminish with time (i.e. the change may be permanent).
In comparison, Juvéderm VOLUMA™ XC lasts up to two years, but is not permanent. It is administered in a single treatment and results are immediately visible. The cost falls somewhere in the middle of the spectrum between Radiesse™ and Sculptra™. I haven’t personally used the product yet- we have the clinical trainer scheduled to come to our office in September- but I’m excited to see how it compares.
Have you ever had filler to add volume to your cheeks? What did you think of the result?