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It is common for the cheeks to lose their healthy volume and fullness as a result of aging. Because of this, the face can take on a sallow appearance, with a lack of definition in the cheeks and chin. Allergan, the maker of products like Botox and Juvederm, developed a product in the Juvederm family called Voluma XC, which has earned FDA approval to treat the age-related loss of volume in the cheeks. Dr. Sheena Kong is pleased to offer Voluma XC to patients at her downtown San Francisco practice who want a healthier and happier-looking facial appearance.

How Does Voluma XC Work?

Voluma XC is a hyaluronic acid-based product designed to restore fullness to the apex, apples and hollows of the cheeks. Upon injection, the product plumps the hollow area and produces a "lifted" effect for a more youthful-looking face. Voluma XC is specially formulated with Allergan's Vycross technology for a smooth, even result.

The hyaluronic acid gel acts as an inflatable cushion, supporting the cheek tissue and structures. It also has a hydrating effect and brings water to the surface of the skin for a supple-looking face.

Treatment Details

Prior to treatment, the skin will be cleansed. Voluma XC contains lidocaine, a numbing agent, but additional anesthetic can be administered, if need be.

Dr. Kong will inject small amounts of Voluma XC into the cheeks using a very fine needle. She will select strategic points around the apex, apples or hollows of the cheeks, depending on where you need the most volume. The number of injections will depend on the degree of correction necessary and the size of the treatment area.

When Dr. Kong has finished making the injections, an ice pack should be applied to the area to reduce any discomfort or swelling.

Voluma XC treatment does not require significant downtime or recovery. You will most likely be able to return to your regular activities within 24 hours of treatment. For the first day or so, be careful to avoid putting pressure on the treated area, as this could cause the product to migrate.

Benefits of Voluma XC

Patients love Voluma XC not only because it adds youthful fullness to the face, but also because treatment is quick and easy. Appointments will take less than an hour and can be conveniently scheduled. Side effects are very rare, but include tenderness, swelling, firmness, bruising and redness/discoloration.

Over time, the body will simply absorb the Voluma XC. Repeat treatments are recommended to maintain your results. Dr. Kong can put together a treatment schedule, if you are interested.

Learn more about Voluma XC

Please contact the office of Dr. Sheena Kong to learn more about the product and what to expect during treatment.

Dr. Kong can also explain the other injectable products, like Botox, Juvederm and Restylane, available at the practice.

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