Growing young with Voluma XC injection treatment in Portland, OR

Dr. Maddox and the team of Thrive in Portland, OR offer innovative anti-aging solutions including Voluma XC injections.

We are here to help you look and feel your best. Our team takes pride in providing innovative solutions for all your aesthetic needs. One of our most requested treatments here at Thrive in Portland is Voluma XC injections, which can restore youthful contours to the face by replenishing volume.

Facial volume loss explained

You’ve probably seen the term “facial volume loss” and wondered exactly what it is, and what causes it. After all, the volume of skin might seem to increase over time, as it begins wrinkling and hanging in deep folds. In reality, there isn’t more skin, there is less volume supporting it.

Sun exposure, genetics, medical conditions, weight loss, and other factors may impact the amount and rate of volume loss. However, the number one cause is simply the natural aging process. A few of the many changes that occur over time include:

  • Dehydration – Moisture is a significant component in skin volume, helping it stay plump and youthful. Aging skin tends to be drier, which makes it thinner.
  • Fat distribution – There is naturally a fatty layer beneath the skin. On the face, it is generally well distributed with a few thicker areas, such as the cheeks and temples. Over time, the fatty layer becomes thinner and lumpier, with some volume gravitating downward.
  • Collagen depletion – Your skin is constantly rejuvenating itself and generating new collagen. However, the process slows considerably over time.

The most significant amount of volume loss typically occurs in the midface region, which causes flattened or sunken cheeks, and overall thinning of the face. Additionally, gravity pulls excess tissue downward, leading to deep folds, sags, jowls, and other unwanted effects on the lower face.

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How Juvéderm Voluma XC helps

Although there are many types of dermal fillers on the market, not all can restore your apple cheeks with a natural result. Because the midface region typically has the most significant volume loss, it requires a larger amount of filler, and the product is injected deeper than in other areas. Deep injections are subjected to much greater pressure from surrounding tissue than superficial ones are. Therefore, thinner fillers are easily displaced.

Voluma XC is specifically formulated for these hard to treat areas. The formula contains highly concentrated, cross-linked hyaluronic acid, giving it an ultra-smooth, yet firm and resilient consistency.  Voluma XC can withstand the pressure of deep injections, while still integrating with tissue to create natural looking contours. It is the only product to earn FDA approval for correction of age associated volume loss in the midface region with results lasting up to 24 months.

What to expect after Voluma injections

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The procedure is fast and efficient, with minimal recovery time. The product comes in pre-filled, sterile syringes with precision dosage. The number of syringes needed will vary, depending on the severity of volume loss and your desired result. We will discuss this during the initial consultation.

Voluma XC injections are especially gentle. Like other products in the Juvéderm XC line, it includes a numbing agent for ultimate patient comfort. Our trained and experienced injectors use precise techniques for nearly painless injections, and beautiful results. The procedure takes just minutes, and many patients come in during their lunch breaks.

Immediately after treatment you may experience some bruising, swelling, and tenderness at the injection site, all of which tend to fade away quickly. You can resume normal activities right away, with few restrictions. It is best to wait about a day before engaging in strenuous exercise, visiting a sauna, or other activities that cause profuse sweating, because they may prolong bruising and swelling. You will also need to avoid massaging the area for several days, because doing so could displace the filler.

Like other hyaluronic acid fillers, Voluma XC instantly adds volume, with no waiting for results to develop. However, you should be aware that temporary inflammation will skew the appearance of your facial contours. Initially, the treated area might look a bit overfilled. As soon as swelling and inflammation subside, you will be able to appreciate to the true beauty of Voluma XC treatment – and you can continue enjoying those results for up to two years!

Are you ready to replace what time has stolen? Call us at (503) 928-6505 and schedule an appointment.

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A graduate from Northern Arizona University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Adam Maddox is a very established professional in the field of integrative anti-aging and aesthetic medicine with a special interest in Botox, Restylane and Testosterone Replacement therapy for men to name a few.

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