Dermatologist Sandra Lee is documenting the transition her patient is about to make when she gets one of the newest facial fillers on the market.
"My concern was the hollowness in my cheek area," patient Maria Duarte said.
Duarte is about to turn 40 and wants a pick-me-up.
"I want to look at the mirror and say wow!" she laughed.
So she decided to try Juvederm's Voluma, a filler the FDA recently approved.
"It's putting volume back in the face," Lee explained. "We inject it more deeply, particularly in these areas of the cheek."
The gel is injected to give a lift to the cheek area which can sag with age.
"It looks so nice because it looks more youthful," Lee said.
Temporary side effects can include tenderness, swelling and bruising. Each syringe costs about $1,000. As you age and lose more volume, you may need several treatments. Duarte needed two.
"It's like instant results," she said.
And those results can last up to two years.
There are similar fillers on the market, but Voluma is the first designed specifically for the mid-face area. It is also reversible in case the patient does not like the results.
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