Juvederm Voluma: Everything You Need to Know

At Skin Therapeutics, we use several types of fillers to help reduce the signs of aging, improve the appearance of marionette lines, and restore volume to the skin. Juvederm Voluma is one we primarily use to volumize and augment the cheekbones along the zygomatic arch of the face.

So let’s discuss what you need to know about Juvederm Voluma to determine if it’s right for you!

What is Juvederm Voluma?

Juvederm Voluma XC is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler manufactured by Allergan, the maker of Botox. It is one of five injectables of the Juvederm family we offer and is specifically designed to treat and correct areas of the mid-face that have experienced volume loss due to aging. Voluma is made using advanced Vycross technology, producing a cohesive, homogenous, thicker gel that offers predictable, long-lasting, and natural results. Voluma has been used safely in 72 countries since it first appeared on the market in 2013.

Benefits of Juvederm Voluma

1. Lifts and augments cheeks: Juvederm Voluma is designed to restore lost volume in the hollows of the cheeks, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth.

2. Improves the appearance of cheekbones: The filler can enhance the prominence of cheekbones, providing a more youthful and contoured appearance.

3. Pain-free treatment: The injection process is generally painless, with minimal discomfort.

4. Suitable for most candidates: Most people seeking to improve their facial appearance are good candidates for Juvederm Voluma treatment.

5. Durable results: The effects of Juvederm Voluma can last up to two years, making it a long-lasting solution for facial rejuvenation.

6. Safe and effective: Juvederm Voluma has been extensively tested and approved by the FDA for safety and efficacy.

7. Can erase smile lines and mild nasolabial folds: The filler can also be used to address smile lines and nasolabial folds, providing a more youthful appearance.

8. Non-surgical alternative: Juvederm Voluma offers a non-invasive option for those seeking to restore facial volume without undergoing surgery.

How is Juvederm Voluma injected?

The injection process for Juvederm Voluma typically begins with the application of a topical anesthetic to the skin for approximately 15-20 minutes. The injector will then make a few marks on your face that act as a guide to ensure a symmetric amount of filler is injected into the correct spots and also to identify areas where blood vessels are located. 

Juvederm Voluma is injected into the deeper dermis of the skin, just above the bone. The injector uses a small needle or cannula to perform the injection. Multiple injection techniques, such as tunneling, fanning, and serial puncture, may be used. In some cases, a “multilayering” approach is employed, starting with supraperiosteal injections targeting the deep fat pads.

The addition of lidocaine in Juvederm Voluma helps improve the comfort of the injection. After the first injection into the cheek, the injector waits a few seconds to allow the lidocaine to take effect before proceeding with the rest of the treatment.

How does Juvederm Voluma work?

As an HA-based filler, Voluma works by adding volume and providing scaffolding for the skin – which can counteract the loss of elasticity that occurs with aging – helping to restore lost volume in the cheeks and midface. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin that can absorb water and act as a cushioning agent. The unique aspect of Voluma is its Vycross technology, which involves cross-linking the hyaluronic acid molecules to create a smoother, more efficient filler. This technology allows for a lower concentration of hyaluronic acid to be used, resulting in a smoother and more natural-looking outcome.

When Juvederm Voluma is injected into the treatment area, it fills lines and wrinkles, and adds subtle volume. The filler integrates with the surrounding tissue and attracts water molecules, which helps to hydrate the skin and provide a plumping effect. This results in a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance. The longevity of Juvederm Voluma is also enhanced by the Vycross technology, which makes it more resistant to degradation and allows the results to last longer than other fillers.

Side Effects/Risks of Juvederm Voluma

While Juvederm Voluma is generally safe, some common side effects may occur. These include temporary reactions at the treatment site, such as tenderness, swelling, firmness, lumps/bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, and itching. These side effects are consistent with other facial injection procedures and typically resolve within a few weeks.

How long do the results of Juvederm Voluma last?

The results of Juvederm Voluma can last up to 1 year in the chin and up to 2 years in the cheek area with optimal treatment.

The longevity of Juvederm Voluma results can be influenced by various factors, including age, general health, lifestyle, skin condition, treatment location, amount of filler used, metabolism, and aftercare. By considering these factors and following proper aftercare instructions, you can help maintain the desired results for longer periods of time.

Who is a good candidate for Juvederm Voluma?

Good candidates for Juvederm Voluma are adults who are experiencing age-related volume loss in the midface area, such as the cheeks and temples. The FDA has approved Juvederm Voluma XC for the temporary correction of age-related volume loss in adult patients aged 21 and older. Candidates should be in good health, have no active skin infections, or inflammation in the treatment area, and have realistic expectations about the results. Voluma is specifically designed for midface volumizing, and its effectiveness in other treatment areas, such as lips, may vary.

Downtime After Juvederm Voluma Injections

Juvederm Voluma injections generally have minimal downtime, allowing you to continue with your day and normal activities after the treatment. This is why many injectable treatments are often referred to as ‘lunchtime treatments.’ Some patients may experience mild swelling, redness, bruising, and tenderness at the injection site, which typically resolves within a few days to two weeks. Areas under the eyes and lips tend to swell the most. It is usually advised to avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours and exposure to hot water, steam, or direct sun on your face for 2-3 days to prevent excess swelling. You may also apply cold compresses or ice to the treatment sites to reduce swelling and bruising if instructed by your provider.


Is Juvederm Voluma safe?

Yes, Juvederm Voluma has proven to be safe and effective in many different clinical studies. There have been at least 18 randomized controlled trials and 7 clinical trials, which have all proven to show Voluma as safe, long-lasting and highly effective in volumizing the mid-face region.

How Juvederm Voluma Differs from Other Juvederm Products

Juvederm Voluma has a slightly thicker consistency compared to other Juvederm products, making it better suited for deeper hydration and volume restoration. This unique formulation effectively treats midfacial aging, whereas other Juvederm products may be more appropriate for areas with thinner skin or lip augmentation.

Juvederm Voluma vs. Juvederm Volbella vs. Ultra

Juvederm Voluma, Volbella, and Ultra are all dermal fillers manufactured by Allergan, but they serve different purposes and have unique properties.

Juvederm Voluma is designed to restore facial volume, particularly in the cheek area. It contains the thickest, strongest gel, making it ideal for deep injection into the cheek area to boost, lift, and volumize. Voluma is used to correct age-related volume loss in the cheeks and cheekbones, providing a more youthful appearance.

Juvederm Volbella is designed to add volume to the lips and smooth out fine lines around the mouth. It contains the thinnest, most spreadable gel, making it perfect for filling fine lip lines or smoothing the delicate area under the eyes. Volbella is also used to improve the appearance of undereye hollows.

Juvederm Ultra is a versatile dermal filler that can be used to treat facial wrinkles, face sculpting, and to increase lip fullness. It has a thinner consistency compared to Voluma and is often used to lift, shape, and define the face. Juvederm Ultra can be used to augment the cheeks, enhance lips, and reshape the nose. It also fills mild to moderate lines and wrinkles.

When will full results be visible?

After receiving Juvederm Voluma injections, you can expect to see immediate results, as the filler smooths, plumps, and volumizes the treated area. However, the results usually take about two weeks to develop or settle fully. During this time, the clear gel ingredients settle beneath the skin’s surface, and the results continue to improve and look more natural as the days go by.


Juvederm Voluma is a safe and effective dermal filler that can restore facial volume, enhance cheekbones, and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With minimal side effects and long-lasting results, it is an excellent option for those seeking a non-surgical solution to facial rejuvenation. If you’re considering a Juvederm Voluma treatment, schedule a consultation with one of our expert injectors today!

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