Here in the U.S.A., it seems we’re the last to get new medical devices. Sometimes, that’s a good thing – as in the FDA preventing the notoriously problematic PIP silicone breast implants from being sold here. Other times, it’s just a frustrating and slow wait for good products. As a plastic surgeon, you can feel like you’re behind our colleagues in Canada and Europe.
Take Juvederm’s filler product, Voluma, for example. It’s been available in the U.K.& Europe for 4 years, and in Canada for at least 3 years – working well. You can see the Canadian advertisement picture to the left. It’s another member of the HA filler family, like regular Juvederm or Restylane, which both have a very good track record. But only now is the FDA getting around to deciding on whether or not to approve the product for use in the USA.
If and when it is approved by the FDA, Voluma would be a new option of adding volume to the cheeks or the chin area. It’s designed for deep placement, not superficial wrinkles. It’s more likely to replace a midface lift, or be used instead of a fat transfer to those areas – so it would be a nice, non-surgical treatment that could be done at a lunchtime appointment, rather than the surgical alternative.
Keep your fingers crossed.
photo credit: torontosurgery.ca
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