Cosmetic Networks host Sheila Maitlen interviews Laguna Niguel Dermatologist, Dr. Lorrie Klein on Cosmetic Networks Live Web Show.
Sheila Maitlen: I understand Voluma is a filler. Can you share with the viewers what Voluma is?
Dr. Lorrie Klein: Well, Voluma is a hyaluronic acid from Allergan, and it’s part of the Juvederm family. It came out in November 2013 in the United States although it’s been in Canada and Europe for several years. It’s an awesome filler. It’s specifically leveled for cheeks and in fact I just did my cheeks myself three days ago.
Sheila Maitlen: Dr. Klein, what is Voluma used for?
Dr. Lorrie Klein: Voluma is mostly used for cheeks. You can use it over some other areas like the temples and the jaw line. Some doctors thin it out a little bit and use it for other areas of the face too. But it’s FDA-approved for cheeks and in particular for the mid-face area
Sheila Maitlen: So, how long will the effects of Voluma last?
Dr. Laurie Klein: Voluma is pretty cool because it lasts up to two years while the other hyaluronic acid fillers last up to one year.
Sheila Maitlen: So Dr. Klein, if the patient got a Voluma injection and they decided that they didn’t like the outcome, is there is anything they can do to take it out?
Dr. Lorrie Klein: Well, with Voluma being hyaluronic acid filler it is dissolvable. All the hyaluronic acid fillers have an eraser. If something goes wrong or there’s an area someone doesn’t like for some reason, there is a solution that can be injected into it to make it dissolve, and it’s almost instantaneous. I usually see it dissolving before my eyes. We don’t have the need to dissolve Voluma very often, but once in a while, patients will come up with something they don’t like that was done at some other office with an hyaluronic acid filler and we can fix it for them.
Sheila Maitlen: So, when the patient gets Voluma injected, does it hurt? Or is there a process that you do to numb the area?
Dr. Lorrie Klein: We use a cold spray called PainEase. It’s like instant ice, we just spray it as we inject. It’s very unique and works really well. You have to either have an assistant who is ambidextrous or be very quick because you have to spray and inject right away. Luckily I am a little ambidextrous, so I can spray with my right hand and inject with my left. But it does help patients with the discomfort. They are very happy with it.
Sheila Maitlen: So, Dr. Klein, is there actually anything in the syringe of the Voluma that also makes it more comfortable when injecting into the skin?
Dr. Lorrie Klein: All hyaluronic acid fillers from Allergen, Juvederm, Juvederm Plus or Voluma contain lidocaine, which is a topical anesthetic and also an injectable anesthetic. Therefore, it does numb once it gets into the skin.
Sheila Maitlen: So Dr. Klein, what is your experience with Voluma and do you use it often?
Dr. Lorrie Klein: I use Voluma every day. Lot of patients are asking for cheek treatments. When your face ages, it’s often the cheeks that need revitalization. We need to lift the cheeks back up. This will help improve the lower face as well as the eyes. I’m also a trainer for Voluma for Allergen, so I train other physicians on how to use it. It is one of my favorite products.