Full, round cheeks and lips are signs of youth, so it makes sense that with age, your cheeks and lips lose volume and contour. While stores are now full of contouring make-up that can make your cheeks look full, they can be tricky to apply and may end up making you look dirty if done wrong. The Juvéderm family of injectables includes Voluma XC and Ultra XC which are specifically made to restore volume to the cheeks and lips. The hyaluronic-acid based gel in Voluma and Ultra XC can be safely injected into the apples of the cheeks and the lips for temporary lift and fullness that also eliminates many of the fine lines and wrinkles in nearby areas. Double board-certified cosmetic surgeon and ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Brackup offers both Juvéderm Voluma XC and Ultra XC injections for the cheeks and lips at Cosmetic Surgery Specialists in Langhorne, Bucks County, PA. Dr. Brackup uses a wide range of injectable treatments, including BOTOX®, Juvéderm XC, and more to help each patient achieve their best results.
"My search was over after being referred to Dr. Brackup!!!. My son's wedding was coming up in August, 2016. My eyes were horrible .When I smiled you saw know eye's. I met one surgeon that was scared to remove the lower bags. How would that look? Didn't make sense. With Time running out by chance I when to a new hairdresser, that had her eyes done and look beautiful. Even though Dr. had a busy schedule,he made it a point to fit me in for June 28th. I was assured my eye's would look beautiful by August 20th. Dr. Brackup was right. I had Upper and lower procedures done. Dr. sculpted my eyes to compliment my high cheek bones. They are beautiful. At 60 years old I look twenty years younger!! Dr. Brackup and his entire staff were kind and honestly the best experience I ever had. He is gifted with hands of gold. He only works from the neck up and is a oculoplastic surgeon. My confident's is through the roof. I walk with my head high for the first time in a very long time. Thank you, Dr. Brackup for setting this butterfly free!! Before pictures click on Rosemarie P. Thanks"- R.P. / Yelp / Apr 06, 2017
"Better than amazing! - I had a wonderful experience with Dr. Brackup. From the moment I met him, I felt instantly comfortable. He is very personable, professional and knowledgeable. The office staff was awesome as well. The morning of the surgery I thought, “what am I doing?” Well, I made one of the most lifechanging desisions ever and am estatic. Filling surgery, Dr. Brackup and his staff provided me with all..."- N. / RealSelf / Jan 19, 2018
"I was unhappy with the sagging skin on my neck and face and had been looking for a solution for a long time. I was reluctant to go "under the knife" -- it just seemed so frightening. I also struggled with the stigma surrounding a face lift. But then I met Dr Brackup and his nurse Michele. They both have a way of making you feel comfortable and cared for. Dr Brackup listened to my concerns and assured me he could give me the results I was looking for. He kept telling me ...how happy I would be. I felt immediate trust. Michele is a gem, and always there to answer questions or address concerns."- M.W. / Facebook / Jan 10, 2018
"You are in the best care with Dr Brackup and staff - I was unhappy with the sagging skin on my neck and face and had been looking for a solution for a long time. I was reluctant to go "under the knife" -- it just seemed so frightening. I also struggled with the stigma surrounding a face lift. But then I met Dr Brackup and his nurse Michele. They both have a way of making you feel comfortable and cared for. Dr Brackup listened to my concerns..."- M. / RealSelf / Jan 10, 2018
"Better than I expected!! - Dr. Brackup is an amazing an incredibly skilled surgeon. I have been going to his office for years for different laser procedures but knew when it came time to have blepharoplasty there would be no doubt who would be doing it. I had upper and lower blepharoplasty and full face CO2 laser done 3 weeks ago and the results are even better than I ever imagined. The office is beautiful and his staff..."- L. / RealSelf / Jan 08, 2018
What to Expect
Voluma or Juvéderm Ultra XC is injected into the skin with fine needles, so some patients may experience some minor pain from the initial prick. Numbing creams may be applied on the injection site to ease the patient’s discomfort. Patients also have the option to use lidocaine, which is mixed with the solution, to help provide anesthetic effects in and around the area. A treatment may last up to 30 minutes. Patients will be able to return to daily activities after several hours. There may be some swelling, discoloration and tenderness around the treated area, but will subside after a few days. Results are readily evident, and can last up to 2 years.
Plan Your Procedure
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Voluma and Ultra XC FAQs
Is Hyaluronic Acid Natural?
Hyaluronic acid, the main ingredient in Voluma and Juvéderm Ultra XC, is derived from natural substances found in the human body. Its main function is cell hydration, and with its cross-linking abilities, it is generally useful in helping facial areas that lack volume. Over time, the gel substance breaks down and is absorbed naturally by the body without any side effects.
Those who seek improved volume in the cheeks and lips may consider Voluma or Juvéderm Ultra XC as a noninvasive solution. The lack of cheek and lip volume may be due to aging or the patient’s natural facial structure. The doctor will be able to recommend if Voluma or Juvéderm Ultra XC is the best option during the initial consultation.
How Long Is Recovery?
Right after treatment, patients will be able to resume to their normal routine with restriction on strenuous activities or any movement that may put pressure on the treated area. It may take up to 1 week before the dermal filler settles within the cheek pockets or lips.
Among dermal fillers available in the market today, Voluma and Ultra XC can last up to 2 years or longer. Re-injection varies as patients’ bodies process and break down hyaluronic acid at different rates.