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
"Facelift/Browlift for a 60-Something - I'm 62 years old and was watching my jawline, cheeks, and eyelids start to sink. I went to Dr. Brackup after hearing rave reviews about his skill from my hair stylist. The doctor and his staff could not have been more helpful and open in answering my questions and concerns. The procedure--a facelift and browlift--was done six months ago, and I am very happy with it. The result is "refreshed"..."- C. / RealSelf / Jun 08, 2018
"A very satisfied two-month post surgery patient - I found Dr. Brackup very professional from the very beginning at my consultation. I was interested in having an upper and lower blepharoplasty with laser treatment under my eyes. After discussing my options, looking at before and after photos, and explaining the process and answering all my questions, I decided to schedule my surgery for 3/6/18. As I write this review I am two months post..."- K. / RealSelf / May 13, 2018
"I’m a physician and a patient so it’s hard to find a doctor that I can trust yet alone recommend. The results of being ill and a long a contentious divorce left my face looking ravaged looking at least 15 years older than I was. Dr. Brackup did a facelift and laser resurfacing. Now everyone says , even my older brother ( who notices nothing) that I look at least 15 years younger. Dr. Brackup and his staff are so patient and kind. The prices are lower than most places. 10 STARS"- Anonymous / Healthgrades / May 03, 2018
"New Life Starts ! - I’m a physician and a patient. Dr. Brackup first repaired my upper eyelid on one side and then a few years later the other because of ocular myasthenia gravis. I have multiple autoimmune diseases. He did a wonderful job and was so kind and gentle. The result of being ill and a long a contentious divorce left my face looking ravaged and at least 15 years older than I was. I never thought I w..."- P. / RealSelf / May 03, 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.