Back in January, we told you that a new hyaluronic acid filler was being tested in the US on the lower face to provide more definition, and today Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company, announced that Juvéderm Volux has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use along the jaw line.
Earlier this year, Beverly Hills, Calif.-based dermatologist Ava Shamban, MD, told us that a filler for shaping and contouring the lower face is on the way: “There’s a product in Europe called Juvéderm Volux that’s in trial process here in the United States. States for use on the jawline,” she noted.
The filler used in this area—sometimes combined with neurotoxin injections to create a slimming effect in the lower face—has been used off-label for years, but Volux is the first product to receive FDA approval for this area.
Miami dermatologist Jeremy Green, MD, who participated as a clinical trial investigator, said participants reported high satisfaction with the results of their treatments. “Six months after treatment, 89.7 percent of participants in the treatment group were willing to recommend the treatment to a friend, with the majority continuing to recommend treatment at month 12,” Dr. Green shared in AbbVie’s press release. “I am thrilled to now be able to offer this treatment option to all of my patients looking for an improved jawline.”
While Radiesse (+) is already FDA approved for the jaw area, it is made of calcium hydroxylapatite, which means it is a longer-lasting filler, but it is not reversible. Volux, a hyaluronic acid filler, is said to last up to six months and is harder and of higher viscosity or thickness than other HA fillers for lips, cheeks and chin. Like all hyaluronic fillers, Volux can be reversed if necessary using an enzyme known as hyaluronidase. According to Allergan’s press materials, Volux provides “even more structure, cohesiveness and lifting capacity to create an enhanced jawline that looks more defined in real life and on camera.”
“This is certainly a welcome addition to Juvéderm’s line of hyaluronic acid products,” says dermatologist Kenneth Beer of West Palm Beach, Fla., MD. “It’s thick enough to sculpt the jaw without looking like a jaw. It’s great for patients who have lost definition in the lower face and have that greyhound look that appears as you start to age. This will help reshape the jawline into something more youthful and defined.”
“Having a strong jawline is the essence of maintaining a youthful neck, not to mention a feminine yet powerful face,” adds Dr Shamban. “With the approval of Volux, we have another product that meets the requirements.”
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