Want to Plump Up Your Cheeks? All Cheek Fillers Aren’t Apples to Apples

Submited by Lawrence G. Kass, M.D. on August 28, 2015

A quick look at two popular hyaluronic acid (HA) injectable gels for the cheek area: Juvederm Voluma XC and Restylane LYFT

St. Petersburg, FL (August 28, 2015) – Galderma Laboratories’ Restylane LYFT and Allergan, Incorporated’s Voluma XC are both FDA-approved hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers created to increase volume in the face and to smooth wrinkles and creases. Restylane LYFT was previously marketed as Perlane and recently gained FDA approval to be used for both the treatment of decreased volume in cheeks and to add volume for the correction of smile lines (nasolabial folds). Consequently, Perlane was simply rebranded as Restylane LYFT. Voluma XC is FDA-approved to correct volume loss in the cheek area only.

Is the difference between them marketing only? Not really. First consider the duration of the filler once injected into a targeted area of the face. Voluma XC lasts approximately 1-2 years, depending on the patient, while Restylane LYFT lasts approximately one year.

If cost is a concern, however, Restylane LYFT is hundreds of dollars less per syringe than Voluma XC, yet may not last as long as Voluma XC, with each patient experiencing different outcomes. In addition, off-label use of products is common in the plastic surgery community, and some surgeons may use Voluma XC to correct nasolabial folds. Consult with your plastic surgeon to make the right choice for your needs.

If one wants to test the waters, Restyland LYFT might be a nice alternative, yet both products provide excellent results.

About the Kass Center For Cosmetic Surgery
American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. Dr. Kass is the leading expert in Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Pinellas County and was Assistant Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, University of South Florida Medical Center in Tampa, Florida for twenty years. He pioneered the S-Lift and small incision face and neck lift procedures and introduced the Hetter chemical peel for facial rejuvenation to the Tampa Bay area. He continues to excel in procedures regarding the latest and most effective techniques in cosmetic facial procedures including Botox, Xeomin, temporary and permanent facial fillers (Silikon 1000), acne scar treatment, facial skin rejuvenation, and minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Kass also pioneered surgical techniques correcting the ocular anomalies manifested by Graves Disease. Without question, Dr. Kass is the single, most experienced, eyelid surgeon in the Tampa Bay region.