Voluma® is designed to fill and recapture the radiance in your face. As you begin to age, your face begins to lose volume. Cheeks hollow out and begin to appear sunken in, and the face you’ve always known suddenly becomes that of a stranger. These facial changes result in an aged look—one lacking a youthful shape. Voluma can replenish your appearance and add structure to your face.
Voluma®, a product of Allergan, is an FDA approved filler that excels at reshaping sunken and flattened cheekbones that occur with aging. Voluma® is made from hyaluronic acid—a natural sugar found in skin—and is intended for the deep layers in the upper cheek region.
The hyaluronic acid found in Voluma®, coupled with its gel-like composition, can keep your skin hydrated and attain a naturally fresh appearance. Since hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in the body, there is less risk of an allergic reaction. Voluma® fills the deepest hollows of your face in order to sustain fullness in the cheeks.
|Sunken and flattened cheek bones|
|Lost facial volume|
|Lost cheek volume||Moderate to severe hollows|
In a clinical study provided by Allergan, subjects reported looking an average of 5 years younger as early as 6 months after their last treatment. Results have been seen lasting up to 2 years.
In Dr. Fink's office, Voluma® will commonly be combined with fractionated laser treatments in order to achieve a natural, refreshed and relaxed look. Many of these procedures are complimentary to each other, with the combination of fillers, lasers and products being the forefront of non-surgical rejuvenation. On average, patients tend to need close to 6 vials of Voluma® in order to get "full correction".
Like other hyaluronic acid fillers, Voluma® does not require any allergy testing. Like other hyaluronic fillers as well, Voluma® may contain trace amounts of Lidocaine anesthetic, so if there is a history of Lidocaine allergies, you should not be using this product.
One of the best features of Voluma® is that because it is less "hydrophilic", or "water-loving", there is less swelling. However, swelling may occur in certain individuals, and bruising is more likely if you are on aspirin or an NSAIDs, like Motrin, Advil or Coumadin. Patients may experience some discomfort for a few days post-procedure. Most of these side effects include itching, tenderness, firmness and redness and will resolve over the next 2-4 weeks. After an initial treatment with Voluma®, we recommend that you should return to the office in 4 weeks to be examined, as more Voluma® may be needed. Temporary swelling and a nodule which can be felt under the skin may occur. Often, these will disappear on their own or with gentle massage. After your session is completed, there may be soreness for 4-5 days, and post-session instructions include avoiding exercise and makeup for 24 hours. In addition, other aspects of post-care will be discussed with you by Dr. Fink at the time of your appointment.
|What to expect with Voluma®|
|Before Treatment||Avoid taking ibuprofen and certain blood-thinning medicine 1 week before treatment to minimize the chance of swelling. Do not stop these medications if you are on them for medical reasons.|
|During Treatment||Voluma® is injected into the affected area of the cheeks. Oftentimes, Voluma will be combined with fractionated laser treatments in order to achieve a more natural and refreshed look.|
|After Treatment||Patients may experience soreness, swelling, and discomfort for 4-5 days and are advised to avoid exercise and makeup for 24 hours. Bruising may occur after treatment and is more likely if you are on aspirin or an NSAIDs, like Moltrin or Advil. Sides effects, such as itching, tenderness, or redness, will subside in 2-4 weeks.|
|Results||Last up to 2 years.|
Dr. Fink and our staff will be happy to meet with you to discuss Voluma® in Westchester NY. Contact our office at 914-393-4127, or request your appointment online today for a personalized consultation with Dr. Fink.