Our Houston, Pearland, and Katy plastic surgery offices are proud to offer patients Voluma, one of the latest injectable fillers from the Juvederm family. Voluma is the first and only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that instantly adds a subtle lift and increased volume to the cheeks, restoring a more youthful contour to the face and profile. This product may also be referred to as a "liquid facelift". It works to addresses the hollow areas around the cheeks while filling in moderate to severe wrinkles around the nose and mouth. It is common to combine a Voluma treatment with another procedure such as BOTOX or a chemical peel to produce outstanding results. Patients considering Voluma should be at least 21 years of age.
I had an in-office procedure today that I was very nervous about every since I booked the appointment. It went perfectly. Dr. Lapuerta was amazing!! He numbed the working area so well that I didn't even feel a thing. Literally. He's kind of my hero right now. Also, Shelby was wonderful in the procedure room, she made me feel so comfortable and answered all of my questions. Great team and staff, everyone was smiling and helped calmed my nerves! I highly recommend Dr. Lapuerta and his team.
- Review from K. M.
- Nov 16, 2018
WHAT TO EXPECT
Voluma 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 Voluma 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 cheeks, but will subside after a few days. Results are readily evident, and can last up to 2 years.
Compared to other injectable fillers, Voluma tends to cost more because the formulation is more advanced. One advantage of choosing Voluma is its results last longer (an average of 2 years). The price for a full syringe is around $1,000. However, a single treatment is more likely to use more than a single syringe. A session may use between 2 and 6 syringes, which means patients can expect to pay between $2,000 to $6,000 per session, depending on the patient’s cosmetic goals.
PLAN YOUR PROCEDURE
- Average Procedure Time
- 15-30 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
IS HYALURONIC ACID NATURAL?
Hyaluronic acid, Voluma’s main ingredient, 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 may consider Voluma as a noninvasive solution. The lack of cheek volume may be due to aging or the patient’s natural facial structure. The doctor will be able to recommend if Voluma 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 derma filler settles within the cheek pockets.
Among derma fillers available in the market today, Voluma can last up to 2 years or longer. Reinjection varies as patients’ bodies process and break down hyaluronic acid at different rates.