As individuals age, it is common to lose volume from the middle of the face. Much of the volume loss tends to be seen in the cheeks, causing what was once plump and cheery cheeks to sag. Our Houston, Pearland, and Katy plastic surgery offices are proud to offer patients Voluma, one of the latest injectable fillers from the JuvédermⓇ family.
Juvéderm 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,” as it is a great nonsurgical option that provides many of the same benefits as a standard facelift.
Voluma works to address 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 filler treatment with another procedure such as Botox® or a chemical peel to produce outstanding results.
As Voluma uses a form of hyaluronic acid that your body naturally produces naturally, it is considered a very safe cosmetic treatment for most individuals who are unhappy with the appearance of their face and cheeks, with very little risk of complications. Patients considering Voluma should be at least 21 years of age, in relatively good overall health, and have realistic expectations about the results of the treatment. As long as patients meet these three prerequisites, they should be an excellent candidate for Voluma filler injections.
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 to 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. While there may be some swelling, discoloration, and tenderness around the cheeks (which will subside after a few days), patients will be able to return to daily activities after several hours.
Some of the benefits of Voluma injections should be visible immediately after the treatment is administered. Patients should expect to see a noticeable increase in the volume and fullness of their faces, as well as some lifting of any sagging skin surrounding the cheeks. While patients will witness some immediate benefits, it can often take up to two weeks for the results to be visible and for all swelling to subside. The results from Juvéderm Voluma injections should last up to two years, and patients will only need minor treatments to maintain their results.
Compared to other injectable fillers, Voluma tends to cost more because the formulation is more advanced. The Voluma cost 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.
The best way to get an accurate Voluma cost estimate is to schedule a consultation. During this consultation, an expert will examine the patient’s face and determine the best treatment strategy. After doing so, they will be able to provide the patient with an updated Voluma cost estimate that is personalized for that individual’s needs.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of sagging skin, especially around the cheeks and midface area, Juvéderm Voluma is an excellent way to pull up sagging cheeks and replace any lost volume. Dr. Leo Lapuerta is a Voluma filler injections expert, providing patients in Houston, Katy, and Pearland, Texas, with long-lasting and effective treatments to help them meet their aesthetic goals.
Dr. Lapuerta is an expert when it comes to communicating with patients in a relatable and down-to-earth manner, helping to keep them informed and educated throughout the treatment process. If you are interested in learning more about Voluma or would like to request a Voluma consultation, contact Dr. Lapuerta today via the contact form or by calling (713) 489-0169.