Voluma Frequently Asked Questions
Gaunt, flat cheeks may have been 90s chic, but modern beauty standards call for voluminous cheeks that make you look healthy and youthful. Part of the ever-popular and effective Juvéderm family of injectable wrinkle fillers, Voluma is specially designed to add contour and lift to the cheeks for a natural and more youthful appearance. At his office in Tucson, AZ, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao provides his patients with Voluma injections to address sunken cheeks that are flat and hollow due to age, genetics, or weight loss. With results that can last up to two years, Voluma by Juvéderm is an injectable wrinkle filler that uses hyaluronic acid to help the skin look smoother and feel softer. Schedule a consultation to learn about how nonsurgical treatments at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery can boost your appearance by producing fullness and lift throughout the face.
Voluma Procedure Technique
Voluma is a hyaluronic acid (HA) injectable filler that is best for adding contour and lift to the cheeks. Many patients notice decreased volume of their cheeks as they get older or if they have lost a dramatic amount of weight. Some women or men may also have naturally hollow cheeks and are seeking treatment to plump their mid-face. Women who are pregnant or nursing are not eligible for Voluma injections. This formula is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients over the age of 21. To determine if Voluma is the best choice for you, schedule a consultation at our Tucson, AZ plastic surgery office. Based on your needs, cosmetic goals, and medical history, a personalized treatment plan will be developed.
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Youthful Contour and Lift
Once you've had your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Rao, your injection can be performed at the same time as your initial consultation. In one of our minor procedures rooms, you will sit and relax while your cheek is cleansed before the injections are placed. Dr. Rao will apply a numbing cream to make the procedure less painful if requested. For precision, Dr. Rao will mark your face before administering the injections with a fine needle. When the Voluma has been injected, you may notice some swelling and redness, but this usually subsides on its own after a few days.
For most patients, the benefits of Voluma treatments are visible immediately and may last up to two years. It's rare to develop severe or lasting side effects from Voluma injections. If you do have questions, concerns, or an abnormal reaction, please call Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery for assistance. The most common side effects are slight redness, irritation, swelling or bruising of the injection site, but these symptoms are generally very minor. During your consultation, ask your injector about when to plan your next appointment to either build up or maintain the results of your treatment.
Voluma Ideal Candidates
How much does Voluma cost?
Your costs for a Voluma treatment will vary, depending on how much product is required to meet your goals. Since Voluma lasts up to two years, you should focus on finding an experienced injector and avoid places offering extremely cheap or knock-off injections. Prior to your session, Dr. Arun Rao will evaluate your mid-face and listen to your goals before designing your customized treatment plan. After this, we can discuss the amount of Voluma that will be needed for your treatment and how much it will cost.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring substance that works to bind water to cells. Along with other functions, it can retain moisture and create fullness in the skin. Like other Juvéderm fillers, Voluma's main ingredient is a synthetic version of HA. When Voluma's hyaluronic acid-based formula is injected into your skin, it can restore fullness to your mid-face. The HA also helps your skin hold moisture so your complexion is softer and healthier compared to before your treatment.
How long do the results from Voluma last?
With optimal treatments, the results of Voluma last for up to two years. You should be able to see improvements from your treatment right away, which will continue to develop over the next few weeks. You may need several Voluma treatments, especially if you are wanting to build up large amounts of volume in your cheeks. During your consultation, your injector will develop your customized Voluma plan and suggest how often you should schedule treatments to achieve and sustain your goals.
Is there any downtime needed after a Voluma treatment?
Following a Voluma injection, you can return to your normal activities. However, it's recommended that you avoid strenuous activities, like exercise, for the first 24 hours after your session. Dr. Rao will go over post-treatment instructions to ensure your results last and look great. You may want to apply a cold compress to the injection sites to reduce swelling and bruising. Your injector may also advise sleeping with your head propped up by a few pillows. You shouldn't touch your face to prevent spreading the filler to unwanted areas.
What are the possible side effects of Voluma?
Many patients experience mild bruising and swelling at the injection sites for 2 – 4 weeks after their treatment. Other common temporary side effects include tenderness, firmness, lumps, bumps, discomfort, redness, and itching. Treatment side effects are usually mild and short-term if they occur. If you have any concerns, reactions that last longer than one month, or you develop signs of an infection, contact Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
What to Expect with Voluma®
If you desire more shape in the apples of your cheeks or lift throughout your mid-face area, learn more about Voluma by Juvéderm at Rao Plastic & Hand Surgery in Tucson, AZ. Schedule an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Arun Rao for an evaluation of your skin and a customized treatment plan that may include Voluma injections, other Juvéderm dermal fillers, or advanced skin treatments to help you achieve a radiant complexion and youthful appearance that you'll be thrilled to show off.