While flat, hollow cheeks were popular years ago, modern beauty standards call for fuller cheeks that help you appear youthful and healthy. From the award-winning Juvéderm collection of nonsurgical dermal fillers, Voluma is uniquely designed to give lift and contour to the mid-face for an overall younger look. At his office in Albuquerque, NM, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Miguel Gallegos offers treatments of Voluma to correct a sunken mid-face that is hollow and flat due to genetics, age, or weight loss. Giving you improvements that are visible for as long as two years, Voluma is a dermal filler that contains hyaluronic acid (HA) to help your face feel softer and look smoother. Schedule an appointment to find out more about how Voluma injections at Hermosa Plastic Surgery can refresh your overall appearance by giving your face more fullness.
Voluma is an HA (hyaluronic acid) dermal filler that can help add lift and contour to your mid-face. Many people experience decreased fullness in the apples of their cheeks when they age or after they have dropped a large amount of weight. Other people may have been born with thin cheeks and could seek treatment for this with Voluma to enhance their face. Voluma by Juvéderm is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for patients 21 and older. However, female patients who are nursing or pregnant should not receive these injectable treatments. You will need to complete a consultation with Dr. Gallegos to determine if Voluma is an effective filler for you. After considering your needs, goals, and medical history, a unique injectable treatment plan will be formed for you.
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After your consultation with Dr. Gallegos, your procedure may be planned for your next appointment or completed that day, depending on schedule availability. In a private room, you will relax as your skin is cleaned to prepare for the Voluma injections. Dr. Gallegos may also use a local anesthetic to help make the treatment more comfortable if desired. For accuracy, we will mark the areas to be treated before administering the Voluma injections with a fine-gauge needle. After the filler is applied, you may experience mild redness and swelling, but this typically subsides within a few days.
What to Expect
For many patients, the effects of Voluma injections can be seen right away and typically last around two years. It's unusual to experience lasting or severe reactions from Voluma, but if you do have concerns or a reaction, please contact Hermosa Plastic Surgery for more information. Common side effects that you could experience are light swelling, redness, or irritation of the treated area. These cases are usually extremely minor. Ask Dr. Gallegos about how soon to schedule your next procedure to either increase or prolong the effects of Juvéderm Voluma.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Voluma cost?
The costs for a Voluma treatment will vary, depending on the amount of product that is used to match your aesthetic goals. Since Voluma can last as long as two years, you should make sure to select a skilled injector, such as Dr. Gallegos. For best results, you should not go anywhere that offers knock-off or extremely cheap fillers. Before your first treatment, Dr. Gallegos will examine your facial structure, discuss with you the concerns you have, and understand your goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Then, he will estimate how much of the Voluma product will be used for your session. Prices for Voluma vary for each patient.
What is hyaluronic acid?
HA (hyaluronic acid) is a substance found naturally in your skin that binds water to cells. One of its functions is to hold moisture and build volume in the skin. Voluma, like other fillers in the Juvéderm family, is made with a synthetic hyaluronic acid. When the hyaluronic acid-based Voluma formula is injected, it restores plumpness to your cheeks. The HA also improves your skin's ability to retain moisture so that it's healthier and softer.
How long do the results from Voluma last?
Ideally, Voluma results can last for as long as two years. Right away, you should be able to see improvements from your treatment, and these should continue to get better in the following month. You might want multiple Voluma injections, particularly if you would like to significantly increase the volume in your mid-face. During your initial consultation, your injector will create your personalized Voluma plan and suggest when to schedule your next appointment to maintain your results.
Is there any downtime needed after a Voluma treatment?
After a Voluma treatment, you may resume your normal activities. However, it's recommended that exercise and other strenuous activities be skipped for at least one day. Your injector will explain what you can do at home to make sure your results look great and last as long as possible. You might place a cold compress over the treatment areas to minimize bruising and swelling. Your injector may also recommend propping your head up with a few pillows while your sleep. You should avoid touching your face so that you don't accidentally push the filler into other areas.
What are the possible side effects of Voluma?
Some patients may experience some swelling and bruising in or around the treatment areas for up to one month. Other possible side effects are firmness, tenderness, bumps, discoloration, discomfort, and itching. Injection side effects are typically mild or moderate. For any questions about lasting side effects, or if you are showing symptoms of an infection, contact Hermosa Plastic Surgery.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- < 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- Two Years
- Procedure Recovery Location
ADD LIFT and definition
If you would like more volume in your cheeks or additional lift in the middle of your face, then get more information about Voluma injectable dermal fillers at Hermosa Plastic Surgery in Albuquerque, NM. Schedule an appointment to meet with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Gallegos for a skin assessment and a personalized treatment plan. Your cosmetic injectable sessions may include Voluma, other Juvéderm products, or nonsurgical skin procedures to give you a radiant, youthful appearance.