Frequently Asked Questions for Voluma
While flat, hollow cheeks were popular in the 90s, classic beauty calls for full 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 a younger look. At his office in St. Petersburg, FL, plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. 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, Juvéderm Voluma is a dermal filler with hyaluronic acid (HA) to help your face feel softer and look smoother. Make an appointment to find out more about how Juvéderm Voluma nonsurgical dermal filler at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery may refresh your overall appearance by increasing lift and fullness.
Procedure Technique for Voluma
Voluma is an HA (hyaluronic acid) dermal filler that can help add lift and contour to your mid-face. Many people see decreased fullness of the apples of their cheeks when they age or after they have dropped a large amount of weight. Other people have been born with thin cheeks and want treatment with Voluma to enhance their face. Female patients who are nursing or pregnant should not get injectable treatments. Voluma by Juvéderm is approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for patients 21 and older. You will complete a consultation to decide if Voluma is an effective filler for you. After considering your needs, goals, and medical history, a unique injectable treatment plan will be formed.
"This is a wonderful practice. The staff is friendly and very professional. My visit was with the Physician Assistant, Mary Majeed and Dr O’Brien. They made me feel very comfortable and clearly knew what they were doing. I would recommend this Practice wholeheartedly."- N.M / Solutionreach / May 13, 2019
"A+ Doctor - Saint Petersburg, FL - Doctor O'Brien is very kind, caring and knowledgeable. He is a great listener and knows exactly what he's doing! He has superior skills injecting Botox and using fillers! I have been to other doctors and they couldn't seem to get it just right. Then I found Dr. O'Brien, and I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER! If you are looking for a fantastic Plastic surgeon, he's your man!"- D. / RealSelf / Aug 08, 2016
Youthful Contour and Lift
After your consultation with Dr. O'Brien, your procedure may be planned for your next appointment or completed that day, based on schedule availability. In a private room, you will relax as your skin is cleaned to prepare for the Voluma injections. The injector may also use a local anesthetic to help make the treatment more comfortable if desired. For accuracy, your injector will mark the areas to be treated before administering the Voluma injections with a fine-gauge needle. After the filler is applied, you may have mild redness and swelling, but this typically subsides in a few days.
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 St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery for more information. Common side effects are light swelling, redness, or irritation of the treated area. These cases are usually extremely minor. Ask your injector about how soon to make your next procedure to either increase or prolong the effects of Juvéderm Voluma.
Ideal Candidates for Voluma
How much does Voluma cost?
Costs for a Voluma treatment will vary based on the amount of product that is used to match your aesthetic goals. Since Voluma can last as long as two years, you can concentrate on selecting a skilled injector and you should not go anywhere that offers knock-off or extremely cheap fillers. Before your first treatment, a staff member will examine your face and understand your goals before creating your personal treatment plan. Then, they will estimate how much Volume will be used for your session and costs.
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 contour to your cheeks. The HA also improves your skin's ability to retain moisture so 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, which 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. In your initial consultation, your injector will create your personal 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 a long time. You might place a cold compress over the treatment areas to minimize bruising and swelling. Your injector might also recommend propping your head up with a few pillows while your sleep. You should not touch your face to avoid pushing the filler into others areas.
What are the possible side effects of Voluma?
Some patients have some swelling and bruising in and around the treatment areas for up to one month. Other possible side effects are firmness, tenderness, bumps, discoloration, discomfort, and itching. If any of these appear, injection side effects are typically mild or moderate. For any questions, lasting side effects, or you have symptoms of an infection, contact our office right away.
What to Expect from Voluma
If you want more volume in your cheeks or lift in the middle of your face, find out more information about Voluma injectable dermal fillers at St. Petersburg Center for Plastic Surgery in St. Petersburg, FL. Schedule an appointment to meet with plastic surgeon Dr. John J. O'Brien Jr. for a skin assessment and a personal plan that may include Voluma, other Juvéderm injectable fillers, or laser skin procedures to promote a radiant, youthful appearance.