Voluma is a gel-based dermal filler used in two ways: to replace lost volume in cheeks due to aging or naturally flat cheeks and to fill in the nasolabial folds, the lines around the nose and mouth. Denver plastic surgeon, Dr. Manish Shah, uses this filler to restore a more youthful, invigorated appearance for his patients. Voluma is hyaluronic acid-based, which is a substance that is naturally found in the body. Once Voluma is injected into the cheeks, they are plumped, which provides patients with a more contoured look. When lines and wrinkles are treated, patients can see an immediate difference with years wiped off their appearance.
"My Muscle Wall Gave Way Giving my Abdomen an Unsightly Large Buldge - Denver, CO - I met Dr Shah in 2007 when he did a face lift for me. I was really happy with the results. When I found out no amount of diet and exercise would remedy the problem with my abdomen I contacted him. and even through I no longer live in Colorado, I knew he was the doctor I wanted to perform my surgery.I am a little over four weeks after surgery and I am thrilled with the results. I am 66 years old and healing well and now I have the tummy I have dreamed of having.Thank you Dr Shah I appreciate your skill and care!"- D. / RealSelf / Sep 05, 2015
"Yes....I have had quite a battle with the appearance of my nose. I was bit by a dog at the age of 2. This injury damaged me to where my nose never grew a bridge and my nostrils were uneven. I discovered Dr. Shah through a google search, scheduled an appointment, and from my first few minutes in his office I felt that I was in the right place. Not only is his staff polite, kind and attentive, Dr. Shah has a very calm and happy....yet focused personality. He saw the imperfections, that I saw and gave an extremely detailed lay out of what could be done to improve the appearance of this nose that had undermined my self esteem, for so long. Obviously, Dr. Shah is an expert, and if you were to see my before and after photos, you may even call him a magician. However, the things that up him over the top, for me, is that....Every moment with Dr. Shah and his staff, from my initial consultation to pre op, post op, bedside calls and follow up appointments have been nothing less than top notch, 5 Star patient care."- T.R. / Google / Aug 26, 2018
"Passing Happiness on to Others - Yes....I have had quite a battle with the appearance of my nose. I was bit by a dog at the age of 2. This injury damaged me to where my nose never grew a bridge and my nostrils were uneven. I discovered Dr. Shah through a google search, scheduled an appointment, and from my first few minutes in his office I felt that I was in the right place. Not only is his staff polite, kind and attentive,..."- T. / RealSelf / Aug 20, 2018
"Dr. Shah is THE surgeon to go to - Wonderful, friendly, and a Master of his specialty. Just by speaking with him, you are aware of his expertise and professionalism. He truly cares about his patients' concerns and happiness. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, both in his office and through surgery. Not only is Dr. Shah great, but the Office Staff is warm and welcoming. Dr. Shah has helped me feel like a true woman for the first time in my life. After becoming very ill at an adolescent age, and dealing with a 105+ lbs weight gain and 80+ lbs weight loss, my skin had been stretched, my breasts were sagging, and my thighs had been affected. Needless to say, I was very, very self conscious. Being in my 20's, I wanted to enjoy feeling how a normal 20-something-year-old should feel, especially after my medical cure. Dr. Shah helped my husband and I choose the right size breast implants for my body-type and activity level and walked us through every option and how each procedure would go. I underwent surgery and had breast augmentation and thigh liposuction. Surgery and recovery went exceptionally well. Three months out and I continue to be happier and happier as each day goes by. The results are even better than I expected. Dr. Shah made my dreams come true. I continue to see him to further work on other things I wish to fix. I trust him completely and highly recommend him to anyone and everyone."- E.J. / Google / Jul 26, 2018
"Dr. Shah is THE Surgeon to Go to - Wonderful, Friendly, and a Master of His Specialty. - Dr. Shah is THE surgeon to go to - Wonderful, friendly, and a Master of his specialty. Just by speaking with him, you are aware of his expertise and professionalism. He truly cares about his patients' concerns and happiness. I couldn't have asked for a better experience, both in his office and through surgery. Not only is Dr. Shah great, but the Office Staff is warm and welcoming. Dr. Shah..."- E. / RealSelf / Jul 25, 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.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- Average Procedure Time
- 15 minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 18-24 months
- 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.