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
"Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty Scheduled Soon - I’ve been thinking about getting a nose job since I could remember and it’s finally happening. I had my preop today and my surgery is scheduled for May 17th. Dr Shah already gave me all the vitamins and basically everything I need for before and after surgery. So far my experience with Dr Shah has been great, he is very easy to talk to and he understood what I wanted; he also made it clear as to what he can and can’t achieve due to me having thicker and more oily skin. I’m very excited yet somewhat scared considering i’ve never had surgery before. I’ll be sure to keep this post updated."- J. / RealSelf / Apr 25, 2019
"I had a rhinoplasty completed by Dr. Shah about a month ago, and I can't even tell you how HAPPY I am with it! I was super nervous at first, but Dr. Shah and his entire staff were so friendly and helpful every step of the way. One month post-op and my nose is already everything I wanted! So glad I chose Dr. Shah! :)"- V.R. / Google / Apr 24, 2019
"Amazing Surgeon - Dr. Shah is highly intelligent, talented, and understands his patients needs. He pays attention to details and provides many helpful suggestions of what to do or not to do. His bedside manner is nothing but the best care in town, support and such empathy. He is so supportive of his patients. He did a beautiful job on my surgery and all of my pre op visits has been nothing but just the Best from Dr. Shah and his team! Thank you!!!"- H. / RealSelf / Apr 23, 2019
"3 and a half weeks!! - I’m having my tummy tuck and lipo in a little over 3 weeks. I am EVERY emotion, lol. Excited, nervous, scared, happy, you know, ALL the emotions. I am a plus size girl that has had a tummy pannus since I can remember. I’ve always wanted it removed but never thought I looked or felt “skinny” enough. I’m the strongest and fittest i have ever been and so excited to make these changes! I feel very lucky that I have found a doctor that sees my vision and he and his whole office staff are incredibly kind and supportive."- H. / RealSelf / Apr 23, 2019
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.