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
"I feel like I'm 30 again - Dr Shah, is amazing, he is always honest straightforward and gives you exactly what you want, for the price that you can afford. You never feel like you're being up sold a bill of goods, or told what you want to hear you walk out feeling fantastic looking years younger without a huge bill and unnecessary treatments, or procedures. Myself and thousands of others, feel like trust is the most..."- A. / RealSelf / Jun 05, 2017
"Makes me feel like I'm 25 again - Dr Shah is amazing he is straight forward listens to your concerns and ideas then gives you advice based on what you can afford, so know matter what, you can make yourself look good, and feel better, he's like having a friend for a dr."- A. / RealSelf / Jun 05, 2017
"Amazing experience highly recommended - I had a tummy tuck done that I have been wanting for about 10 years. I did my research went to several consults with different surgeons but my heart was always set with Dr.Shah and what can I say I am more than pleased with my results and couldn't be happier.Dr.Shah's bed side manner is one of the best, being that I work in the medical field and know and work with a lot of Doctors. His staff..."- L. / RealSelf / Jun 04, 2017
"Happy with results, thank you! - Just removed the splint today, a week post rhinoplasty. I'm so happy I chose Dr. Shah. I was very nervous going through with it because I had a previous procedure with a less qualified doctor that took multiple revisions and the nose is such a prominent part of your face, I really didn't want it to get messed up. But Dr. Shah's expertise in rhinoplasty and his enthusiasm for the art showed me..."- C. / RealSelf / Jun 02, 2017
What to Expect@headingTag>
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?@headingTag>
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?@headingTag>
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.