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
"Dr. Shah is the Best Nose Surgeon - I had my tip plastic done with Dr. Shah and he is nothing short from amazing. He is so prompt to respond to any questions I had following surgery. My results were everything I ever wanted an dreamed of. He’s extremely educated and takes his work very seriously which is why I selected him, I could not be more happier with having him perform my surgery! The results say it all! Thank you Dr. Shah, Brenda and Rachelle!"- C. / RealSelf / Jul 28, 2020
"My surgery went very well, I love my results, the entire staff has been very nice throughout the process - Dr Shah is amazing! My surgery went very well, I love my results, the entire staff has been very nice throughout the process. I feel very supported by Dr Shah even after a year after my surgery. Im very happy with the decision I made."- S. / RealSelf / Jul 20, 2020
"During my recovery period Dr Shah and his team were absolutely amazing - I had a butt augmentation performed and unfortunately my body had complications.. during my recovery period Dr Shah and his team were absolutely amazing. Dr Shah never hesitated to answer my calls or texts and checked on me frequently. Plastic surgery is life changing and to have someone like Dr Shah on your side is an amazing experience, I would give him more than 5 stars if I could. Thank you so much again Dr Shah I love my results!!"- B. / RealSelf / Jun 29, 2020
"I think Dr Shaw is a good surgeon, however no follow up on a problem I had with my rhinoplasty. Disappointing."- T.S. / Google / Jun 28, 2020
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.