Voluma is the first, and only, filler designed to correct volume loss in the face due to age approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Douglas Steinbrech now offers Voluma at Gotham Plastic Surgery. Dr. Steinbrech is recognized for his expertise in facial procedures. A patient who undergoes Voluma can expect naturally-looking results that last for up to two years.
About the Voluma Procedure
Voluma is designed specifically to improve the appearance of skin in the mid-facial reason. The primary focus of the Voluma procedure is a person’s cheeks. It works to give an individual’s cheeks a more youthful, vital appearance.
The Voluma procedure is not a highly invasive skin rejuvenation procedure. Rather, Voluma involves an injection in the mid-facial region. Voluma filler is injected directly beneath the surface of a person’s skin. The procedure itself takes about 10 to 15 minutes and is undertaken at Gotham Plastic Surgery.
A patient needs nothing in particular to prepare for the Voluma procedure. The doctor performing the procedure visits with a patient in advance to discuss the necessary specifics associated with the process.
The procedure is undertaken in an exam chair. No anesthesia is necessary because a numbing agent is included within the Voluma injection itself. A person undergoing Voluma usually experiences very little discomfort.
The Impact of Time on a Person’s Face
There is a cliché that time marches on, and it marches on across a person’s face. There is some truth to that saying, but there are ways to stave off the impact of aging on a person’s face.
As a person ages, his or her body produces less in the way of fibers and proteins that retain moisture in the skin. In the final analysis, it is this moisture that provides skin structure and volume. As the level of moisture in the skin lessens or depletes, wrinkles and even hollows develop over time.
The development of wrinkles and hollows is accelerated in some people because of sun exposure, smoking, and some other causes. Evidence of this natural aging process, and that accelerated by other factors, particularly is noticeable on a person’s face.
Although "touch up" treatments are not necessary, over time the impact of Voluma on a person’s does diminish. Again, the effects of Voluma can be expected to last a couple of years. At that time, a person can undergo another Voluma treatment, depending on age and laxity issues at that juncture in time.
The Ideal Candidate for Voluma
While there is some flexibility regarding who is a good candidate for Voluma, the ideal is a person in his or her 20s, 30s or 40s. An ideal candidate has an overall good skin tone. He or she does not have excessive skin laxity prior to the procedure.
In some cases, Voluma may be suitable for a person over the age of 50, depending on the overall laxity of his or her skin. It is not recommended for a person under the age of 20, barring some sort of medical condition that would suggest the propriety of utilizing Voluma to improve the appearance of a person’s skin.
Recovery from a Voluma Treatment
There is no significant recovery period following a Voluma treatment. A person typically returns to normal daily activities directly after a treatment. This includes returning to work immediately following a Voluma procedure.
There are no restrictions on eating or drinking following a Voluma procedure. In addition, as a general rule, a person is able to return to normal skin care regimens, including washing and moisturizing the face.
Only one area of suggested limitation exists following a Voluma treatment. Strenuous activities and workouts should be avoided for about 24 hours following a Voluma procedure.
Possible Side Effects of Voluma
Voluma is a safe procedure, approved by the FDA. As is the case with any medical procedures, some more minor side effects are possible. These include temporary redness at and around the injection sight. Other possible side effects are minimal swelling and minor bruising.
The redness typically clears up with a day or two following a Voluma treatment. The same holds true for any associated swelling as well. Bruising, if it occurs, also typically resolves in a short period of time.
Safety of Voluma
Voluma has been subjected to rigorous review by the FDA. Voluma is deemed safe by the FDA and is, in fact, the only filler of this type to win approval of the agency. As with any medical treatment or procedure, complications are possible but rarely are reported with Voluma procedures.
The Cost of a Voluma Treatment
The exact cost of a Voluma treatment is determined during a preliminary consultation with a patient. When contrasted with other more complicated and invasive procedures and treatments, Voluma is considered a reasonably-priced alternative. In addition, because the results of Voluma last upwards of two years, a person avoids the expense of having to undertake recurring treatments after the initial procedure.
Voluma Consultation at Gotham Plastic Surgery
A person interested in possibly obtaining the Voluma treatment can schedule a consultation. There is no cost and no obligation associated with a preliminary consultation. A preliminary consultation can be scheduled promptly and at a person’s convenience at Gotham Plastic Surgery.
During the preliminary consult, Dr. Steinbrech outlines what to expect during the treatment process itself. In addition, Dr. Steinbrech describes the impact Voluma will have on a person’s face.
The preliminary consultation also gives a person the opportunity to explain his or her goals when it comes to a more youthful looking appearance. Gotham is a full-service clinic and a variety of treatment and procedures are available in addition to Voluma.