Renowned facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are leading experts in facial fillers. At FPSA, our physicians design and perform Voluma treatments tailored to the individual aesthetic goals of men and women in the Houston area. Voluma is the first and only FDA-approved hyaluronic acid gel that instantly adds lift to the apices, apples and hollows of the cheeks to help fill in lost volume to restore a youthful appearance, but it also helps improve lines and wrinkles around the mouth and nose.
Voluma is an injectable hyaluronic-acid (HA), soft tissue filler and is the first and only filler that is FDA approved to instantly add lift to the cheek area in patients over the age of 21. As we age, we lose volume in our cheek area. Voluma can give you a subtle lift to help restore a more youthful contour to your face, and therefore, your profile. It is clinically proven to last up to two years. Juvederm® Voluma is the newest filler in the family of Juvederm products, and is formulated with lidocaine for added comfort during treatment. This current form, with the added local anesthetic, is known as Juvederm Voluma XC, but is more commonly referred to as Voluma. Voluma is different than Juvederm because it works on a different areas of the face, which are the apex, apple and hollow of the cheek.
What Sets Us Apart
At FPSA, your Voluma treatments are performed by board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Angela Sturm or Dr. Russell Kridel. This provides patients with the peace of mind that they are in the hands of a physician who focuses solely on the face and neck and the procedure is done in the safety and comfort of a medical office environment. In addition, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm make sure patients are comfortable and experience very little discomfort during their treatment session, so patients can be given numbing cream or a dental block if they desire. At FPSA, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm take facial injections quite seriously and believe it is important for patients to have highly skilled and trained hands that can tailor injections to your specific needs with greater finesse, rather than a one size fits all approach. In addition, our staff can deposit points into your Brilliant Distinctions loyalty program account at your office visit.
"I am a huge fan of Dr. Sturm! I have seen her for Botox and filler countless times. She has an incredible artistic eye and a very natural and conservative approach that I really appreciated. I would recommend her to anyone thinking about a consultation!"- J.W. / Facebook / Jan 27, 2017
What To Expect
Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm inject Voluma into the apex, apple and hollow of the patient’s cheek. Results are immediate, and can last up to 2 years. Side effects are considered mild to moderate, and can last between 2 and 4 weeks. The most common side effects are tenderness, swelling, firmness, bumps, bruising, redness, itching or discoloration at the injection site.
Voluma is about the same cost as Sculptra® and is more expensive than other injectable fillers, such as Restylane® and Juvederm, because the results last longer. The cost of a Voluma treatment varies, depending on the amount of filler used, but ranges between $1,000-$6,000 per treatment.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $1,000 - $6,000
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 30-45 Minutes
- Post-op Follow-up
- 4-6 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
What is Hyaluronic Acid?
Voluma is made up of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance that helps to bind water to cells. Its extensive cross-linking helps to provide lifting capacity, which makes it an excellent choice for restoring volume in the cheeks and midface. This special cross-linking also helps to avoid degradation, making Voluma last longer.
Virtually anyone 21 years or older with volume loss in their cheek area is a candidate for treatment with Voluma. Many patients in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who are not appropriate candidates for surgery, or are not ready for downtime associated with surgery, will benefit instead from Voluma treatment.
There is no downtime after treatment, and patients may return to their normal activities. However, we suggest that you avoid strenuous activities in the first 24 hours after Voluma or other forms of injectable treatments.
The results can be seen immediately, and can last up to 2 years. The duration of the results depends on the area being treated, and the rate the patient’s tissue breaks down the filler.
Voluma is also often used in combination with other injectables, laser skin resurfacing or laser skin tightening treatments. Voluma can also be used as an interim non-surgical step to provide volume and lift to the cheek area. The effects of these combined treatments can be dramatic, while still requiring very little down time for recovery. Voluma can also be a valuable adjunct to facelift surgery. A facelift will remove excess skin, but a facelift will not restore volume.
Difference From Sculptra?
Voluma is an injectable filler made from hyaluronic acid. Sculptra is not a filler. It is made of Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA), a synthetic biodegradable polymer that is both resorbable and bio-compatible. It works by stimulating the body to produce new collagen at the sites of injection, thereby replacing lost volume and contours to restore a fuller, more youthful appearance. Sculptra does not give immediate results like the true fillers do. Since Sculptra has to stimulate the body to create new collagen, this process takes time. Sculptra can last at least two or more years because it causes the body to stimulate its own collagen. Patients usually require 2 to 3 sessions generally 4-6 weeks apart to accomplish optimum volume.