Voluma Frequently Asked Questions
While flat, gaunt cheeks may have been 90s chic, modern beauty calls for voluminous cheeks that make you look healthy and youthful. Part of the top-selling Juvéderm family of injectable wrinkle fillers, Voluma is specially made to add contour and lift to the cheeks for a natural and more youthful appearance. At our Newport Beach, CA office, plastic surgeon Dr. Karen Leong performs injections of Voluma to address sunken cheeks that are disproportionate to the rest of the face and/or hollow due to age, weight loss, or genetics. Schedule a consultation at our Newport Beach facility to discover how Voluma treatments at our practice can boost your appearance by providing fullness and lift.
Voluma Procedure Technique
Voluma is a hyaluronic acid (HA) injectable filler that is best for adding contour and lift to your cheeks. Many patients notice decreased volume of their cheeks as they get older or if they have lost a dramatic amount of weight. Some patients may have naturally hollow cheeks and are seeking treatment to plump their mid-face. Women who are pregnant or nursing are not eligible for Voluma injections. Voluma is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients over the age of 21. You will have a consultation to determine if Voluma is the best choice for you. Based on your needs and cosmetic goals as well as medical history, a personalized treatment plan will be developed.
"Dr. Leong has been handling all of my plastic surgery needs since my double Mastectomy back in March. With everything that I’ve been through up to this point she has always been there during any needs that I had. I appreciate her one on one with me and always being there. She does amazing work. I have expanders in now and look forward to my implants in February. Thanks for always being there Dr. Leong!"- J.M. / Yelp / Dec 26, 2019
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"Dr. Leong has been handling all of my plastic surgery needs since my double Mastectomy back in March. With everything that I've been through up to this point she has always been there during any needs that I had. I appreciate her one on one with me and always being there. She does amazing work. I have expanders in now and look forward to my implants in February. Thanks for always being there Dr. Leong!"- J.M. / Yelp / Dec 26, 2019
"Breast Implant Removal with Dr Karen Leong at Face N Body Upland: I had my breast implants removed one month ago by Dr Karen Leong. I was recommended by a coworker who had the same procedure done earlier this year with great results. My experience was AMAZING from my first consultation visit through the entire process. The staff at the front desk Amanda, Audrey, and Lisa are very welcoming, sweet, and knowledgeable about any questions you may have. Dr Leong is personable, attentive, and thorough which I think sometimes doctors lack at the beside, but not her! She is willing to answer any and all questions without hesitation. If you are looking into breast implants removal because of "breast implant illness/BII" she is open minded about the new research coming out. I am a nurse myself, so I have been intrigued by so many women's symptoms but awaiting clear researched backed evidence. She takes a similar stance, and overall if you are worried and want them out she will help you without judgment or making you feel like it's "in your head". That being said I was not sick, but had some vague symptoms, capsular contracture, and after 16 years I wanted them removed, not replaced, and without a lift. She heard all of my concerns and was supportive and up to the task. Surgery day was a success! Nurse Monique, the OR team (didn't get their names because I was so nervous and then asleep) and the anesthesiologist Dr Melisa Erick were all beyond good to me, and I am so thankful for their expertise and calming demeanors. Follow-up the day after surgery and throughout recovery I felt closely monitored and cared for. Suture and drain removal were done by nurse Monique and Jennifer and they were caring, professional, skillful, and personable. Overall I really could not be more pleased with my care and results. Dr Leong is a very meticulous surgeon and she was able to remove my entire capsules and provide photos of the capsules and implants which I requested. My results are fantastic and my new (old) breasts look amazing. As I mentioned, I am a nurse, I know many doctors and I can assure you she is top notch! This whole process has been a pleasure and I am so thankful to each and every person at Face N Body who helped me through my journey. You will not be disappointed in your care or procedure if you choose Dr Leong and her staff. Side note: My implants were done in 2003 by a prominent Beverly Hills surgeon who has since passed. I had a consultation in Beverly Hills for removal first since that's what I knew, but I received better care at Face N Body without the drive, inflated cost, and attitude that sometimes comes with the 90210 zip code. Trust me, location does not equal better care. Good Luck on your journey"- K.K. / Yelp / Nov 14, 2019
"Dr. Karen Leong removed my breast implants and I'm so happy with my results! At my initial consultation I expressed concerns about my symptoms due to breast implant illness /BII. She was very supportive and acknowledged my feelings and symptoms unlike previous surgeons who brushed me off and made me feel like I was crazy. Not only is she beautiful and sweet but also an amazing meticulous surgeon. She removed my entire capsules and showed me pictures of my implants and capsules. My incisions look great and are hardly noticeable now. I am a nurse so I have very high expectations. She exceeded my expectations. She is my plastic surgeon for life!"- J.B. / Yelp / Nov 14, 2019
Youthful Contour and Lift
Once you've had a consultation with Dr. Leong, your injection may be scheduled for another day or performed the same day, depending on availability. In our minor procedures rooms, you will sit and relax while your cheek is cleansed before the injections. The injector can also apply a numbing cream to make the procedure less uncomfortable if requested. For precision, your Voluma injector will mark your face before administering the injections with a fine needle. When the Voluma has been injected, you may notice some swelling and redness, but this usually subsides on its own. You can go about your day as normal.
For most patients, the benefits of Voluma treatments are visible immediately and may last about two years. It is rare to develop severe or lasting side effects from Voluma injections, although if you do have questions, concerns, or a reaction, please call Dr. Leong for assistance. The most common side effects are slight redness, irritation, or swelling of the injection site. These symptoms are generally very minor. During your consultation, ask your injector about when to plan your next appointment to either build up or extend the results of Voluma.
Voluma Ideal Candidates
How much does Voluma cost?
The price of a Voluma treatment can vary greatly depending on how much of the filler is needed to create your wanted appearance. The more volume that is needed to be replaced with the filler, the higher the cost will be. Prior to your treatment, we will discuss the cost of your treatment based on your specific needs.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that works to bind water to cells. Along with other functions, it can secure moisture and create fullness in the skin. When injected into the skin, such as with Voluma, it can restore volume to the cheeks and mid-face area.
How long do the results last?
Most patients are able to see the results of a Voluma treatment immediately. In other cases, multiple treatments may be necessary to see optimal results. The duration of the results is dependent on the area being treated and the rate of which the patient’s tissue breaks down the filler, but results can last up to two years.
Is there any downtime needed after a Voluma treatment?
Following a Voluma treatment session, patients are able to return to their normal daily activities. However, it is suggested that strenuous activities be avoided for the first 24 hours after treatment. Any additional aftercare instructions will be provided to you by your injector.
Will I need additional treatments?
For some patients, they may need multiple Voluma treatments to gain the results they want. This is typical for patients who need a larger amount of volume replacement. During your initial assessment, we will be able to create a customized treatment plan that will help you achieve your desired outcome.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $900
- Recovery Time
- 1 – 3 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 Hour
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
- In Office
What to Expect with Voluma®
If you need more shape in the apples of your cheeks or lift in your mid-face area, learn more about Voluma by Juvéderm at our practice in Newport Beach, CA. Make an appointment to see plastic surgeon Dr. Leong for an evaluation of your skin and a customized plan that may include Voluma injections, other Juvéderm dermal fillers, or advanced skin treatments to help you attain a youthful appearance and radiant complexion.