Voluma Frequently Asked Questions
Gaunt, flat cheeks may have been 90s chic, but 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 youthful appearance. At his facilities in New York, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michael Koch performs injections of Voluma to address sunken cheeks that are flat and hollow due to age, genetics, or weight loss. With results that last up to two years, Voluma by Juvéderm is an injectable wrinkle filler, which uses hyaluronic acid to help your skin look smoother and feel softer. Schedule a consultation to learn more about how Voluma injectable treatments at our practice can boost your appearance by providing fullness and lifting effects.
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 with Dr. Koch 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.
"Professional and personable - As a patient in the midst of breast reconstruction due to cancer, Dr. Koch and his team have been so incredibly helpful from the start with drawing and notes that made it easier to understand during a very hard time. Dr. Koch helps to clarify at each step of the way and has been available to answer questions, respond to calls, and work through my confusion as the cancer process unfolded and the reconstruction work is now in progress. I am so grateful that he is my surgeon and absolutely recommended him."- Anonymous / Vitals / Apr 19, 2019
"When I first came in for my initial consultation with Dr.koch I felt extremely welcomed. I recently had a breast reduction with him and he did an amazing job. He did everything that I wanted done and plus some. Now I’m seeing him again for another surgery, and I can’t wait to see the outcome. I would definitely recommend dr Koch! He is thorough, he listens and is very knowledgeable! If you need any cosmetic work done go to him!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Mar 06, 2020
"Dr, Koch approached me as if we are friends. His body language, smile,and easy manner put me at ease at this difficult time. He explained every thing he was going to do in the simplest way with drawings, a smile and holding my hand. He included my boyfriend through all my visits. He answered all of our questions, and concerns. I will recommend him to anyone. They will be satisfied with him and the magic he creates with his hands."- T.M. / Healthgrades / Feb 29, 2020
"Dr.Koch is GREAT! - Dr.Koch was amazing! He was very professional, He explained to me the process of my breast reduction. He educated me, and gave me assurance that I was going to be ok. He followed up, answered any questions I had. All of the staff was great. I also love my new breast!"- J. / RealSelf / Feb 26, 2020
"I had an overall excellent experience with Dr. Koch from my initial consultation to my post surgical visits. I went to Dr. Koch after major weight loss surgery, and then major abdominal surgeries (not related to the weight loss surgery). Due to the excessive skin and the way my abdomen healed from the subsequent surgeries, I had to do something because of recurrent painful rashes, and not being able to find clothing that fit well. Dr. Koch explained everything at my first visit. He took his time, and drew diagrams. I had questions written down to ask him, but when he finished explaining, he had answered all of those questions and more. I was made to feel so comfortable, and at the end of this visit I knew I had made the right choice. The procedure went just as planned and I am extremely happy with the results. The staff was wonderful and receptive to any phone call I made. I highly recommend Dr. Koch for his professionalism and expertise."- L.W. / Healthgrades / Feb 19, 2020
Youthful Contour and Lift
Once you've had a consultation with Dr. Koch, 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 prior to the injections. The injector can also apply a numbing cream to make the procedure less painful if requested. For precision, your injector will mark your face before administering the injections using a fine needle. When the Voluma has been injected, you may notice some swelling and redness, but this usually subsides on its own.
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 contact our office 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 Dr. Koch about when to plan your next appointment to either build up or extend the results of your Voluma treatment.
Voluma Ideal Candidates
How much does Voluma cost?
The price of a Voluma treatment can vary greatly depending on how much product is needed to achieve your cosmetic goals. Since Voluma lasts up to two years, you should focus on choosing an injector who is skilled and experienced with Voluma and avoid anywhere offering extremely cheap or knock-off injections. Prior to your first injection, Dr. Koch will assess your skin and listen to your needs before developing your customized treatment plan. He can then discuss the amount of Voluma that will be needed for your treatment and estimate the total cost.
What is hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) 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. Like other Juvéderm fillers, Voluma's main ingredient is a synthetic version of HA. When Voluma's hyaluronic acid-based formula is injected into your skin, it can restore volume to the cheeks and mid-face area. The HA in Voluma also helps your skin hold moisture so it is softer and healthier compared to before your treatment.
How long do the results last?
With optimal treatments, the results of Voluma can last for up to two years. You should be able to see improvements from your treatment right away, which will continue to develop over the next few weeks. You may need several Voluma treatments, especially if you want to build up large amounts of volume in your cheeks. During your consultation, Dr. Koch will develop your custom Voluma plan and discuss how often you should schedule treatments to achieve and sustain your goals.
Is there any downtime needed after a Voluma treatment?
Following a Voluma treatment session, you can return to your normal daily activities. However, it is suggested that strenuous activities, like exercise, be avoided for the first 24 hours after your treatment. Dr. Koch will go over post-treatment instructions to ensure your results last and look great. You may want to apply a cold compress to the injection sites to reduce any swelling and bruising. Dr. Koch also advises sleeping with your head propped up by a few pillows. You should avoid touching your face to prevent spreading the filler to unwanted area.
What are the possible side effects of Voluma?
Most patients experience mild to moderate bruising and swelling at the injection sites for 2 – 4 weeks after their treatment. Other common temporary side effects after a Voluma treatment include tenderness, firmness, lumps, bumps, discomfort, redness, discoloration, and itching. If they occur, Voluma side effects are usually only moderately uncomfortable. If you have any concerns, side effects last longer than a month, or you develop signs of an infection, please contact our practice.
Plan Your Procedure
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 one of our New York facilities. Make an appointment to see Dr. Koch 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 radiant complexion and youthful appearance.