Part of the Juvederm family, Voluma is a gel-based dermal filler designed to specifically add volume and restore contour to cheeks. Chicago plastic surgeon, Dr. Karol Gutowski, injects Voluma to provide a slightly lifted appearance in the apples of the cheeks, which have deflated due to aging. In addition, Dr. Gutowski recommends this as a viable alternative to patients who do not wish to have the more permanent cheek implants. Not only is volume added, but wrinkles and lines in the treatment area disappear. The effects of Voluma can last up to 2 years.
"I feel natural, and I can't put a price tag on how I feel with self confidence - After having 4 kids naturally I was uncomfortable with how my body looked. Nursing had depleted my breasts and my belly button still stuck out like I was 9 months pregnant. My husband and I agree that my body needed some attention. I needed a breast augmentation and surgery to push my belly button back in. After an intensive research process which also included 4 in-person consultations in..."- B. / RealSelf / May 28, 2017
"They provide an exceptional service! Nice and friendly Staff (Ellen, Myrella, Jocelin, Marina & Dr. G.) I have been going for years and my procedures are always quick, easy, and most important... pain free. I was very impressed with Jocelin; she was very informative and has a wide knowledge about machines and procedures. I would definitely recommend aFresh Med Spa, you won’t regret it!"- F.V. / Google / Oct 04, 2019
"My second procedure with Dr G. First a mommy makeover, now neck and eyelids. Love the results!"- B. / Healthgrades / Oct 04, 2019
"My first procedure with Dr Gutowski was a few years ago, a Mommy Makeover that changed my life! The tummy still looks great and my breasts feel natural. But then my face needed some work. Dr G's talent with fillers gave me hope. Over the last 3 years, some well placed Botox, Bellafill and Restylane at Afresh Medical Spa did the trick. Then this year, he fixed my upper eyelids and did liposuction on my neck at the same time - all done awake in his office facility in less than 2 hours. What a difference it made (my younger sister is jealous). The staff is awesome and Ellen makes sure everything is done "concierge style". Will be having my face treated with a CO2 laser this winter."- B.C. / Google / Oct 04, 2019
"I remember looking in other states to get a surgeon as I did extensive research on my procedure. I decided to go with Dr. Gutowski. I was nervous because I’d never had surgery performed. It was one of the best decisions I could have made. The surgery was amazing and went smoothly. I trusted him to give me his honest opinion on what he could do. He consulted with me and we did it. I’m very pleased of the outcome. I would highly recommend Dr. Gutowski. If you are looking for an honest talented surgeon who follows up with you he is your man!"- B.S. / Google / Oct 03, 2019
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.
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.
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