48hours later im starting to freak out ..im still swollen in my left side but i can still easily see she misplaced the product plus giving my left side much more volume..it looks deformed as it is placed over my cheekbone leaving an unatural gap to the temples ..i will wait another 24hours but then should i correct the right with more product? or dissolve only my left side and do it again? My doctor said it was because i had damaged tissue ..but i think it was her first time with voluma.
After Juvaderm Voluma in my Cheekbones, Swollen and Uneven Face
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Uneven results after Voluma can be due to a few different reasons
Uneven results after 4 weeks is often due to physicians not being aware of pre existing facial asymmetries. Treating both sides of the face equally in these situations will only further accentuate these asymmetries. I find that taking good pre treatment photos, having them up during the treatment so that I can refer back to them as needed is very helpful as once swelling sets in it can be difficult to make the proper judgment as to where product is needed. I like to use Vectra 3D photography.
Other delayed causes can be due to an inexperienced injector placing too much product in one cheek. In this situation, Wydase can be used to melt the Voluma but this may result in total loss of the results and having to start over.
You made a good point about possibly needing to fill your temples to balance out the cheeks. The temples are often hollowed out making us look older. Filling only the cheeks will make the cheek volume look overfilled as there is not balance between the temples and cheeks. Filling the temples at the same time will restore smooth facial curves and natural contours.
Ran Y. Rubinstein, MD
200 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, New York
Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Clinical Professor New York Presbyterian Hospital
National Education Faculty (physician trainer) for:
Allergan (Juvederm, Voluma), Valient (Scultpra, Restylane),
Cynosure (Cellulaze, Precision Laser Lift) & Solta (Fraxel, Thermage)
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Voluma injections require an artistic eye.
Uneven and Bumpy: Will my Juvederm Voluma Improve 48 hours following the injections?
Juvederm Voluma is an excellent product for building deficient cheeks and mid-face areas and should ultimately be smooth. I prefer to take care not to over-inject during the first session. You can always come back for another session in a month or so if necxessary.
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Juvederm Voluma is Excellent for Cheek, Mid-Face & Chin Augmentation, and the nonsurgical Ten Minute Necklift
Although Juvederma Voluma is not yet available in the United States in my Upper East Side N.Y. practice, I have a great deal of experience with it in my private clinic in Israel where it has been available for the past couple of years. Unfortunately, as with so many products that have received prior approvals for use in humans by their FDA equivalents in Canada, Mexico, Europe and Israel, Voluma will very likely (hopefully) receive its FDA approval for use in the States within the next year.
Voluma is an excellent product, more robust than the current volumizing fillers, such as Perlane L or Juvederm Ultra XC, and has the advantage over Radiesse in that it can be dissolved, as can all other hyaluronic acid-based injectables, by hyaluronidase. It is excellent for areas that require real volumization, such as the cheekbone area, the mid-cheek, jawline and chin. I also prefer it over all others for my nonsurgical neck rejuvenation, the Ten Minute Necklift.
Swelling and distortion of the treated areas is very common with all hyaluronic acid products, but particularly so with Voluma. What I explain to my patients immediately after treatment (before the swelling and the bruising take full effect--which can happen in the next day or so) is that "what you see right now in the mirror is what you get again when all the dust settles," i.e. when all the swelling, bruising and redness completely resolve. I make sure to alert all patients that swelling can be uneven, so that one side can swell far more than the other, but that such distortions will resolve spontaneously in a few days. I absolutely do not retreat before three or four weeks have elapsed to be sure that no asymmetry is due to persistent tissue swelling that has been slow to resolve. And I certainly would not even consider dissolving any of the material prior to that time, as well, although, to date, I have never as yet needed to use hyaluronidase for Voluma.
Don't Freak Out -- Ask Questions!!
Asking the right question might get you the response that will make you realize that a problem is not so severe, is fixable, or just happens to be within the range of normal.
Having said that, the first place to start is with your doctor. Express how you feel. You can even ask if it was their first time, but that doesn't mean that is the problem. My first patients did exceedingly well.
If you feel unsure or uncomfortable with the responses, get another opinion (or two) until you are comfortable with what is happening.
Whatever you do, don't rush into "fixing" what might not be a problem.
In other words, don't bleed until you're cut...LOL
There is some swelling with Voluma and sometimes it does get misplaced, even at times by patients "playing with it"
Get the facts before you act or react.
Start with your own doctor.
Move on if you feel the need.
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Swelling with Voluma
It is unfortunate that you are noticing this swelling, but I do think you will be happier in the long run if you can put up with it for a few more days, so that you will be able to take advantage if its ability to provide long-lasting correction. If your temples are hollowed out, you should consider having Radiesse, Sculptra, Juvederm Ultra plus, or Restylane to this area. It js possible that Voluma will be used soon in the temples as well, but as of May 2014 physicians in the USA have not had enough experience in this area to recommend it, and the manufacturer has not studied this area.
JUVEDERM VOLUMA AFTER 48 HOURS
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Uneven Face After Voluma Injections, Not Due to Voluma, Rather Due to Lack of Experience
As with any aesthetic treatment it is essential to choose your injecting physician most carefully, one with skill and experience. As a trained Master Voluma injector, we have been trained to place Voluma in the proper places for natural beautiful results in our patients. Patients having facial volume replacement should trust their face to physicians who perform an in depth facial analysis, followed by a plan for revolumization, and then skillful placement of Voluma with an artistic vision. Without artistic vision, there can be technical success, yet aesthetic failure…which seems to have occurred to you. Without seeing you, it is difficult to say whether your best course at this time is to dissolve the Voluma that is in excess, or add more filler to bring your face back to symmetry. Usually we prefer to maintain volume in the face. It is best to wait for at least 7 to 14 days for all swelling and bruising to resolve prior to further treatment. Good luck and be well.
Please wait before doing further treatments
As of Dec 12, 2013, Voluma is now approved in the USA (why do we always have to be later than almost every other country in the world??).
you definitely should wait 3-4 weeks more, at least, before considering either adding more or taking some away. it is not unusual to have uneven swelling in the first few days.
be more patient and it may turn out better than you expect.
david berman md
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