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Voluma to Enhance Mid-face - Attractive Result - Melbourne, AU

I've always had a rather flat face, and I've been...

I've always had a rather flat face, and I've been thinking for a number of years about getting cheek implants. However, I'm a bit iffy on the idea of a procedure that might add to the boniness, and hence the apparent age, of my face. So instead, I went for fillers.

Voluma is produced by the same company that makes Juvederm, and as far as I'm aware it's the same substance, just with a thicker consistency which makes it good for adding volume in bigger areas of the face and also makes it more durable. I'm not sure whether it's been approved for use in America; however I suspect that it's similar to Radiesse, which is available in the US.

My goal was to look younger and a little more glamorous. I also have a slightly square face, and the doctor said that he would off-set this by creating a "flared" cheekbone appearance with the product. He used 2 mls in the cheekbone area and a further 1ml of another Juvederm filler (I'm not sure which one) around my tear trough area.

At first, it felt like hardly any difference, although the ladies in the reception area thought it looked great. The next day, my God, my face had ballooned in size and the area was rock-hard. I spent the next week at work hiding my face with my hair. Most of the swelling went down within a week. In retrospect, I wish I had iced my face afterward and taken a few days off work.

The result initially was that my face looked kind of round, a bit like Lindsay Lohan looks these days. I actually thought it made me look a bit fat. However, the product has decreased a bit and settled into the surrounding tissues, and is a bit more subtle.

Pros: reverse-able, quick, mostly painless, lasts around 12 months

Cons: risks involved in injecting near the eye, risk of infection (my doctor tells me that technique is thought to be important in minimising infection: injecting the site in a small even line of dots is better than injecting one big ball of product), quite expensive, watching your cheeks or chin seem to shrink month by month, losing perspective about what looks good on you and demanding additional product (a good doctor will not allow you to end up looking foolish).

Dr Neville See

Dr See and his wife run the clinic called Kiora in Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia. He thoroughly explained the pros and cons of the procedure and the associated risks. He's very personable and skilled, and his staff are lovely.

5 out of 5 stars Overall rating
5 out of 5 stars Doctor's bedside manner
5 out of 5 stars Answered my questions
5 out of 5 stars After care follow-up
4 out of 5 stars Time spent with me
5 out of 5 stars Phone or email responsiveness
5 out of 5 stars Staff professionalism & courtesy
5 out of 5 stars Payment process
4 out of 5 stars Wait times
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