Determining amount of Voluma needed
Being able to correctly determine the amount of Voluma needed to treat a patient's issue really depends on the expertise of the injector. However, assuming that you see a board certified plastic surgeon or cosmetic dermatologist with a lot of Voluma experience, then, yes, he or she should be able to give you an accurate estimate.
Thank you for your question Lizzielou. Voluma is a
filler used to enhance the appearance of the face. You raise an excellent point. The amount of filler required varies from person to person. For example mature patients with significant volume loss will require more syringes that those with less volume loss. This is one of the reasons why an in-office consultation is required. For my patients I often start with two syringes of Voluma. This is a conservative start. Then patients come back two weeks later once the swelling has subsided to take after photographs and assess the results. At that time more filler can be used if further enhancement is desired. Please consult with a doctor for specific
recommendations. Good luck!
Thank you for your question. The more experience the injector has using Voluma, I think the better they are at being able to inform a patient on how much Voluma to plan on. It typically will take 2-3 syringes to do cheeks in an average 50 year old woman of average weight. (I like to place Voluma in the posterior cheek area so it lifts the face but still looks natural and not so towards the front or apex of cheek, which I think is why so many people are having problems and complaining of their results on this website).
During a consultation, the injector will likely be assessing the face and asking about the patient's goals. There are a lot of variables to consider: age, height, weight, facial shape and structure, and goals of the patient. There are many other ways to use Voluma besides the cheekbone area. I would recommend you go to an experienced Board-Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon in your area. Recommendations from friends who have had it done AND that you like the results of how they look is truly the best way to go.
Can the amount of Voluma needed to get good results be estimated at a consultation?
Thank you for your question. I am sorry for your frustration and understand your concerns. Yes, an experienced injector should be able to evaluate your age, facial structures and volume loss to give you a reasonable estimate of the number of syringes that you will need to receive your desired outcome. For example, I will never predict that a patient will need exactly 4 syringes, I give a range between 3 to 5 syringes so that they have realistic expectations and can plan their budget accordingly. Also, it is very rare that a patient will only need 1 or even 2 syringes of anything to receive a desired cheek augmentation. All the best and call your injector with your concerns.
Great question, Lizzielou. You have hit on a central challenge in all of plastic surgery and cosmetic medicine: meeting patient expectations. I think most experienced injectors can reasonably estimate approximately how many syringes it will take to achieve "full correction" of a crease or augmentation of a facial feature. One of the issues however, is that many patients are reluctant to get full correction. Understandably, patients are conscientious about expenses, or fear dramatic change. It comes down to very precise communication with the patient to understand their expectations, and honest and candid discussion with the practitioner about what it will take to achieve that goal. Make certain that you find a physician willing to spend the time to speak with you, assess your anatomy, discuss your goals and expectations, and ensure a great experience. Best of luck!
I am often able to reasonably predict how much voluma a person will need for the perfect amount of volume restoration in a consult. I encourage you to consult with an experienced injector. Stay skintastic.
Facial Sculpting Using Fillers Like Voluma, Radiesse, Lyft, Juvederm and Sculptra and Fat
I tell people that its best to do small amounts of filler over time to determine optimal correction. Often it is hard to know how much filler is needed to get the full correction at the initial consult. Many doctors underestimate this. For example in the studies for voluma so sites used up to 6 syringes to contour the cheeks. I suggest combining with sculptra or using more filler or considering a different type. Best, Dr. Emer.
Both myself, and my nurse injector, Annie Bruno take the time to assess the unique needs of our patients in a consultation appointment. We have an open discussion regarding patient desired outcomes, long-term goals, as well as financial restraints and realistic outcomes prior to beginning any injection procedure. I hope this is helpful for you!
Wishing you all the best,
Dr. Todd Hobgood, MD
Estimating Voluma Syringes and Cost
The amount of dermal filler needed and number of syringes
required is based on individual need. The desired level of enhancement impacts
the number of syringes required to provide the best results. During your consultation a
certified injector will be able to discuss a plan, estimate the number of syringes
needed to help achieve your goals, and review your budget.
During any of the injectable consultations, I specifically let patients know what product and how many syringes will be used. There are never any surprises.