Scheduled for Voluma injections.... any idea on how much I would require judging from the pics? (photos)

Hello.... I am very interested in Voluma and scheduled for it... reading many different postings as to how much is rquired for correction... i am schedule at the moment for 1 syringe each side.... Am 57 and have had fat transfer around or under eye about 1 year ago but miss the fuller cheeks that I had... Haven't had any filler (Radiesse) since about 9 months before the fat transfer.

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Typical Number of Juvederm Voluma Needed

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I think that 2 syringes would be a good starting point.  I typically inject 3 syringes for the cheeks.  I typically break the cheek down into 4 zones.  As a trainer selected by Allergan for this product in the New York area, I have found that initially physicians need to use more product due to their injection technique.  With experience, they learn to place the product in key supporting strategic areas in the cheek requiring less product with superior results. 

Zone 1: outer cheek bone, this area is emphasized more with women.  You could benefit from enhancement here, more on the right side vs. the left.
Zone 2: mid portion of the cheek bone.  On the left, you only would need minimal enhancement, more so on the right.
Zone 3:  this area gives us the apple cheek.  this part of the cheek is the portion under the eye.  It appears your surgeon augmented this area already with fat more on the left.  You could benefit from a little Juvederm Voluma on the right side, about .2 cc.
Zone 4: also known as the sub malar zone.  This is the lower part of the cheek.  Here too you have adequate volume.

One area you didn't mention in your question- the temples.  I will often fill the temples with Juvederm Voluma to give a more natural and youthful appearance.  All too often, when only the cheeks are treated, the hollowness in the temples becomes accentuated.  You would benefit from 1 syringe (half per side) in the temple area.  Other areas (off label) that I will use Juvederm Voluma is along the jaw line and chin.

In summary, based on this analysis, I think two syringes would be adequate and I would use  1.25 syringes on the right and .75 syringes on the left. 

I find it helpful for patients to bring in pictures of themselves from 5, 10, 15 and 20 years ago so as I can analyze.  This can help demonstrate where and how much volume has been lost.  This is combined with 3D computer imaging to see what kind of change can be accomplished naturally. 

Good luck with your treatment. 

Ran Y. Rubinstein, MD
Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Assistant Clinical Professor New York Presbyterian Hospital
Trainer, for Juvederm Voluma

Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
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First off, your cheeks look great!  I understand the desire to have the rounded fuller cheeks however, so I do agree that Voluma would be a good option for you.  My philosophy is to start slowly and inject more as needed.  I would recommend one syringe initially, then possibly one more at your follow up visit.  Remember you don't want to look "done" - and you certainly look much younger than 57!
Good luck,
Dr. Linnell

Erica Linnell, MD
Bellevue Dermatologist

How much Voluma do I need

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As you can tell from the answers on here, there is a great deal of differing opinions in the amount you will need. So I will add to that. My approach is to always give a natural adjustment. I don't want patients to look "different", more "enhanced versions" of themselves. I personally, would inject 1 syringe split between both sides, and then have you come back in 2 weeks to see if another would be needed. At max I would think you need 2 syringes total.

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In general, it is not easy to predict how much volume is necessary as a lot depends on how much the first syringe accomplishes and your desires. Less is more. You don't want to look like a freak or a plastic surgery junkie. There are no cook books to filler injections.

If it were obvious by your pictures or desires that you need more than two syringes of Voluma, you would be better off using Sculptra, which would give you 8 ccs of volume and be more cost effective.

Voluma injection amount

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it is difficult to predict how much Voluma you will require without seeing you but we typically advise patients 2 syringes initially in each cheek and then follow up again in 2 months with consideration for another 2 syringes. 

Steven Hacker, MD
West Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

How much voluma

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You have a thin face, and your cheeks seem already to be in good position.  I would recommend starting with one syringe of Voluma, split between the two cheeks.  I would recommend sculptra to soften the temporal hollowing as well as the marionette lines, and to augment the curve of the jaw.

Cheek injections could make your facial features unproportionate

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In my opinion, I don't feel that you need to make your cheeks larger.  There's a possibility that it could make your facial features unproportionate.  To properly assess your needs, you need to show a head-on picture of yourself (at rest), then a smiling picture head-on and then another one looking downward (chin down to your neck).  Remember that the face is dynamic and three dimensional.  By looking at your face in only one dimension, I'm limited in doing an assessment.  

Amount of Voluma Required

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I normally recommend 1 syringe per side to begin with (this can vary based on facial asymmetries - one side may need more than the other). This amount still usually gives a noticeable yet natural result. You can always add more if needed. This is based purely on your photo. It may differ if you were seen in person. It is best to let your injector know what your goals are and have them assess you during a consultation to determine what is right for your needs.

Voluma injections in Santa Monica for the cheeks

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A syringe of Voluma goes a long way in our clinical practice. However, you may desire increased enhancement near the zygoma and cheek bones which will require additional filler. 

Good luck,

Dr. Karamanoukian 

How much Voluma?

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Thanks Missy for the question and photos. It looks like you have achieved a nice result from the fat grafting to your cheeks. Voluma would be a nice enhancement. One of the real advantages of Voluma is that you see the result of the injection immediately. This way you can use as much or as little as is necessary to achieve the result you seek in a single visit to your experienced board certified injector. Since you liked the initial result of the fat grafting last year, this gives you a defined target for your result. Bring photos and clearly discuss your objectives. Best wishes.

Kevin L. Smith, MD, FACS
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon

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