How long does it take for the full effects of Voluma XC injections to take effect?

I had 1ml of Voluma injected into my cheek area several days ago. I was wondering how long it would take for me to see the full effect of Voluma - Is the effect immediate or does it take several days/weeks/months to show all the improvement? I like the results so far but feel I may need more injections. Just did not want to rush back to the doctor if I have not see the full effects.

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You will want to wait 2 weeks to assess the final result.

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Thank you for your question.

You will want to wait 2 weeks to assess the final result. Swelling is a common side effect of injections and can last approx. 2 weeks. If after 2 weeks you think you would like additional product, schedule a follow up with your injector.


Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 521 reviews

How quickly will you see the Results of Voluma filler for the cheeks?

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Voluma is a beautiful filler used to add volume to the cheeks and mid-face.  You will see the results with Voluma instantly.  At times, there may be some swelling from the procedure so I advise my patients to wait one to two weeks for the swelling to subside to see the final results at which point they can also decide to add any additional Voluma.  

Full effect of voluma is immediate

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The effect of voluma happens instantly.  

I am glad you like the effect of your first Voluma treatment.  You can build upon it by returning for additional Voluma/filler.  

Patients are often surprised by how much they need. A woman in her mid to late twenties can usually use at least 1 syringe.  Early thirties, expect 2 syringes.  In the later thirties, depending on how quickly you are aging, you may benefit from  3+ syringes (not all voluma; could be a combination of Voluma and other, softer products).  With every decade that passes, the aging process accelerates.  

This doesn't mean that we have to put all the filler in at once.  If a patient is apprehensive or has financial constraints, I often recommend starting with 1 or 2 syringes and adding an additional 1-2 syringes every so often to build on the effects.  

When patients start fillers, I will try to articulate a plan for correction and a plan for maintenance.  Think of obtaining/maintaining your appearance so that you look great for your age the same way you think about going to the dentist or hair stylist regularly.

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When do I see the result of Voluma?

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Voluma is a beautiful filler for deeper and fuller filling on the cheekbones, midface, and jawline.  You can see the results immediately.  During a consultation, I usually advise the patients how much I think they will need before starting.  If they would like to start conservatively, I split one syringe between both sides of the face.  After I use the one syringe, I have patients look in the mirror and see if they would like more or wait 1-2 weeks to see if they need more.  Often, patients get home, love their result, but realize they need more.  I like to let patients direct how much they want.

Dr. Liu

Grace Liu, MD
Newport Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Use of Voluma

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Voluma is a very good product and in my practice I use it for what it sounds ie. volumizing and placed deep often against the bones.The wonderful thing about it is the effects are virtually immediate. There may be some swelling that lasts for a week or two from the injection. It is often best to under correct as more can be added later. Depending on where it is placed it may take several weeks for the overlying tissues to relax and smooth out. Later if more is desired it can be added. Depending on the effect desired a different thickness of product may be used and layer it usually with the thicker, firmer products deeper and softer, thinner products on top.

Ross Horton, MD, FRCSC
Vancouver Plastic Surgeon

Full Effects of Voluma XC

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If you had opt to have Voluma injections for your cheeks, you did a good choice right there. The effects should be immediate. However, you may need to factor in several after effects. In which case, I often advise my patients to wait for about a couple of weeks to get everything settled. Usually, after effects such as swelling and/or bruising will heal on their own within 24 hours post injection, the fastest. Nonetheless, these after effects may also last up to a week to a couple of weeks in rare cases. This is why it is suggested for you to wait at least a couple of weeks before going for another checkup with your doctor. Generally after 2 weeks, the after effects will have settled down and you will be able to see the full effects of your Voluma treatment. Should the after effects not disappear within a couple of weeks or should you want desire a different result than what you got, you can schedule a follow up checkup with your doctor.

Robert W. Sheffield, MD
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
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Voluma Results

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The results from Voluma can be seen immediately.  Often times patients will notice some swelling initially which can take a few days to reduce.  Most patients wait a few weeks before additional injections.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 181 reviews

Voluma results are immediate

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one of the great things about voluma is the instant results.  I typically take pictures of my patients before and right after injections so together we can go to my office and asses the results.  It is nothing short of amazing.  Over the next week or so some bruising and swelling can develop but it ususally goes back to that initial immediate appearance after injecting.  

Instant Results

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Voluma provides instant results, however it may take a week for the swelling to subside and for everything to settle. Good luck!

Janet Allenby, DO
Delray Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
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Voluma results

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Voluma provides patients with immediate results. It is not like Botox, which takes a week or two for you to see the final results. However, you may experience some swelling after your Voluma injections which can last 7 - 10 days. So around that point when all of your swelling has resolved you will see the final results of your Voluma treatment. I recommend you wait a few more weeks to get used to the results and if you still think you need more, then go back to your injector for a touch up. Good luck!

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