I went to Skin Care Raleigh (subsidiary of Davis and Pyle) after Dr. Pyle recommended seeing one of his nurse injectors for fillers instead of him, as he mostly performs surgeries now. I had seen him a year ago for tear trough fillers, and i loved the results. I was ready to redo, as the filler was around 60% gone. He asked me about what I was looking for, and after explaining that I wanted to redo my tear troughs and perhaps try voluma, but wasn't exactly sure, he recommended me to Lisa, saying she was great about talking things through and helping with questions etc. I am so happy I went to see her!
The office is gorgeous number one, and Brittany (sp?) at the front desk was also lovely. I was the first appointment on a monday, and was seen quickly. Lisa is ridiculously friendly, and we discussed redoing the tear troughs, different fillers, and doing my upper lip. She thought voluma would be a better first line of attack, and that if I filled out my face I might not even need the eye area treated. So we did 1 unit of voluma, split between both cheeks, and 2 units of botox between my eyebrows for frown lines (seriously, botox is amazing. I will leave a separate review for that). It took about an hour, including all our discussion. The voluma itself is given in multiple tiny injections to give a smooth appearance, and contains lidocaine, so by the end you barely feel anything. The left side was more painful for some reason, but honestly completely bareable. Lisa was great at stopping frequently to check symmetry, ask me to take a look, and see how I was doing.
I was very happy when I left, but immediately made an appointment to come back to do my lips and possibly more voluma. Brittany made sure to schedule me enough time to tackle multiple areas.
I bruised a little on my cheeks and was definitely tender for a day or two, but by Wednesday felt 90% healed. 500 selfies later (ya'll know what I'm talking about!) I was definitely excited to return for more.
On Thursday we add another 2 units of voluma- 1 to the cheeks, and 1 spread across my jawline to even out some assymetry. Lisa was awesome with this, as I don't think that is a very common request, but it is something that bothers me greatly, and she worked with me to understand what I wanted. Itad a huge difference! After we finished the voluma, she numbed my lips with a topical cream for the restylane. She took her time again, making sure that everything was even and that I was comfortable. I honestly barely felt a thing in the lips, but she said that was atypical and that it can be a more painful spot.
The whole appointment took about 2 hours, and we took some after photos.
That day my lip was definitely swollen and bruised, and i would not suggest planning on going out the day of a lip, injection. Trying to eat was fun! I felt like daffy duck. Today is 1 day post however, and the swelling is 90% gone, although I still have a little bruise on one side.
Today I can really see the results of the voluma, and I am so so happy I went back for that second treatment. It is night and day! I see now what Lisa means, I am not sure I will need to do the tear trough treatment again for a while, as my whole face is lifted and looks more youthful and sculpted. I feel like I look how I am supposed to. The lips are still a little swollen, (as I'm sure the cheeks are a little too) but I am already in love with having a full pout and CHEEKBONES!!
I would recommend voluma 100%, and will only go to see full time injectors from now on (and specifically Lisa as long as I can!). I will update this review around 6 months.