It’s common for people to begin noticing wrinkles and fine lines on their faces over time. It’s also common for the cheek area to begin losing its youthful appearance and volume with age. Often, the area may begin to sag and flatten in what experts refer to as age-related mid-face volume loss. Fortunately, there are solutions to combat this. Thanks to Voluma, people can restore age-related volume loss in their cheeks for a more youthful appearance.
Because of its effectiveness, Voluma has fast become one of the best and most popular procedures among the older population. It’s designed to combat the signs of aging by adding volume underneath the skin to contour and lift the cheek area. How so? Well, because it is an injectable gel, it can easily be injected deep into the cheek. At the moment, it’s the longest-lasting injectable filler for faces, and it has been approved by the FDA to combat age-related wrinkles and volume loss around the cheek area.
The gel itself contains hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring chemical in the skin that is responsible for giving cheeks their plump, youthful appearance. Like many skin components, HA levels decrease over time, leading to hollow-looking, sagging cheeks. Genetics and environmental factors can also play a role in decreased levels of HA.
Voluma stands out from other fillers because it is specifically designed to treat the cheek area, while many others are only designed to treat smile lines. Additionally, Voluma’s injectable gel has lidocaine in it, which is a local anesthetic, so the procedure itself isn’t painful. Also, unlike a full-blown facelift, Voluma creates a subtler lift and can last for two years or longer, depending on the individual.
Voluma has earned its vast popularity because it is effective and the overall procedure is relatively quick. Approved for people over the age of 21, a Voluma Filler procedure can take as little as 30 minutes, leaving a patient with a youthful-looking face.
The answer depends on multiple factors, including the specific combination of procedures, your recovery rates, your age and health status, and your behaviors or habits. More invasive surgeries typically require recovery time ranging between 6 and 12 weeks to 6 months, and surgeries to the same area of your body will also generally require recovery time between procedures.
However, if you are in good health and the combination of procedures in question will be performed on different parts of your body and are not especially invasive, a combination of procedures could potentially be approved together on a case-by-case basis. It is imperative that the combination of procedures does not compromise your healing, and your attention to prescribed pre-operation and recovery habits also plays a significant role. Schedule a consultation for an assessment and guidance regarding the procedures you are considering.
While aging affects us all, there are steps we can take to put forth a more vibrant appearance. We seek to perform subtle adjustments to address imperfections and the wear of time while retaining your natural look. While you should notice an improvement, the glaring changes or distortions in appearance you are concerned about and may have seen from other surgeons’ work do not meet the standard of quality plastic and cosmetic surgery we perform in our office.
Dr. Frederic M. Barr is a board-certified Plastic & Cosmetic Surgeon with over 30 years of experience performing Plastic Surgery in South Florida. We enhance and refine your appearance according to your goals. Review our Gallery of Before & After Photos to see some examples of our work.
For patients with Breast Implant Illness (BII), which can include allergy, auto-immune, and thyroid hormone issues, this has been an emerging topic with significant press coverage in recent years. Although numerous medical professionals have demonstrated varying responses to these women’s concerns, we believe in addressing these women’s experiences and symptoms. In response to this phenomenon, we have also chosen not to perform new breast implant surgeries. We perform En Bloc Capsulectomy on patients with breast implants, which involves the removal of both the saline or silicone implant and the capsule around it.
Removal of the implants and surrounding scar tissue has been shown to improve women’s health concerning these symptoms. While some women choose no further procedure following Breast Explant Surgery, some patients elect to have a Mastopexy procedure that involves reshaping the breast tissue for a pleasant cosmetic breast appearance. We welcome your specific questions regarding these procedures and their anticipated effects for your situation. See our Breast Implant Explantation (En Bloc) page for more detailed information, including before-and-after photo examples.