Many patients will come to our Manhattan plastic surgery center seeking improvement to the cheek area and the mid-face region. Over time, as a natural result of aging, the cheeks can lose volume and create a sagging appearance that droops into the lower portion of the face. Approved by the FDA, Voluma is a hyaluronic acid injectable facial filler that works great to give the cheeks a nonsurgical "lift" by temporarily adding volume to the mid-face. Dr. Aston and his physician assistant Alix use Voluma to restore the fullness of the cheeks, while at the same time addressing the nasolabial folds from above. Voluma is manufactured by Allergan, the makers of BOTOX® and Juverderm. While the results can last up to a 2 years, for some patients a more permanent solution may be considered. Dr. Aston will discuss all of the alternatives, including using silicone cheek implants, fat grafting, or a facelift, to create the desired look, as well as meet the goal of the patient.
"Outstanding doctor and staff I cant say enough about Dr Aston's skills as a surgeon and an artist. I cant wait to see the final results after the stitches are out He is so professional and so caring. After consulting with many plastic surgeons, I am so happy I chose him"- J.M. / Google / May 29, 2016
"Dr. Aston and his team are nothing short of amazing!"- J. / Healthgrades / Oct 17, 2017
"Wonderful doctor -- excellent results - I first saw Dr. Ashton 15 years ago and was very pleased with my mini face lift and upper eye lid surgery. I felt completely thrilled with the result and looked completely natural yet refreshed and more youthful. I visited him again five years later for surely to correct my sagging neck. The result was outstanding. He is an expert and has a wonderful bedside manner, is compassionate and gives the patient his full, undivided attention. His staff was also remarkably kind and efficient."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 16, 2017
"amazing , from consultation , through surgery and aftercare. His staff was amazing as well."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 08, 2017
"Dr Aston listened to all the things I requested and I could not be happier with the results. I felt heard, and he is very kind and professional."- Anonymous / RateMDs / Sep 30, 2017
What to Expect
Voluma is injected into the deep facial tissues with fine needles, so some patients may experience some minor pain from the needlestick. Numbing creams may be applied on the injection site to ease the patient’s discomfort. Patients also have the option to use lidocaine, which is mixed with the Voluma solution, to help provide anesthetic effects in and around the area. A treatment may last up to 30 minutes. Patients will be able to return to daily activities after several hours. There may be some swelling, redness and tenderness around the cheeks, which will subside after a few days. Results are readily evident and can last up to 2 years.
Is Hyaluronic Acid Natural?
Voluma's main ingredient is a hyaluronic acid, a naturally occuring substance in the body. Its main function is cell hydration, and with its cross-linking abilities, it is generally useful in helping facial areas that lack volume. Over time, the gel substance breaks down and is absorbed naturally by the body without any side effects.
Those who seek improved volume in the cheeks may consider Voluma as a noninvasive solution. The lack of cheek volume may be due to aging or the patient’s natural facial structure. A consultation will determine if Voluma is the right option for you.
How long is recovery?
Patients may resume normal activities immediately following Voluma injections. No strenuous activities should be performed for 24 hours.
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