It’s been a whole year since I got Voluma cheek filler to lift and plump my cheeks. Voluma is supposed to last up to 2 years so I thought this would be a good time to check-in and see how it’s holding up!
Voluma is an FDA approved hyaluronic acid filler from Juvederm for adding volume to the cheek area. Last September I paid $900 for 1 syringe of Voluma which was split between my cheeks (so each cheek got half a syringe). I didn’t love it for the first two weeks when it looked too sharp and (I thought) obvious (although no one even noticed it). But then it settled in and softened so that I was very happy with the result within 2-3 weeks! Click here to see my original Voluma post.
Voluma has been proven to aid in new collagen formation so the results get better over time. I’d say my peak satisfaction with it was from the 4th to the 9th month. Just looking in the mirror, I think I can see that it is starting to fade a bit already. Since Voluma is made of hyaluronic acid, it’s absorbed by the body gradually.
The rate of absorption varies from person to person and depends greatly on metabolism, workout routine etc. Based on how quickly my botox wears off, I’m not expecting this to last me the whole two years, but I’m still hoping to get around 18 months out of it!
Here are comparison pictures from before I got the filler, 2 weeks after, and 1 year after (yesterday):
I can’t see much of a difference from the front view. Let’s check out the side view:
From the “Before” to the “After 1 Year” there’s still a good improvement in my cheek dent, and the cheeks have more volume as well! It actually looks fuller now than in the “After 2 Weeks” pic!
Comparing the “After 2 Weeks” to “After 1 Year” it looks like the fullness is still there but it’s shifted down from being up by the cheek bone to closer to the “apple”.
In this series, I think the “After 1 Year” pic looks the best. The indent is still less concave than in the “Before”.
I prefer the softness of the “After 1 Year” over the sharp look in “After 2 Weeks” even though the volume is lower. I guess gravity makes even filler sink! As long as it doesn’t sink down to my chin an give me jowls!!
Overall, I’m happy with what I see in the pictures. I would have been really disappointed if it was gone already. I’ll check back in another 6 months to see how it is then. I’m really hoping to get at least 18 months out of it.