Why is so much Voluma needed?
Posted: 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 11, 2015
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: Your article last month said that at least 8 syringes of Voluma are needed for a 2 year result based on the research studies. I had 5 syringes of Voluma six weeks ago for my hollow cheeks and they look just fine. Won’t I look puffy if I get more syringes?
Answer: Research does, in fact, show that when a total of 8.9 syringes were injected, two thirds, not 100 percent, of patients treated were still satisfied with their results at 2 years. This same study showed that when only 6 syringes were used, patient satisfaction dropped significantly.
To clarify the research, 8.9 syringes are not actually injected at the first treatment. Rather, additional Voluma syringes, injected every 3 to 6 months, totaling 8.9 syringes over a 2 year period, are needed for a 2 year result.
In lay person’s terms, this means that Voluma only lasts 2 years in about 2/3 of patients if a total of 8.9 syringes, broken up into multiple treatments, over a 2 year period are injected. At $1,000 per syringe, that’s $8,900 spent on Voluma just to get a 2 year result. This raises the question of how Voluma is any different than other temporary fillers on the market. Although Restylane and Radiesse last up to 1 year, with repeat maintenance treatments every 3 to 6 months, these fillers could also last 2 years or longer, similar to the duration of Voluma.
Unlike Voluma, Bellafil has a proven track record of long term duration. The recent FDA study showed patients were still satisfied 5 years after the initial treatment. Unlike Voluma, Bellafill does not require repeat maintenance treatments for a long term result. Bellafill, while expensive, is still much more cost- effective than Voluma.
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