Q: Dr. Eppley,I was considering getting an injectable filler for my cheeks like Voluma that supposedly last for wo years. Would I be able to get rhinoplasty a couple of months after having the Voluma or should I just wait until I have rhinoplasty?
A: Your question about the use of Voluma Injectable filler is a frequent one that is posed by patient prior to some form of facial plastic surgery. If one knows they are going to eventually undergo surgery (rhinoplasty for example) then doing more permanent for the cheeks (fat grafts or implants) should be considered since one is in the operating room anyway. However, if one is uncertain that cheek augmentation is beneficial then an injectable filler can be done as a ‘trial’ method to judge the results and see if it what you like. But in that case you would use a short acting injectable filler so it goes away by the time of surgery. In short, if you were having rhinoplasty, for example three months from now, then you would use a quickly absorbing filler so in the event that the result is very positive you can then have a more permanent approach done with your rhinoplasty. But if your rhinoplasty was going to be done next year , or never, then you would use an injectable filler like Voluma due to its longer lastng effects
Dr. Barry Eppley