Goodbye Smile Lines: New Filler Vollure Promises Long-Lasting Results
Officially called Juvéderm Vollure XC, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved filler is used to correct moderate to severe wrinkles, deep lines, and folds around the mouth and nose — aka “marionette lines” or “parentheses lines.”
The product is made by Allergan, the same pharmaceutical company that produces Botox, Latisse, Juvéderm Volift and several other clinical cosmetic products. What makes Vollure stand out from other injectables — including common fillers by Belotero and Restylane — is that it’s the first and only hyaluronic acid dermal filler that’s approved for wrinkles and lasts up to 18 months.
If you’re looking for a long-lasting injection for treating severe facial wrinkles in the mouth and cheek area that’s also been approved by the FDA, then Vollure could be an excellent option for you.
What is Vollure used for?
Vollure XC is most commonly used to correct nasolabial folds — typically referred to as “smile lines” or laugh lines” — and is available to patients over the age of 21. Vollure is not used for cheeks, lips, or under the eyes, but there are other products specifically designed for those regions.
With the Vollure XC injectable gel, doctors are able to employ both initial and touch-up injection techniques to smooth moderate to severe facial folds. This versatility is due in part to Allergan’s advanced Vycross technology, which blends different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to produce an ultra-smooth, long-lasting gel.
The company claims that in one clinical trial, 59% of new subjects saw an improvement in moderate to severe nasolabial folds for up to 18 months.
Furthermore, 82% of patients reported they were still satisfied with their results six months after treatment, while 62% were still satisfied eight months after treatment. Additionally, those who used Vollure experienced, at worst, moderate side effects which lasted under one week.
Is Vollure the right filler for you? Read on to see how the solution works and glean a little more information about its cost, side effects, and more.
How Vollure filler works
The primary active ingredient in Vollure is hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring, hydrating substance that’s found in your skin. As you age, your body produces less HA, which causes the dermal layers to gradually lose their volume and structure while also exhibiting low cohesiveness.
HA fillers are a popular choice for deep wrinkles, and have been proven effective in many clinical trials. It’s also one of our top picks for next-generation HA fillers.
As with other facial fillers, Vollure should only be injected by a medical professional. On the day of treatment, your provider will be able to determine how much filler is required to correct your specific skin concerns. A series of facial injections — much like Botox injections — will then be performed in the desired areas.
This is one of the least invasive treatments for deep, facial wrinkles, making it an excellent product for those seeking a long-lasting alternative to skincare products, laser treatments, and surgical facelifts.
You also don’t need to stay in the clinic overnight and can drive yourself home immediately after the treatment, which typically takes between 15 and 30 minutes. You should see optimal results in a week’s time.
Is Vollure right for me?
If you’re wondering whether to choose Vollure over the other dermal fillers on the market, you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Which areas do I want to correct?
Vollure is primarily used to treat deep smile lines around the mouth and nose and, in fact, the most promising studies have only focused on those facial areas. For your cheeks, you might consider trying Juvéderm Voluma or any number of other popular fillers. Voluma uses the same Vycross technology as Vollure to help smooth cheek lines.
Doctors don’t usually recommend Vollure or Voluma for temples, chins, or under the eyes. You can opt for Juvéderm Volbella for lip augmentation or correction of perioral rhytids (vertical lip lines).
- How long do I want my results to last?
One of the most promising benefits of Vollure is that it’s made to last longer than other smile line fillers. A single Vollure treatment can provide you with 18 months of wrinkle correction, over one year longer than most other fillers can offer.
- How much do I want to spend?
The cost of Vollure treatments varies widely, from a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars, depending on the location of your provider and your specific needs. Generally speaking, your doctor will charge between $800 and $1,500 per syringe. Like most facial fillers, Vollure is priced per injection, so your final cost will vary based on your needs.
Overall, Vollure costs about the same or slightly less than most other nasolabial fold fillers. There are more affordable options — such as Evolence, which costs approximately $500 per syringe — but these options don’t last as long as Vollure.
- Am I susceptible to side effects?
If you suffer from certain allergies and have a tendency to experience severe allergic reactions, you may not be a good candidate for Vollure. Anyone with an allergy to lidocaine or the bacterial proteins used in Vollure should not use it.
Since there haven’t yet been any studies testing the safety of this product in pregnant or breastfeeding women, it’s not recommended under those circumstances. Further, if you’re planning additional treatments, such as a chemical peel, you may be at a higher risk for inflammation at the treatment site.
Dermal fillers Vs. Botox
We could go on and on about the differences between dermal fillers and Botox, but here we’ll just cover some of the basics. Botox isn’t generally recommended for particularly pronounced nasolabial folds, and is more often used to temporarily treat crow’s feet and frown lines. Unlike Botox, facial fillers provide immediate results and tend to last longer. Botox generally lasts three to four months whereas results from Vollure last for over a year.
For more severe smile lines, you can consider using these wrinkle-correcting solutions in tandem. Many patients combine Botox with dermal fillers like Vollure in a procedure known as the “liquid facelift” because they feel it offers more dramatic, younger-looking results.
You can also combine dermal fillers with surgical facelifts for these apparently more pronounced results. For more information, make sure to read our in-depth facial fillers guide on the various injectable fillers available and how they compare with Botox treatments.
While Botox is widely available, Vollura is still relatively hard to come by. Since it was only approved by the FDA in March 2017, there’s a good chance you’ll start to see more beauty and medical practices offering Vollure in the upcoming months.
Common side effects and risks
Generally speaking, Vollure’s side effects are similar to most other wrinkle fillers on the market. Following treatment, the majority of patients experience a pretty simple recovery, with some injection-site redness for a few minutes following the injection. If this concerns you, your doctor may recommend covering the red spots up with a bit of makeup. Following treatment you can return to work and exercise as you normally would.
In some cases, you may experience mild swelling of facial tissue at the treatment area. Swelling is normal for the first 48 hours or so following treatment. In extreme cases, patients have experienced bruising and swelling for several weeks post-treatment.
As with any filler, there is the risk of allergic reactions, infections, and lumping. Make sure you carefully read all the safety information about Vollure side effects, and talk to your doctor about possible injection site responses before scheduling injections.
Other side effects such as pigmentation disorders, hypertrophic scarring, and scaring are highly unlikely with Vollure.
>>If you’ve had a Vollure treatment in the past, be sure to share your experience on our forum. We’d love to hear from you.
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