Juvéderm VOLITE Hydrates the skin
The new Juvéderm VOLITE gives the skin a moisture boost. And it does so from the inside! Ordinary moisturizers can’t do that. They only create a protective film on the skin’s surface that prevents it from drying out. But they do nothing in the skin itself.
Juvéderm VOLITE is different. VOLITE consists of low-viscose crosslinked hyaluronic acid that is injected under the skin. There, the hyaluronic acid unfolds its effect: it binds large amounts of water and gradually releases it into the skin.
And the best part? As is typical for crosslinked hyaluronic acid fillers, the effect of Juvéderm VOLITE lasts for a whole 6–9 months. That’s enough for a long bikini summer and a radiant Wiesn décolleté in September. And it bridges cold winter months with dry heating air that causes the skin to wilt.
Juvéderm VOLITE in Munich
In this article, I explain how I treat my patients in Munich with Juvéderm VOLITE for more skin hydration. On the face, neck, and décolleté as well as on the hands. These are the topics:
- Skin hydration and ageing
- What your moisturizer can and cannot do
- How VOLITE works
- Juvéderm VOLITE – How much does it cost?
Skin hydration and Ageing
A radiant skin needs good hydration
Beautiful skin needs plenty of moisture. A well-hydrated skin spreads the “glow” that makes the face radiate. It looks particularly attractive. Whether the skin receives enough moisture depends on climatic conditions, hormone status, age and hereditary factors. These factors influence the production of sebum, among other things. The lipids produced by the sebaceous glands cover the surface of the skin with a thin layer and thus protect it from excessive evaporation. This is called the “epidermal barrier”. An intact barrier has a twofold effect: on the one hand, it prevents the penetration of harmful substances and, on the other hand, it protects the skin from moisture loss.
Ageing causes loss of hyaluronic acid
People with low sebum production tend to have dry skin. This is because they lose moisture through evaporation. The problem increases with age because sebum production is reduced over the years. And not only does sebum production decrease with age, but so does the content of hyaluronic acid in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is found in the body in all places where plenty of fluid needs to be stored. For example, in the eyeballs, the joints or the skin. When the hyaluronic acid in the skin decreases, so does the skin’s moisture. In women, the situation is aggravated by the fact that hormones change adversely with increasing age. And this affects several qualities of the skin, including elasticity and skin moisture.
What your moisturizer can and cannot do
Effective only from the outside
Cosmetics applied externally cannot directly increase skin hydration. But they do stabilize the epidermal barrier. And they do so quite well. “Moisturizers”, as they are also called, contain two types of active ingredients for this purpose: occlusives and humectants.
- The occlusives form a kind of “vapour barrier” on the skin surface. They inhibit evaporation and thus reduce the loss of moisture. Common ingredients are mineral oil, paraffin, squalene, or lanolin. One of the best occlusives is paraffin jelly.
- Humectants can bind large amounts of water. Important representatives are glycerine, urea, hyaluronic acid, sorbitol, or aloe vera. However, the water that is bound comes from the skin itself. It is therefore not “added” to the skin, as is often claimed in advertising. By binding water, a slight swelling of the uppermost skin layer is achieved, which promotes the impression of a “smoother” skin. And that is the “smoothing” effect that wrinkle creams like to advertise.
But what all external cosmetics have in common, of course, is that they cannot achieve a lasting effect. Occlusives, for example, only provide effective protection against evaporation as long as they cover the skin. As soon as they are washed or wiped off, the protection is lost. And the “smoothing” effect of all skin creams is also over when the swelling of the skin subsides.
How VOLITE works
Juvéderm VOLITE, on the other hand, works directly in the skin. It is injected flat into the skin and forms tiny little depots of hyaluronic acid. These depots remain for 6–9 months and thus provide extra skin moisture. This is because hyaluronic acid binds water from the body’s circulation and makes it available to the skin as moisture. VOLITE can do this because it works in the depths of the skin.
VOLITE for face, neck, décolleté and hands
I use Juvéderm VOLITE to treat my patients’ face, neck, décolleté, and hands. It contains lidocaine for anaesthesia to make the treatment painless. The injections with Juvéderm VOLITE do not go very deep. Just 1-2 mm. But to treat a whole area like the face or décolleté, injections are needed in large numbers. And in my experience, that is uncomfortable without anaesthesia.
Juvéderm VOLITE provides a lasting, strong hydration of the skin. It restores radiance to the skin and smooths out minor wrinkles and lines along the way. However, like any cross-linked hyaluronic filler, Juvéderm VOLITE also achieves a subtle augmentation. I like to use this effect when injecting lips with Juvéderm VOLITE, for example. The principal aim is to moisturize dry lip skin. The fact that the volume of the lips also increases somewhat is a welcome additional benefit.
Juvéderm VOLITE delivers fast and lasting results
Juvéderm VOLITE works immediately. There is usually a visible improvement the day after treatment. The full effect should appear over the next 2 weeks. For optimal effect, ensure adequate sun protection and avoid direct sun for a fortnight. In addition, do not exercise excessively and do not visit a sauna. On average, the effect of VOLITE lasts for 6–9 months. Thereafter, the treatment must be repeated.
JUVÉDERM IS CROSSLINKED
Like other Juvéderm dermal fillers of the last generation, VOLITE is made of crosslinked hyaluronic acid. This means that it has been made durable in a complex process without losing its shape-retaining properties. In my experience, this is an important factor. Because even though VOLITE is not injected specifically to sculpt certain areas, you do want it to stay approximately where you inject it. With non-crosslinked hyaluronic acid, it’s different, it spreads relatively uncontrollably. I have therefore removed an alternative product for moisturizing the skin, which consists of non-crosslinked hyaluronic acid and is currently being heavily advertised, from my treatment program again. Juvéderm VOLITE costs significantly more, but in my experience also delivers substantially better results.
VOLITE can be combined with other treatments
The treatment with VOLITE can be combined. For example, in my practice in Munich, I like to administer VOLITE during a microneedling. VOLITE is then not injected into the skin with a syringe, but delivered through thousands of microfine channels pierced into the skin by the needling. The combined effect of the treatment is increased hydration plus activated regeneration, as microneedling triggers the formation of new collagen.
Juvéderm VOLITE – How much does it cost?
For a treatment with Juvéderm VOLITE (1ml) in my practice in Munich, you should expect costs of around 450 euros. Please note that this price quote is only indicative, actual treatments will be charged according to the German Medical Fee Schedule (GOÄ). 1ml of VOLITE is usually enough for the treatment of the face. Neck and décolleté typically require another 1-3ml.