Aging can’t be undone or prevented, but that doesn’t mean nothing can be done about the effects it can cause. As we age, the elasticity of our skin decreases, which often results in fine lines and wrinkles in the face. Luckily, Dr. Lee at Mimi Lee Aesthetic Care in Little Rock, Arkansas knows just how to administer products in the Juvederm family to help with these changes.
What Is the Difference Between Juvederm Voluma and Juvederm Vollure?
Juvederm can and does come in a variety of strengths, meaning the active ingredient in each version – Voluma and Vollure – is at a slightly different concentration. Because each has a different concentration of the active ingredient, each causes slightly different results.
Before going too far into the differences between Voluma and Vollure, it’s important to understand a few general facts about Juvederm itself.
What Is Juvederm?
Simply put, it’s a dermal filler used mainly in the face. It’s a hyaluronic-acid-based filler, meaning it works via the hyaluronic acid in its formula.
How Does It Work?
Hyaluronic acid works by binding with fluids in the body, such as water. When the injected hyaluronic acid comes in contact with these fluids, it expands and becomes plumper, enhancing the look of the injection area.
What Are the Different Types?
There are multiple specific subcategories of filler in this family of products, such as Voluma and Vollure. Each of these specific products handles issues slightly differently, so it’s worth it to discuss them separately.
Voluma is the strongest of this family of products. By strongest we mean that it contains the strongest concentration of hyaluronic acid, therefore inciting more impactful change where it is injected.
Where to Use Voluma
As it’s the strongest of the Juvederm products, Voluma is most useful in the largest, most open parts of the face, such as the cheeks and mid-face.
As we age, it isn’t uncommon for volume to be lost in these areas, which can cause a loss of definition along the cheekbones. By injecting Voluma, the lost volume can be restored to the cheekbones, allowing the whole face to look more contoured.
If volume loss or loss of definition in the central areas of the face bother you, Voluma is likely the right product to help you out.
Vollure is a less strong version of the same treatment that acts much in the same way. Though it won’t incite as dramatic of a change as Voluma, it still works quickly and effectively to handle more subtle areas of aging.
Where to Use Vollure
As the concentration of hyaluronic acid decreases, more nuanced and subtle changes can be made without overstepping into an area of unnatural appearance. Since Vollure is less strong than Voluma, it’s good for more subtle areas, like fixing wrinkles, folds, and fine lines.
Similar to how volume can be lost along the cheekbones, fine lines and wrinkles can begin to appear in the most active and expressive parts of our faces, such as around the eyes and mouth. Laugh lines, crow’s feet, marionette lines, and nasolabial folds (the lines that start at the nose and frame the mouth) are all good candidates to be treated by Vollure.
1. Are Voluma and Vollure Safe?
Yes, both injections are incredibly safe. Hyaluronic acid cooperates incredibly well with the skin. As long as they are administered by a healthcare professional, there shouldn’t be any health risk.
2. What is the Injection Process Like?
The process takes less than an hour and is an outpatient procedure with no downtime. In all likelihood, you’ll be able to go right back to normal activities immediately.
3. How Long Do They Last?
They can last anywhere from six to eighteen months, though they most commonly last between a year and a year and a half. Don’t worry, they can easily be injected again as results start to fade, meaning laugh lines, wrinkles, and volume loss don’t have to come back.
Additionally, since results can be seen almost immediately, you get to enjoy your more youthful appearance for as long as possible.
4. Can They Be Done at the Same Time?
Yes, both products can be injected during the same session. That being said, discussing where and how much you want to have done is an important discussion to have with your doctor before getting to work.
5. Will I Look Natural?
If the treatment is administered correctly, yes. One of the reasons these products come in varying strengths is so it can be as useful as possible without crossing the line into an overdone appearance. If you talk with your doctor beforehand about what exactly you’re going for, your results should come out quite natural.
6. Are These Just for Women?
No! This is a common misconception. Both men and women age, both men and women get wrinkles and lose volume, and both men and women can want to have these problem areas addressed. Voluma and Vollure work just as well in men as they do in women and can achieve equally as natural results.
De-Mystifying the De-Aging Process
Though skin ages whether we like it or not, this doesn’t mean we can’t do anything about it. The Juvederm family of products, including Voluma and Vollure, help achieve natural results in returning youth to the face. If this is something you or a loved one is interested in, contact Dr. Lee at Mimi Lee Aesthetic Care in Little Rock, Arkansas today!