None of us are exempt from the aging process, which can have a significant impact on our facial aesthetics. Deep folds and wrinkles begin to appear on our faces as we get older, and despite our best efforts, it’s not always easy to hold them off. Signs of aging can make you look tired, hollowed, and even sad or angry, even when your face is at rest. Luckily, there are many treatments available for reducing the appearance of these lines and wrinkles. Some of the most popular treatments for wrinkles and folds are facial fillers, which temporarily fill in areas of lost volume and collagen. These treatments are safe, non-invasive, and highly effective. Even better, when it comes to facial fillers, you have options. While multipurpose fillers have done a good job in the past of correcting lines and wrinkles, it’s always better to choose a filler that’s optimized for your specific needs. If you are looking for help with deep facial folds and wrinkles, Juvederm Vollure is a new option we offer at the Choe Center in Virginia Beach, VA.
What is Juvederm Vollure?
Juvederm Vollure is an FDA-approved hyaluronic acid filler that is formulated to fill in moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, including the “nasolabial” folds that extend from the sides of the nose down to the top of the upper lip. Unlike most other fillers, which have an expected longevity of about 6-12 months, Vollure is long-lasting and can produce results that last up to 18 months. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is found naturally in the skin, providing hydration and volume. Juvederm Vollure works by introducing additional hyaluronic acid to areas that have experienced volume loss, resulting in wrinkles and folds. This fades eventually, but additional treatments can be performed for ongoing benefit.
What Are the Benefits?
The main benefit of Juvederm Vollure is the reduction in deep folds and facial wrinkles—without surgery or extensive downtime. The nasolabial fold is one of the most troublesome folds that tends to occur as aging progresses, but Juvederm Vollure has the ability to fill in these folds for long-lasting results. The injection process is quick, straightforward, and minimally uncomfortable, and patients can walk out of their appointment seeing immediate improvement in wrinkles and folds after the treatment. Vollure uses a proprietary technology that blends different weights of hyaluronic acid molecules for longer-lasting results. In addition, Vollure has the ability to treat even very deep wrinkles, which is not always possible with other fillers.
Who is a Candidate for Juvederm Vollure?
Though Juvederm Vollure is suitable for most patients, not everyone is eligible for Vollure treatments. Good candidates for the treatment are people who have moderate to severe wrinkles or facial folds and would like to achieve a more youthful appearance. Candidates should be in general good health and have realistic expectations for the results of the procedure. People with a history of severe allergic reactions or allergies to lidocaine should not receive treatment with Vollure.
Before your treatment, you will meet with Dr. Choe to discuss the procedure in depth and learn more about your options for facial rejuvenation. During this time, Dr. Choe will ask questions about your medical history to ensure you are a good candidate for the procedure, and he will evaluate your facial aging patterns in order to make a recommendation about your treatment. This is a great time to ask any questions you may have and get to know Dr. Choe before you make any decisions about your facial rejuvenation treatments.
The Juvederm Vollure Procedure
The Juvederm Vollure procedure is similar to other filler types. Before the treatment, you may have the option of receiving a topical or local anesthetic to keep you more comfortable during the procedure. Dr. Choe will carefully inject the filler into the areas of concern, making sure to keep all areas even and natural-looking. Once the treatment is complete, patients can return home.
Recovery and Downtime
Like other hyaluronic acid fillers, there is little to no downtime or recovery required after the treatment session. Dr. Choe will provide you with information and instructions following the treatment, which you should follow carefully. Although there will be very few restrictions on activities, if any, you may feel like resting up the evening after the treatment. Mild side effects are common and should subside in about a week or so. These side effects can include firmness, swelling, tenderness, lumps and bumps, redness, pain, bruising, and itching. These should not cause any significant discomfort, but it’s important to contact Dr. Choe or emergency services if they persist or worsen significantly. Most patients are able to resume normal activities almost right away and can see an immediate difference in wrinkles and folds after treatment.
Will the injections hurt?
Juvederm Vollure is formulated with lidocaine to make the injections more comfortable, but there is some minor discomfort associated with the treatment. Some patients elect to have a topical or local anesthetic to make the process more comfortable, but most patients tolerate the treatment very well and find the results to be worth any minor discomfort.
What are the risks of Juvederm Vollure?
Like other fillers, Vollure treatments are very safe. Many patients experience side effects following treatment, but these are usually minor and temporary. More serious risks are rare and include infection, vision abnormalities, scarring, or allergic reactions. Choosing a qualified plastic surgeon reduces the risk for complications significantly.
Who should perform my treatment?
Only a board certified facial plastic surgeon should perform filler treatments like Vollure. This is because good results from these treatments require skill, precision, experience, and artistry. Choosing an experienced surgeon will also help ensure that the results last as long as possible and reduce the risk for complications.
Are the results guaranteed for 18 months?
There is no guarantee of the results for Vollure, but most patients are very happy with the results. 68% of clinical trial participants were still happy with the results 18 months later, so though there are no guarantees, most patients continue to see results long after initial treatment.
How will I know Juvederm Vollure is the right filler for me?
You and Dr. Choe will discuss your options during your consultation, as it is important to customize the treatment plan to suit your needs. There are many different fillers on the market, and factors like your goals, requirements, and candidacy will help Dr. Choe recommend the right filler to suit your needs.
Can Vollure treatments be combined with other procedures?
Absolutely. Fillers are often combined with other skin treatments or cosmetic surgery to enhance the results of both treatments and provide comprehensive anti-aging results. Dr. Choe may recommend a combination procedure if it is appropriate and safe for your goals.
Will the results look unnatural?
Hyaluronic acid fillers produce a very natural-looking result when they are performed by a reputable plastic surgeon since they are made up of a naturally-occurring substance. It is important to choose a skilled provider in order to get the most natural results possible.
How is Vollure different from other hyaluronic acid fillers?
Vollure uses Allergan’s proprietary Vycross technology, which combines different weights of hyaluronic acid molecules for longer-lasting results.
Will I need a touch-up treatment?
Some patients elect to have a touch-up treatment about a month after the initial treatment, but this is optional. Dr. Choe will advise you on how often you should seek additional treatments.
How old should I be before I seek treatment with Juvederm Vollure?
If you are noticing deep wrinkles and folds, you can definitely think about Vollure treatments. People over the age of 21 can receive the treatments, so don’t worry about your age—just think about whether or not you feel ready for anti-aging treatments.
Choose the Right Provider
Ready to learn more about Juvederm Vollure? It’s important to choose a qualified plastic surgeon with the skill to give you beautiful, long-lasting results. Dr. Kyle S. Choe is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with the experience and finesse to give you a truly outstanding result with Juvederm Vollure. For more information about Vollure treatments at our Virginia Beach office, call 757.389.5850.