Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Vollure are some of the most common products we use for facial enhancement. New products become available regularly. Here we discuss the difference between Juvederm and Vollure, as well as other dermal filler products.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella are products that are used to restore lost volume in the skin. They have been used for many years for the smile lines, also called the laugh lines, parentheses lines, or nasolabial folds, the wrinkles that go from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Sometimes these wrinkles continue all the way down to the jawline, what are called the marionette lines. Fillers are also used to restore the apple of the cheeks, fill in hollowing in the temples, provide volume to the lips, and enhance the chin. The can also be used off the face, most commonly to restore lost volume to the backs of the hands.
What are dermal fillers made of?
Dermal fillers can be made of many different substances. The most popular are those with hyaluronic acid as the active ingredient. These include Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, the Restylane family of products, Belotero, and Revanesse. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring sugar found in the skin that binds 1,000 times its weight in water, allowing it to draw water into the skin to fill in wrinkles. The great things about hyaluronic acid is that is can be dissolved if the results are not as desired or if there is an adverse effect. No other product has this safety feature. Radiesse is another dermal filler whose active ingredient is calcium hydroxyappetite, which works well to restore bony structures such as the cheeks. Sculptra is made of poly-L-lactic acid. This does not volumize by itself; rather it stimulates the skin to form collagen. Bellafill is another dermal filler; it’s active ingredient is poly-methylmethacrlate. Bellafill lasts many years. There are also many other products available overseas but not in the United States. Unlike the hyaluronic acid products, Radiesse, Sculptra, and Bellafill are not reversible.
Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella have some distinct advantages over other fillers. First, they are all made of hyaluronic acid, meaning they are reversible, providing a high degree of safety. Second, unlike some of the other hyaluronic acid fillers, they contain lidocaine, which numbs the skin. Third, they provide patients with Brilliant Distinctions points. The Brilliant Distinctions program is a rewards program developed by Allergan, makes of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Kybella, and Latisse, where patients receive points for each treatment which can be used toward discounts at subsequent treatments. The most unique feature of Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella is that they use a new technology called Vycross, in which the hyaluronic acid has special cross-linking. This is a fancy way of saying that patients enjoy their results longer than other products.
Juvederm was the original dermal filler produced by Allergan, makes of Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Vollure, Volbella, Kybella, and Latisse. Juvederm is made using an older technology called Hylacross. The new fillers Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella use the Vycross technology, which allows patients to enjoy their results for longer.
We know that Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella all use the Vycross technology which allows patients to enjoy their results for longer. But what are the specific differences between these three products. All of these products are identical except for the amount of hyaluronic acid they contain. Voluma contains the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid in this group (20 mg/mL). Volbella contains the lowest amount of hyaluronic acid in this group (15 mg/mL). And Voluma contains an intermediate amount of hyaluronic acid (17.5 mg/mL). What this means is that they are used for different concerns. Since Voluma has the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid, it provides more lift and is ideal for restoring the apple of the cheeks, filling in temporal hollows, and enhancing a weak chin. Volbella has the lowest amount of hyaluronic acid and does not provide as much volume or puffiness, making it ideal for fine enhancement of the lips such as filling fines lines on or around the lips and defining the lips, as well as for placement in the tear troughs, the hollows which can appear under the eyes. Vollure is ideal for the smile lines and for volumizing the lips. The video shown here demonstrates a liquid facelift, where all three of these products are used in different areas in combination with Botox.Dr. Alex has performed over 10,000 cosmetic treatments with many satisfied patients. Contact us to schedule an appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Alex in our Encino, CA office.