Smooth Out Facial Folds for Younger-Looking Skin in Dallas
Dermal fillers in the Juvederm® line have been a go-to choice for years for adults who want to change their facial wrinkles or contours to look refreshed and rejuvenated. The year 2017 brought yet another new member to the filler family: Vollure™ XC. Dallas-area women and men can choose this injectable, hyaluronic acid-based treatment to address moderate to severe parenthesis lines at Dr. Ellen Turner's office, where a knowledgeable and experienced team works with each patient as an individual to customize results.
While Vollure™ XC is not the first Juvederm® product to focus on parenthesis lines that appear around the mouth, it does extend the duration of the skin-smoothing results by half a year: up to 18 months. Patients' ability to enjoy a year and a half of smoother-looking skin depends on multiple factors, including the skill of the injector. This is one of many reasons it is important to select a qualified and experienced provider, since someone who has performed numerous Vollure™ XC injections—as well as administered related injectables—has a better sense of what the filler can and cannot do, as well as how it may react to the unique characteristics of an individual's face.
What Does Vollure™ Address?
Over time, youthful skin begins to show the effects of a gradual loss of hyaluronic acid due to the fact that the complex sugar necessary for optimally moist and pliant skin naturally breaks down on its own–a process that can be hastened by environmental damage. Though it is automatically replenished, this process slows over time, eventually leading to a deficit in the skin.
Since hyaluronic acid easily binds with water, its presence is vital for moist, pliant, smooth skin. Lower levels of the naturally occurring sugar lead to the formation of visible lines, wrinkles, and folds. Curving lines that appear next to the mouth, stretching from the nose to above the chin, are known as nasolabial folds or "parenthesis," given their resemblance to the punctuation marks. These lines can be made even more dramatic by collagen loss, which happens for roughly the same reasons as hyaluronic acid loss.
Collagen is a prevalent protein throughout the body, where it provides both bulk and structural framework. In fact, it creates a "home" for hyaluronic acid, making the gradual loss of both molecules a devastating one-two punch to anyone who cares about having smooth, young-looking skin.
Vollure™ XC is formulated to address parenthesis lines by lessening their appearance, particularly if they are moderate to severe in depth and visibility. The physical makeup of Vollure™ XC helps to replace volume provided by collagen, while its hyaluronic-based formula encourages the retention of beneficial moisture.
How Does Vollure™ XC Work?
Allergan makes Vollure™ XC via a special process that cross-links hyaluronic acid molecules to create a gel with a particular ability to hold onto water. Once injected into the target areas, the uniquely formulated gel works to push the skin up from below, creating a more even surface not marked by deep lines. The moisture retention also encourages pliancy, so the skin moves naturally and looks healthy and smooth as opposed to dried out.
Over time, the body will process Vollure™ XC, leading to a gradual reduction in its effects. If nothing is done to maintain the results, the nasolabial folds will appear more prominent once again. Treatments can be repeated as desired at a duration recommended by your injector. With careful application, good skincare practices established and followed at home, and a routine schedule of maintenance visits, patients can enjoy the smoother-looking skin available from Vollure™ XC injections for years.
When Will I See Vollure™ XC Results?
Vollure™ XC results should be visible just after a treatment session is competed, and there is no need for down time to recover after getting the injections. The uniquely cross-linked hyaluronic acid makes for a smooth injection process with minimal side effects. Patients may notice some bruising, tenderness, or similar injection-related issues, all of which should resolve on their own in the following days.
For this reason, the results from just after a session may look slightly different when compared to their appearance a few days later. Your injector will take this into account and administer Vollure™ XC accordingly, so that the ultimate results are natural looking—not obvious.
How Much Does Vollure™ XC Cost?
Because Vollure™ XC treatment specifics are best discussed in person, women and men considering the injectable are encouraged to set up a consultation by contacting the practice online or calling (214) 373-7546. This is the ideal time to discuss cost, as well as other details related to smoothing out parenthesis lines.
The reason for this is that every face is unique in so many ways, including size, shape, age, and visible signs of aging in the area to be treated and elsewhere. Add to these variables the fact that each person has personal cosmetic goals. One may want to specifically address nasolabial folds and nothing else, while another may want Vollure™ XC to be just one part of a larger, overall rejuvenation effort. The choice is up to each person, though anyone coming in for a consultation should be prepared to hear experience-based recommendations from their injector.
Options Beyond Vollure™ XC for Facial Rejuvenation
Often, patients seeking to reduce the appearance of their nasolabial folds want to address overall facial rejuvenation. Voluma® XC is a filler in the Juvederm® line, like Vollure™ XC, though this one is designed to restore volume to the apple of the cheeks, which can create more youthful contours and subtly lift jowls. Also from Allergan, Volbella® XC focuses on smoothing wrinkles around the mouth and adding volume to the lips for a rounder, more youthful look.
Dr. Turner also offers other hyaluronic acid-based fillers–including Restylane® and Belotero Balance®– as well as the poly-L-lactic acid-based Sculptra®. A consultation can help her team determine which is the ideal filler for each individual patient.
In some cases, a filler may not be the appropriate strategy. While Vollure™ XC is perfectly suited for filling in nasolabial folds, which appear as collagen and hyaluronic acid levels drop in the skin itself, it is not designed to soften the appearance of dynamic wrinkles, which form due to the skin routinely getting pulled into furrows. Every expression further deepens these lines, so the go-to solution is to halt the muscle activity at the heart of these signs of aging. BOTOX® Cosmetic was developed for this very reason.
The effects of these injectables can complement each other, with Vollure™ XC and related fillers addressing the static wrinkles and BOTOX® smoothing the dynamic wrinkles.
Silhouette InstaLift™ is ideal for lifting the midface, creating contours that can be further enhanced with a filler. This is not a "choose one or the other" situation, but represents a synergistic approach to facial enhancement.
There are numerous other cosmetic dermatology options for rejuvenating the face, many of which can also be used to generate results that enhance the effects of Vollure™ XC. A member of the Dr. Ellen Turner dermatology office team can help you explore the benefits of IPL, laser skin resurfacing, chemical peels, and more, especially as they relate to each other.