Though temporary, facial fillers have the remarkable ability to turn back the hands of time without undergoing plastic surgery. Filler can address wrinkles, fine lines and facial folds caused by the loss of volume and elasticity that occurs in our skin as we age. If you are considering facial fillers, you probably already know that Juvéderm tops the list of options. However, you will quickly discover that there is more than one filler with the Juvéderm name.
Understanding Cross-linking and Vycross Technology of Juvéderm
To help you understand which Juvéderm filler may be best for your aging concerns, it is best to first understand the basic science behind the Juvéderm brand. Juvéderm fillers contain a naturally occurring sugar in the skin called hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a major building block for plump, healthy and youthful-looking skin. One of the most highlighted features of Juvéderm, however, is its cross-linking design. This refers to the way the HA molecules are bonded together and suspended in the injectable gel. Older Juvéderm fillers contain cross-linked HA molecules of the same, uniform weight.
The newer Juvéderm products that contain the prefix “Vol” also contain a more complex and unique cross-link design that sets these fillers apart from the rest. Voluma, Volbella and Vollure all contain a special Vycross technology, which means the HA molecules are cross-linked together at higher and lower molecular weights. This affects the consistency of the gel and how it diffuses within the skin once it is injected. Vycross technology allows the Juvéderm filler to be injected deeper into the skin in order to smooth more severe folds. It also spreads or diffuses less, but retains a soft and natural feel. Lastly, the “Vol-“ fillers of Juvéderm tend to last longer than previous products, up to 18 months for some patients! This is a welcome advantage for those who want to get the most out of their facial filler investment.
Juvéderm Voluma™ XC
Several Juvéderm filler products utilize the Vycross technology. However, they each contain distinctive methods of cross-linking. In other words, their unique ratios of high to low molecular weight HA particles achieve a certain strength, thickness and spreadability. It is important that you have a knowledgeable physician who not only understands your specific aging concerns, but also understands the specific capabilities of each Juvéderm product. Juvéderm Voluma™ XC represents the thickest and strongest gel. Voluma can be injected deep into the skin tissues. In doing so, it is excellent for adding significant volume to the cheek or mid-face area.
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When choosing Spectrum Dermatology for your facial filler injections, we will carefully select the product that will give you the most effective, lasting and natural-looking results. Call our Alpharetta office today to schedule your consult.