Volite is the hot new injectable on the street that promises serious hydration and skin glow. Created by Juvéderm (the makers of Botox), it promises to deliver deep-down hydration for plumper skin with results that last up to nine months.
Now, I’m no stranger to a needle. I’ve had Botox on numerous occasions and even dabbled once with lip fillers, so I was excited to give Volite a try. As someone with spot-prone skin who’s now starting to notice the first signs of lines, I am pretty devoted to a topical daily dose of hyaluronic acid in serum form and Volite’s is chock-full of this coveted ingredient.
Hyaluronic acid is a water-binding molecule found naturally in our skin, but like most things, it depletes with age. Since I’m still dealing with hormonal spots at the ripe age of 33, I reach for AHAs and BHAs frequently to increase skin-cell turnover, and it’s that daily dose of HA that helps to keep my skin calm and hydrated. Rather than slathering the ingredient on topically, Volite involves a series of injections that delivers the HA deep down into the dermis and increases hydration for skin that looks smoother and more supple for up to nine months.
I booked in with Alexis Granite at Mallucci London for the treatment. We went through my medical history, and then I got myself comfy on her treatment bed. Now, for anyone needle-phobic, Volite may not be for you.
I started by holding an ice pack on the right side of my face while Granite prepped the needles. Once my face was suitably numb, she set to work. I had around 20 injections on both sides (that’s 40 total). For anyone who has had Botox, the feeling is not too dissimilar, as it’s like a short, sharp pinch that’s felt over and over. In some more sensitive areas (like the chin, lip, near the nose and around the delicate eye area), it’s a little more intense, whereas, on the cheeks, you can barely feel a thing.
Volite contains low- and high-molecular weight HA, which means it can travel to different depths in the skin. It also contains enough anaesthetic to help numb from within, so you don’t feel any discomfort post-treatment. The only slight pain comes from the needle pricks. I felt surprisingly good at the halfway mark until Granite started on the left side of my face.
This side was a little more painful (apparently, it always is—see if you notice it next time you have your eyebrows threaded). That extra slight pain combined with the realisation that I had sat through 20 injections with another 20 to go, left me feeling a little light-headed. Granite was a total pro—she laid me down, got me some water and within minutes, I felt well enough to continue.
Afterwards, you can go about your day as normal. I didn’t put any makeup on, but Granite said I could apply loose mineral foundation if I wanted to. Luckily, my skin wasn’t as red as I had feared. I headed out for dinner with friends, and, had I not told them, they would never have suspected what I’d been up to.
The results take between 10 to 14 days to appear. In all honesty, it’s not a stark difference, but I’ve had quite a few people say I look well and that my skin looks glowy in the last couple of weeks (even though I’ve actually not been sleeping enough, drinking too much and eating junk food).
It’s been about a month since I had the treatment, and I would say the fine lines around my eyes are less apparent and my skin feels smoother and plumper to the touch. Makeup goes on like a dream and I don’t feel like my skin is so thirsty for that daily topical HA dose (although I still apply it).
Would I have Volite again? Yes. I would say if your main concerns are dry, dehydrated skin and fine lines, then this treatment would be absolutely ideal for you. It can also be injected into your neck, décolletage and hands.
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