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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.
What is Volite?
Rather than slathering the ingredient on topically, Volite involves a series of injections that delivers hyaluronic acid deep down into the dermis and increases hydration for skin that looks smoother and more supple for up to nine months. 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.
But what makes Volite special is the type of hyaluronic acid used. For a quick science background, hyaluronic acid is available in different "weights"—meaning some molecules carry more water than others. 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.
Benefits of Volite
- Lasts up to nine months
- No downtime
- Smooths fine lines and wrinkles
- Gives you a more hydrated, smoother appearance
- Increase elasticity in the skin
- Only need one treatment to see visible results
Volite treatments are a really effective way to see visible plumping, a decrease in fine lines, and increased hydration after just one treatment. And the best part? You don't even have to schedule a complete day off to get it done. It takes anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes with about zero downtime, so it's the perfect treatment to do on a lunch break or on the weekend.
How to Prepare for a Volite Treatment
Since Volite isn't super invasive, you don't need to do anything special to prep your skin. I just 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.
What to Expect During a Volite Treatment
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.
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.
The left 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 realization 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.
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).
Potential Side Effects
Side effects aren't common with Volite treatments, but there are some to look out for, including slight bruising, tender skin and redness around the injection sites. If you do experience any of these side effects, they should resolve themselves on their own within a couple of weeks.
While there's not an exact price available for Volite treatments (that's dependent on your location, esthetician, and how much filler you use), it's about the average cost of your typical Juvederm filler—so somewhere around $400-$650 per syringe. How many syringes you need is dependent on where you get your Volite treatment. Smaller areas like around the mouth and eyes use less, where larger areas like the forehead and jawline use more of the product.
Afterward, you can go about your day as normal. I didn’t put any makeup on, but Granite said I could apply a 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.
One note—just make sure you don't do any sort of strenuous activity or visit a sauna, gym, or tanning bed for at least 24 to 48 hours after your procedure. Excessive sun exposure is also not recommended immediately after your treatment.
The Final Takeaway
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.