As we endure the cold days of winter, you’re probably upping your skincare game in an attempt to keep your face from drying out to the point of no return.
And while thick moisturisers have their place, hyaluronic acid, usually administered in serum form, is the star element to keep your skin in good nick.
For the uninitiated, hyaluronic acid is a water-binding molecule naturally found in our skin but like most things (including our cardiovascular ability), it depletes with age.
Not only does the acid have the ability to hold up to 1000 times its own weight in water, but it’s one of the most effective ways to keep moisture locked in.
The only problem being, many topical applications don’t allow it to penetrate deep enough into the dermis to do any real work – and that’s where Volite comes in.
Created by Allergan (the brains behind Botox), the injectable form of hyaluronic acid promises to deliver deep-down hydration for plumper skin – but you’ll have to suffer through a few needles in the process.
Unlike dermal fillers, which are injected to increase volume in a specific area, Volite is administered through a series of tiny injections (to the tune of 40) all across the face with the aim to improve overall skin quality (as it visibly improves elasticity and hydration) as well as the appearance of fine lines.
Volite contains low and high molecular weights of hyaluronic acid (which means it can reach different depths in the skin) as well as a slight anaesthetic to help numb the injections, so you don’t feel too much discomfort.
Like other injectables, the downtime level is low (some patients have reported slight bruising and redness) and the results take about 10 days to fully appear.
“In Australia our environment makes hydration of the skin particularly challenging,” explains plastic surgeon Dr Steven Liew.
“Therefore, having options to help support this is very important.”
Of course, if you are considering the procedure, be sure to only visit clinics with trained professionals and if you’re not comfortable with needles, give it a miss.