Last week, I was invited to travel up to the Phi Clinic in London’s Harley Street (I know!) to try out a brilliant new skin treatment that promises a healthy glow for tired, winter skin. If, like me, you’re just starting to think about diving in to the world of aesthetic treatments (see my post on Botox here), this one could definitely be for you. Here’s everything you need to know about new Juvéderm Volite, the latest in innovative injectable skin treatments.
Is this treatment for me?
I’d say if you’re anything like me and you’re noticing fine lines, maybe feeling like you look a bit tired and that your skin needs a pick me up, but you don’t feel ready for more invasive skin treatments, then this definitely could be for you.
Healthy, glowy skin, you say? Tell me more!
Juvéderm Volite is a new aesthetic treatment where Hyaluronic Acid is injected into your skin in tiny amounts all across your face in a grid pattern. The treatment promises improved skin smoothness, hydration and elasticity and just one treatment ‘provides dermal hydration for nine months’.
So, is it filler, then?
No. I’d say that Juvéderm Volite bridges the gap between a really good aesthetic facial treatment and procedures like dermal fillers. The microdroplets of Hyaluronic Acid plump and hydrate the face without actually introducing any volume to the face.
I’m the biggest coward when it comes to pain, so I absolutely guarantee you that the treatment didn’t hurt a bit. I did feel a bit nervous, but after a thorough consultation, the very friendly and kind aesthetic nurse, Jude, first prepped and cleaned my skin, then applied a thick layer of anaesthetic cream. Twenty minutes later and my face was completely numb. Jude gently drew out a grid across my face, and then popped a tiny injection into each point on the grid. I didn’t feel a thing, other than a couple of little prickles. The treatment was over in a flash.
What does it feel like afterwards?
I walked back to the tube station (with strict instructions from Jude not to touch my face) feeling a bit like my face was bright red, but when I finally got my mirror out and had a look, my face was just a tiny bit pink. This died down over the course of the evening. I cleaned my face very simply with water and a clean flannel and then applied a very simple moisturiser as Jude had instructed. There was no stinging or pain at all.
Are there side effects?
You’re briefed to expect the possible side effects of any injectable: bruises, tiny bumps, a bit of soreness… but honestly I was fine by the next morning and was able to put my make up on and go about my business. I had a bit of a sore bit by one eye in the morning, but I forgot about it and next time I felt it, there was nothing there.
What are the results like?
Honestly, for the first week, I didn’t really feel any different and was starting to wonder if anything was going to happen. The results came in slowly over the second week. Firstly, my face felt a bit tight, and I thought my forehead looked a bit smoother, and then the next day, I felt like my makeup went on easier, and then the next day I didn’t bother with foundation at all – I’ve just been using my usual Ultrasun tinted moisturiser. My skin seems much smoother all over and more even in colour. I hate doing before and after pictures (I mean, who wants not one, but two make-up free pictures of themselves on the internet?), but this is me right by the window straight after the treatment. You can see a few little dots, but really nothing too terrible.
And this is me in the same window two weeks later. I haven’t edited either picture. Admittedly it was obviously a bit of a brighter morning, but hopefully you can see the difference? It seems weird to say glowy, but that’s how I feel – there’s not one glaring difference, my skin just feels thicker, somehow: smoother, bouncier and more even all over, like a combination of having a really good facial, a bit of a glow from a day in the sun and just an all-round good face day, all at once!
And this is a slightly blurry outtake from the piece I did on Christmas cashmere – it’s good light and I think you can see the difference again. I mean, yes, my eyes crinkle when I smile, but I’m not a film star and don’t want to lose all the character from my face – it’s just nice to feel that my skin is plump and healthy.
How can I find out more?
The best thing to do is find a practitioner who offers Juvéderm Volite and book in for a consultation. Prices differ, but treatment at Phi Clinic costs around £400.
Would I have it again?
Absolutely yes. I feel like a better version of myself. I’m not ready for facelifts or fillers, but I absolutely love this glowy feeling. I highly recommend it.
Massive thanks to Allergan for inviting me to experience Juvéderm Volite, and to the lovely people at Phi Clinic.