vicross technology for facial fillers ” Hylacross and Vycross
What does vycross mean?
Answer: Voluma Vicross technology
The Vycross technology is a term used to describe the increased cross-linking of the hyaluronic acid molecules in the Voluma filler. Voluma is a great product used to restore age-related volume loss in the middle of the face or cheek area. The increased cross-linking results in increased thickness, flexibility and longevity, making it ideal for injections deep into the cheeks. Hope this helps and best wishes!
What is Vicross?
Vycross is the second generation technology for making the Juvederm family of fillers. Vycross technology is used in Juvederm Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella. With the Vycross technology, long and short strands of spaghetti are used with hyaluronic acid and the amount of cross-linking is increased. This has multiple benefits. First, the actual amount of hyaluronic acid needed to restore volume in your skin is less. This means less swelling and a more natural appearance. Second, dermal fillers that use the Vycross technology are difficult for your body to break down. This means that it will last longer. Voluma is a dermal filler that uses the Vycross technology and people can enjoy its results for up to two years. This is longer than any other hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler available in the US. The only real downside to Vycross technology is that it’s hard to work around if you don’t like how it looks. So it may take several sessions to remove it. But 99% or more of our patients love their results with these products, and we rarely have to remove them.
The difference between the three fillers that use the Vycross technology (Voluma, Vollure, and Volbella) is the amount of active ingredient (hyaluronic acid) that each one contains. Voluma contains the highest concentration of hyaluronic acid. This makes it ideal for strengthening bony areas and providing structural support such as the cheeks, temples, nose, chin, and jawline. Volbella has the lowest concentration of hyaluronic acid. Volbella works best for fine lines on or around the lips, in the lips, and for superficial application in other areas such as under your eyes. Fuller contains a moderate amount of hyaluronic acid and is suitable for nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and deep under your eyes. The great thing about Vycross technology is that not only does it provide natural-looking and long-lasting results, but there are so many products out there that they can be used anywhere you need them.
What are fillers?
Dermal fillers are injectable products that are used to restore volume to your skin. The first ones available in the US were Restylane and Juvederm. Restylane and Juvederm were originally approved to treat the nasolabial folds, the lines that run from the sides of your nose to the corner of your mouth. Sometimes these lines continue along your jaw line, and the parts that run from the corners of your mouth to your jawline are called marionette lines. More filters are now available and are used on many different areas such as the cheeks, temples, nose, lips, jawline, chin, and hands.
Hylacross and Vycross
Juvederm fillers with highly crosslinked HA molecules of the same weight are said to have Hylacross technology, while Juvederm fillers consisting of crosslinked HA particles of different weights are said to have Vycross technology.
How the dermal fillers are cross-linked makes a small but crucial difference in how these different dermal fillers function aesthetically. So, the difference between older Juvéderm fillers (such as Juvederm XC and Juvederm Ultra) and newer Juvederm fillers (Volbella, Voluma, and Vollure) really lies in the areas where they are appropriate to treat. Of course, there are also overlaps in what each dermal filler can treat.
For example, Juvederm XC and Juvederm Vollure fillers are both suitable for the treatment of nasolabial folds. Both are great options for smoothing the lines of the Muppets and smile lines as well as softening the folds. But, Vollure’s high/low HA cross-linking gives it these unique advantages for treating nasolabial folds:
Longer lasting than Juvederm XC (up to 18 months vs. six to 12 months)
Spreads less easily than Juvederm XC
It can be injected deeper to smooth out severe folds
These differences make Vollure a better choice for some patients, but Juvéderm XC remains a better choice for others. Due to the flexibility of treatment between different types of injections, it is important that your injector is well versed in the knowledge and technique of dermal fillers.
Difference between Voluma, Volbella, and Vollure:
Now that we know the difference between the Hylacross and Vycross technologies, let’s differentiate the Voluma, Volbella, and Vollure technologies. Although each is the result of the Vycross technology, their gels have a different coverage area, thickness, es, and strength.
Voluma is ideal for tightening the cheek area due to its thickness and durability
Volbella is ideal for smoothing the delicate areas under the eyes and filling in the “smoker’s lines” due to its thin and gentle gel.
Vollure is a great syringe for the combined treatment of nasolabial folds of firmness and even distribution.