Last Fall Prollenium’s Revanesse Versa hit the market with promises of affordability and less swelling than other dermal fillers. Was it able to deliver those promises?
First, Revanesse Versa did not have lidocaine added to it until months later, which is the easier way to get a product FDA approved. While some practices mixed lidocaine with the product, I chose not to and relied on a topical numbing instead of risking contaminating the product. Revanesse Versa is also injected with a bigger needle (27g). Most dermal fillers, but not all, are injected with 28-30g. The combination of not having lidocaine for those first few months and injecting with a larger needle made it a bit more uncomfortable for the patient.
As far as swelling, patients still reported having some sort of swelling even though studies show that Versa causes ~24% less than other dermal fillers. Longevity seems to be on par with other similar dermal fillers with the same particle size. Meaning, it lasts about as long as Juvederm Ultra and Restylane Silk, but not as long as a larger filler like Restylane Defyne or Lyft.
Now to the most important thing – cost. Lets be honest, most of us will endure a bit of discomfort (okay…..a lot of discomfort!) for a more youthful look. Prollenium is smart to keep the cost of goods down in the hopes that that savings will be passed on. Sadly, not everyone does. In this state I see Revanesse Versa for $299/1mL with Groupon and up to $600 in the bigger cities. Shopping around might be the way to go except you need to make sure that you are being injected by a licensed and experienced injector. No amount of savings is worth the harm you can receive by going with someone who has none of those qualifications.
In my opinion, Revanesse Versa is a very good product for lips, nasolabial folds and mild to moderate marionette lines. For cheeks, deeper lines and folds I would recommend Restylane Defyne, Restylane Lyft or Juvederm Vollure XC or Juvederm Voluma XC.
Until next time….