Whether because of the effects of genetics, or age, you may be dissatisfied with the thin or uneven appearance of your lips. Some patients have naturally thinner lips and would like to enjoy a fuller mouth, while others have both lost volume and developed fine lines in and around their lips. Many patients would like to see their youthful appearance restored, and feel their lips need rejuvenating. A comfortable, long-lasting way of improving the volume and smoothness of a patient’s lips is a professionally-administered injection of Volbella.
Volbella, also known as Juvéderm Volbella, allows your surgeon to carefully correct the fine lines around your mouth, as well as to subtly increase the volume in your lips. The procedure is safe, FDA-approved, and delivers fuller lips that the patient can enjoy for over a year.
You deserve to feel confident in your appearance. Call the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery & Laser Center of Maryland today to schedule a consultation, and find out more about how Volbella will restore volume and youthfulness to your lips.
What is Juvéderm Volbella?
Youthful skin looks smooth and full because of its healthy support system of elastins, collagen, and hyaluronic acid. These extracellular matrix molecules not only uphold the structure of the skin, they also improve the function of the dermal cells themselves. The skin maintains its volume and elasticity because hyaluronic acid molecules retain water; they are the predominant moisturizing component of our skin. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies produce both less collagen and hyaluronic acid. This results in the slow breaking down of the skin’s support system. Eventually, lines, wrinkles, and sagging develop.
Juvéderm Volbella successfully improves the volume in a patient’s lips by injecting hyaluronic particles into the desired area. The facial filler, in addition to having a plumping effect on the lips, smooths the fine lines around the patient’s face. Volbella revives the natural components of the dermis to achieve delicate and natural volumization of the lips, while also erasing signs of aging in the skin around the lips. This makes Volbella an ideal option for patients interested in subtle but effective results.
The improvements accomplished by a Volbella injection can last for a year, if not longer. Patients must be over the age of 21 to receive Volbella.
Benefits of Volbella
Juvéderm Volbella is popular with patients for a wide variety of reasons, including but not limited to:
- Convenience. A patient can complete their Volbella treatment in only 30 minutes.
- Easy Recovery. Volbella requires minimal aftercare. Patients can return to their usual schedules after their injection.
- Natural Solution. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally-occurring in the body, so the results have a high likelihood of being accepted by the patient’s bodies.
- Natural Results. Volbella can achieve more natural and subtle results than most lip injectables. The miniscule needle and finer solution of hyaluronic particles enable Dr. Ashruf to deliver delicate, targeted improvement to patients who only desire minor enhancement.
Candidates for Volbella
Candidates for Juvéderm Volbella are 21 or older and want to see more fullness in their upper lip, lower lip, or both. If a patient would like to add subtle volume to their lips, while also smoothing fine lines that have formed around their mouth, they may be an ideal candidate for a Volbella treatment.
It is important to maintain an open mind to the results of a face or body augmentation procedure.
Patients interested in receiving Volbella should also be in good health, non-smokers, and not pregnant.
Patients who have severe allergies, or a known allergy to gram-positive bacterial protein, or lidocaine, should not receive Volbella.
Volbella Vs. Other Injectables
While Juvéderm Volbella is a top choice for patients who are interested in restoring volume to their lips while also smoothing the fine lines around their mouth, it is important that patients are enabled to make informed decisions about their treatment.
The rejuvenation procedure, and the tools the patients select to achieve their desired results will depend on the treatment plan they shape with Dr. Ashruf in their pursuit of their unique body modification goals.
Restylane & Restylane Silk
Restylane is a hyaluronic-based injection that can be used both to volumize the face and the lips.
Restylane Silk is another hyaluronic-based injection designed specifically to subtly improve the volume and shape of a patient’s lips. Restylane Silk also has the capability of smoothing the fine vertical lines that form around a patient’s lips. Some patients prefer the smooth appearance of Restylane or Restylane Silk achieved in their lips, while others preferred their experience with Juvéderm Volbella. The results of a lip augmentation achieved with Restylane or Restylane Silk tend to last for four to six months, while a Juvéderm Volbella injection delivers results that last for a year or more. Juvéderm is also less likely to leaves bump at any injection area than Restylane.
Botox is an injection of a cosmetic form of the botulinum toxin type A. A Botox injection is capable of raising the corners of a patient’s mouth, reducing the creasing in the upper and lower lip areas, and removing marionette lines. Botox is a successful cosmetic tool because it relaxes the muscles which are responsible for a wrinkle or unwanted furrow in the patient’s face. Botox is not a dermal filler. Instead, it volumizes the lips by an injection to the top lip, which relaxes the facial muscles and produces what is called a “Botox Lip Flip.” The upper lip will relax and curl forward and up slightly, giving the impression of longer and fuller lips.
An injection of Botox usually delivers results that last up to three months.
If a patient is seeking a more pronounced appearance in their lips, they can combine Botox with a dermal filler, such as Restylane or Juvéderm.
Juvéderm Ultra XC
Juvéderm also offers Juvéderm Ultra XC. This injectable achieves more fullness than Juvéderm Volbella but does not address the fine lines that may be present around the patient’s mouth. Dr. Ashruf will help patients determine what type of lip filler will best meet their specific goals for their lips.
Patients should arrive for their private consultation prepared to discuss their medical history, current lifestyle, and desired outcome for their lip augmentation. The doctor may examine the patient’s face and take photos of their lips. It is also important to notify the doctor of any allergies or pre-existing medical conditions that you may have at this time.
Dr. Ashruf knows no two patients are the same, and is ready to answer any and all questions his patients have so that they feel reassured they are choosing the treatment option which is best for their skin and lip rejuvenation goals. If he believes a patient will see better results with one type of injection or treatment over another, he will notify them.
Juvéderm Volbella is administered on an outpatient basis. In fact, most patients can receive their lip augmentation with Juvéderm Volbella in 30 minutes or less. The procedure is safe, convenient, and nearly pain-free!
When patients arrive for their injection, their specialist will make sure the lips and surrounding skin are clean and sterile. The patient will then receive their Volbella injection, which will be administered with targeted care. Due to the fact that the needle is extremely fine, and that Volbella contains a small amount of the local anesthetic lidocaine, the experience involves minimal to no discomfort. Depending on the particular needs of the patient, the specialist will take care to fill in, even out, and smooth the appropriate areas of the lips. After receiving Volbella, patients are free to return immediately to their usual daily activities.
After a lip augmentation with Juvéderm Volbella, it is not uncommon to experience swelling or itching of the lips and surrounding tissue. However, these side effects tend to subside within two to three days and are not noticeable enough to prohibit patients from feeling comfortable being seen in public. Patients are even free to return to their usual workout regimen but are advised to avoid sun exposure for two weeks. Some patients may see slight swelling last for seven to ten days after their injection.
Patients can relieve their swelling or discomfort with ice compresses. They are advised to avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications, like ibuprofen, for the first two weeks after receiving Volbella. Some patients may see bumps form around their injection area. These will abate within five to seven days. Patients can also accelerate the disappearance of their bumps with regular ice packs.
Patients should try not to touch their lips for the first six hours after their injection, and are advised to sleep on their backs with their heads raised in the first days of the recovery period.
Reactions to Volbella are very rare. If bumps, dryness, or swelling last for ten days or more for patients, contact the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery & Laser Center of Maryland for assistance.
Dr. Ashruf and his team want to make sure every patient feels ready for a successful recovery. Please do not hesitate to call the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery & Laser Center of Maryland with any questions you may have regarding your recovery from lip augmentation procedure.
The fine needle of Juvéderm Volbella, combined with the natural volumization and hydration supplied by the hyaluronic injection, allow patients to achieve subtle but noticeable improvement in their lips and surrounding skin with minimal pain and inconvenience on their part. As the post-treatment swelling diminishes, patients will have an easier time observing the results of their injection.
Recipients of Volbella will enjoy lips that are fuller, softer, more even, and younger-looking. The patented hyaluronic injection feels comfortable and natural: patients can smile and laugh as they did before their injection.
These youth-restoring results last for a year, if not longer.