If you’re completely happy about your appearance, then you might be in the minority – because most of us, for better or worse, have at least one thing we would like to change about our looks. Whether it’s from the effects of aging or genetics, the size, shape, and volume of the lips can be a source of self-consciousness. Fortunately, at One Life Health and Performance in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, we know that Juvederm Volbella is a highly effective aesthetic treatment that can help you achieve your lip-related goals.
What Is Juvederm Volbella Used For?
Juvederm Volbella is part of the Juvederm collection of dermal fillers: an elite brand of FDA-approved injectables made with hyaluronic acid. The synthetic hyaluronic acid used in this filler formula is compatible with the human body and will dissolve over time while also stimulating greater collagen production. Because hyaluronic acid is known to keep the skin lubricated, lush, and hydrated, you can effectively increase skin volume and suppleness with HA injections.
In the case of Volbella, this filler is specially designed to be used on the lips to restore lip volume and contour lip shape. Unlike other Juvederm fillers, Volbella has a thinner and more pliable texture that allows the filler to create silky-smooth, utterly soft, and completely natural results. This filler is commonly used to correct lip-related concerns such as:
- Thinning lips
- Asymmetrical lips
- Downturned lip corners
- Lip shape and size
- Weak vermillion border
- Smile lines
How Does Volbella Work?
You can think of your Juvederm Volbella treatment as a totally customized experience that will approach the rejuvenation of your lips from an artist’s viewpoint. Your provider will use a series of small injections in various sectors of the lips to sculpt and enhance your lips to achieve your aesthetic goals. Because all Juvederm fillers are formulated with lidocaine, you will be comfortable during your treatment.
Before your treatment, you will attend a consultation appointment where you and your provider will go over all of your lip concerns and create a treatment plan that will allow you to achieve a natural-looking pout that will meet all of your aesthetic goals. The Vycross technology used in this filler will create smooth, long-lasting results while also noticeably increasing lip volume and correcting lip shape.
What Does Lip Enhancement Mean?
When we talk about lip enhancement, we are generally referring to any treatment that addresses the shape, volume, or size of the lips. Historically, the challenge with lip enhancement treatments has been creating results that look and feel natural. However, Juvederm Volbella has no trouble creating these natural results because of the way the filler works.
But why would you need lip enhancement in the first place? There are actually a few reasons, such as age-related volume loss, that cause your lips to thin out as you age. The general shape, size, and symmetry of your lips can also be a reason to seek lip enhancement, particularly for those who have naturally thin lips, gummy smiles, or other aesthetic concerns. Sometimes, small details on the lips, such as lipstick lines and weak vermillion borders, can also be a reason to restore lip volume, particularly if you are a fan of lip cosmetics.
What Can You Expect From Treatment?
After your consultation, there is very little you will need to do to prepare for your treatment. Aside from discontinuing blood-thinning medications and supplements, the only thing you will need to do before your treatment is making sure you do not have a cold sore or fever blister within 2 weeks of your treatment date.
Your appointment will take about 15 to 45 minutes to complete. You may be offered a topical numbing cream to apply to your lips before the injections start. In general, a single syringe of Volbella will be adequate to address your lip concerns. After your treatment is complete, you will be able to go back to work or your other normal routines, with the exception of direct sunlight exposure and strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours. We may give you additional post-treatment instructions.
When Will You See Results?
The results of this treatment are immediate – in fact, you will leave your appointment with the lips of your dreams. Your lips will appear plush and refreshed, and many patients are able to enjoy better lip moisture immediately after this treatment. For concerns such as down-turned mouth corners, you will also notice these wrinkles will be reduced.
Your results should last for at least 12 months a time, which means you will only need to have a touch-up appointment after a year. Sometimes, the longevity of your results will depend on the amount of filler used, how well your body builds its own collagen, and lifestyle factors that may cause results to fade more quickly (such as smoking).
What Other Lifestyle Factors Can Affect Your Results?
Believe it or not, there are actually a few factors that can make your results break down more quickly. One of the biggest factors is unprotected sun exposure since the UV rays in sunlight can cause the hyaluronic acid of the filler and new collagen to break down prematurely. It’s best if you can incorporate lip products with SPF 15 or higher in them to help protect your results.
Another important lifestyle factor is your exercise routine. While regular exercise is good for staying healthy and can help keep your skin elastic, too much exercise can also cause injected hyaluronic acid to metabolism more quickly – which is why we recommend postponing exercise for at least 24 hours while the filler is setting. Stress can also cause collagen to break down more quickly, so do your best to maintain low stress levels.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Candidates who are good for this treatment generally include people who are over 21 and who do not have a history of severe allergic reactions. You should also not be currently pregnant when you have this treatment. Because hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance, most people can tolerate HA injections very well. Your provider will be able to determine if you are eligible for this treatment during your consultation. Generally, the patients who are qualified for this treatment include those who want to:
- Restore lip volume
- Contour lip shape
- Increase lip size
- Smooth lipstick lines
- Correct downturned corners
- Refine smile lines
- Fix asymmetry
Why Do We Care About Lip Appearance?
Throughout the course of human history, women have been focusing on the size, shape, and color of the lips. In fact, one of the subliminal signs of fertility in women is a naturally pink or red lip color, which is why lip cosmetics focus so much on berry hues. From Ancient Chinese lip tints to modern expansive lines of lip cosmetics, there are a few well-documented reasons why we care about lip appearance.
For one thing, humans perceive full lips as a sign of vitality and health, something that is particularly important since aging often makes the lips thin and dry. Secondly, the lips are commonly considered the focal point of the face; because the eyes are drawn to the lips for speech and emotional expression, the appearance of the lips can be very important. When you are confident about the appearance of your lips, you can be happier with your smile and more confident in your life.
What About the Rest of the Juvederm Collection?
The Juvederm collection of fillers is widely celebrated as one of the most reliable filler sets in the world. Each filler in the line is dedicated to specific skin issues to rejuvenate your overall appearance. By combining fillers in this collection, you can enhance your appearance or even achieve a liquid facelift to restore your appearance. Along with Juvederm Volbella, the Juvederm collection includes:
Juvederm Ultra XC
Juvederm Ultra XC is one of the more versatile fillers in this collection. The hallmark of visible aging is the development of fine lines and wrinkles on the face, as well as loss of volume in the cheeks and beneath the eyes. This dermal filler can effectively restore volume in the mid-face and around the eyes. Ultra XC is also used to contour the face to achieve a specific appearance. This filler can produce results that last up to six months.
Juvederm Vollure XC
Juvederm Vollure is another dermal filler that is designed to correct age-related volume loss, primarily for those who have extensive or severe age-related concerns. The Vycross technology in this injectable gel can reduce the appearance of moderate-to-severe wrinkles, particularly those around the nose and mouth. The results of this filler can last up to 18 months.
Juvederm Voluma XC
Juvederm Voluma is a dense filler that can address moderate-to-severe volume loss in the mid-face, primarily in the cheeks, jowls, and temples. As we age, the volume in these areas depletes and can cause the face to appear gaunt. This filler increases skin volume to reverse the visible signs of aging, and can also be used to contour the jawline and chin.
Juvederm Ultra Plus XC
Juvederm Ultra Plus is a powerful solution for many age-related concerns, including superficial and moderate wrinkles, lines, and skin laxity. With the exception of the area around the eyes, this filler can be used on virtually every area of the face to correct a variety of aging concerns. Overall, the results of this treatment can last for six to nine months and will create a softer, more youthful appearance.
If Other Juvederm Fillers Can Be Used on the Lips, Why Should You Use Volbella?
It’s true that Juvederm Ultra can be used to restore lip volume and treat fine lines around the mouth, so it’s possible that Volbella may not be used for your treatment. However, if you are given the option based on your aesthetic needs and goals, you may want to make Volbella your top choice. For example, Volbella is designed specifically for the lips, so it has a silkier texture that is more suited to creating natural-looking, subtle results.
Restore and Enhance Your Lips With Juvederm Volbella
The lips are one of the main focal points of your face. From smiling to talking to kissing, we use our lips every day to communicate with the world – so it makes sense that we want our lips to look a certain way. But if genetics and aging have created thinness in your lips or you have noticed smile lines around your mouth, then it may be time to find an aesthetic solution. Please contact One Life Health and Performance in Palm Beach Gardens, FL to schedule your first appointment today.