Volbella® in South Jersey
The Latest in Lip Augmentation from the Juvéderm® Family
Thinning lips and wrinkles around the mouth can be a disconcerting result of aging. Volbella® at South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center offers a quick and safe solution that can subtly volumize the lips and smooth wrinkles in the area, producing a youthful, yet natural-looking face.
Volbella® in a Nutshell
- Juvéderm Volbella® (or simply Volbella®) is the latest addition to the FDA-approved Juvéderm® line of injectable dermal fillers for the facial area.
- A Volbella® treatment can add subtle volume to the lips and cheek areas, as well as address vertical lines around the mouth.
- Volbella® contains a specific blend of hyaluronic acid in gel form, the key ingredient used to draw in moisture and keep skin voluminous and elastic. It can also encourage increased production of collagen, one of the skin’s main support structures.
- Results can last up to a year. After this, patients tend to need less product in subsequent treatments to achieve their desired results.
- Volbella® is safe to use multiple times, as may be appropriate for touch-ups or maintenance.
Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Robin Levin has worked extensively with Juvéderm® products, and offers Volbella® injectable dermal fillers as a solution for patients who want to treat specific concerns such as thinning lips and vertical lip lines.
What is Volbella®?
Volbella® is the most recent product added to the Juvéderm® line of injectable dermal fillers, each of which is used to add volume to skin on the face and restore its healthy, youthful contours.
Volbella® is a smooth and clear gel injected with an ultrafine needle into the lip and mouth areas. The filler procedure is handled in office during a session that can typically take between 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the area or areas being treated.
Patients who received Juvederm® treatments at our South Jersey practice report that the injections are virtually painless and result in a smoother and tighter facial appearance. The effects last longer than those of some other fillers on the market.
Volbella® treatments are suitable for patients who:
- Are over the age of 21
- Have had no severe allergy that resulted in a severe reaction (anaphylaxis)
- Have no allergy to lidocaine
- Have no allergy to proteins from Gram-positive bacteria
- Would like to have fuller lips and fewer wrinkles around the mouth area
How Does Volbella® Work?
As with other Juvederm® products, Volbella® is formulated with maker Allergan's proprietary Vycross® technology, which blends together different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid—a naturally occuring sugar found throughout the body that helps maintain fullness and elasticity of the skin.
Hyaluronic acid is actively involved in moisture retention, which affects how skin looks, feels, and functions. It retains water like a sponge, being able to absorb more than 1,000 times its own weight. Over time, however, the hyaluronic acid supply in the body drops significantly, resulting in thinner and less elastic skin. Also, when skin is exposed to environmental pollutants and excessive sunlight, it becomes inflamed, which results in the cells in the dermis layer slowing down the production of new hyaluronic acid, as well as existing stocks degrading faster.
This loss of hyaluronic acid over time leads to wrinkles and reduced definition and balance in the face's natural shape.
The hyaluronic acid boost from Volbella® works with water in the skin to restore lost fullness, soften lines and wrinkles, and subtly enhance lips. Patients who choose to get Juvederm® treatments may receive the added benefit of a collagen increase—the hyaluronic acid from the injections has been found to accelerate the formation of new collagen, which acts as a support structure for the skin. Ample collagen results in fewer wrinkles and longer-lasting results after a Juvederm® treatment session.
What to Expect After a Volbella® Treatment Session
Most people can resume their normal activities immediately following a Volbella® treatment session. A patient may be advised not to wear makeup for up to 12 hours, as well as to avoid direct sunlight, saunas, and steam rooms for up to two weeks.
After a Volbella® treatment session, patients have said that their skin both looks and feels very natural. The areas of treatment may be massaged to evenly distribute the fluid. Ice may also be used to help reduce temporary side effects such as swelling, bruising, and/or inflammation. Such side effects were found in studies to be moderate and only last for two to four weeks at most. If patients experience side effects for longer than four weeks after treatment, or if they have any other concerns, they should consult their doctor.
The results achieved from a Volbella® treatment session can last up to a year under the right conditions—and in subsequent treatments, a patient's desired results can be achieved using less product.
The variety of molecular weights contained in Volbella® (due to Allergan's proprietary technology) results in a blended gel form of hyaluronic acid rather than a liquid. This consistency helps it last for a prolonged period after being injected into the face. And since hyaluronic acid is not foreign to the body, the fluid is gradually absorbed over time. This makes Volbella® safe for touch-ups or maintenance injections as appropriate.
Options Beyond Volbella®
South Jersey Skin Care & Laser Center offers a wide range of injectable treatments to suit every patient's needs and desired outcomes.
Other products in the Juvederm® line, such as Juvederm® Ultra and Voluma® are also available for filling in wrinkles, adding volume, and hydrating key areas on the face. Each option may be used on its own, or may be combined with others to create an overall look of rejuvenation.
BOTOX® is an injectable made of a purified protein that works by temporarily relaxing the muscles that contribute to major facial lines and wrinkles. It softens the appearance of upper facial lines and wrinkles between and above the eyebrows and around the eyes, revealing a refreshed look. While BOTOX® is ideal for temporarily treating certain wrinkles, facial fillers are better suited to fill out hollowed areas farther down on the face.
Dr. Levin and her team can explain more about the difference between the different dermal filler brands, as well as the variations under a single brand. For patients seeking a more comprehensive anti-aging plan, we would be happy to help you create a custom plan of the treatments we offer to address your specific concerns. All of this can be discussed at a consultation.