Juvéderm® Volbella is a relatively recent addition to the Juvéderm® line, with the ability to reverse signs of aging in some of the most sensitive, delicate areas of the face to date. This formulation is specifically designed to soften perioral lines, those fine vertical lines that appear above the upper lip. Volbella can also add subtle volume to the lips, refreshing your mouth without making it obvious that you had a cosmetic treatment.
What is Volbella?
Like other Juvéderm® products, Volbella contains hyaluronic acid, a synthetic version of the natural sugar found in the body. Hyaluronic acid is essential to maintaining hydration in the dermal layers, which gives skin its soft, supple appearance. The synthetic version is biocompatible, which means you don’t have to undergo any allergy testing before your injections.
Volbella is considered a second-generation dermal filler because it features Allergan’s proprietary VYCROSS® technology. A combination of molecular weights in the hyaluronic acid particles is used to create a smoother consistency within the dermal filler and a more natural result for the patient. VYCROSS® technology also promises results that last longer than first-generation dermal fillers, with Volbella offering a more youthful appearance for up to 12 months.
What does it treat?
Volbella is used to add natural volume to the lips, while the hyaluronic acid in the mix creates a softer look and feel. In addition, Volbella is smooth enough to diminish the appearance of perioral lines, also known as lipstick lines. Until Volbella was introduced, it was difficult to find a dermal filler that could produce the subtle results patients were looking for in this area. This product may also be used to address issues underneath the eyes, such as fine lines and dark circles.
Your Volbella Treatment
We will recommend you stop taking aspirin and blood thinning medications for one week prior to your treatment because these substances can increase your risk of bruising after your procedure. We inject the formulation using a very fine needle, minimizing your discomfort and creating positive results. The solution also contains lidocaine, a numbing medicine that prevents discomfort as the liquid is administered to the underlying dermal layers. Some patients also request a topical numbing cream before treatment, since this product is used on a relatively sensitive area of the face.
We will be able to complete your Volbella injections in about 30 minutes in our office. After your treatment, we will likely apply ice to the area to reduce swelling and discomfort. At that point, you will be able to return to your routine right away.
Recovering from Volbella Injections
There is no real recovery from your Volbella treatment since you can head back to work and other activities immediately following your procedure. Side effects like bruising, swelling and itching are usually mild and subside within a matter of days. Makeup is sufficient for covering up any potential bruising for most of our patients.
Your results of your Volbella injections will be evident right away, as you see increased fullness to the lips and smoother, line-free skin between the nose and mouth. These results will last for approximately one year before you will need another treatment to maintain your positive outcome.
Volbella is an excellent choice for patients looking to enhance the mouth area with subtle, beautiful results that will last for many months. To learn more about this Juvéderm® product, contact the Center for Facial & Body Rejuvenation today at 408-255-3223.