We can all agree that the lips are a very important feature—they dominate the lower half of the face! As we age, our lips begin to thin out and the corners of our mouth may start to descend and drop. The lips can also start to lose their once strong natural border, looking less defined and more deflated. Many of our patients start to notice lines appearing around the mouth, which tend to present themselves more on patients who smoke or have a previous history of smoking. Fortunately, board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Adibfar and his team at Elements Spa have a solution for these patients, as well as younger patients looking for more volume in their lips without looking overdone. Enter Juvederm Volbella!
Volbella is one of the newer fillers on the market created my Juvederm. Like many other fillers, Volbella is also a dermal filler comprised of hyaluronic acid, a safe and effective ingredient naturally found in our bodies and connective tissues. It’s designed to find water within the injection site and retain it to provide more hydration and volume. Volbella differs in its unique concentration. This FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler is less concentrated—or made of smaller particles—which allows for more subtle and natural long-lasting results, making Volbella ideal for delicate areas such as the lips.
Many of our younger patients request Volbella because of its reputation for providing lip augmentation that’s soft and natural. The majority of our patients do not want enormous, disproportionate lips that suggest they’ve been filled. They want lips that appear smoother, more youthful and full, without disrupting the natural shape and architecture of the lips. Volbella allows a specific amount of water to bind to itself so that the lips don’t appear too pout-like or swollen. The lips’ natural shape remains with added body and a smoother look. For these patients, the goal is to enhance and preserve their natural shape with added subtle definition to the lips’ borders and symmetry that doesn’t appear artificial.
Other patients (some more mature) are finding great benefit in using Volbella to weaken lines on the lips and vertical lines around the mouth. When we’re younger, our lips and surrounding skin is laden with fatty tissue and healthy hyaluronic acid tissue. As we age, these elements naturally decline. For patients with an extensive history of smoking, these lines begin to develop sooner, adding years to their actual age! Fortunately, Volbella’s formulation of lighter, smoother and smaller particles, are able to address not only the lips, but also the surrounding skin. When injected by a board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon like Dr. Adibfar, these lines are weakened, and in most cases, completely eliminated! Patients are incredibly satisfied watching Volbella virtually erase the physical signs of their unhealthy past.
Volbella’s exceptional formulation also creates a lifting structure giving the entire face a more youthful appearance and aura. It can be used to lift the corners of the mouth and reverse any drooping, add volume to the body of the lip, define the lip line or border, as well as the columns above the lip. Dr. Adibfar begins by numbing the area for approximately 30 minutes before beginning with the Volbella injections. Dr. Adibfar carefully and gently injects the Volbella, making sure to reassess the lips to assure symmetry and a natural-looking lip. The results are seen immediately and patients are able to continue on with their daily routines with the exception of refraining from strenuous physical activity during that day. Some patients do experience little swelling or bruising, which subsides quickly over the next 2 days. Like all other hyaluronic acid fillers, Volbella is also reversible should the patient feel as though too much fillers used, or that they prefer their original lip shape. Results also last anywhere between 6-12 months depending on the patient.
If you’d like to learn more about Volbella and how this smooth, low concentration hyaluronic acid can be used to enhance and hydrate your lips, feel free to contact our staff at Elements Spa. Our office is committed to creating beautiful, natural-looking results and would be happy to answer any questions you may have about this innovative product.
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