The latest in lip plumping is now available at Dermacare Laser & Skin Care Clinics. Juvederm Volbella XC is specifically designed to add subtle volume to the lips, while smoothing away perioral rhytids, those vertical lines that often appear above the upper lip, known as “lipstick” or “smoker’s” lines. The formulation offers a natural result that is not overly drastic, so patients can create a more youthful appearance around the mouth.
Juvederm Volbella XC was approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in the U.S. in June. However, the product has been used in Europe and Canada for a number of years, demonstrating both the efficacy and the safety of the formulation.
What is Juvederm Volbella XC?
Juvederm Volbella XC is the newest addition to the Juvederm line of dermal fillers. Like others in the line, Volbella XC contains hyaluronic acid, which works in the underlying dermal layers to support and smooth the outer dermis. When injected into the area above the lips, Volbella XC effectively smooths away the fine, vertical lines that can appear over time. When injected directly into the lips, Juvederm Volbella XC offers subtle plumping that restores youth volume and fullness.
The hyaluronic acid formulation in Volbella is a unique one known as Vycross. Vycross is a combination of different molecular weights of the substance, not seen in other dermal fillers. This combination allows for smooth application of the product, as well as results that tend to last longer than most Juvederm products.
Am I a Candidate?
Juvederm Volbella XC has been approved by the FDA for use in patients age 21 and over. The product is only approved for use on the lips and the perioral lines above the upper lip. Patients looking for a dermal filler to enhance other areas of the face can talk to Dr. Birchall about the other filler options available for that purpose. If you have had a reaction to hyaluronic acid fillers in the past, discuss your concerns with Dr. Birchall to determine if Juvederm Volbella will be safe for you.
How is it Used?
Injections of Juvederm Volbella take just a few minutes to complete. Because the injections are performed using a very small needle and limited to the superficial dermal layers, there is not much discomfort associated with the procedure. However, patients may request ice or a topical numbing cream prior to treatment if they are concerned about pain.
After the procedure, you may find the treatment area is red and tender. You may also experience some mild bruising, swelling or bumpiness. These side effects are generally mild and resolve on their own within a week or two for most patients.
What can I Expect from the Results?
You will notice a difference in your appearance almost right away after your Volbella XC treatment. Those results will continue to improve in the days following the procedure as any mild side effects subside. Your new look may last up to one year before you require a touch-up procedure to maintain your results.
Juvederm Volbella XC is an innovative way to improve the appearance of the lips and mouth and Dermacare Laser and Skin Care Clinics is one of the first in the San Diego area to offer this procedure to our patients. To learn more, contact Dermacare today at 858-943-2443 or 760-472-5088.