Whether you have thinning lips due to age-related changes or you simply want to contour your lips for a prettier pout, dermal filler lip injections can help dramatically change your appearance. At Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV, we know that Juvederm Volbella is an ideal treatment to transform the appearance of your lips so you can look younger and feel more confident. Even more impressively, this lip filler is a double-duty worker that can also soften the appearance of lines around the lips, making it an ideal anti-aging choice for most people.
How Long Does Volbella Last in the Lips?
While most lip fillers usually last for about six months, Volbella is formulated with a patented technology that allows the filler to last for up to 12 months or sometimes longer. This longevity is remarkable because lip fillers tend to break down more quickly due to the movement of the mouth. Everyday movements like eating, talking, and smiling all contribute to how quickly a lip filler will wear off. Volbella has incredible resilience since the durable filler can last through dynamic daily movements without deteriorating.
How Frequently Should You Have This Treatment?
The results of this treatment will last for over a year by itself, which means you should expect to have your treatment once a year to continue enjoying results. The gradual breakdown of this filler means you will be able to tell when your results start to fade. When you notice your lip filler depleting, it’s time to schedule another appointment.
We recommend attending a maintenance appointment once a year so your ideal results never fade. When you come in for a touch-up, the session will be completed faster and a smaller dosage will be used than when you came in for your first treatment session.
How Can You Maintain Your Results?
Maintaining the results of your filler is simple. Aside from attending your yearly touch-up appointments, you should also focus on lip care. This means using products with SPF in them to protect your lips from potentially damaging sunlight, as well as being sure to keep your lips moist. You should pay particular attention to lip health during cold, hot, and windy weather.
The Science Behind Juvederm Volbella
There are two critical factors that help this lip filler last so long and work so effectively. Both the unique cross-linking technology and the main active ingredient are keys to the durability of this filler.
All Juvederm products are manufactured with cutting-edge cross-linking technology. Cross-linking is a manufacturing process that allows hyaluronic acid to pass through deeper layers of the skin without breaking down. This is an important feature of the filler since the molecular weight of hyaluronic acid makes it difficult for the filler to penetrate the upper skin layers. Cross-linking technology enables the filler to work as intended.
Hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule found naturally in the skin. This acid works hard to keep your skin supple and volumized and is also known to help retain moisture in the skin. However, as we age, our skin becomes less efficient at producing hyaluronic acid to the point that outside help is necessary.
The synthetic version of HA used in this lip filler features molecules that are small enough to penetrate the skin barrier. Additionally, molecules of different weights are combined that produce long-lasting results. Once injected into the skin, the hyaluronic acid begins to work with your body’s natural processes to produce more natural collagen within the skin, which increases skin volume in a natural-looking way.
Why Is This Filler So Durable?
If our skin produces its own hyaluronic acid, then why do we need to inject a synthetic version of the polysaccharide regularly? The answer is simple. Your body is very good at degrading this crucial molecule through metabolic processes. For example, natural hyaluronic acid in the skin doesn’t even last 24 hours.
However, synthetic hyaluronic acid does not face the same metabolic threat as the natural molecule. Between the cross-linking technology and the resistance synthetic HA has to break down, this filler can maintain a high level of durability. The ultra-smooth gel filler is malleable enough to produce natural-looking results, as well.
Hyaluronic Acid: The Ideal Ingredient
If you’ve tried a dermal filler before, then the chances are high that you’ve already used a hyaluronic acid filler. In fact, this ingredient can be found in fillers and skincare products, such as moisturizers, and is one of the current golden standards in aesthetics. But why is this little molecule considered the ideal ingredient? Science has the answer.
Two independent clinical studies have found that hydration improves the health of the skin tissue. From the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, researchers discovered that the thickness and density of the skin increase with adequate hydration. And at the University of Missouri-Columbia, researchers learned that hydrated skin has better elasticity. Hyaluronic acid is well-known to adequately hydrate the skin since this molecule can hold up to 1,000 times its weight in water.
Why Is This Filler Good for Your Lips?
Volbella is the ideal dermal filler for your lips for several reasons. For one thing, this treatment can both volumize and moisturize the lips to correct thinness and age-related volume loss. This filler can also be used to contour the appearance of the lips and can correct problems such as asymmetry in the lips. Some other benefits of this treatment include:
This lip filler creates natural-looking results because the gel is so smooth and malleable. What this means for your treatment is that the gel will sit nicely within the sub-dermal layers of your skin and increase lip volume in a subtle way. This Juvederm filler is also easily buildable, which means you can create more artificial volume to enhance your pout dramatically while still appearing completely natural. The texture of your lips will also feel natural.
You will be able to enjoy immediate results with this treatment. Most patients will leave their appointment with lips that are ideally plush, soft, and voluminous. More importantly, the results of your treatment will continue to improve as collagen production starts within your skin.
Safe and Trusted
The Juvederm family of fillers has been a trusted option for many people across the world for years and this lip filler is no exception. This filler has been tested and is verified to have safe and effective results for the vast majority of people.
The main reason for this is because hyaluronic acid is biologically compatible with the human body, which means you will not have to be concerned with an allergic reaction after your treatment. In fact, hyaluronic acid is generally considered a hypoallergenic product, even in a synthetic form.
This treatment is also completely pain-free. All Juvederm fillers are formulated with lidocaine to reduce pain sensitivity during and after the treatment. This is a huge advantage since lidocaine can work in 90 seconds but only lasts for 30 minutes, which means your mouth won’t be numb for the rest of the day. Some patients with sensitive skin may request to use an additional numbing cream before the treatment, as well.
What Else Do You Need to Know About Volbella?
Like any other dermal filler, your treatments will take about 15 to 30 minutes to complete. But there are still some things you will need to do before and after your treatment to get the best results. For example, before your appointment, you should clean your face and avoid wearing make-up or lotion. You should also avoid sunlight about a week before your appointment and reschedule your treatment if you have a cold sore or a fever blister.
After your appointment, you should avoid eating or drinking hot things and you should not use a straw for at least 24 hours. We will provide you with additional aftercare instructions after your appointment.
Why Should You Use a Lip Filler?
There are several reasons why you may want to use a lip filler. Many patients use a filler as a restorative treatment to reverse the visible effects of time, while others use a filler to enhance the volume in the lips that already exist. In either case, the real goal of a filler treatment is to increase your overall self-confidence about the way you look. Boosting your self-confidence is a great reason to use a dermal filler.
How Should You Fill Your Lips?
The particular lip style you choose for your filler appointment will depend on factors such as your aesthetic goals and the style that will look best on your face. Some patients like to bring in reference photos, either of celebrities or themselves when they were younger, to provide a clear vision for what they want their results to look like. We will guide you toward a filler style that will produce the most natural-looking results.
Who Are Good Candidates?
The majority of people who want to improve their overall appearance are typically good candidates for this treatment. Adults over the age of 21 are eligible for this filler, in accordance with the Juvederm guidelines. We can assess whether this treatment is a good option for you during your consultation appointment. Generally, this treatment may be ideal for your needs if you want to:
- Enhance lip shape
- Contour lips
- Correct lipstick lines
- Smooth smile lines
- Erase vertical lip lines
- Fix asymmetry
The only people who are not qualified for this treatment are women who are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as those who have known allergies to the ingredients in the filler. If you have a cold sore or fever blister at the time of your appointment, please be sure to reschedule for at least two weeks later.
What Will Your Consultation Be Like?
Your initial appointment is a vital component of your overall treatment. The consultation will give us the opportunity to get to know your aesthetic concerns and your expectations for treatment. We will examine your lips and go over the concerns you have to be sure this treatment can achieve your goals. Sometimes, we will need to gather general medical information, particularly any previous cosmetic treatments you have had in the past.
Enjoy Long-Lasting Results WIth Volbella
Volbella is a biocompatible lip filler designed to improve the appearance of the lips and mouth instantly. The results of this treatment last much longer than other fillers on the market and most patients can expect to enjoy consistent results for up to 12 months. This dermal filler is an ideal option to correct both age-related and contouring concerns. Please contact Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV to schedule your consultation today.