As you age, you might notice that the volume of your skin decreases, including the skin on your lips. Thinning lips, lines on the lips, and wrinkles around the mouth can make some people feel self-conscious, especially when lip cosmetics can no longer cover these superficial concerns effectively. Luckily, treatments such as JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA XC at Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV can increase your lip volume and your confidence.
What Is VOLBELLA XC Used For?
VOLBELLA XC is primarily used to address superficial lip concerns such as lip wrinkles, perioral lines, and low lip volume. Many people use this treatment to address specific cosmetic issues, such as lipstick lines, which can make lip cosmetics sit in the wrinkles of the lips. Perioral lines, which are the lines around the mouth such as smoker’s lines, can also make the lips look smaller and more wrinkled.
Lip augmentation is the main reason this filler is used. Many people use a lip filler to increase lip volume or augment the lips for certain appearance goals. This filler can be used to increase volume on only the upper lip or bottom lip, or can even be used to address lip asymmetry. Using this filler on both the upper and lower lips can restore the lip volume you had during your youth.
While VOLBELLA XC is most commonly used to address lip volume concerns, this filler can also be used on other areas of the face to improve skin volume. One popular area of treatment is the area beneath the eyes. When the tear troughs lose skin volume, the appearance of dark circles can increase. However, as this dermal filler improves skin volume under the eyes, hollowness disappears and your eye area immediately looks more youthful.
How Long Does This Filler Last?
This dermal filler will usually last for 18 months for most people, making it one of the longest-lasting lip fillers available. While other lip fillers may fade away after six to 12 months, VOLBELLA XC sticks around to improve your lip volume thanks to its unique formula. Unlike other lip fillers, which rely only on the artificial gel to increase lip volume, this dermal filler uses patented Vycross technology to settle deeply within the sub-dermal layers of the skin and create firmer structures that can maintain higher lip volume three to six times longer than other fillers.
What Should You Expect From Your Treatment?
Most of the time, your treatment appointments will last for about 30 minutes if you are treating both lip volume and perioral lines. If you are only treating one or the other, your appointment may take only 15 minutes to complete the treatment.
This treatment is minimally invasive and is administered by injecting the unique dermal filler formula into targeted areas of your lips to improve lip volume or correct perioral lines. After cleaning the intended treatment areas, the targeted injections will be made into the sub-dermal layers of the skin on and around your lips, and then your treatment will be complete.
How Should You Prepare?
Your preparation guidelines before a dermal filler treatment are very simple. You should reduce alcohol consumption for at least 24 hours before your treatment, since drinking alcohol can thin the blood. You may also need to temporarily stop using some of your regular prescriptions and supplements that cause blood-thinning side effects, such as aspirin and fish oil.
It’s also a good idea to focus on hydration before your treatment so that you can achieve optimal results. To avoid dehydrating your body, you should reduce sodium intake for a couple of days and stop drinking caffeine for at least 24 hours. Again, if you are taking certain medications that cause dehydration, you may want to discuss skipping a few doses with your primary care physician.
What Should You Do After Treatment?
If you want to achieve optimal results, there are several things you should avoid doing after your treatment. You will not be able to wear lip cosmetics for at least two hours after your treatment, although it’s a good idea to use a basic lip balm to keep your lips hydrated. You will also need to avoid exercise for at least 24 to 48 hours.
It may be recommended that you avoid saunas and excessive heat for up to two weeks, as well as exposing your skin to chlorine and hot water for a few days. Drinking plenty of water after your treatment is essential, although you may want to steer clear of foods that are spicy or involve excessive chewing for at least a day. Some people also like to use cold compresses after this treatment to see results more quickly.
When Will You See Results?
In general, you will be able to see immediate results after this treatment because the dermal filler instantly increases your lip volume. However, it may take up to two weeks for this dermal filler to settle within the skin, which means you may not see your final results until then.
Some patients may also notice that their initial results seem to “deflate” after a few days, but don’t worry! This is an expected result that means the filler formula is being absorbed by the skin. After the filler formula settles, your plump lips will return to looking better than ever. This is because the hyaluronic acid in the dermal filler will start to attract water to your skin to boost your skin volume.
Why Are JUVÉDERM Fillers So Effective?
The key to JUVÉDERM dermal fillers is in the highly-concentrated hyaluronic acid formula. While there are many dermal fillers made with this ultra-hydrating ingredient, only JUVÉDERM uses a special structural technology that enhances the effectiveness of the formula and helps each filler last for much longer than other fillers on the market.
Hyaluronic acid is an essential molecule for hydrating and plumping the skin. In fact, hyaluronic acid is a sugar molecule that is already found naturally in the skin. However, just like collagen and elastin, the level of natural hyaluronic acid in the skin begins to deplete as you age, and that results in thinner, dryer skin overall.
Do JUVÉDERM Fillers Produce Natural-Looking Results?
JUVÉDERM fillers restore the level of hyaluronic acid in the skin to produce natural-looking results. This benefit is one of the main reasons why JUVÉDERM fillers are so popular. With natural-looking results, nobody will ever know that you used a dermal filler to turn back the clock. For people who want to enjoy subtle anti-aging or augmentation results, this is a key benefit.
Furthermore, like other hyaluronic acid fillers, JUVÉDERM dermal fillers are also considered hypoallergenic. Although the hyaluronic acid used in the filler formula is synthetic, it is still recognized and accepted by the body, which significantly reduces the likelihood of developing an allergic reaction to this product. People who have had allergic reactions to other dermal fillers in the past may be able to use this product safely.
Who Is a Good Candidate for JUVÉDERM Fillers?
JUVÉDERM dermal fillers are approved for people who are over the age of 21 and who have relatively healthy skin. For this lip filler, your lip concerns should be mild to moderate, and you should not have any lip infections such as cold sores on the day of your treatment. Good candidates for this treatment also include anyone who wants to alter the size or shape of the lips, even if lip volume is not a specific concern.
Who Should Not Use These Filler Products?
These filler products should not be used by anyone who has a history of severe allergic reactions to any of the ingredients in the filler, including lidocaine. This filler cannot be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you have certain systemic diseases, such as HIV or diabetes, you may not be a candidate for this treatment. People who are undergoing chemotherapy or who are taking steroid medications may also not be qualified candidates.
Pump Up the Volume of Your Pout Today
If you’re feeling self-conscious about the appearance of your lips because of perioral lines, age-related lip thinning, or natural lip asymmetry, a JUVÉDERM lip filler such as VOLBELLA XC may be an ideal treatment solution for you. This filler can create long-lasting, natural-looking results. To schedule your first appointment, get in touch with Reno Sparks MedSpa in Reno, NV today.