With Celebrities from Kylie Jenner to Katy Perry using dermal fillers, there’s been a lot of talk about the best way to create fuller, plumper lips. From those who naturally have thin lips to those who have experienced age-related volume loss in the lips, patients have sought a safe and easy to enhance their lips. In 2016, the popular Juvederm lip filler treatment that was already making its mark in Europe, Juvederm Volbella, finally made it to the United States to revolutionize lip enhancement.
Juvederm Volbella is a hyaluronic acid filler, which is an injectable designed to create hydrated, radiant skin and to create more voluminous lips. Hyaluronic acid is a natural substance found in the body that stimulates collagen and elastin production, which is key for plumping lips and reducing the appearance of fine lines around the mouth, also known as perioral lines or rhytids.
Dermal fillers are considered a non-invasive cosmetic treatment, which means that they can create fuller lips, smooth vertical lip lines, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles or folds surrounding the lips, without any downtime necessary. Juvederm Volbella can add volume similar to an invasive procedure a plastic surgeon might offer, but the lasting results require neither surgery nor recovery time.
If you’re interested in lip augmentation, from subtle volume to fully-plumped lips, Juvederm Volbella may be right for you. Contact our New York office today to learn how expert cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green can revitalize your lips and help you to look and feel like your best self.
What is Juvederm Volbella?
Juvederm Volbella is one of the most popular lip filler options since it was approved by the FDA in 2016. This dermal filler is similar to the Juvederm hyaluronic lip filler family, but it uses unique VyCross technology that creates an even, smooth distribution of filler to create maximum fullness in the lips. It can also be used to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, as well as age-related loss in the cheek area.
It has been compared to the other popular hyaluronic acid based fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm Voluma. However, Juvederm Volbella is the thinnest of the Juvederm based products and has a slightly lower hydrophilic concentration in comparison to Restylane and Juvederm Voluma. This quality of Juvederm Volbella means that it absorbs slightly less water from surrounding tissue after the injections. The ultimate effect is that this new treatment will provide natural looking beautiful results with less swelling than previous versions of Juvederm.
Who makes Volbella?
The Juvederm family of hyaluronic acid fillers is created and developed by Allergan, the manufacturers of Botox, Kybella, and CoolSculpting. Allergan is the leading name in dermal fillers, and the development of Vycross technology has created an innovative ability to maximize collagen growth while creating lip fullness that is smooth and plump.
Juvederm Volbella XC for Lips and fine lines
Juvederm Volbella XC is an injectable gel that is designed to treat the area in and around the lips. Volbella injections use an ultra-fine needle to temporarily plump the lips for lip augmentation and to smooth the appearance of lines around the mouth. Juvederm Volbella XC injections have the same composition as Juvederm Volbella, but the “XC” denotes the addition of lidocaine, a numbing agent. This small amount of lidocaine allows for greater comfort during the lip injection by reducing any pain sensitivity.
Who is a good candidate for Juvederm Volbella?
If you’re a healthy individual over the age of 21 who is looking to enhance the look of your lips or to reduce the signs of aging on and around the lips, you are likely an excellent candidate for Juvederm Volbella.
What is Juvederm Volbella XC used for?
Juvederm Volbella and Juvederm Volbella XC are designed to add volume to the lips and to reduce the appearance of perioral lines. They are designed to boost volume through collagen and elastin production in and around the injection site, creating a youthful fulness to the lips.
How do I prepare for treatment?
The process for Juvederm Volbella lip injections is quite simple. First, you’ll meet with Dr. Green for either an online or in-person consultation to discuss your aesthetic goals, medical history, and treatment plan.
When you come in to the office for your Juvederm Volbella treatment, a topical numbing cream will be applied to ensure minimal discomfort. Then, Dr. Green will gently administer the lip filler, and this hyaluronic acid dermal filler will be massaged to create an even, natural look. Following treatment, you can go about your day as you normally would, though we recommend avoiding any intensive exercise or trips to the sauna for the first 24 hours post-treatment.
In order to reduce the risk of bruising or swelling post-treatment, we apply an ice pack to the treated area immediately after injection. You will see an immediate improvement in lip fullness immediately following your first treatment, but optimal results will be apparent after around two weeks. Dr. Green recommends a follow-up visit after this initial period to determine if any touch-ups or alterations are required.
After one syringe of Juvederm
How long does Juvederm Volbella last?
Juvederm Volbella is a non-permanent lip enhancement treatment, unlike plastic surgery, but it’s results are quite long-lasting. In clinical trials, the lip augmentation effects of Juvederm Volbella and Juvederm Volbella XC lasted just past a full year for many patients, and up to a full year for others. In order to maximize the effects of Juvederm Volbella, many patients will do touch-up appointments over the course of the year, but of course this depends of the desired look of each individual patient.
Which Juvederm is best for lips?
Juvederm Volbella, Juvederm Ultra, and Juvederm Ultra Plus XC can all be used for lip enhancement to marvelous effect. Each has its own tailored formulation, and vary in terms of aesthetic outcome.
What is the difference between Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Volbella?
Juvederm Ultra (and Ultra Plus) and Juvederm Volbella are both designed to create fullness in the lips, though the composition of each is slightly different. Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra plus have a slightly denser injectable gel that emphasizes volume and fullness of the lips. Juvederm Volbella contains Vycross technology that is designed to create the smoothest, most natural-appearing lip volume possible, with more subtle results. Each has their own place depending upon the aesthetic needs of the patient, though Juvederm Volbella is slightly longer lasting than its fellow Juvederm lip fillers.
How much does Juvederm Volbella cost?
The answer to how much is Juvederm Volbella varies depending on the particular needs and aesthetic goals of each patient. Patients typically use between 1-2 syringes of Juvederm Volbella for lip enhancement. The cost of Juvederm Volbella depends on your geographic area, the total amount of dermal filler used, and the experience of the injector. A board certified cosmetic dermatologist who is an expert in cosmetic fillers will be more expensive than a nurse injector at a spa or clinic. As the results of Juvederm Volbella are long-lasting, and the treatment requires no recovery time, it is a wonderful alternative to more expensive plastic surgery options.
Does Juvederm Volbella last longer than Juvederm Ultra plus?
Juvederm Volbella does typically last longer than Juvederm Ultra Plus, as the results of Juvederm Ultra Plus last between 9 months to 1 year, and the results of Juvederm Volbella often last through or beyond a full year.
What are the side effects from Juvederm Volbella?
The most common side effects of Volbella are temporary and include minor swelling, tenderness, discoloration (bruising), bumps, redness and discomfort the first few days after treatment. Injections require only a topical numbing cream and can be performed as a “lunch time” procedure. Avoidance of Aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, Coumadin, Vitamin E, Fish oil, or other blood thinners is recommended for ten days before injection to avoid bruising. There also have been reports of delayed bumps from Juvederm Volbella in some patients.
What should I consider when choosing a lip filler?
When considering a lip filler, it’s important to consider what your goals are. If you are looking to reduce the appearance of smile lines (nasolabial folds) and marionette lines in addition to adding volume to your lips, Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, or Juvederm Vollure may be best for you. If you are dealing with substantial volume loss or thin lips, you will likely choose between Juvederm Ultra Plus and Juvederm Volbella. If you’re interested in reducing the appearance of perioral lines (upper lip lines) or vertical lip lines while creating a natural fullness to the lips, Juvederm Volbella will likely be your choice.
Can Juvederm Volbella XC be combined with other fillers and injectable procedures?
Juvederm Volbella and Juvederm Volbella XC can be combined with other dermal fillers or injectables, depending on what the individual needs and goals of the patient are. Certain injectables, such as Botox, are quite well-paired with Juvederm Volbella as they work on different areas of the face.
Combining the best skin care, laser treatments and dermal fillers
Combination treatments such as laser skin resurfacing with Fraxel, Vbeam, Clear + Brilliant, and dermal fillers can be an excellent way to reduce the appearance of aging without the need for invasive procedures or recovery time. If a patient is interested in undergoing other cosmetic treatments such as laser resurfacing, Juvederm treatment can be a secondary procedure to further compliment the initial laser procedure.
Why choose Dr. Green for your lip injections with Juvederm Volbella?
Dr. Michele Green has over 25 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology injecting dermal fillers in her discreet NYC office. She is an expert in non-invasive cosmetic procedures like Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Kybella, Thermage, skincare and laser rejuvenation. Dr. Green will customize your lip filler treatment based on both your aesthetic and facial anatomy to give you the very best cosmetic results.
Female treated with Botox & Juvederm
If you are looking to add volume to your lips, or to reduce the appearance of aging on the lip line, contact the office today to create your customized cosmetic treatment plan. Find out more about Juvederm Volbella, contact Dr. Green today via email or at her NYC based office at 212 535 3088