Juvéderm Volbella is an FDA-approved dermal filler designed to add volume to the lips, improve lip definition, and smooth the vertical lines around the lips.
What is Juvéderm?
Juvéderm is a popular brand of hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler. All Juvéderm fillers are designed to minimize the facial signs of aging.
Each product in the Juvéderm line contains a specific bonding and concentration of hyaluronic acid to effectively address cosmetic concerns. Hyaluronic acid is a substance naturally found in the body that stimulates collagen production. Juvéderm fillers have a smooth, gel-like consistency to ensure natural-looking results.
Who is a Candidate For Juvéderm Volbella?
Juvéderm Volbella is a great option for patients looking to:
- Improve lip volume
- Add definition to the lip lines
- Smooth and soften vertical lines around the lips (also called smoker’s lines)
Patients should speak to their physician to find out if they are a candidate for Juvéderm Volbella.
How to Prepare For Juvéderm Volbella
Before a Juvéderm procedure, patients should discuss their cosmetic goals and expectations with an experienced injector. Juvéderm Volbella injections are minimally invasive and frequently done on the same day as the consultation. Treatment typically doesn’t require much preparation, if any.
Before the consultation and treatment, patients should avoid:
- Taking medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, and St. John’s wort
- Drinking alcohol and smoking in the weeks leading up to treatment
Avoiding these activities and substances can help prevent bruising after the procedure. Patients should also tell their doctor if they have any allergies or sensitivities.
How Does Juvéderm Work?
Juvéderm’s active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, adds volume by stimulating the production of collagen, the connective tissue that plumps the skin. With age, the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen naturally decreases and leads to the formation of wrinkles and sagging of the facial skin.
During the procedure, the medical professional will use a pen to mark the treatment area. The doctor will then prep the treatment area with an antiseptic and go on to inject Juvéderm Volbella into the area around the lips and lightly massage the injection sites to ensure even distribution and reduce the risk of swelling. The entire procedure will last between 15 and 30 minutes. If the provider applies a topical numbing cream to the treatment area, then the entire procedure can last 20-45 minutes.
Juvéderm fillers contain a small amount of pain-reducing lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during injection.
Potential Risks And Side Effects
After the procedure, patients can expect some temporary swelling and bruising. Other common side effects include:
- Lumps or bumps
- Minor pain
All of these side effects typically subside within seven days.
More serious side effects typically result from a lack of experience. For example, unintentionally injecting Juvéderm into a blood vessel could lead to permanent scarring, vision abnormalities, blindness, or stroke. That’s why it’s important to choose a doctor wisely. Patients should take the time to learn about the injector’s training, certification, and license status.
Recovery time after the procedure is minimal. However, patients should avoid:
- Strenuous activity
- Excessive exposure to sun and heat
- Wearing makeup
- Consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours after treatment
Patients may need to apply an ice pack to any swollen areas to minimize swelling. Results can last up to one year.