Every year, the cosmetic industry releases dozens of lip products to help your lips look fuller, brighter, and younger – but is that the best way to plump up your pout? Dermal fillers for the lips can be an excellent option to reduce the visible signs of aging and also contour your appearance. At ICT Eye in Wichita, KS we know that Volbella is an excellent option for patients who want to enjoy long-lasting, natural-looking results.
Volbella is a dermal filler that is designed to contour the lips and soften lines around the mouth. This filler is most commonly used to increase lip volume to erase the appearance of lipstick lines and smokers lines on the lips and around the mouth. Many patients like to use this treatment to soften small wrinkles at the corner of the mouth. You can also use this filler to embolden the appearance of the lip border and Cupid’s bow.
How Long Does It Take for Volbella To Settle?
If you’ve never had a dermal filler before, then the concept of an injectable treatment settling into the skin may be foreign. Essentially, settling means that the gel-like filler is fully absorbed into the skin and is working to enhance the volume of the skin. Different fillers settle more quickly than others. For Volbella, it will usually take about two weeks for the filler to fully settle into the skin.
For your results, this can mean that the initial plump results you saw the first few days after your treatment may seem to deflect for about a week. This is a good sign because it means that the active ingredients in the filler are being absorbed by the body and are starting to work. As the filler starts working, you will notice that your lips will appear fuller and visible lines around the mouth will soften.
What Is Your Recovery Like?
Recovering from a lip filler is a little bit different than recovering from any other type of dermal filler. For the most part, some instructions will remain the same, such as directions to not touch, rub, or roughly massage the injection area, as this could disturb the settling of the filler product.
For a lip filler, you may have additional instructions, such as directions to not move your mouth very much during the first 12 to 24 hours. You may also need to stay away from spicy food, hot beverages, and other potential lip irritants.
How Soon Will You See Results?
Because it will take two weeks for the filler to settle into your skin, you will likely not notice your optimal results until at least 10 to 14 days after your appointment. Depending on the aesthetic goals you’re trying to achieve, the speed of your results may differ.
For example, if you are only using this treatment to contour your lips, then you may be satisfied with early results as soon as 10 days after your treatment. If you are using the treatment to combat the visible signs of aging around the mouth and on the lips, you may need 14 or more days to achieve optimal results.
How Long Will Results Last?
Many dermal fillers designed for the lips will usually only last six to nine months, but Volbella is different. You can expect this dermal filler to last for at least 12 months at a time. This is because of the Vycross technology that is built into the dermal filler. Vycross technology allows the filler to be flexible, yet fully present in lips, which gives the lips a fully rejuvenated and refreshed appearance.
Is There a Best Age for This Treatment?
This filler is approved for use by anyone who is 21 or older. Depending on how you wish to use the filler, using a lip filler this early in life may or may not be suitable for your needs.
For the most part, people who use this treatment between their 20s and 30s are usually trying to contour lips to achieve a specific aesthetic goal. If you’re using this treatment between the ages of 40 and 50, you’re likely trying to reduce visible signs of aging and restore the useful texture and volume of your lips.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Do Dermal Fillers Work?
Essentially, these treatments work by injecting a gel-like formula into the skin that will immediately increase the volume of the skin from the subdermal layers. But the true magic behind dermal fillers is the way the unique formulas work with the body.
For example, and other Juvederm fillers are all made with hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a natural molecule in the skin that can hold several times its weight in water, so when artificial hyaluronic acid is injected into the skin, it naturally draws water into the skin to restore skin volume. Furthermore, these fillers are unique because research indicates that this special sugar molecule can also encourage the natural production of collagen.
2. What Is Your Treatment Like?
Your treatment appointments will usually take about 20 minutes to complete and are generally very comfortable. It’s up to you whether or not a topical numbing cream will be used on the lips to prepare you for the injections. Some dermal fillers are formulated with lidocaine to make injections more comfortable. Overall, you should be able to have your treatment and go right back to your normal daily activities.
3. What Are the Advantages of Dermal Fillers?
There are a few significant advantages to using dermal fillers. For example, the results of dermal fillers can last for a year or longer most of the time. As scientific discoveries are made, dermal filler technology is becoming more effective and new fillers are lasting longer than ever. A few other reasons you may want to consider a dermal filler treatment include:
The fact of the matter is that, for many people, surgical techniques to achieve aesthetic goals are falling out of style because plastic surgery is more painful and has a prolonged recovery time that is inconvenient. The fact that a dermal filler is non-surgical is a huge advantage, because this means there is a significantly lower risk of scarring and other negative side effects.
If you are using a dermal filler like Volbella, then you get to benefit from using a product that comes from a long line of other products. The Juvederm family of dermal fillers are widely used and respected. The ability to have many products to choose from allows you to be more versatile in your treatment so that you can achieve all of your goals.
Finally, dermal fillers are highly customizable. What this means is that your treatment will be personalized to your precise needs. Injectable treatments such as this one will be tailored to restore skin volume in each specific area you desire. If you only want to contour one area of the lips, for example, then the filler will focus on this one area.
4. Are There Any Factors That Will Affect How Long Results Last?
The ability to enjoy the results of your treatment for 12 months is already impressive, but you may be interested in helping your results last as long as possible. For example, the number one enemy of a dermal filler is sun exposure. When dermal fillers are exposed to unprotected sunlight, the UV rays in the sunlight will break down the filler formula more quickly. For this reason, you may want to invest in lip care that also includes SPF to help maintain the volume of your lips.
5. Are You a Good Candidate?
If you are over the age of 21, you are not allergic to any of the filler ingredients, you’re not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, and you do not have an active lip concern like a fever blister, you’re likely a good candidate for the treatment. You will need to attend a consultation and provide your medical information, including medication and supplements you are currently taking, to assess your eligibility.
Plump Up Your Pout
Having luscious, full lips is the goal for many people, but ordinary lip cosmetics may not be adequate to achieve this goal. A dermal filler like Volbella from the Juvederm family of products is an excellent option for most people. If you think this treatment is right for you, contact us at ICT Eye in Wichita, KS today to schedule your first appointment.