What is Juvéderm Volbella® XC?
Fuller lips have never been more popular, but when patients are considering lip fillers for the perfect pout, they typically still want them to remain somewhat natural. Juvederm Volbella XC was developed to create a subtle fill for the lips. It can also address laugh lines, marionette lines, and the vertical lip lines commonly referred to as “smoker’s lines”. Juvéderm Volbella XC still has a hyaluronic acid base, but in this formulation, the consistency is softer and less structured than in previous formulas.
It is also designed to induce less swelling than some of the other filler injections in the Juvéderm family, which is why it is designed to be injected more superficially into fine lines and wrinkles, even those that occur outside of the perioral area (area around the mouth). This property also makes it much more amenable to injecting into the tear troughs in the lower lids since the overlying skin is quite thin and fillers that tend to attract more water and have a thicker property can cause swelling and blue discoloration of the lower lids, known as a Tyndall effect, which can make the lower lids even puffier and darker in discoloration.
Who is a Candidate?
A good candidate for Juvéderm Volbella XC dermal filler injections is a patient who is struggling with thinning lips and either looking for a softer fill to the lips or a patient who has vertical lip lines around the mouth that they would like to smooth out. Those looking to fill the deep grooves of the lower lids, known as “tear troughs” can also benefit from this product. For patients that are new to lip enhancement, trying something like Juvéderm Volbella XC is great for those who are worried about going too big initially as you can add subtle volume and lip fullness. As with all fillers, results are seen immediately, which can be helpful when patients are deciding how many syringes should be injected for the desired result.
Juvederm Volbella Procedure
The procedure will begin with the treatment area being cleaned and sanitized. While Juvederm Volbella injections are usually well tolerated by most patients, a topical numbing cream can be applied to help with any discomfort. From there, Dr. Sweat will inject the smooth gel formula into the appropriate areas. Once the injections are done, you can return to work or school immediately.
Patients receiving Juvéderm Volbella treatment can expect to see an immediate improvement in the appearance of the upper lip lines and the volume of the lips. The result will be softer and less structured than treatments performed with other dermal fillers like Juvéderm Voluma XC, Juvéderm XC, or Juvéderm Ultra XC.
Swelling will be evident at first at the injection sites and will begin to reduce within a few days and can be made better with ice or oral Arnica Montana, which is a helpful product to help decrease bruising and swelling in the immediate period after any filler injection.
If you are looking for a softer, more subtle lip enhancement, filler of fine lines and wrinkles, or enhancement and softening of the lower lid region, Juvéderm Volbella XC may be right for you. A consultation with Dr. Sweat or one of his expert injectors will help you understand your options and usually, this facial rejuvenation treatment can be done during the same visit.