We are excited to announce that Juvederm Volbella is now available for lip enhancement at A E Skin.
What is Volbella?
Volbella is the newest member of the Juvederm family, which includes Juvederm and Voluma. The Juvederm family is a line of dermal fillers used to restore volume to the face. As we age we naturally lose volume in various areas. At the same time there are structural changes in the bones and we lose collagen in the skin. As a result we see signs of aging such as sagging skin, volume loss in the apples of the cheeks, parentheses lines, jowls, and smaller lips. The Juvederm family of products is designed to counteract these changes and provide a youthful, healthy, and rested appearance.
What does Volbella treat?
Volbella is specifically designed for the lips and the areas around the lips. In the lips it provides volume and can shape the lips, enhancing the borders and improving the definition. It will also smoothen out the lines that form on the lips over time. In the areas directly around the lips Volbella can fill in fine lines such as the smokers lines which are frequently seen as we age in smokers or non-smokers.
Although the pivotal studies were performed on the lips and the product is approved for volumization in the lips, Volbella can also be used off label for other areas such as the tear troughs, or the under eye hollows. Previously other products such as Restylane have been used. But now with Volbella, the results last about twice as long.
When will I see results from Volbella?
The great thing about fillers such as Volbella, Voluma, Juvederm, and Restylane is that results are seen right away. Any time you receive an injection there is swelling in the area, which can provide a desired appearance. The swelling usually lasts up to two weeks, but could last longer. At this point final results are seen. We have patients return two weeks after their treatment to assess the results and determine if further correction is desired.
How long does Volbella last?
Volbella uses Vycross technology, just like Volbella. This is a new technology where there is a higher level of cross-linking of the hyaluronic acid. The effect is that you will enjoy the results for a longer time. Most fillers in the lips last about six months, but Volbella has been demonstrated to last one year.
What is Volbella made of?
The active ingredient in Volbella is hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance found in the skin that binds 1,000 times its weight in water. This is the same active ingredient in many other fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Voluma, and Belotero.
What are the side effects of Volbella?
Common side effects with any injection include pain, bleeding, bruising, redness, swelling, lumps and bumps, itching, discoloration, and infection. Most of these adverse effects are mild to moderate and resolve within 30 days. The most rare side effects occur when the product is injected in or around and artery, which blocks the blood supply to certain areas. This may lead to necrosis, scars, visual abnormalities, and neurological changes such as blindness or stroke. For Dr. Alex the most important feature of Volbella and other hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, and Voluma is that they are reversible. So in the event that a serious adverse event occurs, the product can be dissolved. If done so quickly the effects can be reversed.
When was Volbella released?
Volbella has been used in Europe since 2011 and is now available in over 70 countries worldwide. The pivotal studies for the FDA have now been completed and it is available as of October 17, 2016. Dr. Alex completed the required training course and is certified to inject Volbella.
Is Volbella safe?
The safety and efficacy of Volbella was demonstrated in the pivotal study in which 168 patients were treated with Volbella. The most common side effects resolved within 30 days and include redness, tenderness, swelling, bruising, firm lumps or bumps, discoloration, and itching. The majority of patients treated with Volbella were happy with their results at one year.
Brilliant Distinctions Program
At A E Skin we are proud to participate in the Allergan Brilliant Distinctions Program, a rewards program where you get points for each treatment with Botox, Juvederm, Voluma, Kybella, and now Volbella. You can also get points for purchasing products such as Latisse and the SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum. These points can be used toward discounts on future treatments or purchases.
At A E Skin Dr. Alex performs all of the cosmetic treatments and has performed over 10,000 treatments. Contact us for a free consultation with Dr. Alex in our Encino, CA office. For a limited time we are offering an introductory price on Volbella.