This week Juvederm Volbellawas approved by the FDA for treatment of volume loss in and around the lips. Juvederm Volbella was first approved in Europe in 2011. It is currently distributed in over 70 countries in Asia, South America, and North America (Canada) and it will be available soon in the United States.
What is Juvederm Volbella?
Juvederm Volbella is a filler used to add volume to the lips and fill in lines around the lips. These are often called smoker's lines, but can be seen in non-smokers as well. A number of factors lead to smoker's lines including, sun damage, genetics, and use of the lips for tasks such as smoking or sucking on straws.
What is the difference between Juvederm and Juvederm Volbella?
Juvederm has been approved and used for many years for the laugh lines, the wrinkles that go from the side of the nose to the corners of the mouth often seen when we smile. Sometimes thee lines continue all the way down to the jawline. Juvederm has not been tested in the United States for use in and around the lips. Now Juvederm Volbella has. Juvederm Volbella uses a proprietary Vycross technology developed by Allergan, makers of Botox, Voluma, Kybella, and Latisse.
What is Vycross?
Vycross is a technology which has to do with the chemistry of the hyaluronic acid in Juvederm Volbella (and also in Voluma) when the material is made. Different sizes of hyaluronic acid are used in Juvederm Volbella, this makes the material smoother. Also the particles are cross linked so that it lasts longer.
Is Juvederm Volbella safe?
The safety of Juvederm Volbella has been demonstrated in multiple studies. The most common side effects are the same as those with other fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Voluma: swelling, bruising, redness, lumps, tenderness, redness, itching, and discoloration. Most of these resolve on their own within 30 days.
How long does Juvederm Volbella last?
In the Juvederm Volbella studies, two thirds of patients saw improvement in lip fullness and lines around the mouth at one year.
When will Juvederm Volbella be available?
Juvederm Volbella will be available in the United States in October 2016.