Juvederm Volbella is an injectable dermal filler manufactured by Allergan. At Pristine Med Spa in Ridgecrest, CA, we offer this filler in addition to several other anti-aging injectables. Today, we’re discussing everything you need to know about this powerful treatment, including what it is used for and how long the results last.
What Is Juvederm Volbella Used for?
Juvederm Volbella is used primarily to augment the lips. However, it can also be injected around the mouth to erase perioral lines.
How Long Does This Treatment Take?
The average Volbella treatment session will take approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Your session may take up to an hour if you are treating several areas of concern, such as your lips, mouth, cheeks, and nose. Your session may also take longer if you opt for a topical numbing cream before your injections are administered. It takes several minutes for the topical numbing cream to take full effect.
Is This Treatment Painful?
No, this treatment is not painful in any way. Included in this Juvederm formula is an injectable anesthetic called lidocaine. It works in mere seconds and will numb the treatment area completely. Therefore, you will only feel a slight pinch as the first injection is administered. If you request a topical numbing cream before your injections start, you will feel nothing throughout your entire treatment.
How Long Do the Results of This Treatment Last?
Many Juvederm formulas provide results that last for eight months to a year. However, the results of Volbella injections can last up to 18 months. What’s exciting about this is it’s very hard to get long-lasting lip augmentation due to how often your lips are used throughout the day. Every time you smile, eat, drink out of a straw, frown, or talk, the injected medication breaks down a little.
For reference, most lip augmentation fillers last only half of a year. In other words, Volbella lasts three times longer than the average lip filler. Also, you should understand that your results won’t disappear immediately. Rather, they will fade slowly. It may be up to two years from your injection session before you feel your results have faded enough to warrant a follow-up session.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You may be a good candidate for Juvederm Volbella injections if you are at least 22 years of age, in fairly good health, and interested in adding volume to your lips and mouth. We will discuss your health history and current health during your initial consultation to ensure you are healthy enough to receive this treatment. You must also be willing and able to follow all pre-treatment instructions to qualify for Volbella injections.
What Pre-Treatment Instructions Will I Have To Follow?
If your skin is irritated at the time of your scheduled appointment, it must be rescheduled. Therefore, you must take steps to prevent skin irritation. For instance, you should take an antiviral for several days before your treatment if you have a history of oral herpes outbreaks. You should also wear sunscreen diligently and minimize time spent in direct sunlight. You may also be advised to apply a preventative acne treatment.
It is also very important that your blood pressure falls within the normal range at the time of your appointment. If you have naturally high blood pressure, you should consume less caffeine and sodium or consume more potassium in the days leading up to your treatment. Additionally, it is essential that you do not consume alcohol or tobacco products in the days leading up to your treatment. Alcohol and nicotine can affect your treatment significantly.
How Should I Care for My Skin After Treatment?
Once your treatment session is over, you won’t be extremely restricted. Nevertheless, there are a few very important instructions you must adhere to. For instance, you should protect your skin from sun damage diligently for the first couple of weeks following your treatment. It is crucial that you use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high sun protection factor and reapply your sunscreen regularly throughout the day.
It is also very important to keep your blood pressure stable in the days following your treatment session. For instance, you should avoid excessive heat. Do not engage in strenuous physical activity, relax in a dry sauna, or sit in a steam room. You should also modify your diet temporarily by minimizing your consumption of caffeine, sodium, and spicy foods if you have naturally high blood pressure.
Can I Smoke After My Treatment?
No, you cannot smoke for at least 24 hours after your treatment. Nicotine, like intense exercise and a poor diet, elevates your blood pressure. Additionally, alcohol elevates your blood pressure, so you should refrain from drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours following your treatment.
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Juvederm Volbella is an injectable dermal filler designed to enhance the appearance of the lips and erase age lines caused by volume loss around the mouth. If you’re ready to feel confident in the appearance of your mouth and lips, contact us today at Pristine Med Spa in Ridgecrest, CA to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to helping you achieve your ideal aesthetic.