JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA™ XC is a dermal filler injected into the lips for lip augmentation and for correction of the perioral lines. The dermal filler is available for adults over the age of 21.
What is JUVÉDERM®?
JUVÉDERM® is a brand of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers with a smooth, gel-like consistency. The fillers help minimize the facial signs of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. Each product in the JUVÉDERM® line contains precisely-formulated concentrations of hyaluronic acid designed to achieve a particular effect in the target treatment area. Each product is created to address specific problems when injected into different areas and depths.
Preparing for JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA™ XC
Before scheduling JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA™ XC treatment, patients should speak with a medical professional about their cosmetic goals and expectations. The procedure is typically done right after the consultation, since JUVÉDERM® injections are minimally invasive and don’t require extensive preparation.
Before the consultation and treatment session, patients should avoid:
- Medications like aspirin, ibuprofen, and St. John’s wort
- Alcohol in the weeks leading up to treatment
Avoiding these substances can help prevent bruising after treatment. During the consultation, patients should let their doctor know of any allergies or sensitivities they may have.
How Does JUVÉDERM® Work?
JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA™ XC effectively adds volume to the lips through its active ingredient, hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the human body. Hyaluronic acid stimulates the production of collagen, which helps provide natural volume. Because the production of hyaluronic acid and collagen decreases with age, hyaluronic acid-based fillers can help minimize the appearance of sagging and wrinkling of the facial skin.
What to Expect
The treatment will begin with the nurse marking the treatment area with a pen. The medical professional will then inject JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA™ XC into the lips and lightly massage the area to ensure even distribution and reduce the risk of swelling. Depending on the number of injections and the treatment area, the entire session may take between 15 and 60 minutes.
The filler contains a small amount of pain-reducing lidocaine to help minimize any pain or discomfort during treatment.
Potential Risks and Side Effects
After the treatment, patients may experience the following temporary side effects:
- Lumps or bumps
- Minor pain
These side effects typically subside within two to four weeks. Serious and rare side effects are usually caused by a lack of experience. These may include unintentionally injecting JUVÉDERM® into a blood vessel, which could lead to permanent scarring, vision abnormalities, blindness, or stroke.
It’s important to ensure the healthcare professional performing the injection is trained, certified, and licensed to make the injections.
The Recovery Process
Patients may generally resume normal activities, but should avoid strenuous activity, sun exposure, wearing makeup, and consuming alcohol for at least 24 hours after treatment.
Results will be visible immediately after the procedure, or once the swelling has subsided. JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA™ XC results may last up to one year.
Ready to get the plump lips you’ve been dreaming of? Call NuAge Spa for JUVÉDERM® VOLBELLA™ XC treatment.