You would not be alone in feeling that your lips exemplify your femininity and natural beauty. A good lip gloss or lipstick goes a long way in enhancing and emphasizing your natural beauty. That said, such cosmetics are incredibly temporary. At OptimizeFaceMD in Aliso Viejo, CA, we offer Juvederm Volbella, a much more durable way to make your lips look and feel better. Here’s what you need to know about this beautifying injectable.
How Long Does Juvederm Volbella Last in the Lips?
Juvederm Volbella provides ideal results for approximately one year. Most lip fillers on the market provide results that only last for six months at most. Can you imagine having flawlessly beautiful lips for an entire year? The results of this injectable are so dramatic you won’t even need lipstick to feel confident in the appearance of your lips.
The average client enjoys ideal results for 12 months. In other words, it is possible that you can enjoy ideal results for over a year. In some cases, people enjoy their results for 18 months. Factors that affect the longevity of your results include your age, metabolism, and lifestyle choices. Typically, the younger and healthier you are, the longer you can expect your ideal results to last.
How Often Should This Treatment Be Performed?
For optimal consistent results, you should stick to a regular maintenance schedule. Again, the average client enjoys ideal results for a year. We recommend coming in when you first notice your results start to fade.
How Can I Help My Results Last Longer?
As noted above, the longevity of your results is affected by your lifestyle choices. For continuous optimal results, you need to come in for maintenance sessions. That said, there are a number of lifestyle choices you can make that will extend the longevity of the results. For example, your results will fade prematurely if you are dehydrated. Therefore, keeping your lips moisturized and staying hydrated will help your results last longer. Here are some things you should know:
Your Lip Products Matter
To achieve the longest-lasting results, you need to invest in quality lip products. Select lip products, such as chapstick, lip balm and lipstick that moisturizes your lips. If you’re considering a new lip product, read reviews online and look out for people saying the product dried out their lips. Quality lip products will not affect the natural moisture balance in your lips negatively. When selecting lip products, read the list of ingredients.
Ingredients that indicate the lip product will moisturize your lips include hyaluronic acid, cocoa butter and shea butter. Also, consider lip sleeping masks if you are prone to dry lip skin and regular shedding. This relatively new trend in lip care contains a very concentrated moisturizing balm that keeps your lips hydrated as you sleep and ensures you wake up with moisturized, healthy-looking lips.
Your Lip Care Matters
It is very important to take care of the health of your lips because your lip skin is among the most sensitive skin on your body. If your lips dry easily, we strongly recommend considering a lip sleeping mask. Additionally, you should make sure you are drinking plenty of water. Furthermore, it is very important that you don’t lick your lips. Lip licking results in painful chapping.
Moreover, it is very important to wear moisturizing chapstick or lip balm in cold or windy conditions. This mitigates the risk of chapping, keeping your lip skin healthy and beautiful. Also, there are other lip care steps you should consider taking. For instance, you can help your lips stay smooth and supple by exfoliating your lips regularly. This can be accomplished by using a store-bought scrub or balm. Alternatively, you can make your own at home.
A Note on Lip Exfoliation
If you want to make your own lip exfoliation scrub, you only need a few simple ingredients. The most effective homemade lip exfoliation scrub contains oils, honey, and sugar. Just make sure you only exfoliate your lips one to three times weekly and moisturize your lips as soon as you are done exfoliating.
A Note on Sun Protection
Another important step you should take to care for your lips is protecting them from sun damage. There are two main reasons you should protect your lips from sun exposure. First, your lip skin can be damaged by the sun just like all of your other skin. This sun damage can cause lip discoloration as you age. Additionally, you may develop freckles and lip lines. We strongly recommend wearing lip products, like chapstick, with at least an SPF 30.
Second, it is important to protect your lip skin from UV exposure because UVC rays will break down the hyaluronic acid in Juvederm Volbella. Note, the sun’s UV rays are strongest between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM. For the longest-lasting results, you should reapply your protective lip product every four hours, especially if you are going to be outside when UV rays are the strongest.
What Concerns Can This Injectable Correct?
There are a number of cosmetic concerns that can be corrected with Juvederm Volbella. For instance, it is commonly used to reverse the signs of aging, such as:
- Lipstick lines
- Vertical lip lines
- Smile lines
- Volume loss caused by aging
- Downturned lip corners
Note, besides restoring volume lost due to the aging process, this injectable can be used to correct asymmetry you have had your entire life. Furthermore, it can be used to recontour your lips, improving the shape of your smile.
What Can I Expect During the Treatment Process?
Typically, lip filler treatments take only 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Most people require only one syringe to smooth away lines around the lips and augment the lips. To restore your lip volume, we will make several injections in strategic locations.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment?
To prepare for your treatment, it is very important to stop taking any drugs or supplements that cause blood thinning. For example, you should avoid taking NSAIDs, MAOIs, fish oil supplements, garlic supplements, and daily multivitamins containing vitamin E. You should also refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol in the days leading up to your treatment. Both alcohol and tobacco products elevate your blood pressure and will affect your treatment.
Additionally, it is very important to wear sunscreen and lip products that protect against UV rays in the two weeks leading up to your treatment. If you have skin irritation, such as sunburn, at the time of your scheduled appointment, you will need to reschedule your session. Furthermore, you should apply an antiviral cream for several days before your session if you have a history of cold sores.
What Should I Expect After My Treatment?
It is very important to avoid applying too much pressure to your lips during the first 48 hours after your injections. You may apply chapstick with SPF gently, but you shouldn’t sleep on your stomach or side. Additionally, you should try to not open your mouth too wide during this time.
That said, there is no downtime required following your injections. You can come in for your lip restoration treatment during your lunch break and go straight back to work. During your initial consultation, we will provide you with an all-inclusive list of instructions regarding what you should avoid after your treatment. For example, you should refrain from smoking and drinking alcohol for the first few days after your injections.
How Quickly Will My Results Become Apparent?
You will start to see the results of your treatment immediately. This Juvederm formula is very thin and silky, so it quickly settles into the subdermal layers of your skin. That said, despite a noticeable increase in volume as soon as the session is over, your final results won’t become apparent for 10 to 14 days.
While this filler spreads and settles into place quickly, only some of the benefits provided by this injectable are a result of the hyaluronic acid. Other benefits come from your skin producing extra collagen and elastin. This process takes several days.
Why Should I Use Juvederm Volbella?
There are a number of reasons you should use Juvederm Volbella if you are concerned about the appearance of your lips and mouth. We’ve already mentioned the results of this treatment last two to three times longer than similar injectable dermal fillers. We’ve also noted the results become apparent quickly. Here are some other reasons you should consider this injectable dermal filler to enhance your natural beauty:
This Treatment Is Painless
Another reason to consider this treatment is it is painless. This dermal filler contains an injectable anesthetic called lidocaine. One of the reasons this treatment only takes 15 minutes to complete is lidocaine starts working immediately and takes full effect within 15 seconds. This means you don’t need to wait 15 minutes for a topical anesthetic to numb your skin before your injections begin.
Note, we can apply a topical numbing cream so you don’t feel the first injection. Otherwise, you will feel a slight pressure as the first injection is administered. This is not painful or uncomfortable because the gauge of the needle used is so fine. Let us know during your initial consultation if you would prefer for your skin to be numbed before the first injection is administered.
This Treatment Is Safe
All Juvederm products are FDA-approved for safety. To earn the approval of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, products must go through several independent clinical trials. Rest assured, if you are a good candidate for this treatment, you do not need to worry about nasty side effects following your injections.
We will determine whether you are a good candidate for this treatment during your initial consultation. That said, there is a very good chance you will qualify for this safe, non-invasive lip restoration treatment if you are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, neither your lips nor mouth are irritated and you are not taking blood-thinning medications. Besides sunburn, examples of skin irritation that will preclude you from treatment temporarily include:
- Fever blisters
- Cold sores
- Severe lip chapping
Enhance Your Natural Beauty Today
You don’t have to apply volumizing cosmetics to your lips every day. Most plumping lip cosmetics contain ingredients that simultaneously plump and irritate your lips. If you use such a product or use bright colors to make your lips look fuller, you may be the perfect candidate for Juvederm Volbella. Contact us today at OptimizeFaceMD in Aliso Viejo, CA to schedule your initial consultation and find out if this non-invasive, durable dermal filler is right for you.