Injectable wrinkle fillers are a safe and effective way to soften lines on the lips and face, giving you a healthier and more youthful look. Dr. Michael Schwartz of Palm Beach Face in West Palm Beach, FL, offers Volbella injections to improve the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles and help his clients feel more confident.
Many people prefer Volbella to a traditional facelift because the injection is less invasive than surgery and can be completed during a simple in-office visit. Unlike Botox, which is injected directly into the muscle to relax it, wrinkle fillers (also called dermal fillers) are injected beneath the skin and create subtle smoothing and lift that can last for up to one year.
What is Volbella?
Juvederm Volbella XC (commonly referred to as Volbella) is an FDA-approved dermal filler that is used to increase the volume of the lips and fill in wrinkles and folds on the face. Volbella can also be used to fill in pockmarks and other scars.
A member of the Juvederm family of products, Volbella is comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA). Despite having the word acid in its name, hyaluronic acid (HA) is a natural product that is already present in the human body. It provides moisture and cushioning and aids in tissue repair around the eyes and mouth.
Why Get Volbella?
Individuals may consider Volbella if they want to improve the appearance of “smoker’s lines” or scarring around the mouth or face. Volbella is an effective non-surgical alternative to a facelift and can provide noticeable improvement to unwanted lines and wrinkles.
However, Volbella is not a permanent solution to facial creasing. Interested candidates should understand the capabilities and limitations of the product and be prepared to undergo repeat treatment with Volbella if they wish to maintain results. Volbella has been approved by the FDA to last for up to one year.
Good Candidates for Volbella
Healthy men and women over the age of 21 who are seeking improvement for facial lines or wrinkles may be good candidates for Volbella. Those with severe allergies or a history of anaphylaxis are advised not to use this product.
Volbella can improve traditional signs of aging, such as deep-set wrinkles and loss of volume in one or both lips. It can also be a good starting point for those individuals already considering a face lift or who might consider a face lift in the future.
Unlike other dermal fillers (such as Juvederm Ultra), Volbella will not add extra volume to your lips or face but will smooth and hydrate the skin in an understated and natural-looking way. Those looking for more dramatic or longer-lasting results might consider another treatment.
The Volbella Procedure
Before receiving the injection, prospective patients will attend a consultation with Dr. Schwartz. During the consultation, you will discuss the areas you would like to see improved and what you hope to achieve with Volbella.
Dr. Schwartz will also examine your skin, take a thorough medical history, and discuss all other options, including surgery and other types of dermal fillers. All details of the procedure will be explained during this consultation and any questions or concerns about the process will be addressed as well.
Once you’ve decided that Volbella is the right choice for you, the injection is quick and relatively pain-free. Most procedures only last 15 minutes. Local anesthetic is applied to the area being treated and a small needle is used to inject the gel beneath the skin.
Following the Procedure
Injectable fillers are among the safest cosmetic procedures in use today, and there is virtually no recovery time associated with Volbella. You will likely be able to return to work the same day as the treatment. Intense workouts or activities that cause a lot of strain to the face are not recommended during the first few days after the procedure.
Some patients experience mild bruising, swelling or redness at the injection site, but these symptoms usually fade within a day or two. Other side effects may include allergic reactions, discoloration, and the formation of tiny bumps under the skin.
There have also been reported cases of blindness and nerve paralysis associated with dermal fillers, but these are rare. Longer-lasting dermal fillers are more likely to cause these side effects.
After the procedure, you’ll need to apply sunscreen daily to help preserve your results and protect your skin from unwanted color changes. Treatment will need to be repeated about once a year to maintain optimal volume and wrinkle improvement.
Some research has shown that repeated injections of Volbella and other injectable wrinkle fillers may help stimulate the body’s production of collagen, a protein in your body that helps provides structure to your skin.
Increased collagen production and recurring Volbella treatments have been shown to reduce the number and severity of lines and wrinkles. There is also some evidence that suggests the longer you receive injections, the less filler will be needed to maintain the same results over time.
Volbella is an injectable dermal filler that is intended for use on the lips and for the correction of vertical lip lines. It can also be used to improve the appearance of acne scarring.
Volbella is made from hyaluronic acid (HA), which is a naturally occurring carbohydrate found in the skin. It can be extracted from natural sources or made in a laboratory.
Yes, a local anesthetic is applied to the injection site to provide maximum comfort for the patient when they are receiving a Volbella injection.
Will I experience any pain during the procedure?
Although a local anesthetic is used, you may feel a bit of discomfort during the procedure, but any pain should be minimal.
How long is the recovery time?
You may experience soreness or discoloration immediately after the injection, but normal activities can be resumed on the same day as the procedure.
What are the risks of getting Volbella?
Potential side effects of Volbella may include the following: adverse anesthesia reactions, allergic reaction, bruising, numbness, redness, swelling, discoloration, lumping, and granulomas (inflammation in the tissue). Dermal fillers are generally considered safe and the risks associated with this procedure are low.
Is Volbella permanent?
Volbella is not a permanent solution to deep wrinkles and creases on the mouth or face.
How long does Volbella last?
Everyone reacts to injectable fillers differently. Some people may notice changes to their skin after only four months, while others might sustain results for longer than a year. Volbella is approved by the FDA to last for one year.
Are there financing options available for this procedure?
Palm Beach Face offers financing options for many of their plastic surgery procedures. Visit www.palmbeachface.com for more information about financing.
How long does it take to see results?
You will start to notice results immediately after a Volbella injection. However, due to bruising and swelling that may occur, the final result may not be obvious for up to a week.
About Dr. Michael Schwartz
Dr. Michael Schwartz has been performing facial plastic surgery in West Palm Beach continuously since January 1989. A graduate of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Dr. Schwartz has over 25 years of experience performing procedures such as rhinoplasty, face lifts, and chin implants, as well as Botox and Juvederm injections.
He is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology, which are recognized in all 50 states. He specializes in cosmetic and plastic surgery and takes pride in customizing procedures to individual patients.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Schwartz and find out if Volbella is right for you, call his West Palm Beach office at 561-228-5888 or visit their website at www.palmbeachface.com. Financing options may be available to those who qualify. Dr. Schwartz also offers Skype consultations for his out-of-town patients.