Manufactured by Allergan, Juvederm has been one of the most popular anti-aging treatments in the world for many years. It is used to address such aesthetic concerns as sagging skin, wrinkles, hollow cheeks, and even asymmetrical lips. One reason for the popularity of this family of fillers is their efficacy. Each Juvederm formula, including Juvederm Volbella, is extremely effective because each formula is designed to be injected in a specific area.
In this article, we’re taking a closer look at Juvederm Volbella, a filler formula that was FDA-approved for safety and efficacy in most adults. If you have concerns about your lips or mouth area, you may qualify for this treatment. However, it is also possible that Volbella treatment is not meant for you. Let’s take a look.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Juvederm Volbella?
If you are at least 22 years of age and concerned about the appearance of your mouth area or lips, there is a good chance that you’ll qualify for this treatment. This treatment is designed to augment the lips to enhance the appearance of youthfulness and improve lip symmetry. In addition, it’s also designed to treat rhytids and superficial scarring in the perioral area of the lower face.
If you are not concerned about lip volume, lower facial scarring, or wrinkles around your mouth area, you are not a good candidate for this treatment. And even if you’re over 22 and worried about your mouth and lips, you still may not be considered a good candidate for this treatment. For instance, you will not be considered a good candidate for Juvederm Volbella injections if you are pregnant.
What Medical Conditions Preclude You From This Treatment?
While this treatment is safe for most people, there are several contraindications. In addition to pregnancy, active lactation will disqualify someone from these injections. In addition, suffering from medical conditions that impede blood clotting will disqualify you. Also, you will be considered a poor candidate for this treatment if you have a medical history of keloid scarring, cancer, organ failure, or nerve conditions.
How Quickly Will I See My Results?
You may feel moderate increased volume in the treated areas as soon as the injections are administered. However, it is unlikely that you will be able to see a major difference in overall lip plumpness or smoothness on the actual day of your treatment. You can expect to see your initial results in around a day or two, though. Regarding your final results, you should not expect to be fully satisfied until 10 to 14 days following your injection session – that’s when the treatment will take full effect.
What Can I Expect After My Treatment Session?
Once your treatment session is complete, your doctor will review your aftercare instructions with you. Due to the non-invasive nature of this treatment, there is no actual downtime required following this injection session. Therefore, you don’t need to take any time off from work, or most other activities. However, there are some restrictions you will need to follow. For instance, you will need to avoid getting too hot and sweaty after your injections are administered.
If you work in hot conditions, ensure to take plenty of breaks to hydrate and maintain your body temperature. Do not exercise vigorously in the 24 hours following your session and do not take a steaming hot shower or bath. Also, avoid saunas and steam rooms. If you work outside, in addition to ensuring you stay cool, it is crucial that you protect your skin from the sun. Use a lip balm with SPF, apply SPF sunsreen to your mouth, and wear a billed hat if possible.
What Other Restrictions Must I Adhere to?
It is also crucial that you avoid smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol after your treatment session is complete. Both cigarettes and alcohol will increase your blood pressure, and it is important that your blood pressure remains within a healthy range after treatment.
It is important that nothing impedes your circulation because your blood transports crucial nutrients to your skin, particularly after your filler injections. These nutrients are required by your skin to produce collagen. Specifically, your skin tissue requires adequate quantities of amino acids from various proteins and vitamin C to produce collagen. Ensuring your skin has the ingredients it needs to regenerate collagen is key because it is the collagen production that provides the final, beautiful results.
How Much Should I Drink After My Treatment?
After your treatment session, you should always drink enough hydrating fluids such that your urine is pale. If you find yourself struggling to drink enough water to produce consistently pale urine, do not worry. You don’t have to stick to drinking plain water to achieve sufficient hydration. You can also drink other hydrating beverages, like plain coconut water, and unsweetened coffee (within reason). And definitely avoid all alcohol for at least 48 hours.
It is also important to note that you should minimize your consumption of juice, even though it is hydrating. Consuming processed drinks and foods isn’t great for your skin health.
What Should I Eat After My Treatment?
There are next to no dietary restrictions following Juvederm Volbella injections. Nonetheless, you will need to watch your intake of caffeine, particularly spicy foods, and vitamin E. You should not consume so much caffeine that your blood pressure becomes dangerously high. If you’re pretty healthy, you should be able to consume up to 400 mg of caffeine on a daily basis. You should consider limiting yourself to 100 mg per day if your blood pressure is naturally high or you are sensitive to caffeine.
You should also minimize your consumption of spicy foods because eating too much spicy food can actually increase your blood pressure. And lastly, you should ensure that you don’t consume too much vitamin E. Excess vitamin E consumption can thin your blood, affecting your results.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
You can generally expect your treatment session to take between around 15 minutes and half of an hour. Typically, your treatment session will be very brief if you are only concerned about the appearance of your lips or mouth.
What Happens During Treatment?
Each Juvederm Volbella session starts with a visual inspection of the area or areas of concern. Your injection professional will verify there is no pre-exisiting irritation. Irritated skin, including sunburned skin and infected skin, will temporarily disqualify you as a good candidate for this treatment. If your skin is free from irritation, your doctor will cleanse the injection area thoroughly. Then, they will likely use a special pen with washable ink to mark the injection locations.
Once the injection locations are marked, they will administer the appropriate dose of filler to the most strategic points within your areas of concern. You will likely not feel any pain or discomfort during your treatment because the filler is administered with a very tiny needle.
Am I a Good Candidate for Juvederm Voluma?
If you have concerns about the appearance of your cheeks, then you won’t be considered a good candidate for Volbella injections. You may, however, qualify for Juvederm Voluma injections. If you are at least 22 years of age and fairly healthy, there is a good chance that you will be deemed a good fit for Voluma injections.
Juvederm Voluma is primarily used to increase cheek volume. However, that’s not its only benefit of this filler. It can also be administered above the cheekbone to improve the appearance of the undereye area. Furthermore, it can effectively tighten loose cheek skin.
Most patients who are looking to improve the appearance of their lips and/or mouth area, are likely to be considered good candidates for Juvederm Volbella. This safe and effective dermal filler has very few counter-indications – just one of the reasons it’s becoming one of the most formulas to rejuvenate the lips and mouth area.