Juvederm Volbella is an injectable dermal filler that was approved by the FDA to improve the appearance of the perioral rhytids and lips over half a decade ago. It is one of the most popular Juvederm injectables because the results develop quickly, look natural, and last a long time. Today, our aesthetic experts at Still Waters Day & Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL are taking a closer look at this safe, effective anti-aging treatment.
How Fast Does Juvederm Volbella Work?
This injectable dermal filler starts to work as soon as it is administered, but it takes a little while to spread throughout the treatment area. Also, it takes some time for your skin to start producing extra collagen due to the tiny punctures made in the fibroblasts deep within the skin. You may see a bit of an improvement in your appearance as soon as your 15- to 30-minute long treatment session is complete.
However, it can take a day or two before the initial results really start to become apparent. Generally, it will take between 10 and 14 days for the final results of your treatment to become apparent.
What Can I Expect During My Treatment Session?
You can expect a skin evaluation before your injections are administered. If we find that the skin in the treatment area is irritated, we will reschedule an appointment for you. If your skin is free from irritation, we will cleanse it thoroughly and mark the injection locations. Then, we will administer the appropriate dose of filler to several strategic points in your area or areas of concern.
Several factors affect how long your session will take, including the severity of your concerns and the number of concerns you have. Your session will be quicker if you only need Volbella injections. If you need other Juvederm injections in other regions of your face, your session will take longer. Your session will also take longer if you want your skin numbed beforehand.
How Long Does Juvederm Volbella Last?
Juvederm Volbella results will last for roughly 12 months. After a year of ideal results, you may start to notice that your lips thin a little. When you need to come in for a follow-up session depends on several factors, including your lifestyle choices and goals. For example, some people don’t even come in for touch-up sessions annually because they are still satisfied with their results, even when they are visibly fading.
What Lifestyle Choices Can I Make to Extend the Longevity of My Results?
There are several lifestyle choices you can make to extend the longevity of your results. One of the most effective steps you can take is to avoid tobacco consumption. Tobacco products and smoking cessation tools contain a chemical compound called nicotine. This chemical compound is like a hockey puck, and collagen is like a hockey net. Normally, this net acts as a strong scaffolding, keeping your skin plump, smooth, and taut.
Unfortunately, when nicotine gets trapped in this fibrous protein’s mesh-like structure, it weakens and sags, just like when a hockey player scores a goal. Even worse, it doesn’t just damage your existing collagen, causing your skin to sag. It also impedes the growth of new, healthy collagen. Eventually, this slowdown in collagen production snowballs to the point that significant volume is lost in your skin, including your lip skin.
Avoiding Excess Alcohol Consumption
You can also extend the results of your Juvederm Volbella results by avoiding excess alcohol consumption. Like nicotine, alcohol hurts your existing collagen and makes it harder for your skin to produce new collagen. According to the AHA and CDC, men should not have more than 14 units of alcohol weekly, distributed evenly throughout the week.
Similarly, women should not have more than seven units of alcohol weekly. These units should be spread throughout the week evenly, as well. If you only drink alcohol in moderation, there is less of a chance that your alcohol consumption will increase your blood pressure significantly, dehydrate you significantly, make poorer food choices, and flush crucial nutrients from your body.
Avoiding Unprotected Sun Exposure
The UV rays emitted by the sun really do a number on your skin. Specifically, UVA and UVB rays penetrate the outer layers of your skin, causing the middle layer of your skin to produce an inordinate amount of elastin. Over time, your skin produces enzymes in response to this extreme elastin buildup. A side effect of these enzymes is that collagen is also broken down. This leads to skin thinning, wrinkling, and sagging.
If you want your lip augmentation results to last for as long as possible, you should make sure to apply sunscreen to your mouth every day. Also, it is very important to apply an SPF lip balm to help you keep your lips moisturized, particularly when it is windy, cold, or arid outside. Generally, sunscreen needs to be reapplied every four hours, and lip balm needs to be applied every other hour.
Drinking Plenty of Water
Making sure you drink enough water will also help you extend the longevity of your lip augmentation results. How much water you need to drink on a daily basis depends on numerous factors, including your sex. Men tend to be larger than women, so they need to drink more water than women to stay hydrated.
Generally, half of a gallon to three-quarters of a gallon of water is required to maintain adequate hydration. If you want to know how much water you should drink, make a point to drink no fewer than eight ounces of water hourly for eight hours. If your urine is pale, you are drinking enough water. If your urine is dark, try to get more water in your diet through iced tea, soup, vegetables, or fruit.
You will also ensure that your lips and mouth look young for as long as possible if you make sure your diet is on point. Specifically, you should make sure you’re getting at least 56 grams of protein per day if you’re a man. If you’re a woman, you should aim to eat at least 46 grams of protein per day. If you’re incredibly active throughout the day, you should try to get closer to 90 grams of protein per day.
You also need to make sure that you’re getting your recommended daily intake of vitamins and minerals. All micronutrients play important parts in your health, but vitamin C is particularly important for the health of your skin, including your lip skin. Ideally, all of the vitamin C you consume should come from whole foods, like broccoli and mangos. Nutritional supplements aren’t very bioavailable.
Moisturizing Your Skin
As important as it is to keep the deep layers of your skin hydrated by drinking plenty of water, it is equally important that you keep the outer layers of your skin hydrated. Remember, if you’re going outside, you should wear a moisturizing lip balm with sun protection. If you’re not going outside, it is a good idea to apply regular lip balm to your lips to keep them moisturized.
It is also worth noting that you should moisturize your mouth if you received this dermal filler to erase lip lines. Usually, moisturizing once daily is sufficient for keeping the outer layers of your skin hydrated. If you have naturally dry skin, you should strongly consider moisturizing every morning and every night. Which moisturizer you choose is up to you, but fragrance-free moisturizers are great because they won’t irritate your skin.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Juvederm Volbella is an injectable dermal filler that can improve the appearance of your mouth in as little as 10 days. The results last for approximately one year. Fortunately, you can take simple, effective steps to extend the longevity of your results if you want to. For example, you can avoid tobacco consumption, excess alcohol consumption, and unprotected sun exposure. You can also eat nutritiously and keep your skin hydrated and moisturized.
If you think this fast-acting, long-lasting lip enhancement treatment is right for you, an initial consultation is required to verify that this treatment will be safe and effective for you. Contact us today at Still Waters Day & Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL to schedule your initial consultation. We can’t wait to meet you and customize a safe, effective anti-aging treatment plan that addresses all of your cosmetic concerns.