Most people don’t think of their lips as points of concern when it comes to aging. Unfortunately, the lip skin is so thin that it is actually one of the first parts of the face to start revealing your true age. That’s where Volbella at Still Waters Day & Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL comes in.
Whether you’ve started to lose volume due to advancing age or you’ve always been concerned about the symmetry of your lips, Juvederm Volbella XC can help. Today, we look at how long the results of treatment last, as well as other things you might be wondering about this life-changing treatment. Let’s get started.
How Long Do the Results of Juvederm Volbella Last?
Most dermal fillers only last three to six months. Juvederm fillers are different because they are manufactured with state-of-the-art cross-linking technology. Thus, the results of Juvederm Volbella XC last approximately one year. But the results won’t haven’t faded completely at this point. Rather, you may notice at this time that the results have started to fade.
If you come in for a touch-up treatment when you see the results start to fade, they will easily last you another year. Even better, the touch-up treatment won’t take as long and the dosage will be smaller, saving you time and money.
Is There Anything Else I Can Do to Extend the Results of My Treatment?
To make the results of your treatment last even longer, it is important that you stop smoking and drinking alcohol. Alcohol flushes essential nutrients and water out of your body, simultaneously thinning your blood and elevating your blood pressure. This means not enough micronutrients can make their way to your lips and keep your collagen strong and healthy.
Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain nicotine, a chemical compound that also elevates your blood pressure. Tobacco smoke, in particular, is important to avoid if you want to extend your results. It contains over 4,000 chemicals and many of them damage your skin’s collagen and elastin. Even worse, smoking and vaping deepen smoker’s lines.
When Will I See the Results of My Treatment?
You will notice an immediate improvement in vertical lip lines if those were targeted during treatment. However, it can take between 24 and 48 hours to see the initial results of your non-invasive lip augmentation. The final results of your treatment will not be visible until roughly two weeks after your treatment session.
Is This Treatment Safe?
It’s only natural to be concerned about safety when it comes to injecting a chemical into your lips. Luckily, lip augmentation doesn’t get any safer than this Juvederm formulation made with patented Vycross technology for smooth, durable results. As with all other members of the Allergan family, the FDA has approved this treatment for safety and efficacy.
When it comes to rating medications for safety and efficacy, there is no higher standard than that set by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Before approval, a medication must go through an extensive series of double-blind, third-party clinical trials. This treatment has been FDA-approved for over four years, and there have been no reports of major risks or side effects.
Will Treatment Hurt?
Another common concern clients have is how the treatment will feel. Allergan has you covered there. Half of our Juvederm formulations end in “XC,” indicating the presence of lidocaine. Lidocaine is an injectable local anesthetic. Rather than numbing your entire body and putting you to sleep, it only numbs the area it is injected into.
This makes it safe for a far greater number of people. Other benefits of lidocaine include its affordability and lack of side effects. For example, when you are put under general anesthesia, you have to be observed for an extended period to ensure you wake up okay. After this treatment, you are free to go home immediately after treatment.
Will I Be Able to Drive Home After Treatment?
Most people are aware that they may not drive home after an invasive medical procedure due to the side effects of general anesthesia or sedation. It is important to note that this only applies to oral sedation, intravenous sedation, and general anesthesia. During this Juvederm treatment, you will most likely receive lidocaine, which is just a local anesthetic, so there’s no need to arrange for a ride home.
If you are allergic to lidocaine, let us know during your initial consultation. If you are not afraid of needles, you will probably not need a topical numbing cream to numb your lips and the skin around your mouth. If you are wary of feeling the needle penetrate your skin, let us know and we will apply a topical numbing cream 15 minutes before your treatment starts.
What Post-Treatment Care Steps Must I Take?
During the first 24 hours following your Juvederm treatment, it is important that you avoid extreme cold or heat as extreme temperature fluctuations can elevate your blood pressure. Moreover, you should avoid strenuous exercise, alcohol, and nicotine to ensure your blood pressure remains stable after treatment.
Furthermore, it is very important that you apply sunscreen every four hours in the two weeks following your treatment. Keep in mind that it is possible to get a sunburn on your lips even if it is overcast outside. Wearing a brimmed hat does not provide adequate protection from the sun’s rays. You must apply sunscreen regularly, even to your lips.
Are There Any Special Steps I Must Take to Prepare for Treatment?
In the two weeks leading up to your treatment, do not take any medications that can thin your blood. Examples include MAOIs, NSAIDs, and corticosteroids. You should also avoid all blood-thinning nutritional supplements, like Ginkgo Biloba, garlic supplements, fish oil supplements, vitamin E, and vitamin K.
If you have a concern about temporarily discontinuing the use of a certain medication or supplement, please consult with your primary care physician. He or she will advise you on the best course of action based on your unique health needs. If you bruise easily, take arnica supplements as directed on the package for four days before treatment.
What Should I Do on the Day of My Treatment?
On the day of your treatment, use a gentle facial cleanser and warm water to wash your face gently and thoroughly. Do not wear makeup or jewelry to your appointment. These may be applied immediately after treatment as long as you are gentle during the application and removal. Wear comfortable clothes to your appointment.
Eat a healthy breakfast with fruit and protein on the morning of your treatment session. If your session is scheduled for later in the day, eat a healthy breakfast and pack a snack in case you get hungry after your appointment. When planning your meals for the day of your treatment, note that you should not drink out of a straw or eat hot soup or stew for 24 hours.
What Can I Expect During My Treatment Session?
Each treatment session is unique. It doesn’t just vary from person to person: it can vary from appointment to appointment for one individual. We’ll let you know during your initial consultation what you can expect based on your aesthetic goals.
For example, you may want smile lines and a thinning upper lip addressed when you come in the first time. When you come in for your touch-up appointment a year later, you may find that you need volume added to both your upper and lower lips but your smile lines have not returned. In general, you can expect your treatment session to start with your face being sanitized with an alcohol-based cleanser. We will make the injections as soon as your face is clean.
How Long Does Treatment Take?
The length of your treatment session will depend on the extent of the correction you are trying to achieve, whether you need a topical numbing cream applied 15 minutes before your session and how many areas you are treating. Obviously, if you are treating both of your lips and the lines around your mouth, your treatment will take longer.
Such treatment sessions without a topical numbing cream can take up to half an hour. However, if you are receiving other Juvederm injections to address concerns, such as volume loss affecting the cheeks, chin, nose, or forehead, your session may take up to 45 minutes. We can give you a better idea of how long your treatment should take during your consultation.
What Other Juvederm Products May Help Me Discover My Beauty?
Juvederm Volbella is most often used to correct asymmetrical lips. It is the ideal formulation for this purpose because the molecules are smaller so the results are more subtle. It is ideal for men and women who are mostly satisfied with the volume they already have but have mild smile lines and a subtle asymmetry between the upper and lower lips.
Juvederm Ultra XC
If you are looking for a more dramatic pout, Juvederm Ultra XC is the right formulation for you. This formulation is designed for men and women who have always had thin lips or have lost a significant amount of volume with age. It is also ideal for men and women who have moderate-to-severe smile lines and wrinkles around the mouth.
Due to the Vycross technology this dermal filler is manufactured with, the results of this treatment usually last around 18 months. However, if you come in for a small touch-up nine months after your first session, your results will easily last you two years as long as you make healthy lifestyle choices, such as abstaining from cigarettes and alcohol.
Juvederm Voluma XC
Juvederm Voluma XC will help you discover your beauty if you have lost a significant amount of skin elasticity and volume in your cheeks. If you are looking for a durable alternative to invasive cheek augmentation, look no further than Juvederm Voluma XC. The results tend to last around two years without a lot of effort on your part.
The hyaluronic acid immediately adds volume to your cheeks, making you look younger and healthier. As your body processes the hyaluronic acid, strong collagen and elastin fibers take its place. As importantly, the collagen lifts and tightens your skin so you look five years younger and feel more confident in your appearance.
Discover Your Beauty Today
If you feel that the appearance of your lips is affecting your beauty negatively, Juvederm Volbella XC can help you regain your confidence. One of the most exciting things about this treatment is the results last up to a year, and after that year, you only need a small touch-up treatment to maintain your results.
As excitingly, you can extend the durability of your results by making healthy lifestyle choices. To learn more about this treatment, contact us today at Still Waters Day & Medical Spa in Pensacola, FL to schedule your initial consultation. We look forward to seeing you soon.