Every woman knows the power of a good lipstick or lip gloss. Drawing attention to your lips is one of the oldest tricks in the book to emphasize your beauty and femininity: but the problem with cosmetics is that the results are temporary. Is there a longer-lasting method that can make your pucker look and feel plusher? At O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD we know that Juvederm Volbella is one of the best lip filler options for patients of all ages.
How Long Does Volbella Lip Last?
Volbella actually has results that last longer than many other lip fillers on the market. While products like Restylane may only last for six months, the Juvederm filler is projected to produce results that last for 12 months on average. Imagine not having to think twice about the appearance of your lips for a year or more!
The vast majority of patients can expect to enjoy the results of this treatment for at least a year, although some patients may experience longer-lasting results. The longevity of your treatment will depend on factors such as how much you move your mouth, how quickly your body builds and uses collagen, and your age. Many younger patients will experience results that last a bit over a year.
How Frequently Should You Have This Treatment?
Ideally, you should stick to a regular treatment schedule if you want to enjoy optimal results consistently. Most patients schedule yearly treatments to continually enjoy results. Of course, if you notice your results are lasting longer or that they are fading more quickly, you should move your treatment appointment to meet your needs. The best way to maintain your results is to ensure that there is some overlap between your treatments so the results of the filler never fully fade.
How Can You Extend Your Results?
Although your maintenance appointments will be critical for extending your results, there are other things you can do to maintain your results. For the most part, extending or enhancing the results of your treatment will rely on how well you take care of your lips. Specifically, managing the moisture balance in your lips is the best way to feed collagen production and keep your lips looking plusher for longer. Some methods to extend your results include:
Use Good Lip Products
Using good lip products is essential to achieving optimal long-lasting results. Good lip products refer to cosmetics, chapsticks, and other products that focus on moisturizing your lips. A good lip product will not dry out your lips or disrupt the moisture balance in your lips. For example, you may want to use lip products that contain shea butter, cocoa butter, or hyaluronic acid, and also avoid any products that may cause lip irritation.
Right now, there is a trend in lip care products called sleeping masks, which are highly-concentrated moisturizing balms that are worn during sleep. Lip sleeping masks will ensure that you wake up with refreshed lips every morning, particularly if you are using a product that lightly exfoliates dead skin cells overnight.
Follow Lip Care Recommendations
The skin on your lips is some of the most sensitive skin on your body, and it’s also the skin that sheds the most frequently, particularly if your lips get dry easily. One simple thing you can do for the health of your lips is to drink plenty of plain water. If you tend to lick your lips, then breaking yourself of that habit will prevent lip chapping. Be sure to wear chapstick in windy or cold weather.
Naturally, there are other lip care recommendations to consider. For example, regularly exfoliating your lips will help keep your lips smooth and supple. You can use store-bought balms or scrubs, or you can make your own at home with sugar, honey, and oils. No matter which manual exfoliation you are using, be sure to only exfoliate one to three times a week and immediately moisturize the lips afterward.
Protect Lips From Sun Exposure
Protecting your lips from sun exposure serves two purposes. First, your lips can be damaged by the sun just like any other skin cell, which can lead to more lip lines or freckles and discoloration on the lips as you get older. You can wear chapstick or lip products with SPF 30 or greater on them during the daytime to limit UV exposure.
Second, protecting your lips from the sun will also protect the integrity of your lip filler. Dermal fillers tend to break down a bit more quickly when UV exposure is significant, so if you want your lip filler to last as long as possible, using SPF on the lips is essential.
What Can This Treat?
Lip fillers can treat a variety of lip concerns. For example, you can use this treatment to address the signs of aging, such as natural volume loss, lipstick lines, vertical lip lines, downturned lip corners, and smile lines around the mouth. Most visible signs of aging on the lips are caused by a combination of volume loss of repeated movement over time. A lip filler can restore the volume of the lips and resolve all of these concerns.
You can also use a filler like Volbella to contour the lips. Lip contouring is classified as any action that augments the shape, size, or fullness of the top or bottom lip to achieve a specific aesthetic purpose. Usually, lip contouring is done as a way to replace lost volume and enhance the volume that still exists. Contouring the lips can help you look younger, change the shape of your smile, and improve your overall appearance.
What Are Common Lip Filler Styles?
When it comes to lip fillers, there are several different styles you may want to consider. Every s style of lip filler is intended to create a specific shape of the mouth to achieve an aesthetic goal. For example, some people may want to balance out their mouths by enhancing the size of the bottom or top lip.
Common styles go by various names, but in general, all lip enhancement is done to increase fullness in one or more zones of the lips. For example, you may want to increase your vermillion border to make your lips look more defined, or make your Cupid’s bow more prominent for a more youthful appearance. Enhancing the volume in the center of the lips can create a natural pout or you can enhance all zones of the lips for total fullness.
How Should You Fill Your Lips?
The lip fill style you select is one that should suit your aesthetic goals. Ideally, lip filler treatment is done in such a way that any augmentation looks natural, which means you may want to opt for a more subtle enhancement to refresh your appearance.
If possible, you may want to bring in a reference photo so that you and your aesthetician can come to an understanding about your treatment goals. We will make the recommendation that will produce the most natural-looking results for you.
What Should You Expect From This Treatment?
Lip filler treatments generally take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete. Most people only require one syringe to fill the lips and soften fine lines around the mouth. Your lip treatment will include several small injections on the lips to enhance and restore the lips.
Before your treatment, you should stop using any blood-thinning medication, such as aspirin. After your treatment, you should not touch or rub your lips, and you should also refrain from opening your mouth too widely for the first 24 to 48 hours. We will give you more specific instructions after your consultation.
Why Should You Use This Lip Filler?
There are several reasons why you may want to use a lip filler like Volbella. For example, this filler produces long-lasting results that are second to none among all other filler options, which means you can enjoy results for a much longer period of time. Other reasons you may want to use this lip filler include:
The formula of this Juvederm filler is thin and silky, which means it melts into the sub-dermal layers of your skin quickly and produces subtle augmentation and volume restoration that looks, feels, and moves naturally. Natural-looking results are essential for refining your beauty in a way that will create a subliminal but noticeable improvement to your overall appearance.
The results of this treatment are also quick, with most people able to detect a visible change in the appearance of their lips within 12 hours of their treatment. In fact, many patients note that their lips appear glossy and moist immediately after treatment due to the hyaluronic acid formula.
Safe and Painless
This Juvederm lip filler is also safe and painless. Although Volbella is the newest filler in the Juvederm collection, it has still gone through all the required testing and trials to be considered safe for patients. Part of the safety of this treatment is because the main active ingredient of the formula is hyaluronic acid, a molecule naturally found in the sub-dermal layers of the skin the is responsible for maintaining skin moisture.
This treatment is also painless, in part because all Juvederm products contain lidocaine, a local numbing agent, and also because we can apply a topical numbing cream before your treatment appointment. Many patients don’t feel any significant sensation from this treatment or any discomfort during the immediate recovery period after treatment.
Who Are Ideal Candidates?
Candidates for this Juvederm lip filler include adults over the age of 21 who have no history of drug allergy, who are not currently pregnant or breastfeeding, and who would like to refresh the appearance of their lips.
Candidates for this treatment should not have any active skin infections or irritation within five days of their treatment appointment, including eczema or psoriasis outbreaks, fever blisters, cold sores, and significant lip chapping. We will be able to fully determine your eligibility for this treatment during your consultation appointment.
Refresh Your Lips With Volbella
Instead of relying on plumping lip cosmetics that contain cinnamon or capsaicin, which run the risk of causing skin irritation, or counting on a bright lip color to create artificial fullness, you may want to consider using a dermal filler.
Lip fillers produce long-lasting and natural-looking results that will make your favorite lip cosmetics look even better – and will also produce results that look good even when your lips are au natural. If you think Juvederm lip filler is right for you, please contact O’Donnell Vein & Laser in Annapolis, MD to schedule your initial appointment today.