Volbella offers smooth, soft results that last at least 1 year.
Most commonly used for creating a smooth lip surface, Volbella is a very low molecular weight hyaluronic acid dermal filler that flows into lines.
What is Volbella?
Volbella is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler used to enhance and augment the lips and mouth. Hyaluronic acid fillers are perhaps the most well-known type of dermal filler, and are the most widely used due to their safety, efficacy, and ability to be dissolved should the patient be unsatisfied with the result.
Volbella belongs to the Juvederm family of fillers, which includes Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Voluma, Volift, and Volbella.
- 1 What is Volbella?
- 2 BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
- 3 Symptoms and Concerns
- 4 Alternatives to Volbella
- 5 Injection Techniques
- 6 Who is a Candidate for Volbella Lip Injections?
- 7 How long does Volbella last?
- 8 Risks and Side Effects
- 9 Volbella Rewards Programs – Beyond Allē (formerly Brilliant Distinctions)
- 10 Meet New Jersey’s Award-Winning Physician Injectors
- 11 How to Prepare for Lip Injections
- 12 How to care for your lips after injection
- 13 Cost of Volbella Injections
- 14 How to Select a Volbella Provider
- 15 Volbella Frequently Asked Questions
Volbella utilizes the same Vycross technology that has made Voluma so popular. Vycross provides a bouncier feel to the product, which helps the product to move naturally and retain its fullness over time. Volbella creates longer-lasting results than the other popular lip fillers, including Juvederm Ultra, Restylane Silk, and Belotero Balance. Volbella’s results typically lasted 1 year in clinical studies.
BEFORE & AFTER PHOTOS
Symptoms and Concerns
Lip augmentation with dermal fillers has become very popular in the past few years, due in part to celebrities who’ve had this procedures. But Kylie Jenner’s look is not for everyone. Most of our patients want subtle, natural-looking results, and Volbella helps us create that look by treating a variety of concerns.
Vertical Lip Lines – creating a smoother lip
This patient received 2 syringes (1.5ml) of Volbella for lip lines and lip outline contouring. A smaller amount would have been used to create only one of these effects. It is possible to create a smoother area around the lips with Volbella, without augmenting the lip volume.
Vertical lip lines come in a variety of forms. Sometimes called “smoker’s lines” or “water bottle lips,” vertical lines that extend beyond the vermillion (pink-colored portion of the lips) usually come from repetitive motions or sun damage, and generally appear as part of the aging process. Creases or folds within the lip are the beginning stages of vertical lip lines, and can appear even in patients as young as their 20s.
Volbella is one of the only FDA-Approved dermal fillers to be clinically proven safe and effective to treat vertical lip lines.
Volbella is formulated with Vycross technology, which gives this filler extra bounce and resiliency. Because your mouth is a high-movement part of the face, the fillers used here need that extra boost to create a lasting result. Volbella has been proven to last longer than other hyaluronic acid fillers for lip line correction, at an average duration of 1 year.
Lip Outline Contouring – creating a different lip shape
Volbella is the first dermal filler to offer the ability the proven ability to redraw the contours of the lip shape, creating a curvier lip outline. Think of Volbella as your new lip liner – one that never rubs off! This is a new innovation in the field of lip augmentation, and it’s exactly what many of our patients have been asking for. If you’re unsatisfied with thin lips, but don’t want to look “ducky” or over-filled, Volbella can help you create a curvier lip contour without creating forward projection of the lip.
Lip Augmentation – creating fuller, larger lips
This patient received 2 syringes (2ml) of Volbella for lip augmentation and fullness.
For those looking for the ultimate plump, Volbella can be paired with other dermal fillers to layer volume for natural-looking movement and results that last.
If you’re looking for a plumper pout that outlasts Restylane Silk or Juvederm Ultra’s 3-6 month duration, Volbella is going to be your new favorite filler. Volbella’s results have been shown to last for an average of 1 year. That’s because Volbella utilizes the Vycross technology that has made Voluma such a success for cheek augmentation. Vycross technology makes the product bouncier, and more resilient, which is the key to a long-lasting result in high-movement areas like the cheeks and mouth.
Alternatives to Volbella
Other Hyaluronic Acid Fillers for Lip Augmentation and Enhancement
Restylane Silk, Juvederm Ultra, and Belotero Balance are excellent hyaluronic acid filler alternatives to Volbella. All 4 of these products have slightly different strengths, so our cosmetic physicians will help you decide which one(s) are the best options for your goals. At Reflections, we believe having a wide variety of options available is the key to offering our patients the very best procedure for their goals.
PermaLip Lip Implants – a permanent enhancement
Our board certified facial plastic surgeon provides PermaLip Lip Implants, a favorite among top plastic surgeons, for permanent lip enhancement. The results from lip implants can range from subtle to dramatic, depending on the style selected.
A Surgical Approach to Rejuvenation Around the Lips
For those with deep-set vertical lines, Ideal Lips by Reflections offers comprehensive rejuvenation. This procedure combines the power of CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing with Fat Transfer. CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing tightens the skin and improves tone and texture. Fat Transfer restores lost volume around the lips.
SILICON – The Illegal Filler
Silicon injections have been illegalized in the US, and should not be considered a safe or effective means of lip enhancement. When you inject silicon into the body, there is a nearly 100% chance that it will eventually lead to an infection or complication. Many times it takes years for the infection to develop, but silicon is nearly impossible to completely remove, and surgeries to remove infected silicon nearly always lead to disfigurement.
Cannulas VS. Specialty Needles
Cannulas, micro-needles, and specialty needles have gained a lot of attention as the hallmarks of advanced injection techniques among the nation’s best cosmetic physicians. When it comes to lip injections, our physicians utilize a variety of needle types, injection techniques, and dermal filler layering strategies, based on the individual’s anatomy and goals, to create a result that looks and feels perfectly natural whether you’re smiling, kissing, eating, or at rest.
We prefer Cannulas and specialty needles for Volbella injections. Here’s why:
Cannulas are blunt-tipped needles with a larger circumference. They allow the physician to precisely deliver the product in a comfortable manner, with a much lower risk of bruising. Typically, a cannula technique uses fewer injections to achieve the result than traditional, smaller needles. Less injections makes the procedure more comfortable, and helps limit the trauma that causes swelling and redness for dermal filler injections. Cannulas are our tool of choice for adding volume to the lip with Volbella.
Specialty needles come in a variety of sizes and allow our physicians the precision to correct lip shape (the lip liner effect) and smooth away vertical lip lines. These two concerns require masterful placement of the Volbella filler close to the skin’s surface. Specialty needles allow very small amounts of the product to be placed in exactly the right position.
Who is a Candidate for Volbella Lip Injections?
Volbella is a good fit for patients over 21 who seek to improve the shape, fullness, and/or contour of their lips. Volbella is perfect for a first-time procedure for lip augmentation, because it is dissolvable and temporary (lasting around 1 year), offering patients the peace of mind of being able to “try out” their results.
How long does Volbella last?
In clinical studies, Volbella’s results lasted around 1 year, on average. That’s 2-4x longer than other dermal fillers used in the lips.
Risks and Side Effects
The most common side effects from Volbella are redness and swelling at the injection site. Nearly everyone experiences swelling, which typically goes away within the first 24 hours. Very commonly, especially for patients who are receiving their first lip injections, this swelling is mistaken for an overly full result. Do not worry if you think you’re lips are a little too big at first. In about 24-48 hours after your injections, you will see your final result, when swelling subsides. If you are concerned after 48 hours that your lips are still too large, please call our office. Volbella is dissolvable, and the results can be reduced, or in many cases, completely undone.
Bruising is a risk for Volbella as well. We generally prefer to inject Volbella with a cannula, a special type of blunt needle, which limits bleeding and risk of bruising. For this reason, bruising with Volbella is very rare among our patients. If you do experience bruising, a treatment with the VBeam Perfecta laser can speed up the recovery. Call our office to discuss bruising reduction therapies if you notice bruising following your Volbella treatment.
With all dermal fillers there is a very rare but serious risk of embolism and skin death. Because filler is injected in small droplets, it is possible for those droplets to enter the blood stream. This complication can be treated and usually has no long-lasting side effects when treated early. If you notice pale areas or dark areas near an injection site, please call the office or go to the emergency room immediately. Left untreated, this complication can become serious. Again, if detected and treated early, it is typically easy to treat, with no lasting effect.
Volbella Rewards Programs – Beyond Allē (formerly Brilliant Distinctions)
Volbella belongs to the Juvederm family of dermal fillers. Allergan, the manufacturer of these fillers, as well as Botox and Kybella, offers Allē (formerly Brilliant Distinctions)rewards for patients who purchase these procedures through select offices, including Reflections. You can redeem your points as cash discounts on future treatments with their products.
Reflections offers our own rewards program, called Reflections Rewards. Any patient can join our reward program, and can earn rewards based on purchases, referrals, and several other activities. To learn more about Reflections Rewards and enroll today, Click Here.
Volbella patients can stack rewards from both of these programs for Double the Rewards at Reflections!
The physicians at Reflections have won multiple awards for their skill and experience injecting dermal fillers. Most recently, we were named Diamond-Level Injectors by Allergan, the makers of Volbella. Our physicians have dedicated their careers to the field of cosmetic medicine, allowing them to spend a large portion of their time on perfecting their dermal filler techniques.
When it comes to dermal fillers, the injector matters much more than the product.
Our dermal filler consultations are always complimentary, and offer you the ability to meet one-on-one with your physician injector, to develop the perfect plan for your lip injections, as well as to discuss any other cosmetic concerns you might have.
How to Prepare for Lip Injections
Preparing for dermal filler lip injections is quick and easy. First, you want to stop any supplements and vitamins that might increase your risk for bruising or prolonged swelling. Those supplements are: Vitamin E, Fish Oil (or Krill Oil), and non-prescription blood thinners (aspirin). You’ll want to stop these a week before your injections, if possible. Do not stop any prescribed medications (including an aspirin regimen if your doctor has asked you to be on one). Do not worry if you forget, or are unable to stop these supplements, your results and health will not be affected by having injections if you have been taking these supplements. This step is just precautionary, to help minimize your swelling and risk of bruising.
If you’ve had cold sores in the past, it might be advisable to take a course of Valtrex prophylactically, in order to help prevent a flare from lip injections.
That’s It! Lip injections really don’t require that much prep work on your part.
How to care for your lips after injection
Most patients experience swelling and redness for a few hours following injection. Many patients still feel comfortable continuing their normal routine, but if this is your first time having lip injections, you might want to come in for a later appointment in the day, and plan to take the evening off, to be sure you feel comfortable with how your lips look before you show them off to the world.
You’ll receive numbing before the injections, and ice to help reduce the swelling and inflammation immediately following your injections. Because your lips will be sensitive, an SPF lip balm is a good precaution to take, especially if you’ve had cold sores in the past. We always recommend sun protection, but it’s particularly important to protect your lips for as long as they remain swollen or inflamed.
Cost of Volbella Injections
At Reflections, we price all dermal fillers, including Volbella, by the syringe. We offer significant package discounts when 2 or more syringes are purchased at once.
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How to Select a Volbella Provider
There are a few different variables to consider when selecting your Volbella injector. When it comes to dermal fillers, who injects you is much more important than which product they use. Think about a carpenter. Carpenters own many different types of screwdrivers, and while the type of screwdriver or screw used does matter, it matters significantly less than their skill and building knowledge.
Our physicians are dedicated solely to field of cosmetic medicine. They’ve spent years perfecting their craft, and are highly awarded as injectors. In a typical week our physicians will inject several hundred patients. This makes our team uniquely skilled and experienced in this field. You can read more about the individual qualifications of our team of master cosmetic physicians here, or you can call our office at (732) 356-1666 or (973) 740-2444 to speak with a patient care coordinator who will help match you with the best physician for your goals.
Volbella Frequently Asked Questions
Can Volbella be used for marionette lines?
Yes, but you wouldnt be happy with the result. Heres why: Volbella could be used for nearly any place on the face or body, but the marionette lines are caused by repetitive motions made by your mouth, which cause the skin to folds and crinkle, creating weak spots in the skin’s underlying support structure, which will become the wrinkles and indentations you see over time. Volbella flows like water, making it great for fine lines, but it doesn’t hold up well or “bounce back” from repetitive motions in the way refyne or vollure do, and it doesn’t create the firm support needed to smooth out indentations or wrinkles and folds. There’s a reason we stock so many fillers at our practice, and it’s because we understand that each filler really only does 1 or 2 things best – and when you try to use it for other things, it’s going to require a lot more product (higher cost) and break down way faster than it should.
Can Volbella be used under eyes?
It could.... we typically dont use it there because its not great at the 2 most common under eye concerns: 1. deep tear trough indentations that need filling in (Volbella flows like water and doesnt offer lifting or support for skin in indentations) and 2. wrinkles caused by repetitive motion by muscles (Volbella is like water, and does not provide resistance against the damage to the skin caused by repetitive facial expressions). Volbella would work well for someone with etched-in crows feet or lots of tiny fine lines around the eyes. But for these other, more common concerns, we typically use Restylane or Silk, sometimes Belotero.
Can you massage Volbella?
You can - and you shouldnt. Our physician injectors massage and form the filler as they place it, as needed (Volbella flows like water, so generally does not need this). Once weve placed your filler, you should avoid massage or rubbing the filler for at least 48 hours to allow it to settle into the placements weve made. If you do massage or rub your filler during this time, often youll end up pushing it out of place and have weird lumps and bumps - although specifically with Volbella, youd have a hard time making it into bumps or lumps because it just is such a thin, water-like filler.
How long will Volbella swelling last?
Volbella itself doesnt tend to swell, but with any injection, you can expect your body to swell in reaction to the needles and cannulas used. Swelling with Volbella tends to be mild compared to other fillers, since the filler itself isnt swelling (unlike most other fillers). Certain areas of the face are more prone to swelling, including the lips and under eyes, and certain individuals are more prone to swelling than others. For fine lines not on the lips or undereyes, we dont typically see swelling thats visible or lasts beyond a few hours. Lips and under eyes tend to swell more during the first 24 hours, and then slowly resolve over a few days. Again, it should be really mild with Volbella - especially as compared to other fillers.
How many syringes of Volbella do I need for lips?
We wouldnt use more than 1 syringe of Volbella for the lips, or really for any other single placement area. Heres why: Volbella doesnt add volume, lift, or shape in a meaningful way - and there are so many other fillers that do that work better. So we may sometimes use 1 syringe of Volbella at the skins surface for smoothing, and 1+ syringes of other fillers to make other changes, in the same appointment.