Volbella in New York City
with Dr. Shridharani
What is Volbella?
Developed by Allergan (makers of Botox, Juvederm, and Kybella), Juvederm Volbella is a new injectable filler for non-surgical lip augmentation. Its new hyaluronic acid (HA) formula results in less swelling and long-lasting results. Dr. Shridharani uses Volbella to smooth lip lines, which develop with age. Having Volbella injections in New York City with Dr. Shridharani will leave your lips plumper and with less smooth fine lines around the lip area. Volbella has a slightly different cross-linking technology with a shorter hyaluronic acid chain, so it flows more easily when it is injected. It’s also a softer and more cohesive filler, so you’ll get smoother results that last for a longer amount of time.
How Can Volbella Injections Enhance My Lips?
Volbella was developed specifically for lips and lines around the mouth area. With age, we lose hyaluronic acid, creating lines that we would rather not see. Small injections of Volbella can help to:
- Smooth the fine, vertical lines, appearing around the lips (also known as “smoker’s lines”)
- Treat oral commissures (where the corners of the mouth turn down)
- Define the natural lip contour by accentuating the vermillion border (outline of the lips)
- Treat marionette lines, which appear from the corners of the mouth and course down to the chin
- Enhance the cupid’s bow (the dip in the middle of the upper lip leading to a “pouty”/sexy appearance)
Who is a good candidate for Volbella injections?
It’s an area we don’t usually think of with aging, but our lips aren’t immune. As our collagen production declines more and more with each passing year, this also affects the lips, making them become thinner. Some patients simply have never been satisfied with the volume or definition of their lips. Others feel as if their lips aren’t defined as much as they would like. Juvéderm Volbella adds subtle volume and shape. It will help define the borders of your lips. Plus, it erases the vertical lines that come from volume loss. Juvéderm Volbella does this without overtly enlarging the lips. Your results will look completely natural.
How is Volbella administered?
Dr. Shridharani uses a microcannula for Volbella injections in the lips. Cannulas are considered a blunt-tip tool. They look like a needle, but the tip is different. To use a microcannula, only a single hole is made for entry. From there, the cannula tip stays within the lip and can be moved to different areas.
When Dr. Shridharani delivers Volbella with a cannula, this decreases bruising and swelling dramatically. He extends the cannula to the beginning of the area of the lips he is targeting, and then he slowly depresses the plunger (the same as with a needle) and withdraws the cannula at the same time (although it is never fully withdrawn until the end of the session). This delivers the filler along a path rather than just a single spot with a single injection of a needle. Because the microcannula is flexible, this allows greater manipulation in delivering Volbella than can be achieved with a traditional needle.
Another benefit of using a microcannula is that there are basically zero risks of injection into intravascular vessels. A needle can sometimes puncture one of these by mistake.
Lip Augmentation with Juvederm Volbella
How long does a Volbella session take at Luxurgery?
A Volbella session with Dr. Shridharani usually takes about 30 minutes.
How Long Will Volbella Last?
Studies show that 98% of people who had Volbella injected into their lips reported that their lip appearance goals had been achieved and results lasted up to 12 months.
What results can I expect from Volbella injections?
When dermal fillers were first used for adding volume to the lips, the results could be overdone. Most women don’t want obviously larger lips; they don’t seek a showy “Hollywood” result. That’s the great thing about Volbella: it was developed to add volume and definition to the lips, but it does so in a very subtle fashion.
So, if you’ve never been happy with the shape, volume, or definition of your lips, Volbella can allow you to change that. Volbella can give you the lips you’ve always wanted. Or, if you feel that your lips have thinned as the years have passed, Volbella can return that lost volume.
What should I expect after my Volbella session?
There isn’t any downtime after receiving Volbella. You may have some mild swelling and your lips could be a little tender. The microcannula mitigates much of this as compared to typical needle applications. You can get right back to work or your other normal activities as soon as you leave our 5th Avenue offices.
How long before I will see my results with Volbella?
As with all Juvéderm fillers, your results are instant. As soon as Volbella is injected, the hyaluronic acid in the formulation binds with nearby water molecules instantly adding volume and plumping the lips.
How long will my results last?
Juvéderm Volbella adds volume and definition to the lips for up to one year. At that point, your body will absorb the hyaluronic acid and another session with Dr. Shridharani is in order. Research has shown that subsequent sessions require less product to achieve the same results.
Are Juvederm Volbella Injections Painful?
Juvederm Volbella with Lidocaine is the latest advancement in the Juvederm range of facial fillers, developed specifically for your lips and mouth area. Dr. Shridharanit injects the smooth gel by using an ultra-fine needle. Volbella has a mixed-in local anesthetic, which decreases the pain to a small bee sting and then no pain.
Advantages of Volbella for Lip Enhancement
What makes this filler unique is its patented Vycross technology, which through more efficient crosslinking produces greater lift capacity and longer-lasting results. In fact, a company-led study found that over 90% of test patients reported natural-looking lips with more than 80% of them still satisfied with their results after one year. Having such a high satisfactory rate after such a long period of time is something to smile about. Previous lip fillers typically last up to 6 months before your body breaks it up, leaving you with a deflated pout. Additionally, Volbella is a softer, smoother gel that allows for easier injection. The product is less hydrophilic (less likely to absorb water) resulting in reduced swelling and a more natural result. It has been specifically developed as a smooth gel to give a soft, natural feel. The gel fills in lip lines and wrinkles while the hyaluronic acid within attracts and retains moisture.
Juvederm Volbella Before & After
The patient is pictured before (left) and 1 week after (right) injections to her smile lines, around her mouth, including her upper and lower lips. This patient is ecstatic with how natural, yet dramatically improved her mouth is! View more before & after photos here.
What are the potential side effects of Volbella?
Since hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and is the basis of all Juvéderm fillers, allergic reactions to Volbella are virtually unheard of. Side effects are mild and uncommon. They include swelling, tenderness, bruising, firmness, redness, itching, dryness, and discomfort at the injection sites. These usually pass in one to two days but can last for up to 30 days.
If there is any issue with Volbella, an injection of an enzyme called hyaluronidase can instantly reverse the effects of the filler.
Dr. Shriharani’s Experience with Volbella
Dr. Shridharani is an Advisory Board member for Allergan (makers of Botox, Juvederm, and Kybella). As a member of the Facial Aesthetics Advisory Board, Dr. Shridharani was given a “sneak peek” of Volbella several months prior to launch and allowed to feel its consistency and ease of injection (not inpatients). His expertise in dermal fillers affords him the opportunity to have the latest products early.
Schedule a Consultation
If you would like Volbella injections for lip enhancement and want more information, contact our New York City office today. Call (212) 508-0000 to schedule a consultation with top New York city plastic surgeon Dr. Sachin Shridharani!