Many patients are not satisfied with the appearance of their lips. Naturally thin lips or lips that have thinned with age can prevent patients from looking their best. To add subtle volume and soften the appearance of the lips, a Juvéderm Volbella XC procedure can be a great option. Dr. Masri performs Juvéderm Volbella XC procedures that are tailored to patients’ aesthetic goals.
The Juvéderm Volbella XC procedure is a minimally-invasive outpatient treatment that is performed in one of the Masri Clinic in-office procedure suites. The following steps are used to perform the procedure:
- Local anesthesia. After the patient is relaxed and comfortable, local anesthesia is administered to numb the lips. This ensures the patient feels no pain or discomfort during the procedure.
- Injection. A very tiny needle is used to inject Juvéderm Volbella XC into both the upper and lower lips. Additional injections are then made into fine lip lines that the patient would like smoothed out.
No incisions are made during the procedure, and the patient will not need any stitches. The total procedure time is approximately 15-30-minutes.
Patients are free to leave within 10-minutes of their procedure. Once patients are cleared by their specialist, they may return to day-to-day activities. Many patients return to work after their procedure. If swelling, tenderness, or bruising present following the procedure, they can be easily controlled using ice packs. One of the reasons Juvéderm Volbella XC procedures are so popular is the recovery process is very smooth.
Patients will notice an immediate improvement in the appearance of their lips after the procedure. Maximum results will be seen once the small amount of swelling associated with the procedure goes down. Results include the following:
- Full, natural looking lips
- Improvement in lip lines
Results last up to one year. Since the specialists at Masri Clinic personalize Juvéderm Volbella XC procedures to meet the needs of patients, patients receive results that perfectly match the symmetry and proportion of their face, while looking natural. Many patients who have had previous lip filler procedures report that Juvéderm Volbella XC gives their lips a much smoother and glossier appearance than other fillers.
Adults over the age of 18 who would like to improve the appearance of their lips may be candidates for a Juvéderm Volbella XC procedure. Candidacy is usually reserved for patients who have no serious medical conditions. People who have severe allergies or have had allergic reactions to gram-positive bacteria or lidocaine may not be candidates. The definitive way for patients to determine if a Juvéderm Volbella XC procedure is right them is to schedule and attend an initial consultation with a Masri Clinic specialist.
An Initial Consultation with a Masri Clinic specialist
The specialists at Masri Clinic understand that the lips are a unique and personal feature that help patients express themselves. Initial consultations are thorough, informative, and personalized. Each consultation includes the following:
- A medical history review. The specialist obtains the patient’s medical history. If the patient has had previous plastic and/or cosmetic surgical procedures, they will be discussed in detail.
- A physical examination. The patient’s face and lips are examined. Pictures are taken for comparative purposes.
- A conversation. The patient’s goals and desires are discussed and a treatment plan is created.
A question and answer session is held before the conclusion of the consultation. The patient may ask as many questions as they would like. Patients who attend an initial consultation at Masri Clinic have all the information they need, and can always make an educated and informed treatment decision. Should they choose to have a Juvéderm Volbella XC procedure, they go into the procedure excited about seeing their results.
Is Juvéderm Volbella XC Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved?
Juvéderm Volbella XC is FDA approved for lip augmentation and for correction of perioral rhytids (lip lines). It was approved in the United States in June of 2016; however, it has been used in Europe safely and effectively since 2011.
How does Juvéderm Volbella XC work?
The lips are filled with fatty tissues. When aging processes shrink these fatty tissues, the lips take on a thin and wrinkled look. Activities like habitual smoking and drinking out of straw can worsen thinness and wrinkling.
Like most facial fillers, Juvéderm Volbella XC contains hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring molecule that is found in the skin. What makes Juvéderm Volbella XC unique is that it contains HA particles of different sizes. Small HA particles bind a specific amount of water to give the lips a smooth and natural look rather than a puffy and swollen one.
Who makes Juvéderm Volbella XC?
Juvéderm Volebella XC is part of the Juvéderm line, made by the well-known pharmaceutical company Allergan. Other Juvéderm line products include the following:
- Juvéderm Voluma XC. An injectable used to add volume to the cheeks and smooth out wrinkles.
- Juvéderm Vollure XC. An injectable used to improve the appearance of facial lines and wrinkles.
The entire Juvéderm line is unique because it provides patients with longer lasting results than other similar facial fillers. Other popular Allergan products are Kybella and Botox.
Are there risks associated with the procedure?
As with all minimally-invasive procedures, there are risks associated with Juvéderm Volbella XC. These risks are discussed with patients during their initial consultation. The overwhelming majority of patients find that the potential benefits of the procedure far outweigh the risks. Most patients find that the measures specialists at the Masri Clinic take to reduce risks make them feel completely comfortable with having the procedure.
Does the procedure hurt?
There is a small chance that the procedure may hurt. Patients who have their procedure performed by a Masri Clinic specialist have this chance greatly reduced for the following reasons:
- Local anesthesia is administered before the procedure
- All Masri Clinic specialists are trained and certified to administer Juvéderm Volbella XC
Lidocaine, which is a very effective numbing agent, is part of the Juvéderm Volbella XC formula. This provides extra assurance that no pain or discomfort will be felt when the medication is administered.
Can I have the procedure on my lunch break?
Total procedure time is approximately 15-30-minutes. Patients usually have to wait in the office as a precautionary measure for about 10-minutes after their procedure. This time frame allows patients to have their procedure on an extended lunch break. Patients are able to return to work without anyone noticing that they had a procedure. If minor swelling, pain, or discomfort occur, they can be easily controlled with ice and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications.
Can I exercise after my procedure?
Because exercise increases blood flow and can lead to swelling, patients are advised to not exercise for 24-hours after their procedure. When patients resume exercise and physical activities, they should check for swelling, which can be controlled using ice.
How can I maximize my results?
Patients who want to maximize their results can easily do so by following the advice of their Masri Clinic specialist. General tips for patients who want to maximize their results include the following:
- Wear chapstick that contains sunscreen when tanning or spending time in the sun
- Avoid smoking or drinking out of a straw
- Live a healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise
Patients who take these steps can see results for one year or more following treatment.
Should I stop smoking after my procedure?
Puckering the lips while smoking causes lip lines to develop. Patients are strongly encouraged not to smoke after their procedure.
How do I avoid having my lips overcorrected?
Patients who have their procedure performed by a Masri Clinic specialist do not have to worry about their lips being overcorrected or not looking natural after their procedure. All Masri Clinic specialists are Juvéderm Volbella XC trained and certified and pride themselves in providing patients with results that they love. At their initial consultation, patients will see before-and-after pictures of patients who have had Juvéderm Volbella XC procedures so they will know what type of results to expect.
What should I do to prepare for my initial consultation?
The patients who are most satisfied with their results are those that think about their aesthetic goals prior to their initial consultation. Many patients also find it helpful to bring photos to show their Masri Clinic specialist.
How do I schedule my initial consultation?
Patients who are ready to schedule their initial consultation can easily do so by contacting one of the Masri Clinics in Birmingham, MI or Dearborn, MI.