Juvederm keeps expanding its dermal filler line. The newest family member is called Volbella, and it was introduced to the aesthetic world last summer. Volbella is specifically formulated for the lips, adding subtle volume and erasing vertical lip lines.
Dr. Malamet offers Volbella as part of his injectable offerings.
What’s up with volume loss?
It seems somehow unfair that as we age everything seems to sag more and more every day. It’s as if our skin becomes a half size too large as we pass our 50th and 60th birthdays. The culprit is collagen, a lack of it. Collagen is a protein in the body responsible for keeping the skin firm and supported. It builds a framework under the skin that is a scaffold of sorts.
But as we age, our production of collagen drops — one additional percentage point every year after we have our 20th birthday! Add up those numbers, and by our 50th birthday, we have 30 percent less collagen. This allows the skin to sag and sinks and loses volume. It happens everywhere, from the buttocks to the stomach, from the breasts to our upper arms. But we see it the most on the face because, well, we’re looking at it all the time. On the face, sagging shows in the cheeks, the areas around the mouth, even our lips.
Most people don’t think of the lips when they think of volume loss, but aging lips usually become thinner and vertical lip lines become more prevalent.
New to Juvederm
Juvederm was one of the original dermal fillers, and it continues to be among the world’s most popular dermal fillers. It was created to address volume loss, particularly where it creates nasolabial folds and parentheses lines around the nose and mouth area. Juvederm is made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body that hydrates and plumps the skin. When Juvederm is injected beneath a nasolabial fold, it fills in the area, pushing the crease back up.
After Juvederm came Voluma for the cheeks, Juvederm Ultra to add visible volume to the lips, and now Volbella.
Initially, Ultra was Juvederm’s answer for adding volume to the lips. Its goal was twofold. First, if a person’s lips had lost volume, Ultra would return the volume. Or, if the person never was satisfied with her lips, Ultra could add volume to the lips. With Ultra, a person’s lips gain dramatically more volume.
Volbella is subtler
Some people felt Juvederm Ultra made the lips overly plump; they felt the results were too prominent and showy. That’s why Volbella was created — to add volume and shape to the lips, but to do so in a subtler way. Plus, Volbella smoothes the irritating vertical lip lines that form with volume loss.
Want to add some subtle volume to your lips? Call Dr. Malamet at 818-380-3130 for an appointment.