If you’re familiar with cosmetic treatments, you’ve likely heard of Voluma. A member of the Juvederm product line, this dermal filler can be used to correct mid-face sagging and also lend a soft, pillow-like effect to lips. The results? A more youthful appearance that restores your confidence. But at Bentley Skincare & Wellness in Springfield, MO, we know these are only a few of the reasons you’ll love this highly sought treatment.
What Is the Best Lip Filler? 10 Reasons Voluma Remains Popular
1. Provides Long-Lasting Results
When it comes to fillers, patients almost always voice the same concern: they don’t last long enough. While it’s true that some deliver desirable results for only three to four months, the Juvederm family of products has been found to be much longer-lasting. Voluma is, in fact, one of the most enduring of all fillers on the market, with results that can last two years or more.
In a study published by the National Institutes of Health, Juvederm fillers were compared to those containing bovine collagen; 24 weeks after the last treatment, nasolabial folds treated with Juvederm showed more aesthetically pleasing results with greater volume and longer-lasting correction. Patients confirmed these findings, indicating they preferred Juvederm to its study counterpart.
2. Durable Enough to Manage Lip Movements
With its thick, gel-like formula, Voluma is durable enough to add fullness and projection to your lips. But consistency does more than deliver the desired results. It also allows this filler to withstand your mouth’s high rate of mobility without quickly disintegrating.
Think about the number of times you move your lips and mouth every day, talking, laughing, eating, and smiling. These repeated movements can cause a filler to dissipate very quickly. But Voluma is formulated with Vycross technology, a proprietary technique developed by Juvederm that blends hyaluronic acid (HA) in both high and low molecular weights.
Explaining Vycross Technology
Earlier HA fillers were made with 100 percent high molecular weights. A blend of high and low, however, creates a gel that easily molds right after injection. We can therefore provide an aesthetically pleasing and dependable effect with every treatment. This blend also minimizes swelling and, again, contributes to long-lasting results.
In addition, Vyrcross eliminates the lumps and bumps that once prevailed with dermal fillers. These effects could partly be eliminated using the hands, but the gel itself was more granular than smooth. Vycross makes for a silky consistency that injects easily into the treatment area and provides well-defined results.
3. Made with Beneficial Hyaluronic Acid
You might have noticed that just a moment ago, we mentioned HA – the active ingredient in this filler. HA occurs naturally in the body, alerting you to the fact that Voluma is highly safe. This filler also performs overtime duties, igniting the body’s restorative functions to:
- Smooth away fine lines and wrinkles
- Soften and plump skin
- Retain water for skin hydration
- Restore a youthful glow
As an injectable, it immediately adds volume so you walk out of our office with a plumper pout. The effects of treatment will then continue to develop in the coming days and weeks as HA works within your skin’s extra-cellular matrix (ECM) to boost the production of collagen and elastin.
Collagen Is Oh-So Important
This naturally occurring protein gives skin its firm, voluminous appearance. When production is high, your face is free of wrinkles, lines, and folds. But levels gradually start to drop around age 25, meaning your skin has already lost some of its youthful sheen by your mid-30s.
Collagen is also present in the lips, where slow degradation causes them to thin. Injecting HA below the surface, deep into your tissues, supports overall lip structure and jumpstarts collagen production. This is key to restoring the shape, volume, and projection of your lips; it also helps sweep away lines and dryness so your lips look healthier.
4. Address Multiple Concerns on Your Face
This segues into our next point: Voluma can correct common signs of aging in multiple areas of your face. It is ideal for the lips as well as:
- Removing wrinkles around the mouth
- Lifting and filling cheeks
- Filling in hollows beneath cheekbones
- Restoring mid-facial definition
- Enhancing jawline contours
- Correcting skin laxity
As we age, we lose volume in many places, not just the lips. This drags down the face and makes us look older, more fatigued, and less approachable than we really are. But this filler replaces lost volume so skin is lifted and tightened. Lines and wrinkles also disappear so you look completely rejuvenated – like taking a long and restorative vacation.
Contouring the Face
It’s important to remember that not all fillers are created equally. Some only address wrinkles, while others are better suited to just the lips. This multi-faceted treatment works, however, on all levels to also define contours and improve the appearance of your profile.
We only see what’s immediately in front of us when we look in the mirror, meaning we have no idea what we look like from the side. But we take all aspects of your appearance into consideration, and it is for this reason that Voluma works so well in aesthetic treatments. It molds easily into place to help your most attractive features stand-out and improve your appearance from a very broad perspective.
6. More Comfortable Treatment
The Juvederm collection of fillers is formulated with lidocaine, a local anesthetic that temporarily numbs the treatment area. This helps reduce any discomfort you might experience because of the needle used during injections.
For those patients who choose not to undergo treatment because of fear, lidocaine helps eliminate anxiety. We can also apply a topical numbing agent to further enhance your experience and ensure total satisfaction.
7. Quick and Easy Sessions
Patients want aesthetic treatments to deliver on a variety of levels, including sessions that are both quick and easy. Dermal fillers nicely meet these expectations because they are:
- Minimally invasive
- Rapidly delivered
- Targeted in nature
In most cases, fillers can be done in just one appointment. This is true even if you have multiple treatment sites, allowing you to obtain the results you want without repeat office visits.
What to Expect
We start with a consultation that allows us to establish your treatment plan. We base this on an examination of your lips and skin, your general medical history, cosmetic treatments you’ve previously had, and your appearance goals. All of this information allows us to tailor your therapy; we never use a one-size-fits-all approach with dermal fillers.
We’ll likely ask that you follow some pre-treatment guidelines to ensure successful results. For instance, we may recommend you:
- Stop taking pain relievers, such as aspirin, about a week before your session
- Avoid blood-thinning supplements, like fish oil, three to seven days prior
- Cease certain topical products, including retinol, to avoid skin irritation
Most sessions can be completed in 30 to 60 minutes, sometimes slightly more or less. The key to volumizing your lips is ensuring they remain proportionate with the rest of your face. We’ll therefore carefully assess the length and width of your face, as well as the distance from your nose to lips and lips to chin. This deters from overfilling that causes unwanted effects like “duck lips” and “trout pout.”
During your session, we’ll cleanse your treatment sites and apply a topical anesthetic, if needed. Most patients tell us they’re surprised by how quickly and easily injections are completed. After, we’ll recommend additional guidelines that will reflect your unique needs. Some of our recommendations may include:
- Avoid heat and strenuous exercise for a week after treatment
- Stay out of the sun until recovered
- Apply sunscreen every day and wear a hat when outdoors
- Skip alcohol for one or two days
- Do not massage, rub, or squeeze your lips (and other treatment areas) for two weeks
8. Little to No Recovery
Years ago, the healthcare community lauded surgical facelifts for addressing numerous concerns with just one procedure. The downside was a lengthy and often uncomfortable recovery period. Dermal fillers can likewise correct various signs of aging – without requiring that you put your life on hold to recover. Instead, you’re free to resume most normal activities immediately after treatment.
For instance, you can wear makeup and skincare products on the same day as your treatment. You can also return to work or attend social functions. Your tissues usually recover within just two weeks, at which time you’ll see your final results.
A Note About Results
Speaking of results, it’s important you know it takes a small measure of time for HA to sink into your tissues and deliver true effects. We mention this because if you’re not satisfied with your pout immediately following treatment, give it a few days. We can always add filler at a later point if you decide you want more volume, but our goal is to provide natural-looking results.
This is an important time to mention that collagen production continues even after your body has absorbed the HA. This explains how Voluma lasts so much longer than other fillers; it works with the body in a harmonious way. Other products, especially those purchased from the store and applied topically, may temporarily plump the lips and then quickly dissipate.
9. Plays Well with Others
Because of the non-surgical nature of this filler, it can be paired with many other treatments to provide broader results. Our job is to listen to your concerns, suggest corrective measures, and ensure the timing is correct.
For instance, laser treatment can be used to remove scars, while chemical peels can heal current breakouts and prevent future ones. But the proper spacing between therapies is necessary to deliver the desired results and maintain your skin’s fragile health. We can discuss this in greater detail during your consultation when we present your personalized treatment plan.
10. Right for Almost All Patients
Dermal fillers are ideal for almost all patients who want to reverse common signs of aging. But in speaking specifically of the lips, this treatment is perfect even for younger patients who want to add volume. The point is you don’t have to be a certain age to enjoy a plumper pout. And because Voluma is so versatile, it can also be injected around the mouth, in the cheeks, and along the jawline to soften, lift, and contour.
One Treatment, Many Applications
If we had to sum up this filler, we’d say it’s hard-working. You’ll enjoy immediate results, little downtime, and natural-looking enhancement. Equally important, this injectable can be used on different parts of your face and/or mixed with other treatments to deliver the appearance you want. Schedule your consultation today by calling Bentley Skincare & Wellness in Springfield, MO.