You want fuller lips, but you’re not sure how to get them. Different products promise the same results so you have no idea what to choose. We would like to take away the confusion and make a simple recommendation: Volbella. At Dr. James DeStephens, we’ve seen this injectable in action and know it can give the lips you want.
The Pursuit of Fuller Lips
In recent years, the beauty power paradigm has shifted from fashion models to celebrities. A study to understand why women want fuller lips helps confirm this; the scientists looked at models in popular magazines like Vogue and compared their appearances to those of celebrities on social media. The findings were clear: celebrities had bold, sexy lips, while the models did not.
From this, they concluded social media has overtaken the fashion industry in influencing audiences. Because social media helps capture people in more natural moments, that is, not walking down the runway, we’ve accepted that everyone doesn’t need the delicate features fashion models tend to have. Instead, the rest of us are free to embrace curves and volume, especially in our lips.
For so long, we’ve believed thinning lips that take away from our overall facial structure simply had to be accepted. Injectable fillers, however, have completely changed that perception.
These treatments are readily available and, for the reasons listed above, largely mainstream. Where once we might have thought they were only for the rich and famous, we now know anyone can have almost any cosmetic treatment they want, especially one as simple and quick as Volbella.
What Fuller Lips Do for the Face
Many patients long for plumper lips to improve their smiles, especially if they feel their upper lip disappears when they grin. Plump lips also add contour to the face. As we age, the face commonly loses definition in a number of areas, including the cheeks, temples, and jowls. Also in this list are lips, which lose their rosy color and become far less noticeable.
Restoring volume helps give life to the lips. They are immediately more defined and, as such, help your other features stand out more. Lips with more oomph are also perceived as being sexier, a fact rooted in science. Studies confirm that men and women both enjoy a face with bigger eyes, higher cheeks, and fuller lips.
Last but not least, plump lips provide a more feminine appearance. This is because females often have features that are more defined than men. Hence, adding volume is a great way to show off your feminine side.
Treatment Areas with Volbella
This injectable was designed specifically to add volume to lips and treat lines around the mouth. This includes “lipstick lines” that settle in the upper and lower lips.
With an ultra-smooth and crystal clear gel consistency, this filler is injected with a very fine needle. Its formulation adds volume to tissues, provides shape to the cupid’s bow, and smooths wrinkles for a younger, fuller appearance.
What Happens to Lips with Age
The face changes in predictable patterns as we age. Men and women go through this process in slightly different ways, with women experiencing dramatic changes in their lips. Volume subsides with a decrease in collagen production, the upper lip loses prominence, and the lower lip becomes thinner.
The nose, unfortunately, also grows longer as the lower half of the face actually gets smaller. Meanwhile, fatty tissue that started in the cheeks moves downward – thanks to gravity – so jowls and the chin line sag. The combination of all these effects essentially means your lips lose their distinction.
These effects are also known as smokers lines and can develop even in people who have never smoked. They are markedly hard to camouflage, especially when women wear lipgloss and lipstick. Pigmented cosmetics can in fact settle within the lines and make them appear darker.
Why do these lines form? We’ll start with collagen, which gives facial tissue its volume and bounce when we’re younger. The body naturally produces less of this protein with age, which explains why lips lose their original size.
Loss of Hydration
Additionally, our skin produces less oil in later years, leaving it susceptible to chronic dryness. The lips are particularly vulnerable, and lines can easily settle in dehydrated tissues.
This Injectable Is Different
Its formulation is immediately notable, for its active ingredient is hyaluronic acid. The body naturally produces this sugar to, among other tasks, keep skin healthy and hydrated. This means the injectable is well-tolerated and breaks down more slowly than fillers made with synthetic materials.
It also features a light consistency to deliver very natural results. Women who want a more youthful look without a significantly larger pout appreciate this effect. In a nutshell, it can augment your natural contours and eliminate wrinkles for softer, plumper, and smoother lips.
Myths of Lip Fillers
Among the most common myths we hear is that all injectable fillers give the dreaded “duck lip” look. We want to assure you this is not true. Thanks to its light formula, as described above, patients are especially drawn to Volbella because it yields subtle but sexy results.
You won’t look like a duck, especially with this formulation. Instead, you’ll have a naturally restored lip structure that you can further enhance with lipgloss or lipstick – without fear of feathering or revealing wrinkles.
Only Older People Need Fillers
Fillers are no longer relegated to people of a certain age group. For that matter, most cosmetic therapies are designed for a variety of people. We treat patients of all ages who want to plump their pout, whether to counter the effects of time or enhance lips that are naturally thin.
The point is that you don’t need to worry about any stigma attached to cosmetic treatments, including fillers. If you’re not completely satisfied with the appearance of your lips, we recommend you consider augmenting them with a filler. Volbella especially delivers soft results so you look like you, only better.
Full Lips Won’t Work With My Round Face
Plump lips look good on any face; the key is to keep those ratios that are best suited to your overall facial structure. For this reason, we’ll consider your nose, your cheeks, and even the size of your lower lip in relation to your upper before administering treatment.
Taking such a detailed approach will ensure your lips match the size of your face. We further recommend starting slowly with fillers and working your way up if you decide you want a still fuller look. Our goal is to give results that meet your beauty goals.
Lip Fillers Never Look Natural
The truth is that providers who take their time and are skilled with injectable lip fillers can give you completely natural-looking lips. You should also know that today’s formulations are well-advanced in comparison to formulas from years ago.
Finally, different fillers usually have different purposes. This injectable was designed specifically for the lips to provide targeted results that are neither puffy nor unnatural.
You Have to Refill All the Time
This myth likely stems from fillers with lackluster formulas. Volbella lasts around 12 months, so annual touch-up appointments are sufficient for most patients to maintain results. Additionally, results ease gradually because of the way in which the body breaks down hyaluronic acid. This means you won’t have plumper lips one day and deflation the next.
What This Injectable Can Do for You
Results are visible immediately, and each treatment session only takes around 15 to 30 minutes. To soothe your fears, this therapy is also painless, and you can resume most of your daily activities as soon as treatment is complete. While an exact plan will be provided after treatment, we may make a few common recommendations, such as:
- Avoid strenuous exercise for one to three days
- Stay out of the sun for one to three days
- Skip alcoholic beverages for 24 hours
This injectable is widely recognized for its long-lasting results. You can expect to enjoy effects for about a year, as we pointed out earlier. After that point, regularly-scheduled appointments will keep your lips looking plump and rejuvenated. Meaning, this injectable doesn’t require much maintenance.
Some patients don’t want to add volume to their lips but simply want to make them more symmetrical. For instance, one side of the lower lip might be larger than the other side, or the upper and lower lips together may not be proportionate to each other. This filler perfectly corrects these concerns without extensive preparation or recovery periods.
Most People Are Candidates
Some cosmetic therapies come with long lists of people who aren’t eligible for treatment. But with this injectable, most people over the age of 18 are candidates. Some patients may need to delay treatment if they have a fever blister, cold sore, or sunburn on the lips.
Other than these short exclusions, this therapy is very safe. Additionally, because it’s made with non-allergenic ingredients, we don’t need to administer a sample test before treatment.
Complements Additional Therapies
Whether you want to treat the lines in your forehead or add volume to your cheeks, this filler coordinates well with a variety of other therapies. We can even pair it with other injectables to give you the most complete results possible.
Compared to Other Treatments
Volbella is unique among injectable fillers in that it’s made with a proprietary technique known as Vycross technology. This means it is easily spreadable to deliver uniform, consistent results across both lips. Some formulations, because they are thicker, can clump or simply yield uneven results. But that’s never a problem with this filler.
When compared to laser lip plumping, this injectable delivers far longer-lasting results; a year versus two or three months. Laser therapy also requires multiple treatments to achieve the desired effects, while this treatment usually only requires one session. The results with Volbella are additionally more visible, with the ability to target specific concerns.
Lip glosses that promise to plump your lips usually contain oils that cause temporary swelling. The key here is temporary, because results last only as long as the gloss is in place. As soon as you eat or drink, you’ll need to reapply, a habit that can become tedious throughout the course of one night.
When purchasing a gloss, you have no idea if it will actually work. Results with this injectable are tried and true, and your lips will stay firmly plump for much longer than just a night.
A Prettier Pout
Your face is front and center every day. Our job is to help you feel confident in your appearance. One of the simplest and most effective ways to do this is with fuller, smoother lips. Call Dr. James DeStephens, today to see how this treatment can benefit you.