Lip Fillers (Volbella)

When it comes to your lips, you want expert care as you pursue aesthetic procedures to enhance your appearance. As a board-certified surgeon and soft tissue specialist with over a decade of experience, Dr. Leslie Smith is internationally recognized as an expert in her field. With ample know-how in lip filler and lip enhancement procedures, Dr. Smith uses minimally invasive techniques to create a natural, fuller, more youthful contour of the lips. If you’re considering lip augmentation, schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Smith for a treatment that can help create the look you want.

Beautiful, natural-looking lip fillers aren’t just for the young! As age takes its toll on the skin’s dermal structure, the lips become vulnerable to the same aging process as the face, often leading to thinning lips and a loss of definition. Reduced collagen levels can also cause wrinkles and fine vertical lines to develop around the mouth, producing an aged or worn appearance. The lips are a focal feature; when they begin to lose volume or show signs of aging, it can affect your entire profile. Lip fillers can not only eliminate signs of aging around the mouth but also restore their volume and youthful shape to redefine the lower half of the face.

Benefits of Lip Fillers

Lip fillers offer a quick, noninvasive way to achieve fuller lips and eliminate any fines lines or wrinkles that appear around the mouth. Beyond their ability to create or restore volume, lip injections can shape, define and hydrate naturally chapped lips. A lip filler procedure involves injecting small amounts of a gel-like substance into areas of the lips requiring enhancement. At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics in Minneapolis, Dr. Smith can perform this 15-minute in-office treatment to help you sculpt the lips you desire.

Most lip filler formulations contain hyaluronic acid, a substance that the body produces naturally. As a result of the aging process, depleted amounts of this substance account for much of the reason why fine lines and wrinkles form. The benefits of lip fillers include working to support and reshape the tissue that makes up the lips.

Other benefits of lip enhancement include:

  • A minimally invasive treatment that can be performed quickly and requires no downtime.
  • The ability to pace your treatments to achieve a gradual, subtle enhancement effect.
  • Injected amounts can be controlled, so lip volume and shape is entirely customizable.
  • Results are produced immediately, with the full outcome appearing within three to four days once minor swelling subsides.
  • Results can last up to six months or more.

Lip Fillers at Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics Dr. Smith specializes in cosmetic procedures and has over ten years of experience in the field. She has also been recognized as one of the best plastic surgeons in Minnesota, and is driven by her passion for creating fulfilling and natural-looking results. She performs lip augmentation at her premier clinic in Wayzata, Minneapolis using Juvéderm Volbella, the newest filler agent on the market. Understanding that each patient’s features and expectations are different, Dr. Smith will take time during your consultation to consider your unique aesthetic goals and determine the best way to achieve your desired look. By envisioning the result in harmony with your unique facial aesthetic, Dr. Smith will help you create a profile that enhances and complements the natural beauty of your features.

Juvéderm Volbella

Juvéderm Volbella is formulated with hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring sugar molecule in the body, used to enhance the look and shape of facial features, particularly the lips. Since the level of hyaluronic acid depletes as the body ages, the face develops visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, sagging skin and thinning lips. By directly replenishing the skin with hyaluronic acid, Volbella restores youth and vitality to the lips while smoothening the area around the mouth. The injections also work to naturally hydrate the lips, creating a more plump and radiant appearance. Lip fillers offer a comfortable and highly effective way to restore the youthful curve and definition of the lips.

Volbella is part of the VYCROSS® Collection manufactured by Allergan, the makers of Botox. VYCROSS® technology uniquely blends different molecular weights of hyaluronic acid to increase the lifespan of the Volbella treatment. Cross-linking hyaluronic acid molecules also helps to create a smoother, more efficient filler with more significant results. A smoother filler means that our patients are less likely to experience pain and swelling during and after treatment, and results are long-lasting and naturally convincing. The formula also includes lidocaine, a topical anesthetic, further ensuring a comfortable and mostly pain-free treatment, particularly in sensitive areas like the lips.

Volbella is FDA approved for lip augmentation and is designed to plump, add fullness and reshape the lips. For patients who are afraid of looking “overdone” or “fake”, rest assured that Volbella’s buildable nature means that it can be used to create extremely subtle, soft, and natural-looking enhancements – the “you-but-better” look. For patients seeking more volume in the lips, Dr. Smith can also customize the procedure to help you create a more pronounced pout or lift.

As the newest dermal filler agent on the market, Volbella is the first injectable lip enhancement product approved by the FDA for use in treating perioral rhytids or perioral lines. Perioral lines, commonly referred to as smoker’s lines, are the fine vertical lines that develop on the outside of the mouth and begin to appear as the skin ages and loses hydration. By filling these creases and plumping the lips and surrounding skin, lip augmentation can significantly decrease signs of facial aging. In the past, perioral lines have been difficult to treat, so Dr. Smith is excited to offer a solution that works.

Beyond its ability to rejuvenate the lips, Volbella can also help to smooth away facial pitting caused by acne. At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics, treatments are customized to the needs, condition and aesthetic goals of each patient. Dr. Smith will work with you individually to determine which manner of application is most suitable for your concerns. When performed by a qualified and experienced physician like Dr. Leslie Smith, the results of Volbella injections can last up to one year. Please note that Volbella is only recommended for patients 22 years of age or older and has not been clinically tested in younger patients.

Volbella boasts a myriad of benefits for the right patients, including:

  • Minimally invasive
  • No incisions necessary and no scarring
  • Quick procedure time
  • No downtime
  • FDA approved
  • Only product on the market specifically designed to treat perioral lines
  • Results last up to one year
  • Versatile product that can address a range of facial imperfections
  • Regular annual appointments can yield long-lasting and satisfying results

Lip Fillers FAQs

Is Volbella Safe?

Yes, Volbella has been approved by the FDA and has a long record of safety as a cosmetic injection.

Is the Lip Enhancement Procedure Painful?

When the filler is injected, you may feel a slight-pinching sensation. However, the filler formula includes the topical anesthetic lidocaine, which should minimize any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Dr. Smith takes every measure to ensure you are comfortable through all parts of the process, so she also ices your lips after the procedure to minimize any discomfort. You can opt to have your lips numbed beforehand, similar to when a dentist injects a topical anesthetic into your gums. A numbing cream can also be used if you prefer.

Are There Side Effects to Lip Injections?

Slight bruising, swelling and tenderness are common side effects from lip filler procedures, though this should only last a few days. Since hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance within the body, the likelihood of having an allergic reaction to the ingredient is minimal.

What’s Involved with a Lip Filler Procedure?

At Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics – one of Minnesota’s leading cosmetic clinics – Dr. Smith offers an advanced and comfortable lip enhancement procedure. After examining your condition and discussing your aesthetic goals, she will begin by marking the injection sites where the fillers will be placed. She will then clean the area with alcohol and apply numbing cream or a local anesthetic, depending on the method you have discussed. Once the area has been numbed, Dr. Smith injects the formula into your lips and targeted areas and applies ice packs once the procedure is complete.

When Can I Expect to See Results?

Results of the treatment will appear relatively instantly. However, there will be swelling in the area, so it may take two or three days to see the accurate effects of treatment. Due to the swelling, you may also experience slight unevenness of the lips, though once the swelling has subsided, you will see the final result.

What’s Involved with Recovery?

The side effects of Volbella treatments are minor but can include swelling, bruising, redness, pain, itching, discoloration, and tenderness. If these symptoms develop, they usually subside within a few days after the injections. Volbella requires little to no recovery time, so you can return to work or resume regular activity once the procedure is finished.

How Long Do Lip Injection Results Last?

The duration of results will vary for each patient. Volbella treatments have been found to last from nine months to one year. For those seeking to maintain optimal and long-lasting results, annual appointments are generally recommended, though you may discover subsequent treatments require less product to produce the same effects.

What Happens During A Consultation?

At her highly recognized clinic in Plymouth, Minneapolis, Dr. Smith will host a one-on-one complimentary lip filler consultation where she encourages you to openly discuss your concerns and cosmetic goals. During the consultation, Dr. Smith will ask you about your expectations regarding the results and the look you are hoping to achieve, which she will draw on to customize your treatment. She will also conduct a thorough examination of your medical history to ensure it is safe to proceed with the lip filler procedure. Dr. Smith will then walk you through the steps of the process to ensure you are fully aware of what to expect during and after treatment.

Lip fillers are an excellent, highly advanced and minimally invasive way to restore volume to the lips. Beyond their ability to create a plump and fuller contour, the injections can also hydrate dry or naturally chapped lips and reverse signs of aging. If you would like to reshape or redefine your lips through augmentation, or eliminate fine lines around the mouth, call Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics in Minneapolis, MN at 952-460-1970 to schedule your consultation, or fill out our online form. Contact our clinic today to find out how Volbella can rejuvenate and enhance your look to create beautiful, long-lasting and natural-looking lips.