Sometimes, little changes can make a big difference—especially on the face. Even a few small wrinkles are enough to make you look older, particularly when they appear in a place that gets a lot of attention, such as on and around the mouth. Fortunately, changes can go both ways. Using Volbella®, Fort Worth's Dr. Peter Damico can treat fine lines to give your lips and mouth a more youthful look.
The injectable from Allergan joined the Juvederm® family of hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers in 2016, giving patients an option to change their smile for the better. Volbella® is designed to fine tune the lips and lip area, working as a standalone treatment or complementing the volumizing effects of other treatments.
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Dermal fillers are known primarily for adding volume to the skin where injected. While Volbella® is a dermal filler, the amount of gel injected is very small, allowing Dr. Damico to get rid of tiny, but noticeable fine lines and wrinkles that have developed over time.
Fillers come in a variety of formulas. As noted above, Volbella® and other Juvederm® products have hyaluronic acid as their active ingredient. The naturally occurring carbohydrate plays a critical role in the body, where it retains moisture and helps keep skin smooth and pliant.
Over time, hyaluronic acid produced by the body breaks down, and processes that replace it slow. This leads to an increasing loss of it in the skin. Together with a similar breakdown in collagen and elastin production, the diminished hyaluronic acid levels cause wrinkles and lines to form. These are known as “static wrinkles"—developing as beneficial components in the skin dwindle—as opposed to "dynamic wrinkles," which develop due to repetitive muscle movement.
Dr. Damico personally handles all of the injections at Skin Care Forth Worth, after first discussing a patient's aesthetic goals during a consultation and determining whether Volbella® truly is the best option for achieving them.
The injections take only minutes to complete, and some change will be immediately visible, though some initial swelling will occur. Once "settled," the effects of Volbella® can last for a year, after which patients who want to continue to enjoy lips free of fine lines can return for another session.
Several volume-focused dermal fillers are available at Skin Care Fort Worth, including Juvederm® XC to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and corner lines. The related Voluma®, also a Juvederm product, restores mid-face volume to fill out sunken areas and lift sagging tissue.
Radiesse® not only adds volume where injected, but also stimulates new collagen production for ongoing improvement.
Dr. Damico uses BOTOX® to relax key muscles that cause dynamic wrinkles on the forehead and crow's feet next to the eyes. He can explain how these injectables can be used separately or combined for the best overall rejuvenating effect. Patients should ask any questions they have about fillers or other treatments at their initial consultation.