When patients visit California Skin Institute to address lip wrinkles, our providers can offer a number of treatment options to address perioral lines and loss of volume in the lips. For patients experiencing early onset of these problems gentle exfoliation of the skin around the lips may produce the desired result, as well as the use of special topical creams. However, moderate to severe lip wrinkles and loss of volume may need to be addressed with hyaluronic acid fillers.
One of the newest such treatments on the market is Juvederm Volbella. It received FDA approval in June 2016, and this thin gel is formulated specifically for achieving nuanced enhancements of the lips. But before considering how Volbella works, it’s important to first look at why lip wrinkles form.
Why Lip Wrinkles Form
There are many reasons for the formation of lip wrinkles, and many causes work together for a combined exacerbated effect.
- Loss of Collagen: As our body ages, the collagen network within our skin becomes depleted. Collagen is vital for skin elasticity, as it keeps the skin taut and helps it bounce back into shape. When collagen levels become depleted, however, the skin on and around the lips can begin to lose its youthful texture and shape.
- Age-Related Tissue Depletion: Another cause of lip wrinkles is the gradual depletion of fatty tissue under the skin. In the same way this can cause the appearance of hollow cheeks, depletion of fats can also make the lips look smaller. Further, the lack of support beneath the skin can exacerbate the appearance of wrinkles. This can be so profound that the lips may appear to have changed their shape.
- Bad Habits: Smokers are at an especially high risk of developing severe lip wrinkles due to the constant puckering when drawing on a cigarette. Repeating this action tens of thousands of times over the years causes strong creases to form on and around the lips. Further, smoking affects blood circulation in general, as well as the flow of blood to the skin. With less oxygen and nutrients available, the skin may age faster.
How Volbella Works
In order to treat lip wrinkles, Volbella relies on the benefits of hyaluronic acid. This chemical has become popular in dermal fillers due to its ability to attract and hold moisture, in addition to its natural presence in the human body, which reduces chances of an adverse reaction.
When injected into the lips, Volbella will provide immediate volume in the area to smooth out lip wrinkles. However, the hyaluronic acid will continue to attract moisture to the lips to help maintain this volume longer.
It’s important to note that unlike Juvederm Voluma or Belotero, for example, Volbella is specifically formulated for lip injections. Its texture and molecular chain structure were developed to keep the lips soft and natural after the injection.
Is Volbella better than Restylane Silk?
Both Volbella and Restylane Silk were developed specifically for injection into the lips. However, both have subtle differences in the results they create. To better understand which of these fillers is right for you, please schedule a consultation with a California Skin Institute provider who will review your unique situation and create a customized treatment plan.
Volbella Injection Technique
One of the most important aspects of administering any dermal filler to reduce lip wrinkles is the injection technique. Though fillers like Volbella and Restylane Silk can produce dramatic improvements in appearance, they must be injected in a way that creates a balanced shape in the lips that interplays with other facial features to improve overall appearance.
Your Volbella Consultation
California Skin Institute providers have extensive expertise with treating lip wrinkles with fillers like Volbella. The best results are achieved through a personalized treatment plan that focuses on the unique needs of the patient. Please schedule your consultation by calling a CSI practice near you, or schedule online now.