By Dr. Maria Lombardo

In the world of cosmetic surgery, the facial filler has been around for a long time.  In the 1980’s collagen was first approved for injection and through the years many new products have been introduced. We have come a long way from using an injectable filler to just “fill in a line” on your face and are using volume to restore a more youthful look.

The lips and surrounding areas lose volume with time (read: aging) and for years fillers have been used to add back fullness.  Gone are the days of overly plumped, unnatural looking lips.  Patients want subtle improvements and a youthful look that doesn’t distract from their “normal” appearance.

The brand new filler Juvederm Volbella® XC adds a unique, innovative option for the lips and lines around the lips.  It is an injectable filler based on hyaluronic acid (HA) that provides a desirable improvement in the lip contour, boosting volume, smoothing vertical creases (smoker’s lines), and achieving symmetry – all in a single comfortable treatment.


Juvederm Volbella® XC lip injections are recommended for smoother, softer consistency that mimics the natural feel of your lips for a longer time.  For up to a year in most patients. 

HA fillers are not new but the formulation of Juvederm Volbella® XC is different.  It has been formulated with an innovative combination of low and high molecular weight technology, which improves the cross-linking efficiency of HA chains. This more effective cross-linking allows for a lower concentration of HA to be used, which results in less swelling. The Vycross technology delivers an ultra-smooth gel, which results in a natural look and feel, as well as improved duration.  That basically means: It has a softer feel and lasts longer! 

The procedure involves using a topical numbing cream for several minutes to make the injection more comfortable.  The injection itself should only take a few minutes.  Afterward, topically applied ice packs are used to reduce swelling and any possible bruising. 

The injection of facial fillers is very artistic.  Always get treated by a physician with a lot of experience and a flair for the creative!  There is defiantly not a “one size fits all” approach to volume replacement.  At Lombardo Cosmetic Surgery we offer complimentary consultations to discuss what options are available and the best approach to achieve your goals.  Call today 760-610-8990 to make an appointment to talk about this exciting new filler option with Dr. Maria Lombardo.

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