Volbella was FDA approved in April of 2016 and Long Island Plastic Surgical Group is among the first in the Long Island area to offer this new and exciting product. Learn more about Volbella in this Q&A with Dr. Michael Dobryansky.
Q. What is JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC and how does it differ from other products on the market?
A. Volbella is an injectable gel newly released by Allergan, the makers of Botox® Cosmetic and the Juvederm family of fillers. Volbella is made up of a modified form of HA (Hyaluronic Acid). HA is a naturally occurring sugar found in the human body. The role of HA in the skin is to deliver nutrients and help the skin retain its natural moisture and softness. Volbella is a thinner filler in relation to the rest of the Juvederm family, and a direct competitor to Dysport’s Restylane Silk product.
Q. Where can Volbella be used?
A. Volbella was designed for lip augmentation and for correction of perioral rhytids (lip lines). I would also consider this product for the tear trough area, which is the area under the eye and next to the nose. Over time, the fat pads under the eye deplete, and can create a hallow look. Because Volbella is a thinner filler, it can be placed more superficially under the skin. I have personally found that this product results in visible, yet subtle improvements.
Q. Who is a good candidate?
A. This product is indicated for adults over the age of 21. Every person ages differently, and as we age, the fat volume in our face decreases, we specifically see this around the lips, cheeks, and the under eye area. There are different fillers available for treating different parts of the face, I would recommend speaking to your plastic surgeon about the best treatment for your individual concern.
Q. How long does it last?
A. Volbella is brand new to the market, and claims to last for up to 12 months.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. At our practice, the pricing for Volbella is comparable to Juvederm Ultra, and is the same price as Restylane Silk, which is $600 for a syringe. Keep in mind if you are a Brilliant Distinctions member, you are entitled to additional discounts from Allergan, the parent company of Volbella.
Q. Is Volbella right for me?
A. Potential patients are welcome to come in for a complimentary consultation, and don’t forget to ask how you can get $100 off your first treatment.
*Photo courtesy of Dr. Kent Remington, provided by Allergan.