Latest developments from the IMCAS, Paris 2013 Congress …
Dr Sly Nedic from the 8th Sense Medi-Spa has just returned from the IMCAS /Paris 2013 Congress – one of the biggest events in Aesthetics and Plastic surgery. The congress reports on all the latest devices, products and techniques which deliver the best results. This time, the highlight belongs to Volbella: a revolutionary new filler which treats the lips and peri-oral (mouth) area.
You can finally have those beautiful lips – with minimum swelling or bruising. Even more importantly, your husband and your best friend will never notice anything artificial about your new look. Allergan R developed this revolutionary filler for the specific purpose of avoiding the infamous and aesthetically unpleasant ‘trout pouts’.
Thanks to Volbella, we can now all enjoy smooth, natural looking lips and peri-oral (mouth) area. It’s suitable for women and men of all ages – as well as ethnic groups. Even those who have fine peri-oral lines (known as ‘smoker’s lines’ or ‘barcode’ lines) can be efficiently erased.
What is Volbella Filler?
This new dermal filler is specially designed to not only gently restore natural-looking lip volume, but also to precisely define lip contours and treat ‘downward’ lip corners. It also smoothes the ‘smoker’s lines’ around the lips, thereby restoring a youthful look.
Developed by using the Allergan’s R proprietary Vycross TM technology, Juvéderm’s Volbella is formulated with an innovative technology that combines low and high molecular weight technology. This improves the cross-linking efficiency of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) chains. As a consequence, lower concentrations of HA can be used, thus decreasing swelling to a minimum. Ultra-smooth gel results in a natural look and feel, while still improving on the duration. It can now last up to 12 months.
In addition to this innovative technology, the filler contains painkilling Lidocaine anesthetic – making this procedure less painful. Lip augmentation can be done without any bruising, largely due to the fact that the needles used are super thin. There is no other filler on the aesthetic market that has all these properties.
“For me, Juvéderm’s Volbella with Lidocaine is a real evolution in peri-oral treatment. It has been uniquely designed for a natural look, with less swelling compared to other lip fillers. This enables my patients to return to everyday life more quickly,” says Dr. Hervé Raspaldo, a facial plastic surgeon and board member of the European Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (EAFPRS), who has done 1.5 years of clinical trials with Volbella.
He adds: “This is the only dermal filler clinically proven to last up to 12 months in the lips with a single treatment, so it gives a long-lasting effect. I look forward to including it in my portfolio of dermal fillers”. Clinical studies showcased an excellent safety profile, while proving long lasting results, a natural looking effect and a high satisfaction rate in patients.
In fact, 86% of patients reported improvement in the look and feel after 9 months, while 57% reported an improvement after a year. These findings were published in the Clinical, Cosmetic an Interventional Dermatology.
What to Expect?
The lips will look naturally enhanced, smooth and well hydrated immediately after the procedure. Patients will be able to resume their duties straight after this intervention – without worrying that someone will notice the swelling. ”You don’t have to send your husband on a business trip to enhance your lips, nor will you have to hide the whole weekend until the swelling goes away,” Dr Nedic tells her patients. “With this amazing filler, extensive swelling will simply not happen. And thanks to the specific technology of Volbella, there is no danger of acquiring “duck” looking lips… which South African women are largely afraid of”.
How successfully can this filler erase ‘smoker’s lines’?
Very successfully! ‘Smokers lines’ are related to Collagen and Elastine decrease in the mouth area. It usually happens at the time when Estrogen depletion reaches its peak in ageing women, or Testosterone depletion in men. Until now, aesthetic doctors and plastic surgeons did not have a good product to inject into this area without the risk of creating an unnatural look. It was really difficult to erase those lines, even in combination with other techniques such as lasers, microdermabrasions and peels. This product’s latest technology allows it to be injected superficially… without having an uneven or an unnatural look.