Juvederm® for Lip Injections, Volume Loss, and More
Add Volume to the Skin for a More Youthful Look in Newton and the Boston Area
Are you noticing deep lines around your mouth? Maybe your cheeks don’t seem as full as they used to be? Or perhaps your lips have thinned? Over time, skin naturally loses some of the molecular building blocks that give it structure. This results in wrinkles and a loss of plumpness. But there’s no need to accept the hand Mother Nature has dealt us. Dr. Holly Happe uses the Juvederm® family of fillers to add volume for smoothing out lines, restoring youthful contours, and plumping lips with lip injections at the Boston-area Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics.
Dermal fillers are injectable substances, both natural and synthetic, that add youthful plumpness and hydration where you need it most. That may be your cheeks or your lips. Or the area around your mouth and nose where those pesky parentheses-like lines form. Fillers can also create a more defined jawline or augment a weak chin. And they can address hollow temples and under-eye tear troughs. The natural-looking, long-lasting results from these popular skin and lip injections are visible right away.
Dr. Holly Happe, who has served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, is a board-certified physician. She takes a “less-is-more” approach to Juvederm® injections. Too much filler can create an “overly done” look. It is possible to dissolve an excess with a special chemical. (Dr. Happe does this for patients whose injector elsewhere either overused the filler or placed it poorly.) That said, it is better to add a little volume, then a little more if desired, as opposed to overfilling at the outset.
Her sophisticated approach is built on years of experience with cosmetic treatments in general. She also has significant experience specifically with injectables. Dr. Holly Happe’s goal is to work closely with her patients so she can truly understand their desired ultimate look and develop the ideal plan for achieving it.
*Actual patient. Results may vary between individuals.
What is Juvederm®?
All Juvederm products, whether used for facial contouring or lip injections, are clear gels with a hyaluronic acid base.
Hyaluronic acid is a carbohydrate that holds multiple times its own weight in water molecules. Areas of the body that are high in hyaluronic acid tend to be well moisturized or lubricated.
In the skin, hyaluronic acid regularly breaks down and is replaced. But this replenishing cycle slows down as you age. Eventually, hyaluronic acid levels go down in the skin. This reduction also happens to collagen, which is a protein that provides support. That is, collagen builds the framework where hyaluronic acid molecules can gather.
These reductions lead to volume loss in the skin. This can result in everything from the formation of lines and creases to the creation of flat or hollow areas to a thinning of lips that were once plump.
Juvederm® restores volume where it is needed by delivering hydrating hyaluronic acid into the skin. Lip injections bring new fullness to the lips. Filler added to the nasolabial area (around the nose and mouth) smooths out lines. Treatments to the midface serve to “rebuild” the structure there for more youthful contours.
What Conditions Can Juvederm® Treat?
Juvederm® is not a single dermal filler, but a collection of fillers. Each member of the filler family has unique properties and benefits.
Intended for lip injections, Ultra is designed to enhance lips that have thinned due to age-related collagen loss. It also plumps up lips that are naturally thin due to genetics. You don’t have to accept the smile you’ve had throughout your life if you don’t want to. It can also be used to add volume in other areas of the face as desired. Results are expected to last for up to one year.
Wrinkles and folds that form on the face include marionette lines below the mouth and parentheses lines between the mouth and nose. Vollure™ addresses moderate facial lines for up to 18 months. It can also contour cheeks, fill hollow temples or under-eye tear troughs, and add subtle volume to lips.
Juvederm® Ultra Plus
Ultra Plus works on the same areas as Juvederm Vollure™, but is intended for deeper, more severe facial folds. Its thicker formulation makes it better suited for smoothing out more dramatic signs of volume loss. Results can last up to one year.
Volume loss in the midface can create both hollows and jawline-softening tissue sagging. Juvederm Voluma® is the filler for restoring the “apples” of the cheeks. This enhances midface contours, fills in hollows, and lifts the skin to reduce the look of jowling. The longest-lasting member of the Juvederm® family, Voluma® produces results that can be enjoyed for up to two years.
Like Ultra, Volbella® is for lip injections. As opposed to significant fullness, however, these lip injections are designed to add subtle volume to improve definition. This ability has earned it the nickname “injectable lip gloss.” Volbella® can also be used to reduce the look of vertical lip lines, also called smoker’s lines. Results can last up to one year.
See before-and-after photos of cheek, nasolabial, and lip injections in the Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics photo gallery.
What is the Newton Juvederm® Experience?
Dr. Holly Happe will take a complete medical history and perform a total facial examination prior to deciding on any course of action. That includes dermal fillers for lip injections or facial contouring. Her aim is to determine whether Juvederm® would be the best treatment strategy.
Session specifics depend on which member of the Juvederm® family is being used. No matter the filler, injections should take about an hour to administer. Dr. Happe will begin with a conservative approach, as she can always add more Juvederm® filler if desired. Remember, Dr. Happe can also help to correct an “overfilled” look due to excessive cheek or lip injections performed by other injectors.
And speaking of other injectors: Many use needles to administer dermal fillers. While needles work, they are not the only option. As a board-certified anesthesiologist, Dr. Happe is especially in tune with pain minimization. She uses cannulas, which are blunt-tipped injection tools, whenever possible. Since they are rounded instead of pointed, they push aside veins instead of jabbing through them once in the skin. In this way, cannulas reduce the risk of injections into vein and further minimize post-treatment bruising and swelling. They also improve patient comfort.
Results will be visible right away, but may take a while to “settle.” Many patients find that their lips look swollen, bruised, and lumpy at first. Again, this is normal. The desired results of lip injections should appear within two weeks.
Are There Other Injectables for Treating Volume Loss?
Juvederm® is the only filler used for lip injections at Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics, but there are other options for smoothing wrinkles. Bellafill® is another dermal filler used to address facial lines created by loss of collagen and hyaluronic acid. For wrinkles associated with muscle contractions (crow’s feet, forehead lines, etc.), there is BOTOX® Cosmetic, as well as Dysport® and Xeomin®.
What Are the Side Effects?
Dr. Holly Happe maintains a safe environment for performing lip injections and other Juvederm® treatments. Every session will include information on side effects to watch for. Patients can expect temporary injection-site redness, swelling, and bruising—none of which should be of long-term concern. Small bumps or lumps may also form. All these common side effects will resolve soon after they appear.
Learn more about FDA-approved dermal fillers—and products to avoid—here.
What Complements a Juvederm® Treatment?
In addition to addressing facial volume and contour concerns (including lip injections) with Juvederm®, Dr. Holly Happe offers Kybella® to reduce the submental fullness that makes up a double chin. BOTOX® Cosmetic, as well as Dysport® and Xeomin®, is used to smooth wrinkles. And chemical peels or microneedling with PRP can be used to improve skin quality, including texture, tone, and clarity. Find out which may be best for you at Dr. Happe Medical Aesthetics.