Is Volbella Right for Me?

Injectable lip fillers have come a long way in their time on the market. Volbella, approved relatively recently as an injectable filler, is a great way to subtly plump your lips for a perfect pout. Here’s how to know if it’s the right choice.

What is Volbella?

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In the world of famous lips like those of Kylie Jenner, Scarlet Johansson, and Angelina Jolie, it’s clear that a full, plump pout is the way to go. However, many women’s genetics mean they are born with thinner lips. As the newest of the Juvéderm family of fillers, Volbella is an injectable that was recently approved by the FDA to help women attain natural-looking but fuller lips. Volbella also softens fine lines around the mouth that may come with age. Using Vycross, which blends different weights of hyaluronic acid, Volbella lasts for up to a year, which is much longer than many other fillers on the market.

Is Volbella the right fit?

Volbella is a great solution for any women who want fuller lips, whether they were born with thin lips or their lips have decreased in volume with age. Because Volbella has a smooth, uniform consistency, it is also perfect for those who want their dermal fillers to look subtle and natural. Volbella lasts for up to a year, making it ideal for those who do not want to get fillers on a regular basis; the long-lasting effects can even make it more affordable than other options, although financing is always available. It is also a great fit for those who want to correct naturally occurring asymmetry of the lips.

What is the Volbella treatment like?

As with any cosmetic procedure, the first step of Volbella treatment is to have a consultation with an expert team of dermatologists. By inquiring about medical history and areas that need to be corrected, your team will determine if Volbella is the right fit. During the procedure, local anesthetic numbs the site before injections are made with an ultra-fine needle. Then, the area may be massaged to spread the filler evenly, and ice will be applied to reduce discomfort and swelling.

Because of its plumping and anti-aging properties, Volbella has become a popular solution for those seeking fuller, natural-looking lips. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call William Franckle, MD, FACS at (856) 772-6500.


What Is Restylane Silk?

With so many options for achieving fuller lips—from injectable fillers to plumping glosses—it can be hard to keep track of which treatment is which, let alone which treatment is best. While the best method of lip enhancement should only be decided by consulting with a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Franckle, here’s the low-down on one popular method, Restylane Silk.

What Is Restylane Silk?

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Restylane Silk is the first injectable filler designed specifically for lip enhancement. It can also treat lines and wrinkles around the mouth, a combination which can lead to more precise lip shaping. Like many fillers, Restylane Silk is made of hyaluronic acid, but this particular filler is made from smaller, smoother particles than other Restylane products. This particle formation, when used with a specially designed ultra-fine needle, may lead to highly precise results that typically last six to 12 months.

Is the Procedure Safe?

Restylane Silk is FDA approved to augment lips and smooth wrinkles in patients over 21. Like most non-invasive procedures, it is an outpatient treatment with no necessary downtime. Furthermore, hyaluronic acid, the primary ingredient, is a sugar naturally produced by the human body, which reduces any risk of an allergic reaction. However, as with any procedure, consulting with a physician is the best way to determine whether a treatment will be safe and effective for the individual patient.

Will There be any Redness or Bruising?

Redness commonly occurs around the treatment area, but it usually subsides within an hour. Bruising sometimes also occurs around the injection site during the first week after treatment. However, this bruising is typically mild and can be easily covered with makeup.

More Questions?

William Franckle, MD, FACS is always happy to provide patients with information so they can make the most informed choice about any procedures they undergo. For further information about this injectable filler, including which additional non-surgical treatments can best be paired with a lip augmentation, please refer to our Restylane Silk page. To find out if this method of lip enhancement is right for you, call 856-772-6500 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.


Guide for Men Considering Dermal Fillers

Whereas maintaining a youthful, healthy appearance was once thought of as a woman’s worry, nowadays men take pains to take care of their looks, too. Nevertheless, when it comes to cosmetic surgery, men are often more reluctant than women—which is why so many men opt for non-surgical options using dermal fillers. These products offer the very benefits men want most: immediate, long-lasting improvements with no need for the knife and limited downtime for recovery. Here are some guide points specifically for men who are considering injectable fillers.

Dermal Fillers for the Male Face

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Environment, aging, and everyday activity all take their toll on the skin. Men’s faces have to deal with exposure, damage, and gender-specific issues, just as women’s do. The harsher the work, the longer the hours, the higher the stress, and the harder the play—the more the skin suffers. Also, some illnesses can mar and prematurely age the male face.

Injectable fillers can rapidly replace lost volume in the face where gaunt, creased cheeks and shadowed, sunken eyes occur. They can also reduce or remove the appearance of indented acne scars and stress lines in men of any age. Applied skillfully beneath the skin, these products bind with water molecules to help restore volume and tautness to smooth the skin’s surface and rejuvenate the face.

Male vs. Female Facial Anatomies

Fillers help give the face back its youthfulness by reinforcing its support structure. Men and women do have different facial anatomies, and those differences signal the perception of masculinity or femininity in facial features. In general, male cheekbones are lower and flatter, whereas rounder, higher “apple” cheeks are a common feature of the female face. Men are generally hairier and thicker-skinned than women overall, including in the face.

Dr. Franckle is experienced with facial injectables for men and understands the importance of visual balance. He can progressively fill the lower eyelids and upper cheeks to reduce shadowing yet maintain the sharpness of male facial angles. Balanced injections can help restore proportion and vitality to a “tired” male face without an “over-plumped,” or feminine-looking results.

Choosing the Right Products

Some dermal fillers, like the Restylane® line, work best in under-eye applications, while others such as the Juvéderm products provide longer-lasting results for cheeks. An experienced physician knows the latest products and will recommend options based on the patient’s goals. At our office, Dr. Franckle uses a 3-D imaging program to help his patients visualize potential results before deciding on any procedure.

For optimal results, men should consult with a board-certified plastic surgeon who has advanced experience administering dermal filler injections for men, like Dr. William Franckle, MD, FACS at Premier Plastic Surgery Arts. If you live in the Voorhees area, call us at 856-772-6500 or contact us online to schedule a consultation about using dermal fillers to enhance the male face.


Five Surprising Ways People Use Injectable Fillers

Injectable fillers are well known for plumping areas of the face that have lost volume. The lips, cheeks and smile lines are the most common, but that’s not all they’re used for. Here are some surprising ways that non-surgical injectables can help create a younger and healthier look.

Chin Augmentation

Woman smiling with her hand on her neckAlthough a chin augmentation can involve an invasive surgery, for some, similar results can be achieved in a much simpler way. With the use of dermal fillers, volume can be added in certain areas and a natural looking augmentation to the chin can be achieved. Just a small change can have a significant effect on the shape of the entire face.

Acne Scars

Severe cases of acne can often leave behind small, indented scars. For those who are frustrated with these scars, dermal fillers can restore the sunken areas, bringing them to the same level as the surrounding skin, and drastically reducing the appearance of the scarring.

Hand Rejuvenation

It’s not uncommon to see the first signs of aging in the hands, yet it is most often the area of the body we forget to treat. Loose skin, volume loss, or visible veins can all be alleviated with a calcium-based gel filler.

Foot Fillers

Although foot fillers can be used for cosmetic reasons, they can also be used to relieve soreness. Working similarly to gel insoles padding a shoe, these dermal fillers can cushion the balls of the feet, which bears the brunt of a body’s weight during walking or running.

Hollow Temples

Having hollow temples from aging is a commonly overlooked feature when it comes to facial rejuvenation. It can result in bones protruding more, creating an aged or unhealthy look. However, a small amount of dermal filler can restore volume to this area for a natural and healthy appearance, and can last as long as two years.

Dermal fillers aren’t just for the lips and cheeks. These small, unknown adjustments can take years off of any appearance.


Q&A: Your Guide to Injectable Fillers

Did you know that many unwanted signs of aging (i.e. wrinkles) can be attributed to volume loss in the face? As we age, we naturally lose fat under the skin and fine lines and wrinkles appear. Injectable fillers replace lost volume under the skin for a smoother, softer, more youthful appearance. If you’ve been considering injectable fillers, here’s what you need to know. Woman smiling with her hand on her neck

What are dermal fillers used for?

Injectable fillers are appropriate and effective for several aesthetic goals, including softening facial creases and wrinkles, enhancing facial contours, smoothing acne scars, plumping lips for a fuller appearance, and decreasing bags under the eyes. These effects are temporary and must be repeated to achieve long-term results. The treatment is done in the office and typically takes less than 30 minutes.

What are the different types of dermal fillers?

Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most popular choices for filling in fine lines and wrinkles. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, with a greater concentration in skin cells. Synthetic wrinkle fillers are used for the same purpose and tend to last longer than those that contain substances already found in the skin. Autologous wrinkle fillers, or fat injection, makes use of your own fat to plump areas of the face that has lost volume. Fat is removed from one area of the body, prepared, then injected into the face.

How long do injectable fillers last?

You’ll likely enjoy the effects of an injectable filler treatment for six months all the way up to 2 years, depending on the type of filler used and how it reacts with your skin. When your desired results start to fade, fillers can safely be used again.

Who is a good candidate for dermal fillers?

Injectables are ideal for those who want a younger, refreshed appearance without the recovery time associated with traditional plastic surgery. Dermal fillers generally provide a more subtle change than invasive procedures. If you are interested in more permanent results, you may want to consider a surgical procedure, such as a face lift or brow lift. The ideal candidate for injectable fillers is a non-smoker in good overall health who is committed to ongoing skin care and has realistic expectations about what this treatment can achieve.

What’s the recovery like?

Most people resume regular activities immediately following the treatment, though intense physical activity should be avoided for 48 hours. Some may experience redness or temporary numbness at the injection site, mild bruising, or minor swelling. Icing and massage help to resolve these side effects within a few hours.

If you want to look younger and more rested but are not ready to commit to a surgical procedure, call 856-772-6500 to talk with Dr. Franckle about the benefits of injectable fillers. He can recommend a treatment plan based on your aesthetic goals.