A Little Lip Service

They creep up when you least expect it.  At first, you might think that’s just a shadow as the light hits your face from a certain angle.  Or maybe you wonder if your skin is too dry causing some little ridges.  But, eventually, you realize those lines above your lips are only growing deeper and more noticeable.

Commonly referred to as “smoker’s lines” these wrinkles are actually called perioral rhytids and result from a loss of skin elasticity and collagen.  They can occur whether or not you’ve ever had a cigarette habit, though smoking definitely advances their development.  However, other factors can contribute to aging of skin in the perioral area — genetics play a big part, as does sun damage and habitual movements such as pursing lips together while concentrating or even clenching teeth.  To better understand how this happens, think of those aging dermal layers as having a stress response similar to crêpe tissue paper which when crumpled up repetitively will eventually no longer flatten and could become brittle.  Your skin loses its resilience in much the same way.

So, as you notice the lines and curse your feathered lipstick, think about how they originated and then consider the possibility of reducing their appearance with injections of Juvéderm Volbella XC.  At Robinson Facial Plastic Surgery (RFPS), our Advanced Aesthetic Injector, Michelle Giglio, PA-C, notices the demand for specific attention to these types of wrinkles.  “My patients constantly worry about treating fine lines around the mouth without adding any volume or plumping,” Giglio remarks.  “Volbella works perfectly for this. It’s super fine and smoothes lines.”

The specific formulation of Volbella produces an injectable that’s ideal for the needs of the perioral region.  The Allergan laboratories, through their unique Vycross technology, has engineered a gel which blends hyaluronic acid (HA) into various molecular weights and at lower concentrations, thus giving a more effective application to the delicate lip area.

Hyaluronic acid is already present in the body, bonding with water to provide a cushion, but as with so many other organic substances, HA diminishes with age.  By adapting an HA-based filler to include some low-weight molecules and some higher-weight molecules, Vycross technology creates a smoother gel which responds to the contours of the skin to better mimic the balance in younger tissue.  Injecting Volbella subtly puts back what age has diminished without any stiff or artificial side effects. The innovations in this formula allows for gentle flexibility while still maintaining a long-lasting, natural result.

Take back your smile and reclaim your trademark smooch!
Call us today 770-667-3090 to schedule a consultation with Michelle Giglio, PA-C to learn how Volbella can help you reduce lip lines.