Forget about the Kardashian derrieres for a moment. Let's talk lips. Lip enhancement is all the thing these days for those looking for a perkier pucker or a prettier pout.
And now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has added a puffy new weapon to dermatologists' quiver -- Juvederm Vobella XC. It's been widely used in Europe since 2011 and now will be coming to these shores.
Juvederm Volbella XC uses a filler called Vycross, which can be used for lip enhancement, to correct volume loss in the cheeks, and to smooth perioral rhytids, the lines and wrinkles that form around the mouth, according to a report by Rx411.
Collagen was once the most common substance used to plump the skin, but it’s not used as much today -- nor are fat injections. Besides Juvederm Vobella XC, there are several other fillers, all containing hyaluronic acid, or a similar substance. Once injected, the gel in the filler supports and shapes the tissues.
It might sound exotic, but the American Society of Plastic Surgeons reports about 2.4 million dermal filler procedures were performed in 2015. It’s #2 (after Botox injections) on the Society’s list of minimally invasive procedures and costs anywhere from $400 to $800.
The procedure takes only 15 minutes to an hour. Injection sites are marked, numbered, and then the drug is injected. The patient's face may be puffy and numb, but that usually lasts less than a day.
Juvederm Volblla XC is expected to be available in October 2016.