Volbella® XC injectable dermal filler product and packaging. Source: Allergan. Please see the manufacturer’s Indications and Important Safety Information for further information.
Downtime / Recovery
This treatment involves little to no downtime, and patients often return to work immediately after treatment. There may be slight bleeding or redness at the injection sites, but these will resolve within a few hours.
Required Level of Skill
Low to medium: injection of dermal fillers in this area itself is not particularly difficult. However, it is important to apply the product uniformly and intelligently, so that the vermilion border and other lip structures are not disrupted. Dr. Zuckerman is an expert in this area of anatomy as a board-certified plastic surgeon and an expert in dermal fillers in the perioral area. He will perform your treatment himself and make sure you achieve the results you desire.
Level of Discomfort
None to low: Dr. Zuckerman applies a topical anesthetic (numbing cream) before treatment to eliminate patient discomfort.
Hyaluronic Acid filler injection in general is very safe, and this is also true in the case of injections around the mouth. The most common “risk” is that patients is being happy with their injector’s result, so it is important to visit an experienced injector such as a board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Zuckerman. Any result with lumps, bumps, or unevenness around the mouth is likely to make you the patient unhappy. There is very low risk that a patient may be allergic to the Hyaluronic Acid filler, in which case a board-certified physician’s office will be able to apply a treatment to reverse the filler. This possible allergy is the main reason a patient should visit a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist for treatment.