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Restylane Silk and Juvéderm Volbella Columbus

Restylane Silk ColumbusCentral Ohio Plastic Surgery is excited that Dr. Jason Lichten was one of the first injectors in the country to be able to offer both Restylane Silk and Juvéderm Volbella. Although fillers have been used to enhance lips for years, Restylane Silk and Juvéderm Volbella are the first fillers approved by the FDA specifically designed to treat your lips and the surrounding lines (sometimes called smokers’ lines).  Because they are thinner formulas delivered through a smaller needle, it enables plastic surgeons like Dr. Lichten to inject with more precision, creating a more natural look.

In the past, some of our patients have been hesitant to treat the lip area because of the fake-looking full lips of many Hollywood celebrities (think Goldie Hawn in First Wives Club).  Restylane Silk was designed to create a soft, natural improvement and restore definition in the cupid’s bow at the top of the mouth.  It was specifically created restore balance and a soft smooth look to this sensitive area. Juvéderm Volbella is the latest member of the Juvéderm family of facial fillers. It was designed to give subtle volume in the lips and to soften the appearance of vertical lines around the lips, also called “perioral rhytids.”

What is Restylane Silk? How is it different from Juvéderm Ultra XC and Restylane?

Restylane Silk is a clear gel formulation of hyaluronic acid (HA), which occurs naturally in the body.    HA is also the main ingredient in both Juvéderm, and Restylane.  Restylane Silk is a thinner formulation, created specifically for the lips.  The formula was designed to give the injectors like Dr. Lichten more control so that he can create more subtle changes, produce definition without puffiness.

How about Juvéderm Volbella® XC? How is that different?

Although the primary ingredient in Volbella is also HA, unlike the other fillers, however, Volbella uses Vycross technology which blends different molecular weights of the HA, which has been shown to increase the duration of the gel. In addition, Volbella has a customized formulation that uses a lower concentration of HA, while still providing a longer duration. This is the same technology found in Juvéderm Voluma for cheekbones, but Volbella is specifically designed for the lips.

Volbella is the most subtle of the injectable lip fillers. Some patients think of it as a “starter lip.” It is ideal for patients who are looking for an understated change or those who are having lip injections for the first time.

What is the down time for Restylane Silk and Juvéderm Volbella?

As with any injection, you will be able to return to work immediately.  You may, however, experience some bruising, swelling or puffiness.  All are temporary, however, if you have a special event coming up, we strongly recommend that you schedule your injections at least 2-3 weeks before the event.

How long does it last?

Restylane Silk lasts approximately 6 months and Juvéderm Volbella can last up to a year

How do I get it?

Give our office a call at (740) 653-5064.  We’ll get you scheduled as fast as we can so you can start enjoying your new look.

How do I know if my surgeon is qualified to perform my surgery?

No one can guarantee your results. You can, however, ensure that your surgeon has had the right training, by confirming that s/he is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Although many physicians claim to be board certified, you should confirm their specialty. In addition, you can gain comfort if your surgeon is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The ASPS confirms plastic surgeons’ background training and education. In addition, they ensure that the doctor keeps up on the latest medical developments and research.

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