It’s no secret that full lips give the face a sexier and more youthful appearance. But with age, the mouth tends to look thinner because our bodies produce less collagen. At the Plastic and Cosmetic Center of South Texas in San Antonio, we offer the latest and perhaps most modern of dermal fillers: Revanesse Versa, a treatment that can be used to give your lips the smooth, plump look you desire.
What Is Versa?
This treatment option is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that occurs naturally in the body and holds water to keep skin plump and hydrated. But environmental stressors, diet, and age can cause hyaluronic acid levels to drop. The results are a thinner, smaller-looking mouth.
As a cosmetic filler, Versa takes advantage of first-class ingredients, state-of-the-art production methods, and extensive quality testing. It was approved by the FDA in 2017 for the treatment of creases and wrinkles and to restore volume loss. This means that in addition to helping aging lips look more youthful, this therapy can also enhance the fullness of naturally thin lips.
Is It Beneficial?
Versa is a homogenous filler. The company that manufactures it combines its proprietary formula with an advanced wet milling technology. This produces filler particles that are uniform in shape and size and possess the ideal balance between smoothness and volume. These particles, when compared to those of other fillers, reveal a visible advantage – the others tend to appear more jagged and less consistent in shape.
Dr. Jeneby uses a very fine needle during the injection process. This allows for less disturbance to tissues, which can potentially mean less swelling and quicker recovery times. The premium nature of the hyaluronic acid in this filler also means it has a higher molecular weight, so it can break down more slowly over time and provide you with longer-lasting results. In addition, this particular therapy does not require test injections, so you can begin treatment quickly.
The Hyaluronic Acid Advantage
Here’s a little science for you: one gram of hyaluronic acid has the ability to hold a thousand times its own weight in water. Equally important, this substance has the uncanny ability to regulate moisture within cells. Thanks to such intelligence, cells receive just the right amount of hydration – not too much, not too little.
You should also know hyaluronic acid works for any skin type, so Versa is considered to be very safe. We already know it restores that pillowy look so crucial to the mouth, but here’s another fact: lines and wrinkles are diminished in hydrated tissues. This, then, is how we’ll help you achieve a smoother and more voluptuous mouth.
How It Works
Before your treatment begins, one of our patient care coordinators will discuss your health history with you. You’ll also be placed into a gown, and Dr. Jeneby will then come into your private exam room and explore your cosmetic desires and options. Together, the two of you will decide on the perfect therapy plan.
On the day of your treatment, Versa – a crystal clear gel – will be carefully injected into your lip tissues. It does not produce a paralyzing effect, and any swelling or tenderness you might experience tends to be mild because of the hyaluronic acid. The best part is that you can expect to see immediate results that will last between six months and a year.
What to Expect
We recommend easing yourself into Versa injections to maintain facial balance. You are encouraged to speak openly with our office about the look you want to achieve, but erring on the side of caution will allow you to enjoy a more youthful appearance and keep your natural symmetry.
Dr. Jeneby is committed to making your experience as comfortable as possible. Before you leave, he’ll review your follow-up steps and when you should plan to return for a second treatment. At that time, he and our staff will also ensure you’re pleased with your new look.
Frequently Asked Questions
Patients often wonder if their lips will feel different after treatment. In general, they may feel stiff initially but will quickly soften to feel more natural again. For patients asking about pain, we remind them Dr. Jeneby has more than 20 years of experience and has received great recognition for his work. Your comfort is of utmost importance to our office.
We already mentioned results can last up to a year, but activities like tanning and smoking may influence this timeline. When patients ask if they’ll look natural after Versa, we tell them that before starting treatment, Dr. Jeneby will discuss the number of injection fillers within the treatment plan. This ensures that we enhance your appearance and also adequately match your facial proportions.
Those who should avoid this treatment include:
- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Those who have a history of severe allergic reactions and allergies to products containing hyaluronic acid
- Those who have any infection or unhealed wound of the face
- Anyone undergoing certain therapies
- Those who have a history of bleeding or clotting disorders
- Those who have scars on their mouths
- Anyone under the age of 22
Is It Safe?
The rapid answer to this is yes. You already know hyaluronic acid is a natural substance in the body. It therefore dissolves naturally over time and is amalgamated with your tissues. The molecules eventually turn into water as they depart your body, all without leaving behind a trace.
After treatment, you’ll likely be able to resume normal activities within one or two days. Dental work is not recommended for at least three weeks. Last but not least, we will re-evaluate your need for future treatments as your face changes, which is a continuing process for all of us.