Juvederm Volbella Under-Eye Filler
We were able to answer a few questions via my Instagram live & stories but I'll add those questions and answers underneath the Q&A that some of you wanted from Dr. Geddes in addition! Thank you to those who submitted questions - I ALWAYS appreciate the engagement and love love love hearing from you!
Dr. Geddes said that the best before and after photo should come at two weeks, so this post is really just about showing progress and providing more information for those of you that are interested! I'll be saving my thoughts about the change for next week's before and after post!
Dr. Geddes did a wonderful job because I had really no bruising at all. My under-eyes & face were a bit swollen for a little while, but that is completely normal! You can find the progress picture at the bottom of the post.
...on to the Q&A!
Right eye shows before & left eye shows the immediate results right after volbella injections!
Before Juvederm Volbella Under-eye Filler
1 Week after Juvederm Volbella Under-eye Injections
Q&A with Dr. Elizabeth Geddes from Westlake Dermatology
Q: Who is a good candidate for Juvederm Volbella?
A: "This is a little tricky to answer, and ultimately needs an in-person examination before I can say for sure, but anyone who is looking for a subtle soft filler to help improve dark under eye circles or hollows, or give a little plumping to the lips (not to add volume, but to make them appear hydrated), or to treat the fine lines that develop around the lips is a good candidate for Volbella. The patient should not be pregnant or breastfeeding, or have any active infection or sores in the area."
Q: What are the common side effects?
A: The most common side effects are temporary bruising and swelling. It’s rare, but you can develop a reaction to the filler that requires us to remove it. Even more rare are infections.
Q: What happens if you have a reaction to the filler?
A: First you need a doctor to evaluate you to help decide what kind of reaction it is. He or she needs to rule out an infection. Most of the time the filler is then dissolved with another small injection called hyaluronidase, and the appropriate medications are prescribed. This is why it is important to see an expert for your cosmetic procedures - you need someone who can manage the complications should they arise.
Q: What is your favorite thing about filler?
A: My favorite thing about filler is the results are pretty instant - you can immediately see the correction and that is gratifying. So many of the other things we do - chemical peels, lasers, body contouring, even Botox take time for the results to appear. Also, injecting filler makes me feel like an artist!
Q: Does Westlake have any upcoming specials on filler?
A: We run specials all the time. They change monthly so it’s hard for me to keep track, but our website is continuously updated. Right now we have a special for patients who buy Dysport (a neuromodulator similar to Botox) and filler at the same time - they can save $150-$250 depending on how much filler they get
Q: How would you recommend people that don’t live in Austin find the right doctor to do their filler?
A: I think it’s best to start by asking people you trust, and by searching for experts in cosmetic dermatology on the internet. There are a lot of fake dermatologists out in the community - people who call themselves dermatologists, but never received the years of specialized training. You can start by looking up nearby board-certified dermatologists on the American Academy of Dermatology website (www.aad.org) and going to the “find a derm” search engine. Then you can visit their individual websites and see what they offer, as well as see their "before and after" photos. Last you can always schedule a consultation to meet the doctor and make sure you “click.” He or she should listen to your concerns and address all of your questions thoroughly.
Q: What should you avoid doing the day of your treatment?
A: I would avoid heavy exercise, drinking excess alcohol, or doing anything that would manipulate the treatment area - don’t schedule a facial massage!
Q: What is your treatment recommendation for hollow under eyes vs. puffy/baggy under eyes?
A: This depends on the individual, but hollow or dark under eyes often require adding volume with fillers, while puffy/baggy eyes often require laser tightening or surgery. Filler can sometimes be used as well, but it really requires an in patient consultation to determine what is best.
Q: Why was Volbella the right under eye filler for Amanda?
A: Amanda is young with mild under eye hollows/shadows that really needed only minimal correction. She did not need a heavier filler in that area. Voluble worked well for her.
Before Juvederm Volbella Under-eye Filler - this lighting shows how bad it could look!
DIRECTLY after Juvederm Volbella Under-eye Injections - immediate results.
Instagram Live & Stories Q&A
Q: What filler did Amanda get?
A: Juvederm Volbella by Allergan, it's a very nice soft silky filler.
Q: Where did Amanda get it done?
A: Westlake Dermatology here in Austin with Dr. Elizabeth Geddes
Q: How long will it last?
A: Should last one year!
Q: What is the procedure like?
A: Before the filler get's injected, the tear trough area is marked with where the filler will be injected, then a topical numbing cream is applied to the under eye for 10-15 minutes. Before each eye is injected it is iced to reduce the risk of bruising. Then the filler gets injected and is molded gently afterward.
Q: How much is it?
A: Each syringe is about $500 and I needed two, one per eye.