Portland, OR patients ask, “What is Volbella and how long does it last?”

ip rejuvenation turn to Dr. Maddox

Patients in the Portland, OR area seeking long-lasting lip rejuvenation turn to Dr. Maddox and his team at Thrive. We offer a wide range of anti-aging and cosmetic enhancement options, including Volbella XC. It is the newest dermal filler in the Juvéderm line, continuing a long tradition of excellent anti-aging products from Allergan. In 2016 the FDA approved Volbella for use in the lip area, with results lasting up to a year.

The fine art of lip rejuvenation

With age comes changes in skin, including the loss of volume. This is especially noticeable in the lip area. Not only do the lips become thinner, but also fine lines and creases develop. Due to the fine contours in this area, the choice of dermal fillers is very important. Thicker formulas can cause lumps or an over-filled appearance.

The Juvéderm line of products includes two fillers that are uniquely suited to lip injections. Depending on your needs and your desired treatment outcome, we may use one or both fillers.

  • Juvéderm Ultra XC is used for plumping lips, increasing fullness. It is a good option for people who want plumper lips, and those who have experienced lip thinning with age.
  • Juvéderm Volbella XC is the perfect complement to Ultra. It is a thin, extremely smooth consistency, which is ideal for smoothing away lines and adding subtle contours.

What to expect with the Volbella procedure and results

Dermal fillers such as Volbella are often called “lunchtime treatments” because the procedure is so fast and convenient that many patients schedule it during a midday break and return to work immediately afterwards.

  • Treatment – The process usually takes about 30 minutes, beginning with cleaning and preparing skin in the treatment area. A small amount of filler is then injected in strategically chosen locations. Volbella is injected with a very fine needle, and the formula contains lidocaine for comfort.
  • Side effects – Volbella has few, if any, side effects. You may experience mild bruising, swelling, or soreness immediately following treatment. If these things occur, they should fade within a few days.
  • Results – You will see immediate improvement in fullness. However, swelling may affect the initial appearance of your lips. Within two weeks all swelling should be gone and the filler should be settled in place, revealing the final result.
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Is Volbella right for you?

This product is FDA approved for adults over the age of 21. While it is safe for most people, you will need to tell your provider about any allergies you may have. It is formulated with hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in skin, minimizing the risk of an allergic reaction. However, it is not recommended for people who are allergic to lidocaine, or those who are allergic to certain types of proteins contained in the formula. Most adults who desire fuller, more youthful lips are excellent candidates for Volbella.

The benefits of Volbella treatment

Benefits of Volbella treatment, Thrive Aesthetic & Anti-Aging CenterConsidering the wide array of dermal fillers on the market, you may be wondering what is so special about Volbella. It is one of a select few formulas that were developed with lips and delicate perio-oral tissues in mind. It may be used for:

  • Increasing lip volume
  • Plumping up thin lips
  • Smoothing away smoker’s lines
  • Correcting asymmetry of the lips
  • Accentuating the cupid’s bow
  • Improving overall shape of lips

Longevity of results

Volbella is a hyaluronic acid filler formulated with exclusive VYCROSS technology, which facilitates molecular cross-linking. This results in an ultra-smooth formula with maximum efficacy at reduced concentrations of hyaluronic acid. The smooth texture of Volbella gel makes injections more comfortable, and aesthetic results more natural-looking.

One of the most popular benefits of Volbella is the longevity of results. It has been clinically proven to last for at least 12 months in most patients, when injected by a trained professional. That means you can plump your lips now, and not worry about it again for an entire year.

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You deserve to enjoy overall wellness, which includes feeling good about your appearance. It’s time to anti-age beautifully. It’s time to live every day to the fullest, smile every time you look in the mirror. It’s time to Thrive. Call (503) 928-6505 and schedule an appointment today.

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A graduate from Northern Arizona University and the National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Dr. Adam Maddox is a very established professional in the field of integrative anti-aging and aesthetic medicine with a special interest in Botox, Restylane and Testosterone Replacement therapy for men to name a few.

As a board-certified physician, he has a passion to help people with their health especially as they get older. Dr. Maddox believes in maintaining a strong sense of empathy in order to better serve his patients whilst ensuring his care is personalized. In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Maddox uses his time to train other medical professionals on various effective medical techniques used in the anti-ageing medical sphere such as injectable techniques. He is also the founder and medical director of Thrive Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Center in Portland, OR.

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Say goodbye to armpit hair and underarm sweating. Mirror Smooth (miraDry??) will save your day.


You shave it. You wax it, you laser it. Heck, you might even dye it pink. Talking about armpit hair. Now some people are saying you can microwave it away once and for all. We’re revealing a new treatment right now and our procedure room. Take it away, Doctor Ashton.

Hi guys So, I’m back here with doctor sheila Nazarian, board certified plastic surgeon and our patient Aaron. You’re going to be demonstrating this new microwave procedure to hit axillary hair, but before we get to that, tell, tell me why this hair bothered you, Aaron? Because I mean, you’re blonde, you wouldn’t mind.

I’m a personal trainer. I spend 95% of my day in a tank top in the gym or in a bikini and shaving every day is such a pain. No one likes to do it. I tried laser hair removal. It doesn’t work. If you have blonde hair and darker skin. So, I heard about mirror smooth So, thought I’d give it a try.

And you said it’s your game, okay, So, doctor Nazarian,


Go ahead and lie back Aaron. So, as you start working tell us a little bit about this technology. Who’s a good candidate for it and how? Does it work?

Well, the beauty of this technology is that everyone is a good candidate. Any skin colour, any hair colour? I’ve actually had the procedure performed on myself, didn’t get any hyperpigmentation from it.

So, you numbed Aaron up before we started, right?

Arron’s been numbed already. We’ve placed a temporary tattoo which basically gives us little tick marks. It’s really paint by numbers at that point and we use the microwave technology of mirror smooth to remove not only 70% of her hair with one treatment, but also the sweat and odour glands are also eliminated. So, it’s basically a little suction and some you know heat is applied, but because she’s numb there’s no pain.

You feel anything?
Fine, just a little pull,


And So, how many treatments typically does it take to really get a good effect?

So, 80% of people really only need one treatment. You’re going to get an 82% reduction in the sweat and odour glands and a 70% reduction in the hair growth. Which, if you’ve ever had laser hair, you know you need multiple treatments in order to get anywhere close to 70%.

So, what’s the cost range for something like this?

This that’s a great question. So, the first treatment is around 2000 dollars, but it’s, but if you think about how many laser hair removal treatments to do. I mean, it really is a great benefit and also laser hair doesn’t remove the sweat and odour glands.

Nice, well, 2000 dollars, meaning that you could throw away all your razors for the rest of your life.


Never have to worry about sweating in your armpits again and being musty.

No more deodorant and think of all the money you spend on deodorant over a lifetime.

That’s true.

And it takes how long to do both pitch?

We usually schedule people for an hour at a time?
An hour!

So, can you imagine an hour and you’re done.
Oh my gosh,


Sign me up, scoot over.

Second string.


The one done idea is very appealing.

Exactly, yeah.

Thanks for sharing that with us and thanks for showing us your armpits,

Thanks for having me

You’re welcome.

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