Voluma for the Lips: Last Longer than other Fillers?
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NO Voluma in the lips
This product is FDA approved for use in the deep layers ( which are not present in the lips!!!) of the midface to correct age related volume loss.
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Voluma in the Lips?
Voluma use in the lips is "off label", not an indicated use of the product. Some injectors are diluting Voluma and then using it in the lips. We prefer to use Juvederm in the lips and have found that when properly placed, the product seems to be lasting longer and longer. After a few injections over time we find that patients need less and less product to the point where they can go 2 to 3 years or longer without needing further injections. As with all aesthetic facial treatments, it is most important to choose your treating physician most carefully. Good luck and be well.
Voluma is not the best filler for lips
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It may be that Voluma may become one of the ideal fillers for the lips. Time and experience will prove it to be ideal or less than ideal. The FDA has approved the filler in the cheeks but as with all fillers that are approved for the face, experienced physicians can and do us the product off-label. The FDA does not tell physicians how to practice medicine but does decide what devices are safe for human use. This is a win-win for the patient as they can have the best minds and artists in medicine performing their procedures with the best minds and scientists in medicine assuring that the products being used are safe .
Juvederm Voluma is FDA approved for midface only
You should know that injection of Juvederm Voluma is currently FDA approved only for the midface area, and for deeper placement than other fillers. Because of it's unique structure, it does last longer than other HA products, but it is likely too viscous for the lips.
Voluma is great, but not for the lips
Voluma is a recently FDA approved dermal filler. It is a HA acid filler, similar to Juvederm. It is a thicker filler. Thus it is ideally placed in the midface (cheeks and malar area). Given its thickness, Voluma is not ideal for the lips as you are more likely to have filler defect with Voluma around the lips. Sometimes, the reason fillers "go away" faster is not the actual filler, but the amount of filler placed (i.e. too little or too much).
Voluma is FDA approved for Midface Injections only in the USA
While Voluma is approved in over 72 counties, it is not approved in the USA. The FDA approval is for Midface injections only. You are correct that Voluma is the same molecule as the other HA fillers, but is a different formulation. Additionally, Voluma has been shown to last much longer than the other HA injectables. However, Voluma is not recommended for lip injections. Voluma is recommended for deep injections only such as the mid face along the cheekbone.
Web reference: http://www.ShaferPlasticSurgery.com
Juvederm Voluma Not The Best Option For Lips
We have been using Juvederm Voluma in our patients and have seen great results in the lateral face as it's a thicker hyaluronic acid filler. I would not suggest Voluma in the lips as it can cause assymetry and lumpiness. Stick to Restylane or Juvederm Ultra for smooth lips.
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