Juvederm Volbella - lumpy & sore lips

I had 0.8mL Volbella injected into my lips 2 months ago & I'm unhappy with the results. My lips are still lumpy - visible mostly when I smile or part my lips. When I press on my lips they still feel sore where the Volbella is. This has ruined the shape and look of my lips. How long does Volbella last? Does it wear off evenly, or will some parts wear off faster than others? Will my lips go back to exactly how they were pre-Volbella? I will not have it dissolved as I'm now pregnant.

Doctor Answers 7

Volbella - Naturally Metabolized Over Time

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I am sorry to hear that you are unhappy with your Volbella results! While it is relatively rare to have a localized reaction to Juvederm Volbella after your procedure, it is not impossible. Generally any lumps that occur after the injections can be smoothed with hyaluronidase, although if this is not an option I would recommend lightly massaging the lips and allowing the body to naturally metabolize the filler, which will occur over the course of 6-12 months. Volbella is a temporary hyaluronic acid filler and it will be dissolved by your body, although the exact timing of when varies for each patient. Fortunately, Volbella does dissipate relatively evenly within the tissue and your lips will return to their original shape within a year. If you wish to have the product removed before your body dissolves it, please ensure that you meet with a cosmetic physician to evaluate the area, discuss all of the potential side effects, and develop a personalized treatment plan for removing your Volbella.

Oak Brook Physician
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Volbella results

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Thank you for your question Unhappy lips. I am sorry to hear that you are unhappy with the results of your treatment. Volbella is a hyaluronic acid filler designed to enhance the lips. The pivotal studies demonstrated that most people enjoy the results of their Volbella treatment for approximately 1 year. At that point the appearance is back to baseline.

Please consult with a doctor for specific recommendations. Good luck!

Volbella last one year but can be removed

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This filler made by Juvederm has got an excellent reputation, the result you have maybe (without knowing or seeing the procedure) due to the injector. I suggest you have a consultation with your injector and possibly have this corrected. An enzyme can dissolve the filler. All the best, Dr Davin S. Lim

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Volbella for lips causing lumpiness

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Once the Volbella wears out, your lips go back to where they were. I would see your physician injector in the meantime right away  as there are many ways to correct lumpiness, you shouldn't have to tolerate this for months. The lumps are best avoided, and this is often technique dependent.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

Volbella lumps

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You may want to just wait it out as results tend to last for up to a year. You could return to your injector to see if they can massage away any lumps for you, although this may not be as effective. Please let them know you are pregnant.

The product should dissolve over the next 8 months and you should get your natural lips back.

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Thank you for your question,

The product should dissolve over the next 8 months and you should get your natural lips back. If after this time you still have bumps in your lips (you will no longer be pregnant), speak with your injector about treatment.


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Juvederm Volbella in lips

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Juvederm Volbella is not currently FDA approved in the U.S. but it has begun FDA studies for future use. With that being said it is a hyaluronic acid filler, but has a larger particle size than other similar fillers and as such, it is supposed to last longer - up to 2 years. In my experience all fillers in the lips will last a shorter amount of time though simply because the lips move a lot and so the filler dissipates faster. If you can't get the filler removed, that's fine. Over time your body will metabolize it and it will go away. Also, keep your hands away from it and try not to press on the area a lot. When you do this you can inadvertently create scar tissue there and that's not what you want.

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