Juvederm Ultra Smile vs Juvederm Volbella for lips?

If you have used both Juverderm Ultra Smile & Juvederm Volbella for enhancing lips, which lasts longer and which creates a fuller lip? I have very thin lips which practitioners have a hard time enlarging. (I do not want to do fat or implants). And are they really just the same product as the regular Juvederm, just marketed under a different name? In which case, I already know they won't work well enough for me. Thank you.

Doctor Answers 13

Juvederm Ultra vs Volbella

Both Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Volbella are FDA indicated to last up to 1 year and Juvederm Ultra Plus is indicated to last over 1 year. Volbella is made differently than Juvederm Ultra, in that it's more crosslinked, so it's similar to Voluma. 1 syringe of Juvederm Ultra in the US is 1ML whereas Volbella is .55ML, so dollar for dollar Juvederm Ultra may be a better price for lips.

Columbus Physician
5.0 out of 5 stars 19 reviews

Volbella vs Juvederm Ultra

Thank you for your question. Juvederm Ultra and Volbella, both Allergan products, are used for 2 different reasons when injected into the lips. They are manufactured in different ways as well. Juvederm Ultra is mainly used to plump the lips, give them shape and volume. Volbella is used for the fine vertical lines around the lips and getting rid of the “barcode” look on the bottom lip and giving the lips a more luscious look. I hope this answers your question. Please seek out an experienced doctor and/or injector.

Douglas J. Key, MD
Portland Dermatologic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews

Juvederm ultra vs volbella for lips

Hi and thank you for your question.

The Juvederm products currently available in the United States for lips Juvederm ultra (and ultra plus) and Juvederm volbella have slightly different formulations/properties that allow each to be used for a different purpose. Juvederm ultra plus is extremely effective to produce a deeper filling effect, such as in the management of deep nasolabial folds, prominent marionette lines and thin lips. Juvederm Volbella is similar in its applications to Belotero and Restylane Silk, i.e. for more superficial lines/wrinkles above or bellow the upper or lower red lip, respectively. It is a new formulation that can last up to 2 years. The product that is eventually chosen depends on efficacy, longevity, volume needed, cost and practitioner preference.

As mentioned by the others surgeons who have already responded to your question, it is important to seek a formal consultation with a specialized cosmetic surgeon prior to deciding on any of these filler treatments. Often times, it is not the product but the technique utilized that results in inadequate results.   

Sudeep Roy, MD
Austin Physician

Filler lip rejuvenation

Each of us has different lips and different lip concerns. As such, each patient needs to be assessed induvidually and see what would be best for them. Make sure that you have a thorough cosultation and assessment prior to proceeding wth any treatments.

Mariusz Sapijaszko, MD, FRCPC
Edmonton Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Choice of Dermal Fillers for Lips Will Be Made During Consult

Juvederm Ultra Smile is not yet available in the US. Volbella was recently approved by the FDA for use in the lips and periorbital lines. Each Juvederm product has a slightly different technology and consistency. Volbella, for instance, has more of the Vycross cross-linked technology that helps the filler last longer. Please consult a board-certified dermatologist to find out which filler is best for you.

Kory Kitagawa, MD
Honolulu Dermatologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews


Volbella is a new filler from Allergan which is ideal for lip lines/smokers lines around the lip.  It comes in 0.6cc syringe volume which is about half the 1.0cc Juvederm volume.  For volume enhancement in the lips, you will get more result with the Juvederm.

John L. Burns Jr., MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Volbella for lips

Volbella is a great product for lip enhancement, and is what we usually use. However, you should get a physical examination as performed by an experienced injector to determine which product would be right for you.

Jerome Edelstein, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 176 reviews

It is difficult to assess which product would be best without a photo or in person evaluation.

It is difficult to assess which product would be best without a photo or in person evaluation. A combination approach may be a good method for enhancing your lips if you have had problems in the past. Even though the products are hyaluronic acids they are cross linked differently.


Martin Jugenburg, MD
Toronto Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 457 reviews

Juvederm UltraSmile and Juvederm Volbella Not FDA Approved in U.S.

I think you have read responses that are very important for everyone to understand. In the U.S., we do not have either of these as FDA-cleared products so if you are from Florida, there is no one legally allowed to inject them into anyone. Clinical trials are ongoing with Volbella in the U.S., and UltraSmile is available in countries outside the U.S.

Remember, it is OK to use FDA-cleared products in other places — like Botox or approved fillers — but if the product is not yet FDA approved, it cannot be legally brought in or injected — and there is a potential that if a clinician has it, it may be counterfeit.So please be careful. Consider other FDA-approved dermal fillers such as Juvederm. 

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
4.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Juvederm Ultra Smile vs Juvederm Volbella for lips

Juvederm Volbella has now received FDA approval in the United States, and it is an excellent product. The juvederm.com website is managed by Allergan the manufacturer of Juvederm, and a good resource for skilled injectors who use FDA approved product.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

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