Is Voluma appropriate for lip-plumping?

For someone with super thin lips, researching which filler is the best for plumping them up. Thinking of Voluma...thoughts?

Doctor Answers 11

Voluma is NOT appropriate for the lips

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Voluma is FDA approved for cheek augmentation. With that said, it is used by plastic surgeons and dermatologists to fill other "off label" areas. However, the lips are definitely not a place where you want Voluma. It is designed for deeper injection in the face and will not create a natural look or feel when injected in your lips. Juvederm is great so why risk a cheek filler in your lips?!?

Voluma Indications - Great Filler

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Voluma is a natural hyaluronic acid filler just like Juvederm and Restylane.  The "on-label" indications are for the cheek and mid face regions.  This is an excellent product that achieves phenomenal results.

These products are malleable (soft) and we can shape them like clay, they now have a 2 years FDA approved longevity, and are reversible should you not like the results. This product has already changed our approach to the aging face.

We have used Voluma in other parts of the face with great success as well.  I have not yet used Voluma in the "red lip", but we have used it in the cheek folds, lip folds, brow area with fantastic results.

Jon E. Mendelsohn, MD
Cincinnati Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 128 reviews

Is Voluma appropriate for lip plumping

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No. Voluma is FDA approved for the mid-face. While it's a hyaluronic acid filler, the actual particle size is large, so it needs to be injected into deeper tissue. Additionally, putting it into the lips would make them HUGE and not appropriate sized at all. Voluma should not be put into the lips. You should seek a well-qualified injector and most likely get Restylane or Perlane. You want a subtle, natural look. You don't want to look like a cartoon character. 

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Voluma Should Not Be Used For Lips

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I understand that having thin lips may make you search for a filler that could make a dramatic difference. However, Voluma is not appropriate for lips. Voluma is used for the cheeks and midface. The molecule is large and unmalleable, which would look out of place on the lips. The lips would become too large and too hard. To reshape lips, I would use a lighter hyaluronic acid-based gel filler. Please consult with a board-certified dermatologist to discuss the lips you desire and how to obtain them.

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 91 reviews

Voluma is not appropriate for lips

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Voluma is not appropriate for the lips. You will not receive a natural look if an injector injects voluma into lips.

Consult with 3 experienced and expert physician injectors to understand your options.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 56 reviews

Volbella for lip plumping

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Voluma is for the replacement of lost volume in the cheeks. While it may be used for the lips, this would be an off-label use. As a result, it may not last up to 18 months in the lips. However, there is another Juvederm filler that is specially designed for the lips. It is called Volbella, and has been found to achieve results that can last up to a year.

Voluma in the lips.

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Voluma is not an appropriate filler for the lips.  It made for the cheek area and the firmness of the product would yield an unnatural look and feel to the lips.  There are better products on the market for lip fillers.


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Voluma has been recently approved for treatment of the midface region and results can be expected for up to 2 years.  Due to the consistency of the product, I would NOT recommend Juvederm Voluma for lip enhancement; rather, the Juvederm Ultra and Juvederm Ultra Plus products work excellently.

If you are desiring more longevity, I commonly perform the Permalip implantation, which provides permanent, natural results for lip enhancement.

Good luck!

Jeffrey B. Wise, MD, FACS
Wayne Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 170 reviews

Is Juvéderm Voluma right for lip plumping?

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No. It's a fantastic new filler for us in the US, but Voluma is meant for a more robust effect than would be appropriate for the lips. I'm loving the results with Voluma. It creates a beautiful and natural lift to the cheeks, and that in turn lifts the nasolabial folds.

Kimberly Finder, MD
San Antonio Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

Voluma for Lip Plumping

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Voluma was recently FDA-Approved to treat volume loss in the cheek area and is not approved for lip plumping. However, it may be appropriate. Please see a board certified dermatologist, plastic surgeon, occuloplastic surgeon or facial plastic surgeon for their recommendations. There are several other dermal fillers such as Restylane, Boletero and Juvederm that are more suitable for enhancing the volume of the lips. A board-certified dermatologist can help develop a unique plan for you to ensure the best and most natural results are achieved.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

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