Voluma for the Lips: Last Longer than other Fillers?

I've had Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm 2,3 and 4 in my lips. None has lastest for more than 6 months, and I'm getting tired of having to redo it so often. I saw that Voluma is for large-area volumizing like the cheeks. But it is the same product as what's in the other Juvederms, only a thicker formulation, and it's supposed to last 18 months...so, why not in the lips? I have not been able to find any documentation about it's use in the lips. thank you.

Doctor Answers 28

Voluma for lip augmentation

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I have also used Restylane, Perlane and Juvéderm for lip augmentation.  If you were looking for something longer-lasting, then you should consider fat grafting or lip implants. Voluma is indicated for cheek augmentation, but it may also turn out to be a good volumizer for the lip. It was released towards the end of 2013, so we can expect a lot more information to follow in this area. I would expect Voluma to be a reasonable option as it is something that can also be reversed with an enzyme if one has an undesirable result.

Voluma is not the best filler for lips

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While it is true that Voluma does last longer than the fillers you mentioned in your post, it is a very robust filler that could give the lips an overfilled or even firm appearance. While it is frustrating that our current fillers for lips are not as long lasting as we would like, there are additional longer lasting lip friendly fillers in development, so stay tuned!

Meg Cherry, MD
Birmingham Dermatologic Surgeon

Voluma in the Lips?

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Hi Phoebe,

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.

Dr. P

Michael A. Persky, MD
Encino Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

NO Voluma in the lips

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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.

Hope this helps.

Beverly Johnson, MD
Silver Spring Dermatologic Surgeon

Voluma is probably too firm for the lips

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Lips should be soft and able to move.  Voluma is a firm product so it is probably not ideal for lips.  

I like juvederm ultra for youthful lips that need more volume.

I like restylane for older lips that need more structure.

If you go to a skilled injector, s/he will be able to evaluate your needs and choose the right product(s) for you. Remember, it is not only the product, it is the placement into the lips.  Whenever someone comes to me for lips, I evaluate their symmetry, the ratio of the fullness of the upper lip to the lower lip, and the entire perioral area.  For me, it is important to always create a natural and harmonious appearance that fits with the rest of the patient's face.

Voluma in the lips- no

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Voluma should be thought of as a lifting product. You want to use it areas of sagging skin, so cheeks are ideal. Voluma is not to be used in the lips because they need volume or shaping. There are specific techniques an experienced injector can do to use less product, so you may need to only do 1 syringe of juvederm every 6 months. The product may not last long if you are using your lips to play an instrument like the flute or if you are sucking on a straw often. The constant pursing of your lips with movement makes the product dissipate. 

Voluma for the Lips: Last Longer than other Fillers?

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Although  Voluma  supposedly lasts longer than other fillers, it is not approved for augmenting the lips. 

Voluma is not advisable for the lips

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Voluma does last longer compared to other fillers. It lasts for about 18 to 24 months at best. However, it is a robust kind of filler that will make your lips look firm and overfilled as opposed to it looking soft and movable. It may even trigger a bumpy or lumpy after effect. Currently, there is no clearance for the use of Voluma as lip augmentation or lip enhancement filler. To better understand, think about Voluma being a lifting filler. It is used in lifting sagging skin, particularly in the lips. Voluma is not for the lips since the lips would need shaping and volume not lifting.


Juvederm Ultra may be suggested for those who are looking to increase the volume of their lips or attain a youthful appearance of the lips. Restylane may be the best option for older lips, which need structure.


If you are determined to get your lips done, find a board certified plastic surgeon who will be able to evaluate and assess your facial features. Through this, he or she will be able to formulate plans that will both meet your needs and your desired results. He or she will also be able to help you select the best product that is right for you.

Robert W. Sheffield, MD
Santa Barbara Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Best lip filler

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In my experience, Juvederm Volbella lip filler gets the best results with minimal swelling. Voluma can be used but gives a much bigger and harder look -- more voluminous.  They both have a special technology called Vycross allows the filler to be injected in single strands which holds less swelling and is much smoother than most fillers. It lasts for up to a year with only one treatment. We can also gage how much plump you'd like because of the specific formula. 

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 207 reviews


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While it is true that Voluma does last longer than the fillers you mentioned in your post, it is a very robust filler that could give the lips an overfilled or even firm appearance. While it is frustrating that our current fillers for lips are not as long lasting as we would like I would advise against using Voluma as a filler for the lips. 

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