Volbella in nasolabial folds? How long will it last?

I had one syringe of juvederm volbella injected into my nasolabial folds 8 months ago and have hated the results as it has altered my smile. I did some research and found that volbella is typically used only in the lips and am wondering if this is why i am so unhappy with the results? How long will the volbella last in my nasolabial folds? Is there a better filler for that area??

Doctor Answers 12

Look at the origin not the problem...

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To answer your question, Volbella last between 12-18 months, depending on where it is placed and also patient factors. If you dislike it, Hylase the filler. This dissolves HA fillers. 

If performed correctly, fillers such as Volbella, Restylane, Perlane, and Juvederm Ultra Plus can give great results. The trend now a days is to see where the nasolabial fold is coming from. In most cases this is due to loss of volume on the malar cheeks, or in front of the ear. Volume replacement here can lift the folds- in most cases this gives a more natural look than just filling folds. All cases of dermal filling should be tiered towards the individual, including the selection of fillers. 

All the best

Dr Davin Lim
Laser and aesthetic dermatologist
Brisbane, Australia

Volbella results

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Thank you for your question 66hearts. I am sorry to hear that you were unhappy with the results from your treatment. Volbella is a hyaluronic acid filler designed to enhance the lips. It can also be used in other areas. I find that Volbella is too soft for use in the nasolabial folds and I prefer Vollure or Juvederm. In the pivotal studies where Volbella was injected into and around the lips most people enjoyed their results for approximately 1 year. This may be the case when it is injected elsewhere such as the nasolabial folds. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Volbella can be dissolved with hyaluronidase if the desired results are not achieved.

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

Volbella - Nasolabial Fold Injections

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Juvederm Volbella XC is a temporary hyaluronic acid filler, and like most hyaluronic fillers it has FDA approval for results lasting up to one year. Allergan’s research has corroborated the FDA’s studies; however, it is important to recognize that each patient’s response to the treatment is different, which could affect the length of your results. Regardless, the key phrase here is temporary and the product can be adjusted or dissolved by your physician using hyaluronidase if you do not wish to wait for it to naturally metabolize.

While there are a number of options specifically designed for treating nasolabial folds (such as Juvederm Ultra XC, Juvederm Vollure XC, Restylane, Restylane Defyne, Bellafill, Radiesse, and others), Volbella is typically not one of them and is instead used for adding subtle volume to the lips or reducing the appearance of vertical lip lines. The specific filler or procedure for your nasolabial folds will certainly vary based on your desired results; therefore, it is very important that you meet with your physician to establish a personalized treatment plan.

Volbella in Nasolabial Folds

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Thank you for your question in regards to Volbella. Volbella usually lasts up to 12 months. It can be used in the nasolabial folds although it is FDA indicated for lips and the lines around the lips. It is most commonly used for any area that needs more superficial correction (like lips and around eyes). I am not sure of the technique used or the depth of placement of your Volbella; We typically use a more robust product in the folds such as Juvéderm Ultra Plus or Ultra, or a Restylane. All hyaluronic acids can be dissolved with something called hyaluronidase if you are unhappy and do not want to wait for the product to dissolve on its own. To find out what is best for you, see two or more board-certified providers in your area for a complete evaluation to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is safe for you to have treatment. I hope this helps.

Volbella duration

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Vobella can last up to a year but I usually tell my patients that it last about 6-9 months and I use around the lips only.  I don’t use it for the nasolabial folds.  Juvederm Ultra is better there.  See your Board Certified Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist with expertise in the use of all the FDA approved Hylaronic acid fillers to get the best results.


Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon

Volbella and Results

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Volbella is a great filler that is typically used in the wrinkles around the mouth.  It sounds like it was the injection technique and you should return to have the product dissolved with Vitrase.  Best, Dr. Green

Vobella in the Nasolabial folds

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Your smile is off because the filler has stiffened the nasolabial fold. Traditionally Doctors are taught to inject the length of the fold. Putting too much filler in this area can reduce the flexibility of the area. For many the improvement in appearance is a welcome trade off. For others it is an undesireable consequence. I prefer to place a bolus of the filler at the beginning of the fold, and only head south with the injection if necessary. Some patients have a superficial crease, for which Vobella would be an excellent choice. 
Fortunately Vobella is an HA and can be dissolved.

Volbella results in NLF

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While Volbella was designed for the lips, we have found that it can achieve great results in the nasolabial folds as well. However, if you are unhappy with your results I suggest you return to your injector to see if hyaluronidase can help. This will dissolve the product so you can return to how you looked before Volbella. Or you can wait it out, as it may last up to a year or so.

Volbella is a great filler

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Volbella is a great filler. It is a soft filler and designed for gentle and natural rejuvenation. In some cases, like cheeks, temples or naso labial folds, other fillers may be better - but that really depends what kind of issues you had prior to filler treatments.
I used many different fillers to get the best results in my patients and must say that I reserve Volbella for fine lines, lips or the areas under the eyes.
I hope that helps

Volbella for nasolabial folds

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Volbella is a nice filler, longer lasting, soft, hyaluronic-acid based. It is generally used for the lips, but it can be used for the nasolabial folds as well. Many fillers are good in this location, including Restylane, Perlane, Volift, Juvederm Ultra Plus, it all depends on your age, depth of fold, etc., best to chat with your dermatologist.

Benjamin Barankin, MD, FRCPC
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon

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