Minor cosmetic procedures like botox and filler have skyrocketed in the past few year. With Kylie Jenner putting lip enhancement on everyone’s radar, filling those lips has never been more popular. What you need to understand is there is no one size fits all when it comes to lip fillers. There are about 10 different fillers on the market you can use in the lips. All of the products are different. In this post we are going to break down the different types of filler so you can educate yourself and discuss with your injector which filler would be the best for you.
While there are many different fillers that can be placed in the lips, for simplicity sake let’s discuss the Juvederm family of products made by Allergan. They have a broad range of fillers we can compare. When it comes to Filler and Botox in general there can be this stigma that if you have these treatments you will look frozen, fake or over done. That may have been the case with the first generation of fillers but that is not the case these days. If you go to the right injector, fillers and botox have the ability to make you look rested and refreshed while not changing your look. The most reassuring thing about most fillers is they can be dissolved if you don’t like the results.
Lips are one area in particular where people have a fear of looking over done. Not everyone wants lips as big as Kylie, and the great thing is you don’t have to. There is a filler type out there for everyone’s needs and desires. Let’s break them down so you can figure out what filler is best for you.
Volbella XC- This is the newest filler in Allergan’s arsenal. This filler is intended for subtle results. This filler works best if:
- You are a first time lip filler with thin lips
- You suffer from “smokers lines”, the little fine lines that makes your lipstick bleed that you want improved but don’t necessarily want your lips bigger.
- You are nervous about having your looks look too big
- You simply want your lips to look hydrated vs much larger.
Volbella currently comes in a 0.55cc syringe which is smaller compared to other fillers. Keep this in mind when making your decision.
Juvederm Ultra XC- A great in-between filler. Juvederm Ultra comes in a 1.0cc syringe giving us more filler to work with. This filler would be great for you if:
- It is your first time getting lip filler, but fear looking too big.
- You have thin/medium lips.
- You want your lips to look enhanced, but want a very soft feeling lip.
- You have “smokers lines” plus you want to enhance your lips too.
Juvederm Ultra Plus XC– A more robust filler in the Juvederm family. This filler also comes in a 1.0cc syringe. This filler would be great for you if:
- Your end lip goals are a very full look. (this may require more than one syringe)
- You’ve had filler done before and liked the results, but wouldn’t mind more fullness.
- You desire to spread the filler around and use in multiple areas (i.e. nasolabila folds or marionette lines).
- You have fuller lips to start with.
- You have deeper “smokers lines” and have lost a lot of volume in the lips.
The thickest filler in the Juvederm family is Voluma, while injectors will put Voluma in the lips, I do not recommend this as the results risk the area becoming hard and bumpy. There are other great Juverderm products available for lips and as Voluma is more expensive and more risky, I do not recommend it.
Fillers in the lips can last anywhere from 3-12 months. After your treatments wears off you can discuss with your injector your experience and determine if another type of filler would be better for your next treatment. This is intended to be educational, however you should take the time to discuss your enhancement goals with your provider and together determine which type of filler is best for you.