The lips are an important element of the aesthetics of the face. The effects of aging and gravity affect the lips through volume depletion and the loss of elasticity and support, resulting in perioral lines, thinning of the lips, and downturned oral commissures. In some patients, aesthetic defects that may not be age-related—such as asymmetry or disproportionality, like an excessively smaller upper or lower lip—can also be corrected with filler injections. Because of these aesthetically adverse developments, it should come as no surprise that many patients request treatments to enhance or augment their lips and the perioral region.
With a large selection of dermal fillers available to choose from, selecting the right filler for the patient that will achieve their desired aesthetic effect can sometimes be a daunting task. This article will provide insight into one such potential filler, Juvederm Voluma, and highlight its use in the lips and the perioral region.
Juvederm Voluma: a volumizing filler for the lips
As part of the Juvederm family, Voluma enjoys a strong reputation as a reliable, effective, and safe cosmetic filler treatment. With results that can last for up to two years, Juvederm Voluma is substantially more durable than its counterparts while still having the same smooth and malleable formulation that Juvederm products are famed for. Juvederm Voluma is made using patented Vycross Technology and has a mix of both low and high molecular weight, non-animal derived hyaluronic acid. This gives patients the benefit of minimal swelling when compared to other products of a similar consistency. Juvederm Voluma has the thickest formulation of the Vycross products, which includes Volbella, Voluma, and Vollure, and thus has the best lifting and volumizing capacity.
The thick formulation and long-lasting results associated with Juvederm Voluma treatment makes it suitable for adding fullness and projection to the lips, where the durability of the filler is a critical issue because of the high mobility of the area. This durability, coupled with the potential for the reversibility of results using hyaluronidase, makes this filler treatment preferable for patients considering a long-lasting treatment without the permanence that comes with fat grafting or lip implants. With that being said, however, there are other Juvederm products the patients can look at, such as Juvederm Ultra or Voluma, that may be more suited for them in terms of lip augmentation. Therefore, it is crucial that the patient be assessed and evaluated in order to determine the right filler treatment for them.
What is the treatment experience like?
Patients who are seeking a Juvederm Voluma treatment must first consult with a board-certified doctor who can ascertain if this product is suitable for their aesthetic needs. A typical injection session will take 20–30 minutes and is usually performed in-office. Owing to the sensitive and delicate nature of the lips, some form of anaesthesia is in all likelihood necessary. Patients can choose from several pain-relieving strategies, including local anaesthetic, a nerve or dental block, or a topical numbing cream. The results of a Juvederm Voluma treatment are immediate, with no associated downtime.
Augmenting the lips using Juvederm Voluma can be advantageous in many ways, with minimal downsides for the majority of patients. Using the right dermal filler treatment can provide the patient with successful outcomes.