Lip injections are a delicate art. While some patients seek only a subtle change, others seek a prominent, noticeable difference. While using large volumes of dermal filler is not prudent in the long run, thicker injectable formulas like Juvederm Voluma allow you to achieve the desired results with less.
Using Hyaluronic Acid fillers for the lips
Juvederm Voluma is a cohesive, sterile, and nonimmunogenic hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler that has a thicker consistency compared to other products in the Juvederm line. The HA in this product is created from the fermentation of equine streptococci and is extracted into 10% low molecular weight HA and 90% high molecular weight HA. The cross-linking of these two types of HA forms a more viscous gel that is also thick enough for volume restoration.
The hyaluronic acid in this product allows it to add volume to the treated area while providing nutrients to neighboring soft tissues and stimulating fibroblasts to form new collagen. As HA is a naturally occurring substance in the body, the product can assimilate into the contours of the lips with minimal complications.
Voluma has been approved for recontouring facial structures such as the cheeks and the lower-face region near the chin. It is indicated for injection into the deep dermis, subcutaneous tissue, or upper periostea. It is supplied in a syringe that contains 2ml of the solution at a concentration of 20mg/ml of HA.
How to inject Juvederm Voluma into the lips
Many clinicians have performed successful lip augmentations using Juvederm Voluma. This product can provide optimal filling that is easy to mold and sustain within the submucosa.
For the injection, use a 23G needle or 18G cannula to accommodate different depths. To reduce the pain and discomfort of the injection, administer a local anesthetic such as lidocaine. Juvederm’s Voluma XC formulation contains a 0.3% lidocaine for patient comfort.
If Juvederm Voluma is found to be too thick for the patient’s lips, it is possible to dilute this solution with saline. It is important to remember that this product is intended for lip augmentation, not for removing fine lines or rhytids on the lips.
After injection, gently massage the treated area to distribute the gel evenly. This can also contribute to more natural-looking implant placement.
The final look
For patients seeking a substantially plumper pout, Juvederm Voluma is a great choice. While lighter hyaluronic acid dermal fillers often require several treatments to achieve the desired results, the results of this formula can last for up to 10 months after a single treatment.