Lip Filler Guide: Comparing The Different Types Of Lip Injections
Interested in plumping your lips with lip injections? You’re not alone. Lip augmentation through the use of fillers has seen a major rise in popularity over the last four years. Today’s lip fillers have the power to dramatically enhance the lips without the pain and risks of former treatment options.
There are currently many different types of lip injections available on the market, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. Additionally, different lip fillers are formulated to address different aspects of lip augmentation, like adding overall volume, enhancing the shape of the lips, or smoothing lip lines.
While an experienced lip injector is the best person to advise you on the right treatment option for your specific needs, it’s always good to go into a consultation with some background knowledge. Here’s a comparison between today’s most popular lip injections:
Ideal For: Softening and smoothing lip lines
Results Duration: Up to 1 year
Volbella, the latest addition to the Juvederm family, is not intended to add volume to the lips. Instead, the smooth gel consistency of Volbella works to softens the lines and wrinkles above, below, and on the lips for a natural-looking feel. This is a great filler to add more structure and definition to your lips. It uses a formula with a lower concentration of hyaluronic acid to provide a subtle, yet natural final result.
Juvéderm UltraPlus XC
Ideal For: Plumping the lips (increasing volume), enhancing the horizontal spread of the lip (rather than lifting)
Results Duration: 9 months to 1 year
Juvederm Ultra XC is a great lip injection for increasing lip volume. Patients are able to achieve luscious and fuller lips that are still soft to the touch. Juvederm can also be used to shape and enhance the lip line. This is a great entry level filler for the lips to see what a soft filler will do for the lips. One syringe of 1 mL is generally sufficient for both upper and lower lip enhancement. The “XC” denotes that the filler contains 0.3% of crystalized lidocaine to numb the lips as it is injected.
Ideal For: Lifting the lips and enhancing shape (provides subtle lip volume)
Results Duration: 6 to 9 months
Restylane-L is the first FDA approved filler for the lips. This filler is great for patients who need sharper definition along the borders of the lips rather than just volumizing. This lip filler has a relatively high viscosity which helps to maintain shape. The L -means that the Restylane also has 0.3% of crystalized lidocaine. The results of Restylane-L appear very natural while adding structure and volume to the lip.