Read Our Lips: Juvederm Volbella XC Approved For Lip Enhancement

Plump, pouty lips are all the rage these days.

Our collective obsession with celebrity lips is fueling this desire and advancements in techniques and technologies is making it easier than ever to emulate your favorite celebrity. In fact, someone gets their lips enhanced every 19 minutes in the U.S. according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

For years, we were scared off by images of ‘trout pout’ or ‘fish face’ (i.e. overfilled lips) that made certain celebrities stand out (and not in a good way).

But now a new designer filler for lips — Juvederm Volbella XC — has been green-lit by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and is expected to be available in Fall 2016. (It was first approved in Europe in 2011.) Currently, Allergan’s Volbella is distributed in more than 70 countries.

Those in the know suspect that Juvederm Volbella XC will further fuel the popularity of lip enhancement procedures after its U.S. release.

What it Does

Volbella is approved to increase lip fullness and soften the appearance of "smoker's lines" or “bar codes” around the lips in adults over the age of 21. Like other members in the Juvederm family (Juvederm and Juvederm Voluma), Juvederm Volbella XC replenishes the natural stores of hyaluronic acid to boost volume.

In one of the studies leading to the fillers’ U.S. approval, approximately two-thirds of those treated with Volbella showed improvement in lip fullness and lip lines over the course of one year.

Like sister product Juvederm Voluma XC, Juvederm Volbella XC is made with Vycross™ technology, a manufacturing process that results in a smoother gel that flows easily and consistently.

What About Side Effects?

Volbella Side effects may include swelling, tenderness, bruising, firmness, lumps/bumps, redness, pain, discoloration and itching at the treatment site. The treatment itself is virtually painless because Volbella contains lidocaine to take the edge off the injection pain.

Volbella Not For You? Consider the Alternatives

Several other fillers are approved for lips and lines around the mouth including Restylane Silk. The best way to determine which of the available alternative fillers is best suited for your needs is to schedule an appointment with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Find one here.