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JUVEDERM VOLBELLA® vs. ULTRA® XC: Which is the Best Lip Filler for Fuller Lips?

In addition to reducing the depth of nasolabial folds and other wrinkles on the face, fillers are also ideal for adding volume to thin lips or reshaping the lips to give them a better-defined, poutier appearance. Due to the influence of pop culture and celebrities who sport noticeably plump puckers, a seemingly increasing number of people are opting for lip fillers to enhance their appearance. Fillers are also the preferred choice for patients who have thinner lips that started full, but lost volume over time. It’s easy to see why lip injections are so trendy: Injection sessions are relatively quick, results are visible shortly after the treatment, and patients don’t have to go through an extensive recovery period. JUVEDERM® from our St. Louis-based West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University injectors is one of the most effective lip fillers available—but it’s not a single option. In fact, there are multiple formulas available, so patients are sometimes unsure about which type of lip filler they should choose.

First, anyone concerned about making a decision should know that our team is experienced and prepared to guide you through the process. We work to make sure our patients understand the unique benefits of their different options, and we aim to create results that patients are happy with for a long time. With that in mind, here is a comparison of two popular options:

VOLBELLA® and ULTRA® XC are the two JUVEDERM® subtypes used for lips. They both contain a form of hyaluronic acid, which is the substance your skin uses to hold onto moisture and keep it soft and smooth. Hyaluronic acid is also found in a number of topical moisturizers. When this soft, gel-like material is injected below the skin, it temporarily fills out and smooths the surface by adding subtle volume—or more dramatic volume, if desired. The most suitable filler for you depends on the look you’re hoping to achieve.


If you simply want to make your lips significantly fuller, we recommend ULTRA® XC. It has a much thicker consistency than VOLBELLA® and adds significant volume. People will notice!


VOLBELLA® is a great choice for those who have smaller lips and want to gradually add a little volume over time, or for those who want to make subtle changes to the structure and size of their lips. This filler creates a natural looking, subtle increase. It is a very thin, lightweight formulation that is also commonly used for minimizing perioral wrinkles, which develop around the mouth.

Want more tips on JUVEDERM® for fuller lips? Bring your questions to our team at West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University by calling us at (314) 996-8800 or writing us a message online to find out which lip injections are the right option for you.