There are a lot of lip fillers out there promising fuller lips, but what exactly is the difference? We asked one Instagram beauty influencer and makeup artist who’s tried three Juvéderm products to give us her opinion.

“I’ve found that each filler did something different,” said Devin Jones (@glamazongirlsglow), who also happens to a community manager at RealSelf. “Juvéderm Ultra created structure and built my lips up. Juvéderm Voluma softened the Juvéderm Ultra and allowed me to manipulate my lips into the shape I wanted. Juvéderm Volbella was great for plumping and projection when the other two wore off. I liked it as a revisionary filler.”

Keep in mind that these are one individual’s results with all three lip fillers. You will need to see a board-certified professional doctor or injector and have a consultation to determine what is the correct treatment for you. Different injectables address different concerns, so it’s important to get the best one for you.

 

Juvéderm Ultra XC

Juvéderm Ultra XC, one of the most popular Juvéderm lip fillers, is highly rated by people on RealSelf with a 91% Worth It Rating. The average cost of a Juvederm treatment is $750, but will depend on how many vials your injector uses.

Pros:

  • More affordable.
  • Easily accessible.

Cons:

  • Harder feeling.
  • Filler balled up (was told massaging was the only way to get lumps to go away, but they never went away).
  • Created “duck lips.”
  • Didn’t get fullness.

Jones tells us that while it was cost-effective and the easiest to find of the three, Juvéderm Ultra XC was her least favorite. It  didn’t have a natural feeling, left bumps that couldn’t be massaged away, and duck lips were a real problem. It also didn’t produce the volume and projection she desired.

 

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Juvéderm Voluma XC

Juvéderm Voluma XC is one of the thicker, stronger lip fillers in the Juvéderm family with an 85% Worth It Rating from people on RealSelf. The average cost of a Voluma treatment is $1,500, but will depend on how many vials your injector uses.

Pros:

  • Soft, natural feeling.
  • Easy to build with more filler.
  • Interacted well with the regular Juvederm left in lips.

Cons:

  • Intense swelling.
  • Very noticeable bruising.
  • More expensive.

Coming in at a close second was Juvéderm Voluma. It had a very natural feeling and worked well with the existing Juvéderm products in her lips, Jones says. It was also more expensive and had the strongest side effects with heavy swelling and bruising. However, it was the biggest bang for your buck, in her opinion.

 

Juvéderm Volbella

Juvéderm Volbella is one of the thinnest, spreadable lip fillers from the Juvéderm family. Volbella has an 87% Worth It Rating on RealSelf. The average cost reported by people on RealSelf is $525 per treatment.

Pros:

  • Great volume.
  • Plumps nicely.
  • Softest of the three fillers.
  • Minimal swelling.
  • Lasted the longest.

Cons:

  • Not as many providers offer this filler.

Juvéderm Vobella was the softest lip filler and lasted the longest compared to the others Jones tried. Even though it was expensive and more difficult to find providers who offered the injectable, it added great, natural volume and lasted the longest. She also says it was a great filler for revisions.

 

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Additional lip filler tips from our beauty pro:

  • Go in knowing you will need to do a follow-up. You most likely will come away with some unevenness. Most clinics know this and should give you a follow-up. If not, bring it up.
  • Lips swell super easily and they literally “chase your lips” around filling them as they swell.
  • Take the day. Even with taking Arnica, I could not drink from a straw for days afterward.
  • Your lips stretch a lot, so you will have dry, cracked lips the first couple weeks. Aquaphor is your friend.
  • Arnica lotion on your mouth 30 minutes before injections will help with bruising and swelling.
  • Ask whether or not you can massage and move around your filler before you leave. Some you can, but some you shouldn’t.

 

Tips for finding the right injector:

  • Go somewhere that does a dental block and uses cannulas. Having the numbing agent in the needle created so much pain. The needles trying to break through sensitive skin was so awful that I almost didn’t want to do it again.
  • Go to a place that keeps your syringe for you so you can come back and do touch-ups. You will most likely want to make changes after the first round.
  • Look for an injector whose photos show the type of lips you want on many clients. Bringing in a photo of Kylie Jenner and having them re-create her look isn’t realistic, especially with swelling.
  • Know what you want, but be open to your injector’s suggestions.