Restylane Vs. Juvaderm

Which Injectable Filler is Right For You?

Are you considering getting an injectable filler that will help soften those lines and wrinkles but don’t know which one to use?

It’s a confusing process because there are numerous products out there that all claim to give you back your youthful appearance but we’re going to take a look at the top two and clear things up for you.

By the end of this article, you’re going to understand the differences between Juvaderm and Restylane, the top 2 injectable fillers of their kind on the market today.

What Are They Made Of?

Similarities: Both of these injectable fillers are made from hyaluronic acid, a naturally-occurring product that your body produces as you age. It’s what holds the moisture in your skin that keeps you wrinkle-free but as you age, your body doesn’t produce as much of it as it does when you’re younger.

Both Restylane and Juvaderm come in new forms, Restylane L and Juvaderm XC, which also contain lidocaine. This is a common analgesic that literally takes the sting out of the injections for a more comfortable youth-restoring experience.

Differences: The marked difference in composition between the 2 is that Restylane delivers the hyaluronic acid in small particles in a gel whereas Juvaderm uses a specially developed formula called HYLACROSS that delivers the hyaluronic acid in a smooth gel.

Juvaderm claims that this allows the product to flow more smoothly and look more natural than its competitors. Reviews don’t really make a distinction between the two products in this area.

Juvaderm also points out that it’s safe for people with colored skin. There’s no increased danger of hyperpigmentation or hypertrophic scarring.

What Areas Do They Treat?

Both Juvaderm and Restylane are approved for use in the nasolabial folds (laugh lines), the marionette lines (the ones that run from the corners of your mouth to your chin), the vertical lines around your lips, and the lines at the corners of your mouth.

Restylane is also approved for use in both your lower and upper lip.

How Long Do They Last And How Many Treatments Are Required?

Juvaderm is approved to last up to one year with just one treatment. Restylane claims to last as long as 18 months but requires 2 treatments: the first one, then another at either 4 or 9 months that is generally about half of the dose of the first one.

How Much Do They Cost?

Both Restylane and Juvaderm cost between $550 and $750 per syringe. How many syringes you need depend upon how many areas you have treated, and how deep your wrinkles are.

In Summary

Basically, there appear to be 3 main differences in these 2 products:

  • Restylane can be used in the lips
  • Juvaderm has a smoother consistency and may provide a more natural look
  • Restylane requires 2 treatments but may last a few months longer if both treatments are taken.

In closing, which product is best for you depends upon what your particular needs are. If you’re looking for lip treatment, Restylane is obviously the one that you’d want to go with because it’s the only one who approved for use in that area. If, however, you’re looking for a product that only requires one appointment and may give you a smoother look, then you may want to go with Juvaderm.

My advice? Talk to your doctor about your options, do your research, and make a decision based upon what your individual goals and needs are.

If you’ve used either one of these products, please tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

2 Responses to “Restylane Vs. Juvaderm”
  1. Jim says:

    I used Restylane under my eyes for the puffiness.
    And I really liked the results. It seemed to smooth and even out the look and it lasted a really long time (years).
    I plan on treating eyes again and laugh lines area.
    Not sure which one I will use this time or go for the fat transfer.
    But, thinking more Restylane or Juvaderm.

    • Theresa says:

      Jim, thanks for chiming in. I’m glad the Restylane worked for you and keep us posted on what you decide to do next. :)

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