Restylane and Juvederm are two of the most popular dermal fillers that cosmetic surgeons use to fill in deep lines and wrinkles across the face. Both brands have several different types of fillers that are designed to be used in a specific area of the face and are chosen based on the thickness of the skin and the desired effect. While many believe that these two fillers are practically interchangeable, there are some key differences that clients should know about before finalizing their decisions.
Both Restylane and Juvederm, which are injected in much the same manner, are made from hyaluronic acid, which is naturally found in the body. Hyaluronic acid attracts moisture. Therefore, when it is injected beneath the skin, it plumps up the skin over time as more moisture is drawn to the area. Additionally, both of these fillers last approximately the same amount of time. While they may differ by a month or two, the real difference will be in how quickly the individual’s body breaks it down. Some feel that Juvederm lasts the longest because it contains the most cross-linked hyaluronic acid.
The main difference between Restylane and Juvederm is in texture. Juvederm is far smoother and will be less likely to cause a bumpy-looking surface. Therefore, Juvederm is often perceived as the best choice for fine lines, but may not be the best option for increasing volume because it is not as cohesive as Restylane is. Additionally, Restylane is firmer and is often used for lips and under eye hollows.
This provides just a brief glimpse at the main differences and similarities between Restylane and Juvederm. These two dermal fillers are incredibly effective at smoothing out static lines and wrinkles that have formed in the facial skin and that are present even when the face is at rest. Plus, they can add the desired volume in other areas to create a more youthful and aesthetically pleasing appearance.