A common question asked by those wishing to enhance their looks by using dermal filler injections is: What product will give me the best looks for the longest time, with the most minimal side effects and with the least cost?
What Juvederm and Restylane Have In Common
- Both Juvederm (produced by Allergan) and Restylane (produced by Medicis) are hyaluronic acid fillers (a normal component of skin’s structure)
- Both can be used without first testing for allergic reactions
- Both are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
- Treatments of both cost approximately the same
- Immediate aesthetic changes can be seen with both products
- Both can create a change that feels and looks natural
Juvederm and Restylane Pros and Cons
Upon reading reviews of comments made by experienced, licensed, plastic surgeons, both products had favorable and similar attributes, but some slight differences between Juvederm and Restylane were also mentioned. A common factor of success in both products, was the training and expertise of the injector.
What Results Could You Expect Using Juvederm?
Using smaller volume injections of Juvederm are recommended, because it is less likely to form nodules (bumps) in the skin tissue, and the hyaluronic acid product will dissolve into skin tissue with time. Juvederm in larger injections must be skillfully molded into the skin tissue by the injector to avoid facial disfiguration.
Juvederm has a tendency to be flattened into the skin tissue over time, appearing to be less effective. Juvederm does not provide the lift effect of Restylane, and using more does not equate more lift capability. The product is still present in the tissue longer than outward appearances suggest. Juvederm may also drift to other tissue locations, which may create unwanted fullness in other facial locations.
Juvederm syringes were reported to be easier to use, but contain 27% less than that of Restylane. There is also only one injection size of syringe, meaning that a client would pay for an entire syringe, even if the entire portion was not necessary for the facial correction.
Restylane seems to be more cohesive, meaning that it is more likely to stay where it is placed, even after time. The Restylane injection also needs to be carefully molded, once injected by an experienced professional. Any lumps which may occur immediately after injection must be actively worked out, and the results are very effective.
Restylane can be used to build and lift facial features, that Juvederm cannot offer effectively. One such example is building the lower eyelid or tear trough under the eyes, which may become hollow with age. Restylane is more of a volume or fullness correction tool than Juvederm, and is used for localized facial areas.
Restylane can cause bruising shortly after injections, however it does not seem to cause swelling issues experienced with Juvederm.
Which is Better?
Because Juvederm and Restylane are such similar dermal fillers, other very important factors must play into your decision as to which product to use. Researching an experienced, board certified plastic surgeon to inject the product is the first and most important step in your decision. Ask for pictures of results using both products on various facial areas.
Discuss what you expect with your doctor. The specific areas needing injections, and which product would be most effective, should be determined together. For either product, you must be willing to pay for treatments to be repeated every 6-10 months (possibly with a portion of originally injected amount), in order to maintain and retain the aesthetic effects achieved.