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Juvederm vs. Restylane

December 29, 2018

 

We tend to use the term filler pretty loosely these days.  Are we talking about filler to help out wrinkles? Or are we referring to filler to plump lips?  The term filler has become so commonplace that most people use it incorrectly, referring to any non-invasive facial procedure as a filler.

 

Now, it’s safe to say that most people referring to fillers are using it correctly.  Fillers are best defined as a noninvasive facial rejuvenation method that helps maintain the skin’s youthful look via injection. 

 

While there is a plethora of filler options for doctors to use such as Radiesse, Belotero, Voluma, Sculptra, Juvederm and Restylane, most facial plastic surgeons, including Dr. Jean-Paul Azzi, use a combination depending on the patient and site.  Here we will discuss two – Juvederm and Restylane.

 

If you’re thinking about getting any kind of dermal filler, you should definitely understand their likenesses and differences.

 

1. Versatility – Both Juvederm and Restylane are ideal for men and women who are looking to boost their appearance.  Typically used for fuller lips, Juvederm and Restylane can both also be used to help erase tiny lines around the eyes and mouth and make cheeks appear fuller. 

 

2. Moisture – Hyaluronic acid always attracts water, so regardless of what type of filler your doctor uses, your skin will hold more moisture.  Both products contain biodegradable hyaluronic acid.  Since hyaluronic acid is an all-natural ingredient, there is minimal risk of allergic reaction. 

 

3.  Texture – Juvederm is often described as smooth, while Restylane is referred to as granular.  In layman terms, Restylane is more likely to leave bumps during the application process that need to get massaged out.  Since Juvederm is smoother, it makes for easier application.  With that said, Restylane is more cohesive.  For areas that need to appear fuller, Restylane is typically the choice.

 

4. Volume – Since Restylane is cohesive, it tends to stay in place after being injected.  This can be good and bad.  Doctors who use Restylane should be willing to work with the skin to mold it into the desired shape or facial contour. 

 

5. Lasting Effects – There is not a definitive answer as to whether Juvederm or Restylane lasts longer.  Both will last for several months, but it is important to note that Juvederm has more hyaluronic acid which could positively affect length of lasting effects.

 

It’s always best to understand what you’re putting into your body prior to having any procedure.  If you’re considering having any kind of facial cosmetic procedure, visit Dr. Jean-Paul Azzi at The Palm Beach Center for Facial Plastic & Laser Surgery for a consultation.  Dr. Azzi has an office in Palm City and another in Jupiter, Florida.  For more information or to book a consultation, click here.

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