Both Restylane and Juvéderm are dermal fillers that use hyaluronic acid to reduce signs of aging and leave the skin looking smoother and younger. As both fillers have similar ingredients and are used to treat the same issues, it can be hard to distinguish between the two.
The differences between Juvéderm and Restylane are somewhat subtle, and neither filler is objectively superior. What is right for you depends on your personal goals and expectations as well as factors like your facial structure. A consultation with a qualified practitioner can help you determine which filler would best meet your needs.
Below, we will offer a brief breakdown of the basic differences between Juvéderm and Restylane.
Restylane vs Juvederm: The Basics
Both Juvéderm and Restylane are made from the same active ingredient – hyaluronic acid (HA), a molecule found in living cells that can help you attract and retain moisture. This helps plump the skin and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
As HA is a naturally occurring substance, there is little risk of side effects or complications with both Juvéderm and Restylane. Getting dermal fillers is a simple procedure that usually takes less than 30 minutes. Afterwards, you can resume regular activities right away.
What Is The Difference Between Restylane vs Juvederm?
The main difference between Juvéderm and Restylane is the texture. Restylane is more granular, while Juvéderm is smoother.
For this reason, Juvéderm is often used to address finer lines and wrinkles in tighter areas of the face such as the smile lines. Restylane – which stays in place better when injected – may be more adept at adding volume to sunken areas of the face. Restylane is also slightly more moldable, so it is often used for facial contouring and may work better for patients seeking highly-specific results.
However, there are no hard and fast rules regarding Juvéderm vs. Restylane. Depending on your aesthetic goals and facial features, your practitioner may recommend one over the other.
Restylane vs Juvederm: Treatment Areas
Both Restylane and Juvéderm have specific formulas designed to plump the lips.
Restylane Silk is the first FDA-approved specifically for the lips, and Restylane Kysse is a lip filler designed to target upper vertical lip lines.
Juvéderm Ultra XC is designed for lip augmentation, and Juvéderm Volbella XC can be used to add volume to the lips. It also treats fine lines around the mouth and under-eye hollows.
Both fillers can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles throughout the face.
Restylane Defyne and Restylane Refyne are often preferred for moderate-to-severe lines, while Juvéderm Ulra can treat light-to-moderate lines. Juvéderm Voluma both treats fine lines and adds lost volume, making it a good choice for treating sagging jowls as well.
Both Restylane and Juvéderm can treat nasolabial folds, also called smile lines. (In fact, Juvéderm Vollure was specifically designed to treat nasolabial folds.) Restylane-L, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Lyft are also frequently used for this purpose.
Are Results Different?
Long-term results vary from individual to individual, so it is hard to make broad generalizations regarding Juvéderm versus Restylane. As previously mentioned, the right filler for you truly depends on your goals, facial structure, and other factors. Both fillers – when administered by a qualified practitioner – can significantly reduce fine lines and wrinkles, plump lips, and restore lost volume to the face.
Restylane’s new line of products, Refyne and Defyne, tend to move a bit more naturally with the tissue, so may have better results in areas of animation.
Which Filler Lasts Longer?
On average, Juvéderm lasts slightly longer. Restylane lasts about 10 months, while Juvéderm lasts about a year. However, both choices eventually require follow-up appointments and – again – results can vary. The newer products from both companies have variable longevity. Voluma, by Juvéderm, can last up to two years in some patients.
Is One Filler Riskier Than The Other?
No. Juvéderm and Restylane are both very low-risk procedures overall, but in rare cases some patients may experience side effects or complications.
Both Juvéderm and Restylane may cause minor issues such as swelling, redness, tenderness, and bruising for the first few days following treatment. These side effects should clear up on their own without medical intervention.
In very rare cases, both Juvéderm and Restylane can cause more serious compilations. Both can cause hyperpigmentation, infection, or tissue death (necrosis). Follow-up treatment may be needed to address these issues. Allergic reaction is also a very rare complication and if you are allergic to one, you may not be allergic to the other.
Restylane Vs. Juvéderm: The Bottom Line
Both Juvéderm and Restylane are highly effective at smoothing skin, adding volume, and creating a more youthful appearance overall. The primary difference between the two fillers is their textures, and Restylane’s granular nature may make it slightly more suited for facial contouring. However, a consultation with a practitioner is the best way to determine the right treatment path for you.
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