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Restylane vs. Juvederm

Restylane and Juvederm are two of the biggest names in hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. As dermal fillers have risen in popularity to correct volume loss, provide cheek augmentation and lip enhancement, and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, these two lines of hyaluronic acid fillers have continued to develop exciting formulations that are tailored to treat all areas of the face. Dr. Michele Green was one of the first NYC dermatologists to incorporate hyaluronic fillers into her boutique private New York office.

Dermal filler treatments have become a go-to option for those seeking facial rejuvenation due to their unique ability to ignite collagen production in the body without any recovery time required. Fillers, along with other non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as microneedling, Fraxel and Themage, are an excellent way to revitalize your look without the need for invasive plastic surgery. However, many patients wonder what the best filler is for treatments like lip augmentation, cheek augmentation, or the reduction of fine lines. Is it Restylane or Juvederm?

If you’re interested in pan-facial rejuvenation without any downtime, board-certified cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Michele Green is here to help. Dr. Green is one of the most sought-after dermatologists in NYC, and has been providing artful cosmetic injectable treatments to patients in her New York office for over two decades. Dr. Green is an expert in Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Sculptra and other cosmetic injectables. At the forefront of skin care, laser treatments, and non-invasive cosmetic procedures, Dr. Green is voted one of the best dermatologists in New York, and will customize your treatment and give you the best cosmetic results.

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What are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectables that are commonly used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and to boost volume in key areas such as the lips or the midface. One of the most popular active ingredients for dermal fillers is that of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally-occurring substance in the body that is used to stimulate collagen production. Through a hyaluronic acid filler, patients are able to use targeted hyaluronic acid treatment to boost volume at and around the injection site, smoothing out fine lines, wrinkles and folds, as well as plumping the skin.

Juvederm and Restylane are both FDA-approved product lines of hyaluronic acid fillers that include customized formulations for different areas of the face. These areas include:

These treatments, among others, can be used to create facial rejuvenation, as well as the enhancement of delicate features such as the lips, cheekbones, and even hands.

What’s the difference between Juvederm and Restylane?

Restylane and Juvederm are both excellent hyaluronic acid filler product lines that treat similar areas of the face. Restylane is made by the pharmaceutical company Galderma, whereas Juvederm is from Allergan, the makers of Botox. A key difference between Restylane and Juvederm has to do with the consistency of the injectable. Juvederm formulation has a smooth, gel-like consistency, while Restylane is made up of a granular or particulate gel. Due to this, Juvederm quickly diffuses into tissue, and Restylane tends to be more cohesive and stay where it is initially injected.

Another difference between these two product lines is that of the longevity of results, as typically Juvederm lasts a few months longer than Restylane injections. This is due to a difference in the cross-linking technologies that each dermal filler family of products uses. Both Juvederm and Restylane have a variety of different formulations, some of which are more volume-boosting, and some of which are thinner to smooth out fine lines, such as Juvederm Volbella and Restylane Silk. Juvederm also has a thicker hyaluronic acid filler formulation for Juvederm Voluma, which is used to treat volume loss in the mid-face, which is a competitor of Restylane Lyft. Furthermore, both the Restylane and Juvederm families of hyaluronic acid filler have formulations that include lidocaine in order to ease any discomfort during treatment.

Is Restylane or Juvederm better?

Our patients often ask: Is Juvederm better than Restylane? Which dermal filler is the best overall?  In truth, there’s no one “best” filler, and Juvederm and Restylane both offer unique tools when it comes to facial rejuvenation. Dr. Green tailors all of her patients’ skin care and treatment plans based off of their individual needs and goals, and relies on her expert knowledge of injectables and dermal fillers in order to determine which treatment is optimal. For patients with certain skin conditions and medical histories, or for those looking for specific aesthetic facial contouring, either Restylane or Juvederm – or a combination of the two – may be the best option.

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Before and after – patient with Juvederm Voluma, Volbella and Restylane

Restylane vs. Juvederm for marionette lines

When it comes to treating marionette lines, or the vertical lines that run from the mouth down to the chin, there are a few different Restylane and Juvederm formulations that may be right for you. Excellent options to smooth marionette lines include Restylane Lyft, Juvederm Ultra, and Juvederm Ultra Plus.

Restylane vs. Juvederm for laugh lines

When it comes to treating fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, such as laugh lines, Restylane and Juvederm both offer several options. Restylane Defyne can be used for moderate-to-severe lines around the mouth, and Restylane Refyne is a popular option for treating mild-to-moderate lines and folds around the mouth. Additionally, Juvederm Ultra can be used to smooth mild to moderate fine lines around the mouth, and Juvederm Voluma can restore facial volume in the midface, which can help to improve the appearance of facial sagging or jowls.

Restylane vs. Juvederm for nasolabial folds

Both Restylane and Juvederm are incredibly effective in reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds, also known as “smile lines.” Juvederm Ultra XC and Juvederm Ultra Plus can both help to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds, and Juvederm Vollure was initially created to reduce the appearance of nasolabial folds for a full 18 months. When it comes to Restylane formulations, Restylane-L, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Lyft can all be used for long-lasting correction of mild-to-severe nasolabial folds.

Is Restylane better than Juvederm for lip filler?

When it comes to the lip area, each patient will have a unique dermal filler treatment that is “best” for lip enhancement or for the reduction of fine lines. When you work with Dr. Green, she will use her expertise to determine a treatment plan that factors in both your individual needs and aesthetic goals, recommending a dermal filler option that will provide the best possible result. There are several lip fillers from both Juvederm and Restylane that offer volumizing and plumping formulations, as well as natural-looking results.

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Restylane Silk for lips

Restylane Silk is tailored to treat the lips and the area around the mouth. It has a refined formulation with a granular gel that is ideal for sculpting the lips with precision, all while providing a smooth, natural look to lip enhancement. Restylane Silk can also be used to treat perioral lines, which are vertical lip lines that often develop as we age.

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Restylane Kysse lip filler

Restylane Kysse is Restylane’s newest lip filler that specifically targets treatment of upper vertical lip lines and lip augmentation, with results that last up to a full a year. Additionally, Restylane Kysse improves the hydration of the lips, providing a luscious appearance.

Juvederm Volbella

Juvderm Volbella is tailored to subtly improve the volume of the lips, as well as fine lines around the mouth. Additionally, Juvederm Volbella can successfully be used to treat under-eye hollows, due to its gentle formulation.

Juvederm Ultra XC

Juvederm Ultra is designed to restore facial volume, which can create a voluminous pout in patients seeking lip augmentation. It has a long-lasting formulation with results that can last for 9-12 months.

Juvederm Ultra-Plus XC

Juvederm Ultra Plus XC builds on the formulation of Juvederm Ultra to provide a pillowy, luscious look that Juvederm lip fillers are known for. Juvederm Ultra Plus is often used to treat more severe nasolabial folds, and its results for both lip augmentation and the reduction of folds and wrinkles typically last up to a full year.

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Can you mix Restylane and Juvederm?

Restylane and Juvederm can safely be used together during the same visit, and the combination of these treatments in different areas of the face can provide a fantastic result. As Restylane and Juvederm are both hyaluronic acid fillers, they can often be used interchangeably or as complementary treatments. When it comes to developing a treatment plan that combines both Restylane and Juvederm injections, Dr. Green will carefully consider the different composition of the fillers, in order to provide the correct level of volume to each treatment area.

Can you use Juvederm after Restylane?

As both Juvederm and Restylane are hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, they can safely be used one after the other. Though it’s useful to wait for dermal filler to settle for a couple weeks after an initial procedure, many doctors will opt to switch to a different formulation at that point if further volume or alternative facial contouring is desired.

Can Restylane and Juvederm be combined with Botox?

Restylane and Juvederm are often combined with other injectables, such as Botox, in order to provide pan-facial rejuvenation. In the case of Botox and hyaluronic acid fillers, they can be quite complementary. For example, Botox can help to reduce the appearance of dynamic wrinkles around the eyes while Restylane or Juvederm can be used to restore volume, enhance the lips, or reduce the appearance of fine lines and folds around the mouth.

Does Restylane last longer than Juvederm?

On average, Restylane hyaluronic acid filler formulations last for slightly less time than Juvederm products. However, all Restylane and Juvederm products last between 6-18 months, which can be easily maintained through annual or semi-annual “touch-up” treatments.

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Are there any side effects to treatment with Restylane or Juvederm?

The process of Juvederm and Restylane injections is simple and easy, and side effects are typically minimal. Immediately after your dermal filler treatment, you may experience mild swelling or redness, which will dissipate over the course of a few days. As is the case with any injectable treatment, there is a slight risk of bruising after a procedure, which is why Dr. Green recommends avoiding ibuprofen or any other blood thinners during the week prior to treatment. Additionally, Restylane and Juvederm are contraindicated for patients with a history of both bleeding disorders and allergic reactions to either lidocaine or hyaluronic acid.

Experiences of severe swelling, infection, or hyperpigmentation are uncommon. In rare cases, severe side effects can occur if hyaluronic acid dermal fillers are injected into a blood vessel, which is much more likely to occur with an inexperienced injector. For this reason, it’s important that you work with a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist for any injectable cosmetic treatment. Dr. Green has mastered the art of cosmetic injectables, and the safety and satisfaction of her patients is her top priority.

How do I get started with Restylane or Juvederm injections today?

If you’re interested in achieving pan-facial rejuvenation without any downtime, dermal fillers like Restylane and Juvederm may be just what you’ve been searching for. Dr. Michele Green has over 25 years of experience in cosmetic dermatology, Botox, Restylane and Juvederm injections, laser skin tightening, Fraxel, microneedling and the best skin care.

Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to arrange a consultation with Dr. Green to develop a customize treatment plan for you. Dr. Green’s private NYC boutique dermatology office will provide you with the best cosmetic results.

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