What’s the difference between Restylane and Juvederm?

Anyone who is considering facial rejuvenation has heard about the two most commonly used dermal fillers, Restylane and Juvederm. Both are safe, effective, long lasting FDA approved hyaluronic acid fillers that are widely used by the best nurse injectors. So how are they similar, how are they different, and which type of treatment should you choose?

Both products are injectables used to fill the nasolabial folds, grooves and creases that form between the nose and the corners of the mouth. They’re also used to fill the lips and to minimize frown lines, particularly around the brow. The costs and treatment procedures related to both products are somewhat comparable.

The main differences between the two popular fillers are in texture, concentration, and the duration of treatment.

Juvederm is a smooth, non-particulate gel that has a somewhat higher concentration of the active ingredient, hyaluronic acid. A Juvederm treatment can last from 9 to 12 months. A single treatment of Juvederm uses a complete 1.0cc or 1.1cc syringe of the product, which cannot be shared or stored for later use. Some practitioners say Juvederm gives a marginally smoother result and causes less puffiness in the days immediately following treatment.

Restylane has a slightly lower concentration of hyaluronic acid, and a treatment typically lasts from 6 to 9 months. Restylane treatments are available in both 0.4cc and 1.0cc sizes, which could make it an attractive option for those who have low volume issues that require correction. Restylane is a granular or particulate gel that is less smooth than Juvederm but has a somewhat firmer consistency, which makes it a good choice for deep lines and for areas such as the lips, which require more support.

Discuss both options with your provider to determine which dermal filler is right for you.