Juvederm vs. Restylane
Juvéderm is one of several dermal fillers made with hyaluronic acid. Another popular injectable gel is Restylane manufactured by Medicis, which has been on the market since 2003. While the two products are very similar in many ways, there are subtle differences in formulation. Juvéderm is a smooth consistency gel while Restylane is granular: that means Juvéderm is a more concentrated form of hyaluronic acid than Restylane. Restylane gel tends to be harder, and it does not diffuse as far from the injection site. Anecdotal evidence also seems to suggest Restylane’s effects may last a shorter time than Juvéderm’s. These properties mean that some physicians prefer using Juvéderm for more delicate procedures involving lip enhancement or softer tissues and folds. Side effects are reportedly more common with Restylane than with Juvéderm — particularly side effects involving trauma at the injection site — and when they occur they last for a longer time. The two products are comparably priced.
One big difference between the two products is how long it takes to see results. With Juvéderm you see results almost instantaneously; with Restylane it can take between three days and week to meet the new you in the mirror.
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