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Juvederm vs. Restylane – Results and Costs

It’s not an unrealistic goal to look a decade younger than your actual age.  Juvederm and Restylane are two products which can help you achieve this goal. They are both products which are said to add volume and smoothness to your skin, giving you improved skin tone, reducing wrinkles and helping you to look younger. But do they work? And if they do, at what cost?  Let’s take a look at both Juvederm and Restylane to see what they say:

Juvederm

Juvederm is the name brand of an injectable gel providing filler for your skin, increasing its volume, smoothing out wrinkles, and reducing folds in the face. Juvederm is most commonly used to remove “laugh lines” and “parenthesis” or those lines which are located between your nose and mouth, extending out towards your cheeks. Juvederm is formulated from hyaluronic acid which is found naturally within the skin. Juvederm can be used by people of all ethnic backgrounds, and is approved by the FDA.

Restylane

Restylane is similar to Juvederm, also using hyaluronic acid to add volume to the skin and reduce wrinkles. In fact, Restylane is basically the same as Juvederm except that it is not as concentrated as Juvederm. The lower levels of hyaluronic acid in Restylane means that it is less effective but safer than its counterpart.

Though there are minor technical differences in the two products, both increase skin volume and reduce wrinkles on your face.  Both are very fine products.  The manufactures are dueling with who lasts longer, each getting longer FDA permissions to say which lasts longer.  The extent to which they work varies, depending upon individual characteristics in your skin and body. The treatments are long-lasting but are not permanent and therefore need to be repeated to achieve the same effects over time.

Both Juvederm and Restylane are composed of Hyaluronic Acids (HA).  The value or longevity of a Hyaluronic Acid filler is determined by the amount of cross-linking of the gel molecules. The body is very effective at removing things that do not belong. The beauty of HA is that it is also produced in the body so that it can stay because it is not a completely foreign object. Collagen that used to be injected was from cow hide so that it was rapidly identified and then broken down by the body. It also required a test to determine if you had an allergy. HA is not broken down by this pathway, it is broken down other ways. The more solidly (or cross-linked) an HA product is the longer it will last. The absolute amount of HA in a syringe does not translate into more product remaining in an injected area, only the cross-linked amount of HA in the syringe will actually remain.  The non-cross-linked product will be dissolved in a few days. The non-cross-linked HA is smoother and allows for easier injection and some control in some hands but will not contribute to longevity.  Restylane has a higher concentration of cross-linked molecules of HA than Juvederm. In terms of the benefits and costs of Juvederm and Restylane, most people do feel that it’s something worth trying for enhancing appearance. Juvederm and Restylane are certainly safer than other injections, such as Botox, and tends to have less side effects and risks associated with it.

In conclusion, Restylane is stiffer, requires more skill to inject correctly, more skill to place correctly and will last longer. In some areas these are desirable consequences like the nasolabial folds.  Juvederm is softer and easier to inject and feels different so it is better in the lips but it will go away faster. Radiant MedSpa uses both products every day in different areas.  In some patients, Radiant MedSpa uses both products depending on the patient’s desires and concerns.

Cost

Understandably, everyone wants to know “How much?”  Both products cost about the same. The best estimate we can provide is, do plan to spend a couple of hundred dollars for treatment.  Since there are so many variable in skin treatment, the number of treatments, its effects, and how long it lasts, it’s impossible to provide an answer without a consultation.  Call Radiant at 425-640-5900 for a complimentary consultation.  Then, the precise cost can be provided, and you will not be pressured to buy.