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Juvederm vs. Restylane: Which Injectable Filler Is Right for You?7 min read

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Facial wrinkles and a decrease in facial volume are typical signs of aging. As we get older, the fat deposits in our faces decrease, leaving us with wrinkles. As a result, many people are looking for efficient solutions to the side effects of aging. 

Fortunately, there are solutions to erase these signs of aging and help refresh facial skin, giving it a youthful glow. These solutions come in the form of nonsurgical dermal fillers, namely Juvederm and Restylane!

What Are Juvederm and Restylane?

Juvederm and Restylane are dermal fillers made from hyaluronic acid, an ingredient that mimics your body’s natural hyaluronic acid. It is a gooey substance that keeps the skin supple, hydrated, and plump.

 Juvederm and Restylane treat wrinkles and fine lines on the face and chin retrusion; some even enhance the aging skin on the back of your hand!

The Juvederm line includes five dermal fillers that target different facial areas. These various fillers — Juvederm Volux XC, Juvederm Voluma XC, Juvederm Vollure XC, Juvederm Ultra XC, and Juvederm Volbella XC — all treat different areas of the face to plump and refresh their appearance. 

These dermal fillers achieve facial rejuvenation by increasing the volume under the surface of your skin and replacing the natural fat lost during the aging process.

Restylane’s dermal fillers — Restylane, Restylane L, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Silk, Restylane Kysse, Restylane Refyne, Restylane Defyne, and Restylane Contour — target varying facial features just like Juvederm, but Restylane Lyft is also able to increase the volume in the back of the hands.

What Are the Differences Between Juvederm and Restylane?

There are several differences between these two dermal fillers. For one, Restylane uses a slightly different technology to accomplish its goals than Juvederm. Restylane implements NASHA technology, which molds the particle size to match the patient’s needs. As a result, fine lines and wrinkles are treated with small particles, whereas more prominent folds are treated with larger ones.

 On the other hand, all Juvederm products include lidocaine — a painkiller — to make the procedure more comfortable. While several Restylane products include lidocaine in their ingredients, it is not a consistent additive throughout their line. 

In addition, Juvederm and Restylane each have their areas where they excel. For example, Restylane is usually recommended for the lips, nose, and cheeks, whereas Juvederm is more efficient in other areas, such as the forehead and around the eyes.

What Are the Similarities Between Juvederm and Restylane?

Juvederm and Restylane present several similarities. Both products implement hyaluronic acid to add natural-looking volume to your face or hands. Neither product involves any surgery, and the appointments for both products are quick and painless. In addition, neither Juvederm nor Restylane requires recovery time.


However, Juvederm and Restylane call for follow-up treatment sessions to maintain results. Both fillers are temporary, which is why follow-up treatment sessions are the best way to ensure the results last for years to come. 


Also, because Juvederm and Restylane are considered cosmetic treatments, insurance companies typically won’t cover either of them.

Which Areas of the Face Can Juvederm and Restylane Treat?

Juvederm and Restylane both have extensive ranges of dermal fillers. Each works to target specific areas on the face and body, so when considering which filler to choose, it is best to have a clear understanding of what each filler is best suited for.

Juvederm Works Best in These Areas

  • Juvederm Volux XC is recommended for improving jawline definition. This more profound injection helps best with moderate to severe wrinkles.
  • Juvederm Voluma XC works on both the chin and the cheeks. It is a deep injection that helps resolve volume loss in cheeks or chin retrusion.
  • Juvederm Vollure XC targets facial wrinkles and lines, like marionette lines and nasolabial folds. This filler is typically used on moderate to severe lines and wrinkles.
  • Juvederm Ultra XC is an excellent choice for the lips and the perioral area. This filler is great for plumping up the lips and restoring their youthful glow.
  • Juvederm Volbella XC targets the lips and perioral lines and is ideal for the area under the eyes and any hollows or wrinkles that may have developed there.

Restylane Works Best in These Areas

  • Restylane and Restylane-L target facial wrinkles and folds, including nasolabial folds. Both products are also designed for lip augmentation. 
  • Restylane Lyft, one of the items in the Restylane line that includes lidocaine, remedies facial wrinkles and folds and adds volume to the cheeks. This filler is famous for its ability to plump up the back of the hand and eliminate its wrinkles. 
  • Restylane Silk helps with lip augmentation and related perioral wrinkles.
  • Restylane Kysse is used for lip plumping and wrinkles around the mouth.
  • Restylane Refyne targets facial wrinkles like nasolabial folds. This deep injection works well with moderate to severe wrinkles.
  • Restylane Defyne, similar to Restylane Refyne, targets moderate to deep wrinkles. It is explicitly aimed at nasolabial folds and marionette lines. This product can be used to eliminate chin retrusion.
  • Restylane Contour works specifically to add volume to the cheek area and midface region.

What Results Will I See?

Dermal fillers are used primarily to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines, add volume to the face and enhance or change facial contours. In addition, fillers can plump up thin lips and improve facial symmetry. 


These aesthetic changes should result in a more youthful appearance and fuller, smoother skin. The final results are specific to each patient and depend on their specific goals and treatment plan.

How Long Do Juvederm and Restylane Last?

Both Juvederm and Restylane are for people over 21 years of age. Generally, the other limitations on who can receive dermal fillers include pregnant or breastfeeding women, as research has not been done on these groups of patients, nor anyone who may be allergic to the ingredients. This includes allergies to active ingredients such as lidocaine, gram-positive bacterial proteins, hyaluronic acid, or other ingredients unique to each filler. Dermal fillers also should not be used if you have a bleeding disorder. 


It is also wise to carefully plan the timing of your injections. Suppose you are considering laser therapy or a chemical peel. In that case, your doctor will likely recommend waiting on either your dermal filler or the therapy or peel, as these two procedures interfere with each other. 


In addition, you may be asked not to take blood thinners shortly before and shortly after your dermal filler injection. Taking these medicines shortly before or after your procedure will increase the risk of bleeding or bruising from the dermal filler.


Whether you’re hoping to increase your facial volume or rejuvenate your lips, dermal fillers are the perfect option for you! Because of their noninvasive, nonsurgical nature, many patients find Juvederm and Restylane to be simple solutions for their aesthetic goals. Whether you choose Juvederm or Restylane, there is a dermal filler to help you along your aesthetic journey and increase your confidence and youthful glow!

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dermal Fillers?

The longevity of Juvederm and Restylane depends on which brand you use and which item from their line you select. It can also vary based on whether or not you receive follow-up injections or how many initial injections you received. 

Juvederm Voluma XC is projected to last two years in the cheeks but only one year for chin augmentation. Juvederm Ultra Plus XC lasts one year, as does Juvederm Ultra XC. Juvederm Vollure XC injections are projected to last 18 months, and Juvederm Volbella XC one year. 

For Restylane products, the timeline also depends upon which dermal filler your doctor used. For example, the full effects of Restylane and Restylane- will likely last up to 18 months if you receive the complete treatment. 

Restylane Lyft typically lasts six months, particularly in the back of the hands, although it may last up to one year in the cheeks. Restylane Refyne and Defyne last one year in facial wrinkles and lines, while Restylane Contour lasts about six months. Restylane Kysse provides six months of plump lips, as does Restylane Silk.

The best way to maintain your results is to see your plastic surgeon again for touch-ups and follow-up appointments. During these appointments, you will receive new dermal filler injections to ensure your results stay fresh.

Aesthetica Offers the Best Dermal Fillers for Your Unique Needs!

Ready to undergo your dermal filler procedure? Come meet with us at Aesthetica Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center for a complimentary consultation before proceeding with your treatment of choice! Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Phillip Chang will determine if you are a good candidate for these procedures. If everything matches up, our team will help you navigate the entire process, from beginning to end! Also, remember to check out our blog, Facebook, and Instagram for more information on plastic surgery and plastic surgery trends!

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