Juvederm vs. Restylane – Results and Costs

The age of your skin

We value youth more than we should sometimes, I suppose. And the reality of the world is that we all want to look and feel a little bit younger than we do, a little bit younger than the number of candles on the birthday cake indicate that we should feel. So, we turn towards beauty products that ca help to give us that youthful feeling and appearance. Juvederm and Restylane are two of those products. 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 to you?

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 which provides filler for your skin, increasing the volume that it contains and smoothing out wrinkles and folds in the face. It is most commonly used to get rid of "laugh lines" and "parenthesis", those lines which are located between your nose and mouth, extending out towards your cheeks. Juvederm is made from hyaluronic acid which is found naturally in the skin, can be used by people of all ethnic backgrounds and is approved by the FDA.

RESTYLANE

Restylane is a product which is very 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 is. The lower levels of hyaluronic acid in Restylane may mean that it is less effective but safer than its counterpart.

So, now that we now the basics about them, what we really want to know is whether or not they work and what effect they may have on your body. The fact is that these products do work to enhance your skin volume and reduce wrinkles on your face. However, 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.

On the plus side, there are reported to be very few side effects or lasting health problems associated with the injection of either of these products. Temporary tenderness, some swelling and redness of the skin are all common immediately following the injection but go away quickly. Neither product has common allergies and in fact, an allergy test is not necessary for people planning to try either injection. However, there is one serious side effect which has been known to occur and which you should be aware of in case you are planning to consider this treatments, and that side effect is granulomas. These are small bumps under the surface of the skin which form as a result of immune problems caused by the injections. They aren't common, but they do occur and can't be easily treated.

So, in terms of the benefits and costs of Juvederm and Restylane, most people do feel that it's something worth trying for achieving the look of younger skin. It's certainly safer than other injections, such as Botox, and tends to have less side effects and risks associated with it. However, you should keep in mind that we grow up for a reason. Laugh lines are on our faces to show that we have had a laugh worth some laughter. And perhaps your natural look may be better than any sort of synthetic look you can achieve, no matter how risk-free it may be.

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MayG 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Very interesting and informative hub. One thing worth warning about with these fillers is the Tyndall effect. This is a faint blue line where you have had the product injected. Basically, it's the product visible beneath the skin and will fade as the product wears off. If you have very translucent and fair skin this can happen, particularly in the marionette lines around the mouth. It can also happen if the product is injected too superficially. Sometimes it's faint enough to mask with makeup, but sometimes it's severe enough that it needs to be treated with hyaluronidase,which basically dissolves the filler.


sandra 3 years ago

I got restylane 2 times and love it.

It was very natural, my face became younger, and last for almost 2 years.

I want to do it again. You just have to choose a good dermatologist.


Louisiana 5 years ago

I had Juvederm injected into my lips and smile lines. I loved the results but after a couple weeks it seemed to slightly disappear from my lips (but not my smile lines) I went back for more and it did the same thing. Today was my third visit and she put Restylane this time thinking that maybe my body might accept it differently. I guess I will know in the next couple weeks. I truly love the results, I just wish it would stay longer. If it doesn't take this time I will give up or consider lip implants...


Miami 5 years ago

I just got it and I hate it... If you like the way you look when you get all dressed up don't go and change your self... It's just not worth it!!! At ALL... Total waste of money and I feel like a fake mosters!!!


Taylor 5 years ago

I Love Juvederm. I got it for the first time about a month ago between my brows. I have really strong muscles there as I have been a heavy squinter all my life. (I'm 35) as a result I have 2 deep wrinkles there and they bug the heck outta me.. Hate the way they look! I had Botox put there 2xs and I still would squint. So the wrinkle were still obvious. They were lessened but still a problem to me.. So I asked for juverderm


Alessandra 5 years ago

I had one syringe of Juvederm ($575.00 Boca Raton, Fl) done a year ago that last 12 months. No side effects with great results on my lips and my "Chinese mustache" (smile line). Love it!


Simmi 5 years ago

I had very deep n/s lines & marionette lines so I had initially 2 syringes of Juvederm Plus it looked amazing but only lasted 5 months I don't smoke nor drink alcohol I look after my skin it's just those darn lines, I had 1 syringe 'top up' lasted only 4 months it's so expensive at $680.00 a syringe of 0.8mls so I'm going to try Voluma next its $1200.00 1 syringe but my injector nurse told me it's equal to 3-4 of Juvedem Plus & lasts a lot longer up to 2 years I'm praying it lasts 12 months as I can't afford so much & yet can't stand to ever see the old sad face I used to have at age 48.


spring 5 years ago

I am 56, had restylane and juvaderm,botox and lazer peel.Mini face-lift would be more cost effective.also had upper and lower lids done.I do like how these products refresh your face.


Lynne 5 years ago

I had 2 syringes of Restylane in my marionette lines 3 months ago, and it's still holding it's own.I plan to top it off with 1 syringe in another month or so.I really like the results.


JLo 5 years ago

I have had juvederm plus injections 3 times since 2006. I had Deep smile lines (parenthesis) on my face prior to the first time. It cost me around 800 the first time and lasted. Over a year. The second and third time cost about 400 each due to the fact I didn't need as much to achieve a continued result. Each time it lasted OVER a year and I couldn't be happier with the long term results. But nobody mentioned that it kinda hurts


Sandy 5 years ago

I had Restylane injected in my smile lines & lips for the first time about 6 weeks ago and it was & is a terrible exerience, however after reading these posts & others, it is clear the person doing the injections makes the difference.

My research tells me Juvederm is better because it is more pliable and as soon as these "Restlane bumps" go away, I have found a medical faclity & I'm going to have Juvederm.

Prices vary here - at some places you can get Restylane & Juvederm for $375, but I think it's more like $450. I got Botox also & there is a place that does it for $9.50 a unit, but it's usually avg $11.


Pauline 6 years ago

I inject both products also. Key to longevity is regular "top ups" First time never lasts as long, but after a few treatments you will find the products last longer and longer. I find cheeks last 12 months plus, nasolabial lines about 9 months and lips the shortest 4-6 months... but again, with top ups, it starts to last longer. Cost is approx. $500 /syringe.

PS: for facial volumizing - Voluma works great! About $700 per syring & lasts about 18 months.

In combination with a good skin care regime, these products can make you look refreshed again.


Katrina 6 years ago

I had juvederm in my lips today and cost $650. I still had some still in my lips which was from a year ago. I prefer juverderm as it is softer and looks natural. I also had Fraxel laser last week which cost $2000 for my whole face but it was worth every penny, i have no wrinkles under my eyes, pigmentation gone and tight fresh skin. I look 10 years younger and looks more natural than fillers in the face.

Good luck girls.


deborah 6 years ago

I have had Resylane,Juvederm, and Perlane (once), Perlane is the only one that lasted over 6 month. the others fade mush faster...4 months maybe, and were 800.00


Alex 6 years ago

I am a provider of both restylane and juvederm. I agree with the other doctor that juvederm is softer than restylane but I have not had the problems of migration or swelling with Juvederm. My experience is that restylane lasts a slightly shorter period than juvederm. For longer lasting and deep facial volumizing, I prefer radiesse.


Nina 6 years ago

I'm 44 and started having the Restylane done at 40 (smile lines). For me it lasts for couple years!(didn't have deep creases to star with, this probably has helped). Love the results. Need to have the next round soon, so might think about Perlane, mentioned in the above post. Will research more on it...


sarah lee marks 6 years ago

I just paid 1500 for 2 syringes of Restylane. The lips hurt like a ***. After 4.5 days the black and blue spots near my mouth edge are still there. I can see a minor difference in my laugh lines but I cannot say it was worth the money. The fact that I have "thick" skin may have more to do with my disappointment in the result than the doctor's expertise or the materials used. I will revisit him this week to ask if this is the best I could expect. Next time, I save the 1500 toward a mini face lift, about 8k here in Vegas.


Dr. Sam Lam 6 years ago

Hi guys,

I have no financial affiliation with either company, and I use both products extensively. Based on my experience as well as speaking with my respected colleagues, I think both products are extremely effective. This is how I use the products. I prefer Restylane for lower eyelids because the products stays put. It tends not to migrate or smoosh out, whereas Juvederm can travel a bit and lead to prolonged swelling in a few cases. I prefer Perlane, which is a product that is thicker than Restylane for cheeks and chin augmentation. It tends to be much firmer than Restylane and Juvederm but it works much better for longevity and precise product placement. I think Juvederm works well in the lips (owing to its softness) and the smile lines for the same reason. However, Restylane and Perlane can be used as well in those areas. In short, I have more limited applications for Juvederm since I tend to use injectable fillers more for panfacial rejuvenation with the concept of volumizing the face. Finally, the whole concept that Juvederm has a slightly higher concentration of HA to me does not make a clinical difference whatsoever. The properties I explained above are much more important in a clinical "non-marketing hype" differential.

Best,

Dr. Sam Lam

Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dallas, Texas


Susan 6 years ago

I'm relieved to know that there are fewer and less serious side effects with these 2 products. Thanks for the info. Susan


Marie 7 years ago

I have had Restalyne injected 3 times and never a problem with great results. On average it lasts for 5-6 months. The place I got to charges 600.00 for nonmembers and 500.00 for members. I am interested in trying Juvederm now since I would like the results to last longer but I do not want to pay alot more.


Mary 7 years ago

I am glad to hear that there are very few side effects with either of these techniques. Thanks for the info. Mary


Alice 7 years ago

Your article has helped me be more informed in my decision about what to use or not to use. I think I will wait for a safer and simpler solution to my aging problem. Thanks for info. Alice


Suzie 7 years ago

I have been going to my same gal for years. I have only had a TCA chemical peel and today had an IPL Laser. I am going to get Jevederm in a month and she is only going to charge me 475.00 and she said it will last a year. She also a personal friend of mine but I am amazed at low the price is. I think a lot of you are getting wripped off. I live in Denver as well.


jane s 7 years ago

Hi have regular botox - wonderful. I also have restylane, fills out mouth to nose lines and small wrinkles. lasts 4 - 6 months. Very important to have done by cosmetic surgeon in my opinion. Cost in UK £300 for botox, £300 for restylane


nelly 7 years ago

Right, it last at the most 6 months, you are better off having a mini facelift!


jojo 8 years ago

i had juvederm, it is ok but to much money, i paid $750.00 plus tax (NJ SUX) does not last a year though, more like 6 months??


opal underwood 8 years ago

Have you noticed that none of these examples give you a price for anything. That is because thiese products are different prices at different places.

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