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Juvederm versus Restylane: A dermal filler breakdown

Aesthetic services were once a luxury reserved for the rich, famous, and elite and were viewed as treatments that came with an air of discretion. Today, the landscape of dermal fillers has dramatically changed in the last few years, largely as a result of celebrities like Kylie Jenner and her “lipfulence” (get it?) and the rise of social media, the reality star’s transparency about participating in fillers has opened the floodgates for millions of people who spare no expense to get similar enhancements. Now, looking like a Hollywood socialite has never been more accessible and acceptable.

However, even with the normalization of fillers, there is still a staggering number of people who are unfamiliar with what fillers actually are and what options are available to them. Here is a simple explanation of what dermal fillers are: The product is comprised of hyaluronic acid, which is naturally produced in the body and because of this composition, fillers are absorbed by the body and can be safely metabolized over time.

So what exactly is hyaluronic acid? You can think of hyaluronic acid as belonging in the same family of collagen, it is one of the natural byproducts that keep your skin youthful and supple. After the age of 25, the production of hyaluronic acid begins steadily decline each year, causing the gradual appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and loss of volume in the face. Due to this impending loss of volume (and one’s desire to age gracefully), this brings us to the wonderful world of dermal fillers.

Fillers can be applied to a number of areas, with the most popular being the lips, under eyes, cheeks, chin, jawline, and nose. The treatments are non-surgical and can be quickly dissolved if the results are unsatisfactory. The filler is also relatively subtle, they’re designed to keep you looking refreshed but not unnatural, which has also contributed to the appeal of fillers for anti-aging measures.

Client education is essential before any injection appointment, by knowing which fillers can be applied to the different areas of the face, it can help shape your expectations and have you feeling prepared by the time you’ve stepped into your appointment. So, let’s break down the basics between the two most commonly used fillers in our clinic, Juvederm and Restylane.

 

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The Breakdown

Allergan is the manufacturer of the brand Juvederm and its suite of hyaluronic acid fillers. Below are the names of each filler and their intended use:

Juvederm XC | Commonly used in the lips

Juvederm XC Plus | Used in lips, under eyes, and midface applications

Juvederm Vollure | Used in smile lines, marionette lines, and midface applications

Juvederm Volbella | Used in lips and under eyes due to it being a subtle filler

Juvederm Voluma | Used in the cheeks, chin, and jawline

Galderma is the manufacturer of the brand Restylane and its suite of hyaluronic acid fillers. Below are the names of each filler and their intended use:

Restylane Silk | Commonly used in the lips

Restylane L-Classic | The most versatile in the suite and can be applied in the lips, under eyes, and mid face

Restylane Defyne | Used for smile lines, marionette lines and mid face

Restylane Refyne | A subtle filler, and is commonly applied in lips and under eyes

Restylane Lyft | Used in cheeks, chin, and jawline

Now, you’re probably wondering which filler is the best option for you. Luckily, our skilled nurse injectors guide you through the process of which hyaluronic acid is best suited for depending on a number of factors that are explored during your appointment.

If you are Interested in learning more about dermal fillers or you are ready to schedule an appointment, you can us at 702-683-2831!

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