As far as dermal fillers in Ottawa go, Restylane® and Juvederm™ are two of the most popular products in Canada. Their popularity is probably due to their ability to effectively achieve desirable results, relatively quickly and safely. They can also treat a variety of aesthetic problems: smoothing out mild to moderate facial wrinkles, augmenting the lips, filling out scars, and changing facial contours like the chin and cheeks – all from a treatment that doesn’t involve incisions and takes less than an hour.
Here are the similarities:
- Both are in a gel form based on hyaluronic acid, responsible for maintaining volume and moisture levels in the skin.
- Both come in syringes.
- Both are injected into the skin.
- Both come in different intensities, as distinguished by the median size of the gel’s particles and the concentration of hyaluronic acid. The problem determines the intensity.
- Both achieve temporary results with minimal downtime. Side effects include short lived swelling, irritation and bruising.
And here are the differences:
Restylane® was the first hyaluronic acid based injectable filler approved by the FDA. Introduced to the market back in 2004, the product is a gel composed of microspheres that differ in size according to intensity (larger particles means it’s more intense and can last longer). One syringe contains 1cc.
Results generally last about half a year or more. Juvederm™, on the other hand, can last anywhere from 3 months or more. However, reports all say something different here – some patients find Juvederm™ lasts longer, while others prefer Restylane®. It really depends on the patient, doctor, and problem corrected.
Juvederm™ is manufactured to be smoother in consistency than Restylane®. Many physicians believe this smooth texture allows it to achieve better results in some areas of the face, particularly the lips. One syringe contains .80cc.
Side effects from a Juvederm™ injection can last for about 24 hours. On the other hand, many patients find the side effects resulting from Restylane® can last up to 3 days.