The Face-Off: Juvederm Vs Restylane
Juvederm Vs Restylane: Versatility
Juvederm and Restylane are both ideal for men or women who want to boost their appearance. These products are used by young women who want fuller lips, and they are also used by women and men who want to erase tiny marionette lines around their mouths or eyes. However, MA facial rejuvenation fillers do more than just erase lines.
If you want your cheeks or the area beneath your eyes to look fuller and younger, these fillers can perfect. They contour and shape your face into a more robust and appealing shape. Instead of sinking onto your bones, your skin uses an injection of something natural to regain its youthful contours and volume. To achieve these vitalizing effects, these fillers are both based on the same active ingredient: hyaluronic acid.
Juvederm Vs Restylane: Hyaluronic Acid
Both fillers feature hyaluronic acid, a complex sugar organically present in all living cells. In particular, hyaluronic acid exists in the cells that are part of your skins' complex matrix of connective tissues. It exists right alongside of collagen, which makes your face look full, and elastin, which keeps your skin elastic, but hyaluronic acid has an even more important role – it maintains the water in your skin.
Juvederm Vs Restylane: Moisture and Vitality
Regardless of which filler you use, when you add more hyaluronic acid to your skin, it attracts water, and it allows your skin to hold more moisture. This in turn makes your skin look moisturized and vital. In both products, the hyaluronic acid is completely biodegradable and proven to work with human cells. Because it is an all natural ingredient, there is little to no risk of allergic reaction, and because the hyaluronic acid is synthesized from bacteria rather than taken from an animal source, it can be used by vegans. In spite of being very similar, these two fillers feature different textures.
Juvederm Vs Restylane: Texture
Texture is where these two fillers really start to distinguish themselves from each other. In advertising, Juvederm is referred to as smooth, and Restylane is called granular. Unfortunately, these are not scientific terms that can be qualified, but in general, Juvederm is less likely to than Restylane to leave bumps during the application process.
This smoothness makes Juvederm easier to use when trying to mitigate very small lines, but it makes Juvederm the wrong choice for building up sunken or gaunt areas of your face. For instance, if used in the hollows under the eyes,Juvederm is so smooth that it can easily travel to the top of the cheek, creating fullness where you don't want it. In contrast, Restylane is more cohesive than smooth, and it is perfect for the areas under the eyes or other spots where you want a fuller effect.
Juvederm Vs Restylane: Volume
Because of its cohesive nature, Restylane stays in place after being injected. Because of that, doctors need to be willing to work with this material and mold it into the desired shape. This actually gives you much options, and it makesRestylane the better choice if you are trying to build volume or smooth contours.
Juvederm Vs Restylane: Longer Lasting
The jury is out on which of these fillers is longer lasting. The effects from both last for several months, but Juvedermhas 35 percent more hyaluronic acid that has been cross linked. This creates a slightly more complex formula that some find to be longer lasting, and a stronger version called Juvederm Ultra Plus promises to last as long as nine to twelve months.
Juvederm Vs Restylane: Treatment
Regardless of whether you choose Juvederm or Restylane, expect to treatment process to be very similar. Initially, you meet with a cosmetic surgeon or an esthetician to consult about how you want your face too look and which problem areas you want addressed. On the day of the treatment, plan to spent about 10 to 20 minutes at the office.
During that time, the fillers are artfully injected to create the final effect you are seeking. After the appointment, some people experience mild bruising or some slight swelling for about 24 hours, meaning that you should get these treatments a day or two before you have anywhere special to be. However, in both cases, if you avoid taking aspirin or any over-the-counter pain relief for a few weeks before your appointment, you can avoid or minimize those effects.
The Final Decision
Choosing between Juvederm and Restylane can be difficult, but keep in mind that each of these products excels in different areas of the face. Speak with your cosmetic surgeon about where you want these fillers injected, and let them help you select the right one for your needs.
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