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Q&A with Dr. Steinsapir: Juvederm vs Restylane Derma Fillers?

Published on March 6, 2015


From what I can tell Juvederm is maybe better than Restylane because it lasts longer. Is this true? Are there other things I should take in to account before choosing Juvederm or Restylane? – Eric K


Restylane Deep Fill Treatment for Under Eye/Dark Circles

Both Juvederm and Restylane are FDA approved hyaluronic acid fillers. There are minor technical differences in the two products. Both are proven to provide lasting results. Having said that, I think an experienced physician can do just about anything with just about any product.

What is important to the consumer is what happens to a product when it is used by a less experienced physician. This is important because not everyone is going to be treated by the “world’s greatest.”

As a physician with a great deal of experience with these products, I prefer Restylane and Restylane Lyft®. The “smoothness” of Juvederm is not a clinically meaningful expression. It is a marketing term of art. The marketing people are making lemonade out of lemons.

Having said that, when injecting tiny volumes, Juvederm is less likely to form a bump because it readily diffuses in the tissues. This is an advantage for doctors who are not prepared to mold and work with the filler once it is in the tissue.

Restylane is more cohesive and tends to stay where it is placed. It needs to be carefully molded once injected.

The advantage of this cohesion is that Restylane can be used to build up the face in away that is impossible with Juvederm. This is especially evident in the lower eyelid/tear trough hollow under the eyes. Juvederm injected in this area in enough volume to make a difference can readily drift into the top of the cheek creating unwanted fullness. This does not happen with Restylane. Read more by Dr. Steinspir.

To learn more about procedures and treatments performed by Beverly Hills | Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Kenneth Steinsapir, contact us at 310-274-7422.

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