How to Choose Between Restylane and Juvederm

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Restylane and Juvederm are both dermal fillers that are used to treat the appearance of wrinkles. They are both made of hyaluronic acid which helps plump the skin and restore a youthful appearance. They are very similar but there are some differences. So, how do you choose?

Non-Invasive Restylane and Juvederm

Both Restylane and Juvederm are noninvasive. There is no surgery required, just a few minutes for each injection. There is no downtime required and the side effects are minor things like bruising, swelling and redness. Rare cases may experience skin discoloration and scarring.

Both last for months but will require further injections to maintain the results. Juvederm injections take around 15-60 minutes depending on the treatment area. Juvederm’s website promises immediate results. Restylane also takes between 15-60 minutes, however, while you will see some results immediately, the full effects may take a few days.


This gel material is made with hyaluronic acid and is used to treat wrinkles in adults. There are different types of Juvederm injections, and each is used for different areas of the face. Some may be used around the mouth or in the lips while others are designed to add volume to the cheeks or treat the fine lines around the nose and mouth. Juvederm injections have evolved to include lidocaine, which decreases pain during the injection. This eliminates the need for a topical anesthetic.


Restylane is also made with hyaluronic acid and some versions include lidocaine as well. This dermal filler is often used around the eyes and on the backs of the hands. It can also be used to smooth lines around the mouth, enhance the lips and lift the cheeks.

Comparing the Results

While both offer similar long-term results, Juvederm may last longer in some cases. Juvederm results may last between one and two years, while Restylane may last between 6-18 months. Juvederm is typically more expensive and while the two are used for the same areas of the face, Restylane typically works particularly well in the lips and folds around the nose and cheeks.

“The Juvederm family of products is my favorite product line when performing filler enhancement.  Restylane does also have some nice offerings.  Of note, is their recent addition Restylane Kysse which is formulated for lips.” – Dr. Nicole Hayre

Who Can Use Restylane and Juvederm?

Before booking injections, you should always consult with your provider to go over any individual risk factors you may have. You may not be a good candidate for Restylane or Juvéderm if you:

Cost of Restylane and Juvederm

Since the injections are cosmetic, they aren’t covered by insurance. Your costs will depend on your provider, where you live, and how many injections you need. While Juvederm costs more, it may last longer. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery says the average cost of hyaluronic acid dermal fillers is $651. This is a national estimate and it’s important to note that costs will vary.

On average, Juvederm can cost $600 per injection. This may be lower for smaller treatment areas. On the other hand, Restylane typically costs between $300-650 for each injection.

Side Effects

These dermal fillers are much safer than surgery, yet they are not risk free. The side effects for both are very similar. Both may cause swelling, bruising, and redness near the injection site. For Juvéderm the side effects include:

Restylane may cause tenderness and itching near the injection site. Serious side effects include hyperpigmentation, sever swelling, and infection.

Schedule an Injectable Appointment in Northern Virginia

If you are interested in hyaluronic acid dermal fillers in Northern Virginia, contact us online or call (703) 827-8600 today. After a consultation, we can decide which dermal filler is best for your needs and will offer you the most optimal results.