Juvederm® is a gel-based injectable HA filler designed to address the lines and wrinkles that form around your mouth and nose (nasolabial folds). It’s also used to plump lips and treat scars. It is available in two formations:
Juvederm Ultra® for fine lines, not-too-deep wrinkles and dark under eye circles
Juvederm Ultra Plus® for moderate and deep wrinkles around the mouth and nose (nasolabial folds) and for plumping lips and treating scars.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm (like Restylane) is a clear gel that is used to fill wrinkles. The gel is created in the laboratory (NOT from animals) and it is made of a natural substance called hyaluronic acid (HA). Hyaluronic acid exists in your body. It lubricates your joints and is in your skin and eyes. The difference between the hyaluronic acid in Juvederm and that in your body is that Juvederm contains “cross-linked” hyaluronic acid. This makes it last longer. If natural hyaluronic acid was injected into a wrinkle, it would be absorbed by the body in a few weeks. Juvederm and Restylane last for about a year.
Which lasts longer: Juvederm vs. Restylane?
RestylaneWhich is better: Juvederm vs. Restylane?
They are very similar. Sometimes a doctor (or a patient) will prefer one over the other in a particular part of the face. But overall the differences are minimal.
What about Juvederm vs. Botox?
Juvederm and Botox® are different types of wrinkle treatments. Botox® is a “relaxer”. Juvederm (like Restylane) is a filler. As a general rule we use Botox for wrinkles on the upper half of the face and “fillers” for wrinkles on the lower half of the face (especially around the mouth). The reason for this is that expression muscles cause the wrinkles on the upper half of the face (for example, a frown line when you frown or “crow’s feet” when you squint). Botox® relaxes these muscles and the wrinkles fade.
Wrinkles form on the lower half of the face due to loss of volume. Fillers like Juvederm and Restylane replace this lost volume and fill in the line or wrinkle. So to summarize: Juvederm and Restylane are both hyaluronic acid fillers (from different companies) that compete with each other for the treatment of wrinkles on the lower face. Botox® is a relaxer that is used for totally different wrinkles (on the upper half of the face.)
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