Furrows, lines, and wrinkles can make you look prematurely aged. Dermal fillers are a minimally invasive non-surgical alternative used to smooth out these lines and plump up areas of your face for a much younger and fresher appearance.
Juvederm® and Restylane®
Juvederm and Restylane are two of the most commonly used dermal fillers. Both of them are made of a substance called hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring chemical in the human body. Once it is injected into the skin, it binds with water molecules and expands the tissue from the inside to fill up and smooth away the wrinkle. Since the chemical is similar to the type that is found in the human body, the risks of an inflammatory response or allergic reaction are minimal.
Similarities and Differences
Both Juvederm and Restylane have been approved by the FDA as effective and safe cosmetic injectables. Both of these dermal fillers contain bacteria-synthesized hyaluronic acid.
Cosmetic fillers add volume to the skin and help prop it up from below. They are commonly used as an injection in the cheeks; the nasolabial folds (the grooves between the lips and the nose); the marionette lines (the creases that extend from the nose to both corners of the mouth); the frown lines around the eyebrows; the lines around the lips; and other areas.
Restylane and Juvederm fillers can erase wrinkles and lines for an average of 6 to 12 months. The duration of the filler also depends to a large extent on the individual, as some people absorb it faster than others.
The Treatment Process
Juvederm and Restylane have very similar treatment processes. You will have an initial meeting to discuss the look you want and the areas of your face that you want addressed. At this time, we will determine whether Juvederm or Restylane is the better filler option for you. During the procedure, the fillers will be injected carefully in order to create the effect you are looking for.
After the appointment, you may experience some mild bruising or swelling for 24 hours but bruising can sometimes last up to 7 to 10 days. Because of this, if you are planning to go somewhere after the treatment, it is recommended that you get the treatment done a couple of days earlier.
Most importantly, you should avoid taking aspirin and other over-the-counter pain medication for a few weeks before the appointment.
Schedule Your Dermal Filler Consultation
The best way to find out more about our dermal filler options is by contacting our office and arranging an informative consultation. Dr. Kriegel and our experienced staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have.