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Hi,

I really want to get rid of these ugly wrinkles on my face. I feel like I’m becoming the shriveled up old hag I always feared would one day happen. I know every person who ages goes through it, so there’s comfort in that, but I’m looking into trying these age-defying injections. And I got a question.

When it comes Juvederm and Restylane, can you compare the two for me? Which one works better in terms of amount of pain, results, bruises, and so on.

Please advise.

Signed – an aging glamour girl.

A:

Hello glamour girl,

No need to worry. Today, we have many options that can keep your face young and wrinkle-free for years. Restylane and Juvederm are both considered dermal fillers that can help with the deeper wrinkles not removed completely with Botox. They can fill the aging creases of the face like the naso labial fold and they also can be used to reshape some of the facial features, such as cheeks and chin.

Restylane definitely increases plump for lips. Legitimate studies have been published showing Restylane is effective for up to 16-18 months after second treatment. Juvederm gives a natural look on cheeks and the positive aspect about fillers is that after the injection the effect will stay for months.

According to a female friend I have, she’s been getting good results from both of them. She likes to use Juvederm for naso labial folds (NLF) and the cheek area and she got splendid results with Restylane for her lips. In fact, Restylane and Juvederm can be interchangeably used.

Here is an example:

The effect of Restylane will be obvious. Swelling goes down in the first day or two after the injection of this dermal filler and the final results can be seen a week after the injection. If you’re interested, you can read more on Restylane for lip augmentation.

Let’s see if I can answer your questions in more detail.

Fillers for lip augmentation are generally used among hyaloronic acid family, namely, Juvederm, Perlane, or Restylane and only one CC is enough for both lips if you are just looking for a natural look and are not too greedy. It could be done with less than that, too, if not much volume is needed. The price is about $500. We may have occasional discounts in our practice that bring the price even lower.

As far as pain, I usually numb patients up with local numbing creams or injections of lidocaine so when I am injecting, the patient does not have any pain whatsoever.

A few months back, I decided to be a nicer doctor. This gives me the chance to take my time and meticulously work on filler injections without worrying about the patient’s pain. Also, it give me an opportunity to take my time and perform my dermal injections for the best results.

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