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david-cole-md-dermatology-smileDespite criticism, interest in plastic surgery is not driven by low self-esteem. Rather, those who undergo cosmetic procedures just want to look their best and are no different from the rest of us who dress up, accessorize, smile, or even use makeup. The use of dermal fillers is one the ways people choose to look their personal best.

What are Dermal Fillers?
First, let’s start by defining what these are. Dermal fillers are injections of typically hyaluronic acid (a natural sugar found in the skin), which are used for creating or restore volume in the face and other parts of the body. The process of aging is one of the primary reasons one might consider dermal fillers, because, over time, the skin and muscles tend to lose fat, causing wrinkles. Constant exposure to the sun, genetics or any other situation which speeds up the process of aging may create a need for dermal fillers. The most popular are Juvederm and Restylane.

What Juvederm and Restylane Treat
Both of these dermal fillers are used to treat issues related to aging, like:

  • Frown lines
  • Smile lines
  • Sunken cheeks
  • Crow’s feet
  • Veiny hands

The Differences
Juvederm and Restylane are FDA approved for certain procedures, and offer long lasting results (about a year or so, depending on certain factors). Neither product contains human or animal DNA, and both are the safest among other dermal fillers. Thus, texture and therefore how they can be used may be the biggest difference.

Juvederm has been described as smooth, which means it travels easily and freely and is best for filling small areas. Juvederm is not so good for filling in large spaces, as once again, it may move around to unwanted areas. Restylane, on the other hand, is more granular and tends to stay in place once injected, allowing the injector to make adjustments as needed. Restylane would be best for building volume, Juvederm works just fine for correcting lines and is less likely to create bumps.

How to Choose
Either of these fillers could be used for whatever range of issues you want to correct. Therefore, it’s best to speak with your cosmetic surgeon to determine which is best for your procedure and why.

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