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Cosmetic Procedure Review: Restylane Vs. Juvederm

Posted on Apr 18, 2008 at 9:01AM

I started using fillers a few years ago for my nasolabial folds (the creases running from the bottom of my nose to the corners of my mouth). My first foray into the facial rejuvenation world was Restylane. For the price, it was worth plumping my laugh lines -- ha ha. When I divided it out, $75 a month wasn't a bad investment to edit the parentheses ( ) from my face. At my last appointment, my derm recommended Juvéderm instead of Restylane because she thought it would last longer, and it has lasted longer -- a whole year. Doing the math, $50 a month and one visit a year to the dermatologist is not a bad price to pay to erase wrinkles.

What are Restylane and Juvederm?

Juvéderm and Restylane are both injectable physician-administered gels. A fine needle is used to augment or fill the wrinkles of the skin. Both products contain a hyaluronic acid gel that closely resembles the body's own hyaluronic acid. Young skin is smooth and elastic and contains a large amount of hyaluronic acids, but as we grow older, the ability of the skin to produce hyaluronic acid and collagen decreases resulting in the skin becoming drier, thinner, and less able to restore itself, creating wrinkles and folds.

It is not an uncommon side effect to have a some swelling and bruising after an injection, and my pale skin has not escaped the unsightly briusing after past injections. Concealer becomes my best friend for about a week after the procedure. So in prep for my Juvéderm treatment, I tested a new topical beauty product for my dermatologist. I applied PREVedem ($37) to my face every day for two weeks prior to my appointment. Both the dermatologist and I were very hopeful PREVedem would prevent my skin from bruising.

"PREVedem Skin Conditioning Serum: A skin-strengthening serum for use before cosmetic procedures. When undergoing filler injections, laser treatments, or cosmetic surgery, PREVedem helps to reduce the red or purple appearance of skin when used for at least two weeks before treatment."

I reluctantly went to my dermatologist's office right before I left for Florida for my Juvederm injections, fearing that I would have the bruising while on vacation. You will not believe this , girls, but she decided that I didn't need an injection, that the Restylane/Juvederm fillers were continuing to plump out my nasolabial folds, as well as plumping up my collagen production. That's a pretty good return on my investment. When I return from Florida, she suggested that I have another Fraxel treatment instead. I will keep you posted.

Unfortunately, I didn't didn't write a blog when I had my first Restylane injection. Otherwise, I would have posted a before-and-after picture. So that I can share my progress -- or blunders --with you in the future, I am keeping a photolog of my face. As far as PREVedem goes, I can't report whether it would have reduced bruising, but it contained a plethora of antioxidants, which is always brains on beauty.

As you know, I never went the Botox route, but I would love to know how you women feel about Botox and its inherent risks (leakage to the brain), as well as your feelings on Restylane or Juvederm. Do you think scientists will discover that injectables will travel to the brain stem, too?

Have a great weekend,
posted by Boutique Mix Fashion
Sat, 04/19/2008 - 8:29pm

the before and after pictures are definitely very cool. there are so many other things we put into our body that are bad for us that we probably shouldn't worry as much about injectibles.

posted by Girl-Woman
Sun, 04/20/2008 - 1:00pm

You are probably right. According to, most of the damage is done in utero or in the formative years of life. I guess I'm already damaged goods. Hahaha.

posted by Parisjasmal
Sun, 04/20/2008 - 6:33pm

Hello Beckie-Very interesting post. I work in the genre of women's health care and what I know is that Juvaderm is much thicker than Restylane and from what I hear, much more painful.I am very fearful of Botox....not only because it could go to my brain or caust paralysis, BUT because it could also make me look like a villian a la Nicole Kidman a couple of years ago. Seriously her Botox was tragic-HA.I never want to be void of expression. Lovely day to you and The Haute Dog!

posted by Girl-Woman
Sun, 04/20/2008 - 6:49pm

Hi Jen. You will have to tell me more about your job soon.-Beckie

posted by thewrinklerefusenik
Thu, 06/05/2008 - 5:23am

heyi just wrote this post about the first time i got botox :)

posted by Anonymous
Sat, 07/19/2008 - 10:01pm

I have had several Restylane injections in the folds around my mouth. One side looks ok but the other has a scarred appearance--the dermatologist said it's a blood vessel issue and I may need laser treatments. It looks like a raised scar. Has anyone ever had a similar experience?

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