Juvederm vs. Restylane for the Hands – Which is Better?
Injectable treatments are one of the most common procedures we perform at our practice and comprise a large segment of the aesthetic industry. While most people think of Botox when they hear the word “injectable,” filler is another common product we inject that produces incredible cosmetic results (in expert hands, of course!). Unlike Botox, which reduces the formation and visibility of fine lines and wrinkles by relaxing muscle movement, the best fillers use hyaluronic acid (HA) to plump – or fill – areas which have lost volume and smoothness. We see patients of all ages, races and genders for filler and tailor our approach for each patient to ensure desired outcomes are achieved.
We have used Juvederm as our preferred filler brand for over ten years now, and the results truly speak for themselves. Juvederm’s line of fillers, including three newer HA fillers (Voluma, Vollure and Volbella), consistently delivers the smoothest, most natural-looking and long-lasting results for our patients. It also pairs very well with other treatments we offer, such as the Vampire Facial, Vampire Facelift and Vampire Hand Rejuvenation. However, a medical publication recently announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Restylane Lyft as the “first HA dermal filler for the back of the hands.” Since then, many patients have inquired about the differences between Juvederm and Restylane and if the latter really is the best filler for the hands, so I wanted to take the time to address how these two differ and why I – and the cosmetic medical community as a whole – firmly believe Juvederm is the superior brand.
The first issue to address is Restylane’s claim that they have produced the “first dermal filler for the hands.” While Restylane Lyft may be the first HA filler from the Restylane brand to be approved for use on the hands, Radiesse was actually the first filler approved for this purpose. Restylane Lyft is not an entirely new filler, but rather is the same basic formula as the older Restylane with just a slightly different molecular structure. I personally have used Juvederm safely and effectively for several years to treat volume loss and signs of aging in the hands, and have seen great results in our patients.
Another key difference between Juvederm and Restylane is the effectiveness of each filler in treating volume loss. Restylane’s molecular structure is more granular in nature, and does restore volume but can have a negative impact on skin texture and evenness. Juvederm’s molecular structure, on the other hand, is designed to better absorb water and stay very smooth. This allows the filler to evenly restore volume in the hands and produce better results without the same risk of experiencing texture issues. Additionally, the results Restylane produces only last for only up to six months, versus up to 12 months for Juvederm.
The bottom line is this – the aesthetic and cosmetic industry introduces new products to the market every day intended to treat numerous skin conditions and concerns. There are many ambitious companies that attempt to manufacture a competing product, which is why it is critical to find an experienced injector who uses the best products on the market – not the cheapest or most heavily marketed. I personally take the time to research every single current and new option to ensure our patients are provided with the treatment options that yield the best possible results. After researching Restylane Lyft, I can confirm hands down – no pun intended – that Juvederm remains the best filler on the market for treating volume loss in the hands (or anywhere on the body, for that matter).
If you are interested in learning more about Juvederm and how it can treat age-related volume loss in the hands, call us today or schedule a consultation.