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Juvederm Vs. Restylane: Does My Dermal Filler Really Matter?

Considering facial fillers to restore your youth, revitalize your appearance, and remove the impact of annoying wrinkles? Here is everything you need to know to decide between two of the most popular options, Juvederm and Restylane.

Dermal fillers are one of the best advancements in cosmetic technology. Products such as Juvederm and Restylane are excellent at providing our patients with fantastic results with minuscule health risks. This non-invasive cosmetic treatment has many benefits, such as:

  • Increasing volume of desired facial features
  • Limiting the impact of wrinkles, crows feet, and other signs of ageing
  • Providing plump, voluminous lips
  • Boosting the healthy appearance of your skin

If you are thinking about dermal fillers, it’s important to understand what products are best for your needs. Continue reading to learn more about two options for dermal fillers, Juvederm and Restylane.

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At our Kelowna based Plastic Surgery Clinic, our resident plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Pederson, will work with you to understand your needs and your body to provide you with industry-leading recommendations and treatment. If you are looking for dermal fillers, facial surgery, breast enhancement, or any other form of cosmetic treatment, be sure to contact us today!

You can contact our clinic by calling 250-868-9099 to speak to one of our team members!

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal Fillers are substances that are composed of a soft, gel-like material. These products are injected under the facial skin to address many common signs of ageing and can help: 

  • Reduce the impact of wrinkles
  • Lessen the effect of facial lines
  • Increase volume in desired areas
  • Smoothen skin that has lost its lustre
  • Lift your cheekbones, jawline, and chin

Dermal fillers are not to be confused with Botox. While they can perform some similar functions, they are not replacements for one another, and there are key differences that separate them. To learn more about Botox versus dermal fillers, check out our article on How to Decide Between a Facial Filler or Relaxer.

Who Can Get Dermal Fillers?

Before we decide what facial filler is right for your needs, we first need to make sure that you are a good candidate for any type of dermal injection. Some criteria that must be met before deciding between Juvederm or Restylane are:

  • You are over the age of 18
  • You're not allergic to the key ingredient of fillers, hyaluronic acid
  • You have no history of excessive scarring or skin pigmentation issues
  • You have no history of bleeding or clotting disorders

If all of these criteria have been met, and you have spoken to a qualified cosmetic surgeon to ensure that you understand the individual risk factors, you are ready to revitalize your appearance with facial fillers.

List of Differences Between Juvederm and Restylane

Although both Juvederm and Restylane are more similar than different from each other, the differences they do have should be understood so that you get the most out of your facial treatment. Here are the key differences to be aware of.

Usage Area

While both products can be used in just about any region of your skin, they have some specialties that many doctors prefer to use in different areas.

Juvederm has a wide range of products designed for facial areas with thin skin such as the eyelids and thicker areas such as lips and cheeks.

Restylane is typically used in areas of the face that are more delicate and sensitive, such as around the eyes. Additionally, certain types of Restylane are optimized for use in other areas of your body, such as in your hands.


Both products provide incredibly similar results, but there are always differences we can point out. While both will work rapidly, Juvederm has been shown to work slightly more quickly and for a slightly longer time (1-2 years). The difference in initial onset is not significant, merely the difference of a couple of hours, but the long term results are a little more so. Restylane tends to last between 12 and 18 months.


The extra bit of time that Juvederm provides its users with comes at a cost. Juvederm tends to cost a bit more than Restylane on a per syringe basis. Depending on the clinic, specific type of each product, and supplier demand, you can expect Juvederm to cost at least $600 while Restylane tends to come in at around $400 - $600.

I’m Still Not Sure Which To Pick

If, after reading this article, you are still unsure which facial filler is the right one for what you need, talk to your plastic surgeon to learn more about what is available to you. Plastic surgeons have the expertise and knowledge to provide accurate recommendations for your needs.

Contact Our Kelowna Plastic Surgery Clinic To Schedule Your Dermal Filler Consultation

At Peterson Surgery, our resident, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Brian Peterson, is an expert in providing patients with the highest quality dermal injections. We can help you decide what filler is best for you and execute the injections with pristine care and comfort. Book your appointment at Peterson Surgery by calling 250-868-9099 or fill in our contact form below, and someone from our team will reach out to you!



Q: Can I use a different dermal filler if I do not like the first one I used?

Absolutely. If you are not satisfied with the look or feel of your first injection, it is entirely safe to use different fillers.

Q: How should I care for my skin after an injection?

Dermal fillers are a minor procedure that requires minimal aftercare. However, here are some things you should avoid after your injections.

  • Do not submerge your head for 24 hours
  • Avoid touching or pressing your face for at least six hours
  • Avoid alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, and high sugar foods for 48 hours post-treatment
  • Avoid wearing makeup for at least 24 hours after treatment

Q: My injections are swelling. What should I do?

If the places where you have been administered dermal injections are starting to swell, it is entirely normal, as long as the swelling is minor. You can apply a cold pack for 15 minutes every couple of hours to reduce the swelling.

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