Which is better for lips, restylane or juvederm?

I’m interested in filling out my lips, which I would say are smaller than average. I don’t want to do anything radical, but rather would like to maintain a natural look. Which is better for this, restylane or juvederm. I’ve heard good and bad things about both.


F, 32, Wisconsin

Either dermal filler, Restylane or Juvederm, can be used for lip injections to give you the look of fuller lips. Some dermatologists and plastic surgeons choose Juvederm, while others prefer Restylane.

Both Juvederm, which is manufactured by Allergan, and Restylane, manufactured by Galderma, consist of hyaluronic acid, hence the term “HA” fillers. Both share the highest safety profiles in the filler category and are approved for use by the FDA for lip enhancement.

Apparently many doctors are starting to change over to Juvederm, contending it tends to be smoother upon injection and provides a little more volume than Restylane. However, either product will provide you with the fuller lips you’re seeking.

In the end, it's the experience and technique used by the injector that’s the most important element in this equation. Make sure you find a qualified provider who has a long successful track record with this procedure. Any plastic surgeon who has been board-certified by the ASPS should meet this requirement.

I prefer Juvederm for lip augmentation. Both of these products are hyaluronic acid. I feel it spreads more easily in the lips, which means less lumps and bumps. 

It's really which product the doctor and/or patient prefers.  They are both hyaluronic acid (HA) products with similar qualities.  Restylane is the original HA filler, but I prefer Juvederm.  It lasts longer and goes in smoother and gives more volume than Restylane.  

One of the top skincare procedures is the use of filler injections to give a person fuller lips. Dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane are approved by the FDA. There are other fillers on the market, but Juvederm and Restylane are the most popular.

Filler treatments are not only used for lip augmentation, but also on the under-eye area and frown lines. No filler is permanent. The effects will last anywhere between 6 and 12 months.

I’ve found in my practice that no product is really that much better than the other. While there will likely be a slight difference in price, the experienced provider you select will invariably favor one filler over the other. Be sure to ask them why they prefer the one they intend to use.

As for post-treatment recovery from a lip filler procedure -- when done correctly, there should be no real downtime or side effects involved -- although you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly on the injection sight. This can be treated with ice. Ask the doctor who performs the procedure which over-the counter pain relievers can be used, if needed.