Woman undergoing lip filler treatment

Restylane vs. Juvederm for Lips: What’s the Difference?

amanda medina
ON MARCH 28, 2021


What are “dermal fillers” used for?

Both Restylane and Juvederm are hyaluronic acid-containing dermal fillers used for treating signs of skin aging. Hyaluronic acid also has a plumping effect, so many people use them to fill out their lips today. Fillers can also be used to reduce the signs of wrinkles, and create non surgical facial contouring

Both filler brands have the same ingredients, but you’ll find that they may differ in cost, volume needs to achieve results, and time required between appointments. Read on to learn more about how the two compare so you can make an educated decision with your nurse injector.


So we’ve acknowledged that both products produce the same results, given that the hyaluronic acid plumps the skin. But in comparison, Juvederm tends to outlast Restylane and has slightly quicker results. Juvederm and restylane last the same amount of time; it is simply consumer preference like crest or colgate.

How long will dermal fillers last?

With Restylane, you’ll probably start to see its effects a few days after your procedure. Then after about ten months, the results will begin to wear off. All filler results are instant.

We always recommend making a follow up appointment 9 months after your appointment to plump back up.

In Juvederm products, you’ll likely see results on your way out the door, almost instantly. And these fillers are known to last about 12 months.

The Procedure

When you come to your appointment, we’ll brief you on what to expect. Beforehand, it’s good to know to avoid alcohol, blood thinners like Asprin, sunbathing, and heavy exercise leading up to your appointment to prevent bleeding and bruising. A cold sore can appear after dermal fillers so it is good to let your provider know so we can treat you in office.  

Both fillers are injected into the skin through a small single-use needle. You’ll be in and out within half an hour to an hour depending on the number of syringes and plump or contouring wanted, and this procedure can even be done on a lunch break. Following the injection, you’ll want to avoid exercise for 24 hours and laying down for about four.

Otherwise, you’ll be on your merry way! One thing people love to report is how quick and easy it is to get fillers. You’ll likely need future appointments to maintain the volume you’ve achieved in your face and lips.


What’s the difference between Juvederm and Restylane?

As with most procedures, the cost varies on your goals and the amount of filler you want to be injected. The products themselves are sold by volume. There are fillers that balance, soften, plump, lift and fill. In your consultation you will learn about all the different options.

Typically speaking, you will find that Restylane costs around $600 to $850 per injection. Juvederm usually costs around $615 to $850 per injection. Talk to us about finance options, as insurance will not cover the cost of the procedure.

Am I a Good Candidate?

Both Restylane and Juvederm have FDA approval, which is excellent news because we know they are safe. It doesn’t mean that everyone is a good candidate. You’ll have to count for individual risk factors.

We know that dermal fillers aren’t to be given to pregnant women as a general precaution. You also need to be 18 years old unless you have your guardian with you. If you have a history of psoriasis, rosacea, eczema, bleeding disorders, or allergies to hyaluronic acid or lidocaine, these procedures may not be suitable. Be sure to talk to your clinician before your appointment to talk about risk factors.

What Are the Risks and Down Time?

Following your injection, you will probably need to take a day or two easy, without high-intensity cardio workouts. In most cases, you might experience slight swelling, and a few people experience bruising. Usually, within a week, you’ll be on your way.

When considering Restylane, the side effects may include:

  • redness
  • swelling
  • tenderness
  • Bruising

People can experience hyperpigmentation (skin color changes) or infection to the surrounding skin tissues (necrosis) in rare cases. These side effects are infrequent, and it’s essential to disclose all medications you are taking before getting the injections.

With all fillers, you also might get swelling and redness or slight pain and numbness. You may also experience dry skin. And in rare cases, hyperpigmentation, scars, and necrosis.

Again, these side effects are rare, and the vast majority of people get excellent results and come back for more. The minor side effects usually wear off in a few days to a week.

Find Your Filler Fit at Halo in Albuquerque

Here at Halo Med Spa, our highly trained medical professionals will help you choose between Restylane and Juvederm. Dermal fillers can be used to plump thin lips, enhance shallow contours, soften lines and wrinkles, and even improve recessed scars’ appearance.

You’ll love your results. We’ll give you a free consultation and offer our professional advice to help you look your best! Lip fillers in Albuquerque have taken off, especially after stars like Kylie Jenner, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Chrissy Teigen have made them famous.

What do lip injections in Albuquerque cost?

Call today to get a quote or book your dermal filler consult or treatment at Halo Med Spa in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Call us at (505) 433-4043 or book online to set up your consultation.