Juvederm® is made of hyaluronic acid – a material that is found in all of our joints and bodies. Hyaluronic acid is a complex sugar that maintains its three dimensional shape in the body by attracting and holding large numbers of water molecules. Among its many natural functions, hyaluronic acid maintains the volume of the skin, keeps skin hydrated and maintains the shape of the eye. When we grow older we lose hyaluronic acid from the skin and it loses its volume and structure. Injecting Juvederm® into skin folds and wrinkles replaces that structure and volume.
What is the difference between Juvederm® and Restylane®?
Juvederm® contains a higher concentration of cross-linked hyaluronic acid and is more concentrated than Restylane. Juvederm® is smoother and less viscous so there seems to be less bumps and less pain with Juvederm™ than with Restylane®. Juvederm® is also supposed to last around 8 months, as compared to 6 for Restylane®.