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What's Better for Lip Enhancement: Restylane or Juvederm?

I'm wondering which of these 2 products is better for lip enhancement. To my understanding, restylane is FDA approved for lip injection, while juvederm isn't.

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Lips-restylane vs. juvederm

Both of these products do well in the lips. Which you will like better is a matter of personal preference. I prefer restylane because I like my lips to have a well defined end when I put on my lipstick. I like to be able to feel that my lips are a bit firmer and more "lifted". On the other hand, many prefer juvederm because it is very soft and subtle. I think they both last around the same amount of time and are equally safe. 

Birmingham Dermatologist
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Restylane to lips

Currently yes, Restylane is the only FDA approved dermal filler for lips. Meeting with a well-trained and experienced injector is key to determining a successful outcome, whether it be Restylane or another dermal filler. You'll likely get very similar results with Juvederm and it often depends on injector preference.

Sam Naficy, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 171 reviews

Best Injectable for Lip Enhancement

Both products work well for lip enhancement. I prefer Juvederm for most lips, while I prefer Restylane for other facial sites, depending on volume deficit. You are correct though, Restylane is the only hyaluronic acid presently FDA approved for lip enhancement. Your doctor will choose the best filler for you depending on the structure and size of your lips, the level of volume restoration you are aiming for, and their personal preference/experience. Good luck!

Sabrina Fabi, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 48 reviews

Which filler for improving lips

I use both restylane and juvederm in the lips with tremendous success and safety. I generally have a slight preference for juvederm as it is a little softer and thus may feel more natural. However, some people prefer the slightly firmer restylane which is great too. Less commonly, I'll inject Perlane into the lips and have very happy patients from this. More importantly, pick a dermatologist or plastic surgeon you can trust to treat your face, not just any doctor or nurse.

Benjamin Barankin, MD
Toronto Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Juvederm and Restylane are excellent fillers for lip augmentation.

Both juvederm and restylane are excellent fillers used for lip enhancement. The expertise and technique of the injector is equally important in order to achieve natural, fuller, soft lips. 

Both Make Beautiful Lips

Both restylane and juvederm are ideal fillers for lip augmentation. The choice depends on your desired outcome. Restylane is firmer and will give a more pronounced lift and definition of the white roll of the lip. Juvederm is a softer cohesive gel and will provide volume, but not as much definition or firmeness. In the hands of an expert injector both products will give you outstanding results. Be certain to seek an experienced and board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon in your area for treatment. 

Jeffrey Fromowitz, MD, FAAD
Boca Raton Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Restylane or Juvederm for lip augmentation?

Both Restylane and Juvederm are great products.  I like to use each for specific areas of the face. I find that they both work well to fill the lips. Juvederm is a little softer than the Restylane, and may be a better option for some patients.  Restylane is a great filler to improve the following areas:

1) Tear trough
2) Marionette lines
3) Nasolabial folds

Overall, it depends on the preference of the physician and you may find that one may prefer one filler over another for a certain area. Thank you and good luck!

Better for Lip Enhancement

Both products can do a good job. Restylane is the first and only FDA-approved dermal filler for lip enhancement in patients over 21 years. However, the more important consideration is to find an experienced and expert injector. With an expert injector, either product can be effective.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Lip Enhancement Injections

"Both Restylane and Juvederm will give you nice results for lip enhancement.  The choice is mostly a matter of personal preference as these two injectables have slightly different properties.  A discussion with your doctor during your consultation will help you make the right choice for you."

Norman M. Rowe, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 32 reviews

Lip Augmentation Can Signficantly Improve the Lower Third of the Face

It might seem that the question of which injectable to use for the lips would be a simple one. The reason that it isn't is because the lip unit encompasses far more than the red area we loosely call the lips.

The entire lip unit includes the philtrum (the two vertical columns extending upward from the center of the upper lip to the base of the nose, the white roll (the slightly projecting whitish border that rims the red border of the lips, the Cupid's bow, and the degree of projection of the red areas. It also includes considerations, such as the width of the entire white portion of the upper lip, and whether there are bar code lines above and below from aging and sun damage or transverse lines under the nose related to muscular activity in the area.

Today, the situation is fortunately not that of "All we have is a hammer, so everything has to be a nail." In other words, each of the areas above might need a different agent from our injectable "tool box."  For example, the red lips might be best treated with a smooth volumizing agent, like Juvederm UltraPlus XC, while the the philtral columns might respond best with a agent, like a Restylane L, a filler with more turgor (more lifting ability). Perlane L, a volumizer with a good lift, might be better suited for the depressed areas under the outer third of the lower lip, to give support to that region and diminish any sagging of the angles of the mouth. And Juvederm Ultra XC might be needed for a finishing touch to the angles of the mouth to give them the final straighening needed for a fresher, younger look.

Finally, if a transverse line is prominent directly below the nasal base, a tiny drop of Botox, a neuromodulator, and not a filler or volumizer at all, may be needed in addition to the other treatments mentioned.

Nelson Lee Novick, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 16 reviews

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