Dermal fillers are some of the best ways to achieve a lift without the commitment of a permanent and invasive surgery, which is why it’s been nicknamed the liquid facelift. Filler injections can be performed during a lunch break and require no downtime and very few side effects, which include puffiness, bruising or swelling- and in many cases, there are no side effects at all! If you’re surgery averse or aren’t sure whether or not you’re ready to make the commitment to a facial enhancement, dermal fillers are very individualized and controlled procedures for patients to ease their way into the world of wrinkle-reduction. Two of the most popular fillers, are Juvederm and Restylane, and often patients want to know the differences in benefits and abilities. If you’re curious or currently exploring your options while in the research phase of your cosmetic journey, read on! Restylane (Medicis) and Juvederm (Allergan) are sterile gels consisting of non-animal, cross-linked, hyaluronic acid (HA) and are made in a laboratory. Hyaluronic acid is a natural sugar found in skin. They contain no human or animal DNA and have the best safety profile of all the fillers currently on the market. These products are FDA approved for use in the nasolabial folds also known as marionette lines. Juvederm causes less puffiness for the first few days after a treatment. For filling in under-eye bags and lip enhancements, Juvederm and Restylane are both effective fillers that will provide natural looking, smooth looking results. Juvederm is a smooth gel made out of hyaluronic acid, a natural substance that the body makes to maintain skin water content, that lifts the skin and reduces age sinking skin. Restylane uses the same specially formulated clear gel to visibly enhance volume and reduce facial wrinkles and folds. Depending on the area treated, your skin and the injection technique, Restylane and Juvederm will last 4 to 6 months. In some cases duration of the effects can be a bit shorter or longer. Juvederm Ultra Plus and Perlane are thicker and last approximately 6 to 9 months. It’s immediate, but it can take a few days to settle. There are several dermal fillers available today and each has its own distinct properties. These fillers are primarily used to fill in and smooth out superficial to deep wrinkles, as well as augment, enhance and improve the volume of certain facial features.