Voluma vs. Sculptra?
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Voluma vs. Sculptra
Voluma can be a better choice to accentuate the cheeks and Sculptra is more usefull to provide more general filling out of the area. The correction from Voluma will last about two years. The improvement from Sculptra may last 5 years or longer. Every person's features continue to change as they mature so some touch up procedures are often necessary depending on individual circumstances and individual biology.
Sculptra effects develop over several weeks and to achieve the desired results usually two or three treatment sessions are necessary initially.
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Voluma vs. Sculptra?
SCULPTRA VS VOLUMA
Voluma is a single treatment product that has been indicated for the midface primarily and lasts up to 2 years. Unlike Sculptra, it is fully reversible if the rare case arises. In addition, it provides for a natural result.
Make sure to select an experienced surgeon with excellent credentials and a good aesthetic eye. Together, you will arive at the proper treatment approach.
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Voluma vs Sculptra
Beyond that one similarity, these are very different products. Sculptra can be thought of as an overall facial volumizer, what we call a "pan facial volumizer."
Voluma is a different type of filler, FDA approved for augmenting the cheekbone, but of course commonly used off label and other places.
Sculptra is a collagen stimulator, meaning that once it is injected it stimulates your body to make its own collagen, and that collagen serves as your new volume. This is advantageous in a few ways: the results take time to build instead of being instantaneous, which can be favorable because the slower onset makes it more difficult for people to notice that anything was done; also, that new collagen created is very durable and last years.
Voluma is a hyaluronic acid filler, so the volume that is created comes from the product itself, not necessarily from stimulating your body to make its own volume. The results of this are basically instantaneous, meaning once the filler is injected, that is what you will look like.
Voluma, and all the other hyaluronic acid fillers, can be easily dissolved with an enzyme if it is misplaced or if you do not like the results. It also has an excellent duration, although likely not as long as Sculptra.
The caveat here is that Sculptra takes a much more skilled injector to be used properly. Hyaluronic acids are so widely used because they are easy to get your hands on if you are an unskilled injector, and they are more user-friendly until you get into advanced uses with them.
To guarantee you're receiving the highest level of care, seek out a dermatologic surgeon, oculoplastic surgeon, facial plastic surgeon or plastic surgeon who is board certified and fellowship trained in one of these "core four" cosmetic specialties.
Sculptra versus Voluma
Voluma vs Sculptra
In practical terms, they both add volume to the face, Voluma by directly adding hyaluronic acid (similar to Juvederm and Restylane) in a form which allows it to be more stable and effective at producing volume compared to Juvederm Ultra or Restylane; and Sculptra by placing poly-l-lactic acid particles which stimulate collagen formation. Both show evidence of still being present at 2 years after injection, but whether or not this means you won't need to repeat it is not likely (however you may need significantly less to maintain than you might during the initial correction phase).
Although the US experience with Voluma is new, I suspect that with time injectors will decide which they prefer in each area and why. As of now, I prefer voluma only along the cheekbone area. Any other areas which I want to volumize, I prefer Sculptra as i believe it will lead to less lump formation as it seems easier to inject smoothly.
However, the drawback with sculptra is that it may require multiple treatments to keep the same effect (2-3 treatments) to adequately stimulate enough collagen growth to account for the decrease in volume as the swelling dissipates as the water the sculptra is dissolved in is absorbed by the body. Voluma gives an immediate benefit which is definitely a bonus, but using higher volumes of it to achieve similar results may be difficult on the pocketbook!
Ultimately, the answer is best determined by the product your injector is most comfortable or skilled in using, and your needs (where you need it, how quickly you need the volume, your finances, and your ability to tolerate bruising).
Not all injectors are created equal so you need to do your research with finding someone who not only can inject, but has the eye to know where to inject. This does not mean they are the cheapest price...that's not a good way to find an injector for fillers--this requires more skill than Botox, so choose carefully!
Sculptra vs Voluma
Sculptra is used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, it is specifically designed to stimulate natural collagen growth over an extended period of time with multiple sessions. Once you are done with your Sculptra treatment sessions the results can last up to 2 years.
Voluma is specifically formulated to correct volume loss and enhance contour to the mid cheek area creating a more youthful appearance. Voluma instantly provides a smooth, natural-looking appearance to the cheek area that last up to 2 years with optimal treatment. Consult with a Board Certified Dermatologist to see which option is best for you and how many sessions/syringes you would need.
Sculptra or Voluma?
Best to choose your injecting physician based on their aesthetic and artistic vision, rather than what brand of filler that they will inject into your face. All things being equal, Voluma is brand new, it is getting rave reviews by those who have had the opportunity to use it, and likely in a small area may be preferred. Sculptra is a wonderful facial volumizer but may take multiple injection sessions over time to achieve the aesthetic goal. Good luck and be well.
Sculptra vs Voluma.
Scultra takes 6 months to see the complete effects. Very few people need only one session. Skilled injectors can get beautiful, natural, long lasting results.
Voluma is brand new on the market and nobody has years of experience with it yet (or even months). Likely you will need multiple syringes to get an equal result (and at least in my practice it is more expensive than Sculptra). If you are thinking of travelling to get it placed and you think you are getting an "expert" you might want to rethink that.
The early promises of the newest "miracle filler" are usually over-hyped in the attempt to get market share for the company that is producing the new product, so staying with your original injector may be smarter, in order for that doctor to evaluate the actual results of the product against the manufacturers claims.
Patience is often rewarded with better outcomes. Hang in there and keep reseaching.