Voluma vs. Sculptra?
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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
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.
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.
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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.
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