for filling marionete lines and cheeks what are alternatives to sculptura injections
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Radiesse is a good alternative
Radiesse is a filler that both acts as a filler and a collagen stimulator. It has the advantages of immediate correction like a filler but also offers collagen stimulation like Sculptra. I use it extensively along the jawline and along the marionette lines, as well as the cheeks and under the lateral brow. It can be diluted to get the consistency you need in any area so that you can inject it deep for support or superficial to fill in lines. I find it last much longer than the hyaluronic acid fillers and is a much sturdier product.
Fat Transfer is a Good Option
Sculptra is a volumizer, but not all fillers are
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Sculptra alternatives include radiesse, HA fillers (Juvederm, Restylane)
These 3 agents are great lifting agents and work well to lift the cheek and midface tissues upwards to counter the downward drop of the cheek tissue causing the deepening of the marionette line and nasolabial fold. Voluma is the closest in longevity by lasting 24 months but requires several syringes to get the same effect. All of these are popular fillers, including Sculptra. The most important thing is find someone that does all of them and discuss which ones may be right for you.
Alternatives to Sculpra Injections
Patients seeking alternative products are usually either looking for even longer lasting results, such as with fat injections, or want instant results, where products like Restylane, Juvederm, Juvederm Voluma and Radiesse would be used.
Fat transfer is a surgical procedure and performed in the operating room under sedation. There is 7 to 10 days of downtime. Results are not always consistent from patient to patient and only one third to half the fat injected takes and remains for a long period of time. This often necessitates a second boost treatment after 6 months. One has to be careful not to gain much weight as the face will also gain weight, sometimes dramatically, where the fat has been injected.
Other fillers are very appealing because the results are instant. With Juvederm Voluma's recent FDA approval, we now have the option of injecting patients one time with a product that can last up to two years, in a single treatment safely and naturally.
The most important factor is not what product is used but more so where, how much, and the technique used to inject the products. When done properly, all products will have a youthful volumization to the face.
Hyaluronic acid fillers (Juvederm, Restylane) and Radiesse are great for filling the marionette lines and cheeks. However, if you are looking for a longer lasting solution, fat grafting and other surgical options may be a better option.
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