Sculptra Vs Radiesse: What is the Difference?
- Asked by Lee1 in alpharetta ga
- 5 years ago
Both Sculptra and Radiesse are long-term fillers
Lee, Both Sculptra and Radiesse are long-term fillers which work by slightly different mechanisms, but both lead to very nice results. Sculptra consists of poly-L-lactic acid, sodium carboxymethylcellulose and mannitol which attract water and stimulates collagen production.
The effect of Sculptra will increase with time. Radiesse is made of hydroxyapatite which is an effective temporary volume filler. The effect of Radiesse will not increase with time. Additionally, Radiesse may cause some temporary swelling which enhances its initial effect, but resolves over a few weeks. I hope this is helpful.
Web reference: http://www.DoctorShafer.com
Sculptra works better for facial contouring
After using both Sculptra and Radiesse heavily in my practice, I find that Sculptra is superior for filling in hollow temples, defining a sagging jawline and building cheek contours. While radiesse can be used in these areas, radiesse does not last as long and does not have the smooth consistency that sculptra offers. Radiesse works better for deep smile lines, sagging mouth corners and smaller areas of facial depression. Sculptra produces far better results and lasts longer when working on facial areas that require a considerable amount of 3 dimensional contouring such as the temples, cheeks, hollows in front of the ear and jawline. Sculptra also requires a better understanding of 3 dimensional aesthetics of the face as well as greater skill on the part of the injector.
A Comparision Between Radiesse and Sculptra
Sculptra tends to be more lumpy bumpy than Radiesse
Both sculptra and Radiesse are long term filler (lasting 1 yr or more usually). They both are used primarily for filling in nasolabial or cheek grooves and both do nice jobs at that but Radiesse tends to have less chance of leaving uneven or lumpy bumpy results than Sculptra.
David Hansen, MD
Very good question...easy answer...
sculptra is a biostimulator...it causes the tissue to build it's own collagen which is the reason it's results last a long time...several years or more...and it's safer to inject since it's a liquid which allows the doctor to make certain it won't be injected to a blood vessel...but the downside is it takes several months to see the results...not like a filler with instant results...
radiesse while marketed as a biostimulator really works by filling and not principally by stimulating collagen...when it was initially marketed the thought was it would last for several years but expectations have reduced that to about a year or less...it's impossible to aspirate since it's so thick, so there's the potential for injecting into a blood vessel which obviously increases the possibility of problems...unlike with sculptra, the filling is immediate with radiesse...
both are injected into the same general area of the skin and both can cause lumps and other minor side effects...
so if long duration and safety is important, go with sculptra...if there's time pressure where you need results right now then radiesse is a better choice...but obviously this sacrifices some longevity and brings up the potential for vascular compromise
Sculptra vs Radiesse
.When treating problems due to volume loss such as cheek hollows and sagging skin beside the mouth, I will almost always use stimulatory fillers such as Radiesse and/or Sculptra. They are injected deeper, beneath the skin, and will generate more volume to create a much better lifting effect for sagging skin. They work by stimulating your skin to produce more collagen, which is why they are so effective, and give longer-lasting results too. I often combine Radiesse and Sculptra treatments for different areas of the face as I feel they each have certain advantages, when properly used, to fix specific problems due to volume loss. Radiesse is gel-based and gives instant results that lasts one to two years. It works best for cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette lines and the jaw line. Sculptra is water based so it is easier to place more diffusely underneath the skin. The results are very gradual and take several treatments to see improvement but then will last for many years. Sculptra also works well in the cheeks and temples. It is my preferred treatment for fines lines throughout the lower face.
Sculptra, Radiesse, and Ultherapy
Sculptra is a stimulatory filler, while Radiesse is a volumizing stimulatory filler that instantly adds volume and stimulates collagen. I use both with Ultherapy to enhance results.
Raffy Karamanoukian MD FACS
Sculptra vs. Radiesse
Sculptra is a long lasting, clinically-proven, non-invasive, stimulating injectable treatment that is designed to smooth out and soften lines and wrinkles, restore facial volume and contour the face without surgery. Poly-L-lactic acid, the main ingredient of Sculptra, has been used for years as a resorbable (dissolving) suture material. We need 3 injections of Sculptra to see a notable difference. Results can last several years.
Radiesse also creates new collagen formation, but to a lesser extent. The material has the consistency of wet chalk and works nicely with deeper grooves as compared with hyaluronic acid that is better suited for superficial wrinkles. It’s made from calcium hydroxyapatite which is a similar compound to what’s found in bone. I like Radiesse a bit better in my practice because results are more immediate and the duration of effect is very similar.
Sculptra Versus Radiesse
Sculptra and Radiesse are both considered biostimulators. Sculptra is composed of poly-l-lactic acid, the same material found in Vicryl suture. It creates an inflammatory reaction which is turned into collagen. Sculptra, once injected, goes away and patients must wait for 4-6 weeks for the biostiumlating effects to manifest. Sculptra can be the only product that works for some faces, particularily gaunt faces.
Radiesse is a filler made of hydroxyaptitie. The filler is slowly replaced by collagen. It is a relatively thick filler and is much better at treating nasolabial folds and deeper lines than Sculptra.
Both products can have side effects such as nodules, granulomas, bruising and uneveness. Both products can also produce substantial volumetric changes to a face as well. Seek an experienced injector to help balance out the right product or products for your face.
Web reference: http://www.shahfacialplastics.com/facialfillers.html
Sculptra or Radiesse?
Sculptra Aesthetic is a semi-permanent filler that improves volume by gradually replacing lost collagen. Sculptra Aesthetic is usually performed over a series of three injections spaced several weeks apart. Over time volume improvement is seen, often with improvement of the overlying skin quality. The duration of effect is
24 months or longer.
Radiesse is a calcium based injectable filler used for volume replacement. The volume effect is noted immediately. Depending on the area injected, the volume effect may last between 12- 15 months.
Sculptra is often chosen when a more global rejuvenation is required, whereas Radiesse is better for more discreet areas needing volume replacement. A physician injector who has experience with both will be able to guide you as to which injectable is the most appropriate to address your concerns.
Web reference: http://www.facialcosmeticsurg.com/