I have been considering getting Sculptra for quite a while now and just heard about a new product, Juvederm Voluma. Both are supposed to last longer than traditional fillers such as Restylane, which appeals to me. Can you explain the difference between Sculptra and Juvederm Voluma? Thanks!
How is Juvederm Voluma Different from Sculptra?
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Sculptra vs Voluma
Thank you for your question. Sculptra and Voluma are very different. Sculptra is a filler that will grow your collagen. It will be approximately 2 months before you see full results. It usually gives a soft full look, and can also enhance the texture of the skin. Voluma is HA that is bonded in a stronger way so it will last longer than other HA's It will give more of a contoured or structured look to the cheek area, and offers instant gratification. It's best to visit a local physician for a full consultation of what would give you the best results. Good luck!
Voluma vs Sculptra
The Differences Between Sculptra and Voluma
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Biostimulatory vs. replacement fillers
Juvederm Voluma is a hyaluronic acid (like Restylane, Juvederm and Belotero) which has cross-linking that allows it to last longer than any of the other hyaluronic acids (HA). It also has an elastic modulus that allows it to "lift" tissue - and will be FDA approved specifically for volumization, while the other HAs are approved for dermal filling (skin). It provides volume instantly and is slowly degraded by the body over the course of 2 years or more.
Sculptra is biostimulatory, meaning it promotes new collagen formation from your body. Instead of creating volume physically it stimulates your own skin to produce it, and thus is a gradual process. Both Sculptra and Juvederm Voluma will produce longer lasting results than the fillers on the market. Obtaining great results, as with any product, will also depend on choosing the right doctor.
Juvederm voluma not yet approved and not available
Juvederm volume is not yet FDA approved in the United States and is not available for injection currently. It is a filler that is supposed to be injected deeply to create lift and volume. I imagine it will be used similarly to Sculptra in a "liquid facelift" way but I don't know a whole lot about it since it is not available and I also don't know how much it will cost. Given that it is a hyaluronic filler it will not be as pliable as sculptra and maybe not ideal in some of the areas where we use sculptra like the jawline and lateral cheeks. I would think it will be a great filler for the cheek area.
Voluma vs Sculptra
Voluma is a hyaluronic acid gel-based product that works immediately and augments a given area. While it works great for restoring volume in places like the cheeks and temples, it can also be used to fill more specific, well-defined areas like the marionette lines, or used to build up the chin or jawline. The advantage of Voluma is that it works immediately and can be placed very specifically into a certain area. It can also be dissolved by hyaluronidase in the rare event that there is a problem after the injection.
Sculptra is made of poly-L-lactic-acid, PLLA, and is a powder that is dissolved into a liquid prior to injection. The liquid in which the PLLA is suspended gets absorbed by the body over the first few days after injection. The body then generates its own collagen in response to the PLLA left in the soft tissues over the course of several months. Sculptra works well in broad areas of volume loss like the cheeks and temples, but not as well for specific contour deficits like the marionette lines. Sculptra also takes several months to build up, and is injected over a series of several treatments rather than working immediately like Voluma. The advantage of Sculptra is that it tends to be cost-effective and can produce very long-lasting results.
Always see an expert physician injector.
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Sculptra versus Voluma
Sculptra is a liquid based injection which stimulates the body to produce its own collagen thereby creating volume in the face. Voluma is a newer hyaluronic acid gel which was designed to be injected into the mid-face and provide immediate volume replacement. Sculptra has extremely natural results because it allows your body to produce its own collagen gradually. Please find a board certified Dermatologist who has a great deal of experience in cosmetics and facial injections for the best result.
Difference between Juvederm Voluma and Sculptra
As of this date, Juvederm Voluma is not available in the US - but we hear it's coming soon.
The two products work very differently.
Sculptra is a stimulator of collagen so the effects you get are from your own body's response as opposed to the filler itself. Results are long lasting since they are your own collagen.
Juvederm Voluma is a denser formulation of the Juvederm fillers and the projected longevity is more than that of Restylane or the current Juvederm(s). Exactly how long any filler will last depends on how your body reacts.
Once Juvederm Voluma is available and used in practices in the US, we'll be able to give a fairly realistic estimate of how long it actually lasts.
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