Voluma vs. Sculptra?
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Voluma and sculptra serve different purposes
I find that those with thinner faces actually look more hollow with voluma, since voluma builds up the cheeks, thereby accentuating hollow temples and submalar areas.
Sculptra can also rebuild the cheek, but it is also useful for filling in hollow temples and submalar hollows, as well as recreating the jawline.
I often recommend combining sculptra and voluma in my thinner clients. They get the immediate lift of the cheek, while rebuilding the periphery of the face.
Voluma vs. Sculptra?
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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Voluma and Sculptra for facial volume loss.
Voluma on the other hand gives instant results, with no delay in seeing where your investment has gone. It also can last for up to 2 years, and can be used for overall facial volume restoration, but will likely cost more than if you had done sculptra. Voluma is very versatile however, and works great for volume loss or just to pick up volume in a single area like cheeks.
Voluma or Sculptra
Sculptra, on the other hand, stimulates your body to produce collagen in the areas where Sculptra is injected. This takes 3-4 months to see the result so isn't instantaneous but it can last 2-3 years. On average, individuals need 3-5 vials to get a good volume result. The downside is that it depends on your body's ability to produce collagen. Even though the average needed is 3-5 vials, at the end of 3 months, you might find that your body doesn't produce collagen at the same rate or in the same amount compared to someone else and you may need more. At that point, you can have more Sculptra or switch to something like Voluma if you're not interested in watiing for the result anymore. People like Sculptra because it gives a gradual, natural result over time; but it can be a longer time then some hope for.
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.
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!