Sculptra Vs Radiesse: What is the Difference?

please compare Radiesse and Sculptra

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A Comparision Between Radiesse and Sculptra

Category: Radiesse:  filler with minimal biostimulation Sculptra:     biostimulator without filling effect   Duration: Radiesse:  up to one year Sculptra:     up to two years   Best Locations of Use: Radiesse:  areas of thick skin:  flat cheek, nose, chin Sculptra:     areas of thin skin:  temple, thin heeks, around the mouth (but not the lips),  jowls, depression in front of the ears, hands   Recovery: Radiesse: slightly more bruising Sculptra:  minimal   Feel; Radiesse:  firm Scultra: nodule if too supeficial or too concentrated   Cost: Radiesse:  more costly per cc Sculptra:  less costly per cc   My favorite combination use: raidisse for chin/nose augmentation and profiling, sculptra for the remaining facial voluminizing and thickening for folds, lines, and depressions,  juvaderm for lips and tip of nose.

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon

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.

David Shafer, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Sculptra vs Radiesse

I use both products heavily in my practice and have found each product has its niche.  Sculptra is my go to product for temple hollows, and volume loss in the soft part of the cheeks(hollows) and along the jawline as well as for smoothing the wrinkling of skin in the décolleté.  Radiesse is my go to product for deeper cheek augmentation, building struts around the corners of the mouth, softening melolabial folds and rejuvenation of the back of the hands.  Absolutely love what Radiesse can to take 10 years off the backs of your hands. 

Steven Swengel, MD
Los Gatos Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 reviews

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.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 12 reviews

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.

Anita Mandal, MD
Palm Beach Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 reviews

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

David Hansen, MD
Beverly Hills Dermatologic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Very good question...easy answer...

sculptra is a 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'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

Ken Landow, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist
4.6 out of 5 stars 9 reviews

Sculptra Vs. Radiesse.

Thanks for your question. We are asked this question a lot at the clinic. Many of our patients understand these brands are different from the majority of the hyaluronic acid fillers we offer, but they don't understand exactly why or how they differ. Here are some of the basic differences: Sculptra and Radiesse are both long terms fillers but use different mechanisms.

Sculptra is made of biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is slowly and naturally absorbed by the body and helps to restore lost collagen.

Radiesse contains tiny calcium-based microspheres that are suspended in a natural, water-based gel. Because these microspheres are similar to natural minerals in your body, allergy testing is not required.

Radiesse typically only requires a single treatment session to see results that can last as long as a year while Sculptra is considered a biostimulator, injected over several treatment sessions; it targets one of the underlying causes of facial aging: the loss of facial collagen.

Once injected, Sculptra is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body and promotes the production of collagen, one of the major building blocks of tighter, more youthful-looking skin. Sculptra's improvements appear gradually and last two years or more.

I generally like to use Sculptra due to its longevity and the natural results that can be achieved.

Anil Sharma, MD
Edmonton Otolaryngologist
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 review

Sculptra and Radiesse are completely different

Sculptra and Radiesse are two completely different soft tissue fillers that differ in what they are made of, where they are used, how they are used, what effects they can achieve, how they work, and how long they last. It is of paramount importance to take all these factors into consideration when selecting which product to use in each individual case. Both of these products require skill and experience for proper application and maximal results.

Douglas Wu, MD
San Diego Dermatologist
4.9 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Radiesse vs Sculptra

Radiesse is a filler that gives instantaneous results and lasts 10-12 months.  A small percentage of the product is replaced with collagen as it dissipates but this is probably less than 10%.  Radiesse is the strongest lifting agent on the market so is great for patients with fuller faces, and individuals who have a significant amount of volume loss.  

Sculptra is a medication that is injected and stimulates the face to increase collagen for volume.  This takes 3-4 months to happen so it's not instantaneous but will last 2 years once you see the result.  Because the product is dependent on collagen production ability, younger patients usually respond better.  Patients over the age of 60 do well with Sculptra but usually require 6-7 vials over 3-4 sessions to get a good result.

Both are great volumizers and frequently can be used together if your surgeon is familiar with combining products. 

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 49 reviews

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