08 Sep What Makes Sculptra and Radiesse Fillers Different
When you think “dermal fillers” you probably think hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers like those made by Juvederm. That makes sense since the vast majority of fillers are HA fillers, offering immediate results. However, there is more to fillers than HA, which is why RefinedMD offers a wide selection of options—including fillers that take the slow and steady approach that is characteristic of collagen induction therapy. Here, you will find both Sculptra and Radiesse, popular non-HA fillers that have many similarities but also some key differences.
Curiously, Sculptra and Radiesse still fall under the “filler” family even though they don’t exactly “fill” the target site (at least not right away). They are also both designed to address signs of aging in the face, such as lines, volume loss, and wrinkles. Technically, these injectables are collagen biostimulators and work by promoting collagen production along with the creation of other skin-firming proteins where they are injected. There is no downtime required with Sculptra or Radiesse and any post-injection swelling is minor compared to HA fillers. So, what makes them different? Let’s take a look.
Subtle Yet Important Differences
Sculptra is made with synthetic poly-L-lactic acid, which can be safely absorbed by the body in the weeks and months after injection. It’s actually the same material found in medical tools like dissolvable sutures. Radiesse is comprised of calcium hydroxyapatite, which is very close to what composes bones. They are two totally different materials, but still yield pretty similar results.
Sculptra depends on an inflammatory response in the body to trigger skin thickening (in a good way) and collagen production. When the body is injected with poly-L-lactic acid, it gets to work going to battle at the site, which results in collagen production. Collagen is the body’s natural response to injuries. Radiesse is non-inflammatory. Instead of telling the body to produce collagen with fibroblasts, the calcium particles get embedded in the skin. This is how Radiesse tells the body to start growing new tissue in the area. The results can look pretty similar, but clearly these fillers get results in different ways.
What to Expect with Fillers
Both Radiesse and Sculptra can fix “significant” volume loss, which is common as we get older. They can tackle deep folds, including the stubborn nasolabial folds. Both can also help with stretch marks and scars. Additionally, both can and have been used to plump up the tops of the hands, but typically Radiesse is best for this location. This is because of its viscosity, which is easier to contour and, thus, hide visible tendons and veins.
How quickly you will see results is one of the biggest differences between these two fillers. Biostimulators do not provide immediate results no matter which one you use. Sculptra typically shows results about one month after the treatment. Radiesse is unique because it actually does appear to show immediate results simply because of its viscous nature. This is slowly replaced with collagen production over time. So, if you’re used to HA fillers and want some instant gratification, Radiesse might be for you. If you’d prefer an all-natural approach, you might be good fit for Sculptra.
Lasting Results from Fillers
All dermal fillers are temporary, including Sculptra and Radiesse. As the body continues to age (and degrade), the injection site will go back to its pre-treatment state. The exact length of time your fillers will last depends on numerous factors, from injection site to metabolism. However, both Sculptra and Radiesse are known for providing the longest lasting results compared to all other fillers.
On average, Radiesse results last one year. Sculptra can last up to 24 months. However, keep in mind that Sculptra also takes time for results to show while Radiesse gives some semblance of results right away. This tends to even them out in terms of lasting power. The best way to determine the right filler for you, whether HA or a biostimulator, is with a consultation with an expert. RefinedMD is home to leaders in their field, including professional injectors who can guide you on this journey. To find out more or book your consultation, contact RefinedMD by calling the office or filling out the contact form.