What Is Sculptra® & How Does It Differ From Other Injectables?

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If you’re in the know about injectables and dermal fillers, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about Sculptra Aesthetic. You may be wondering, though, just what is it about Sculptra that generates so much buzz? What sets it apart from other dermal fillers? To answer your questions and learn more about biostimulators like Sculptra, keep reading! We’re unravelling the distinctions between biostimulators and hyaluronic acid-based fillers to help you determine which is right for you. Ready to learn more?

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How do dermal fillers work?

Dermal fillers are aesthetic injectables that smooth creases, add volume to aging skin, plump the lips, and sculpt facial features. Dermal fillers generally fall into two categories:

  • HA-based fillers such as JUVÉDERM® are made of a gel that fills in creases or immediately adds volume to features. They contain naturally occurring materials that help keep your skin plump and hydrated.
  • Biostimulators stimulate collagen production over the long term rather than filling in wrinkles and lines right away. Sculptra, one of several common biostimulators, is made with poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biodegradable, synthetic substance that enhances the skin’s underlying structure for a smoother, more supple look.

What is Radiesse®? Is it similar to Sculptra?

Like Sculptra, Radiesse is a biostimulator that triggers the production of collagen. However, Sculptra is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, while Radiesse consists of a calcium-based filler called calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA). Sculptra is excellent for facial rejuvenation and can also be used for nonsurgical butt augmentation. Radiesse yields more immediate results than Sculptra, especially after a single treatment. Sculptra usually requires about 3 sessions, with results appearing gradually but lasting much longer than other injectables.

Sculptra vs. JUVÉDERM: What’s the difference?

Patients often wonder how biostimulators like Sculptra and Radiesse differ from HA-based fillers like JUVÉDERM. HA-based fillers are generally best for plumping moderate lines and wrinkles, while biostimulators are the preferred approach for softening deep folds or wrinkles. JUVÉDERM contains thinner formulas ideal for treating the lips and the delicate skin under the eyes.

JUVÉDERM results are more immediate but shorter-lived than Sculptra results. JUVÉDERM results typically last 6 to 12 months, while Sculptra results can last 2 years or more. Similarly, in comparing results for Radiesse vs. JUVÉDERM, Radiesse results are longer-lasting, creating gradual, subtle improvement as the skin builds collagen production.

Which dermal fillers last the longest?

Dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM and Restylane® are versatile and offer more immediate results than biostimulators. Their results typically last up to a year. Patients who prefer subtle and long-lasting improvement in skin quality and texture may be better suited for injectables like Sculptra or Radiesse. Because these biostimulators leverage the body’s natural processes, results from treatment are more gradual.

With results lasting up to 2 years or more, Sculptra is one of the longest-lasting dermal fillers available today. However, it’s important to note that, regardless of which filler you choose, you can maximize your injectable treatment results by visiting our day spa for periodic maintenance treatments.

Now that you better understand the differences between HA fillers and biostimulators, are you ready to meet with one of our expert injectors? We encourage you to request a consultation online or call us at (502) 814-3000 to get started. We can’t wait to help you look and feel your very best!

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