Two well-known dermal fillers, Sculptra and Radiesse, can treat common facial aging symptoms, such as lines, wrinkles, and volume loss. Both fillers fall under the category of collagen biostimulators, which means that long after being injected, they continue to act to stimulate the growth of collagen and other skin-firming proteins. Some treatments interchangeably use the two products, such as the Sculptra/Radiesse Buttock Lift.
Sculptra and Radiesse have so much in common; it’s no wonder people confuse them with one another. Are there differences between the two? Which one of them is better?
Differences in Formula
The first difference between the two dermal fillers is their composition.
Sculptra Uses Poly-L-Lactic Acid
Poly-L-lactic acid, a synthetic substance that the body absorbs over time, is a component of the Sculptra recipe. The same substance is used to make sutures and dissolvable stitches, among other implantable medical devices.
The purpose of Sculptra is to thicken the skin by inducing an inflammatory response that stimulates collagen formation. Sculptra is injected into the skin, where it causes fibroblasts to form around the foreign body as a result of the body’s immune system being triggered (filler). Collagen is produced due to the process, which thickens and firms the skin in the area.
Radiesse Contains Calcium Hydroxylapatite
Radiesse is an injectable filler that blends a gel with calcium hydroxylapatite, a tiny calcium microsphere that resembles the structure of bones and teeth. Radiesse is a biostimulator that activates fibroblasts to boost collagen formation, similar to Sculptra.
Radiesse, however, doesn’t cause inflammation. Instead, the calcium ions embed themselves in the skin and serve as a scaffold to encourage the creation of new tissue in the vicinity.
Differences in Results
Both fillers can effectively restore considerable volume loss, the root cause of drooping skin and depressed face areas. Additionally, Sculptra and Radiesse are excellent for treating deep folds, such as nasolabial folds. Scars and stretch marks are two skin depressions that both fillers can treat.
Sculptra Takes Time to Take Effect; Radiesse Takes Immediate Effect
The rate at which results can materialize is one of the most profound distinctions between Sculptra and Radiesse. It’s vital to remember that biostimulators do not show benefits right away because the body needs time to make collagen.
Sculptra is no exception since the filler takes a few weeks to a month to produce the desired results. Because of its highly viscous nature, Radiesse has a unique ability to increase volume while also extending collagen production over time instantly.
Sculptra Effects Lasts Longer Than Radiesse
Dermal fillers all produce merely transient effects. The treatment area eventually reverts to its pre-treatment state when the body naturally breaks down the filler. It’s also crucial to note that some variables, including the patient’s metabolism, can affect how long results persist in addition to a filler’s formulation.
That said, Sculptra and Radiesse are two of the most long-lasting fillers available. With effects lasting up to 24 months, Sculptra’s results last significantly longer. Radiesse often produces results that last up to a year.
You can maintain the effects of both fillers by getting regular maintenance procedures.
Other Differences Between Sculptra and Radiesse
Aside from their effects, Sculptra and Radiesse also have logistical differences.
Sculptra Theoretically Less Painful Than Radiesse
Since Radiesse must be injected deeper under the skin than Sculptra, patients may theoretically feel more pain during a Radiesse injection. Both procedures, meanwhile, are non-surgical and just mildly uncomfortable, particularly when carried out by an experienced injector. Before injecting either filler, a topical numbing lotion can also be applied to lessen patient discomfort.
Sculptra Needs More Aftercare
Radiesse and Sculptra both don’t require any downtime (recovery time). After receiving an injection, patients can resume their regular daily activities immediately. However, Sculptra does need a little more aftercare.
Patients are advised to massage the treated area several times daily for five days after receiving an injection.
Sculptra Can Treat Any Region, Radiesse Not So Much
Significant volume loss in the cheeks, temples, around the eyes, between the mouth and nose, and hands can be treated with both Radiesse and Sculptra.
Radiesse’s placement is slightly constrained by its intrinsic viscosity, which renders it unsuitable for surface placement. Skin that is too thin cannot be treated with Radiesse.
One area that the two products both treat well is the buttocks. That’s why we offer the Sculptra/Radiesse Buttock Lift at Arabella Boutique Med Spa.
Introducing the Sculptra/Radiesse Buttock Lift
The first injectable, noninvasive procedure to produce fuller, more elevated buttocks is the Sculptra/Radiesse Buttock Lift. Prior surgeries like Brazilian Butt Lifts and butt implants required lengthy recovery periods after the procedure.
Your buttocks will be firm and bouncy after this procedure. To tighten and reshape your buttocks, our office uses the dermal fillers Sculptra or Radiesse. To guarantee that you get the best outcomes, we’ll adjust the dosage. The buttocks will be dramatically enlarged and smoothed, and the results will be subtle, obvious, and apparent.
For patients who want to increase their buttocks’ size and form naturally and gradually, a Sculptra/Radiesse Buttock Lift gives you a slight lift. You may get slight swelling and minor redness after the treatment, but these side effects will subside after a few days. You will get the full results of the treatment after three to five sessions.
Sculptra/Radiesse Buttock Lift – Which Product Works Better?
With a thorough evaluation, we’ll decide whether Sculptra or Radiesse is the best option for you. There is no objectively better product between the two. Both can be more useful than the other, depending on each case and the individual’s needs.
Schedule a Sculptra/Radiesse Buttock Lift Session with Arabella Boutique Med Spa
Arabella Boutique Med Spa prioritizes your comfort and satisfaction when you schedule treatments with us. During the Sculptra/Radiesse Buttock Lift operation, we’ll prioritize your comfort while meticulously shaping the contours. Even though this procedure requires little recovery time, we’ll discuss it and give you post-treatment care.