Sculptra and Radiesse
Collagen-Stimulating Fillers: How They Help Restore Volume Loss
Collagen stimulating fillers restructure and add volume to fat-deficient areas of the face. There are different types of collagen fillers; Sculptra Aesthetic and Radiesse are the most well-known options. Both are highly effective in combating age, but choosing between the two can be a complex decision, as the best choice depends on a patient's needs and what they want to achieve from their liquid facelift.
Sculptra is composed of synthetic poly-L-lactic acid and FDA-approved for nasolabial fold treatment and facial wrinkles, making it suitable for older men and women who have thinner skin and substantial volume loss.
Sculptra's website claims to anti-age you overnight, with instant results that are subtle but work gradually to turn back the hands of time over a period of two years. Patients are advised to follow an aftercare routine that includes facial massages while Sculptra works to restore collagen to the skin. Sculptra promises a more youthful appearance without making you look as if you've "had work done."
Sculptra's side effects, risks and complications include itching, bruising and bleeding at the injection site. Pain, redness, bruising, swelling, tenderness and bumps, both small and large, may form. You must talk to your (preferably board certified) cosmetic surgeon if you experience any side effects or have questions after treatment.
Formerly known as Radiance, Radiesse is biocompatible, non-toxic and non-allergenic, reduces the facade of wrinkles, reduces certain scars and reduces the deepness of skin folds around the mouth and nose. Radiesse contains a hyaluronic, calcium based formula immersed within a water-based gel. The calcium gel has an organic compound of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, glycerin and sterile water. Thin connective tissues construct around the microspheres within the liquid filler, allowing it to permanently plant at the location.
Most cosmetic surgeons would prefer to use Radiesse on patients who are younger or have minimal volume loss or sagging. Ideal patients for Radiesse are between the ages of 35-65. They can expect to see a vast improvement -up to 80% - within one week. While these results last an average of one to two years, Radiesse users should be aware they may require booster shots to maintain their investment.
Side effects, complications and risks of Radiesse include swelling, which usually ends within 36 hours or less. Discomfort, bruising and irritation at the injection site are also common. Patients are usually asked to stay out of the sun, but can otherwise resume normal activities almost immediately. The growth of nodules is a rare side complication that will require steroid treatment or surgery to address. Abnormal pain and symptoms should be immediately handled by your plastic surgeon in order to preserve your health in the event something goes wrong.
Scheduling a personal consultation with a trust cosmetic surgeon can allow you to truly determine which method is best for you. You'll have to consider how many injections you'll be able to withstand, how much you're willing to spend and how long you wish your results to last.