Sculptra VS Radiesse

While searching for options to correct unwanted lines and folds, you may find research to be a bit confusing. There are many fillers out there, but they are all made differently. Some share an active ingredient while others tackle wrinkles with an entirely different compound. You may want to use certain fillers for certain wrinkles, as one might be better for fine lines, while another is better for thicker areas of the face. That’s the case with Sculptra and Radiesse. Two great dermal fillers, with different ingredients and funtions.


A major difference in Sculptra and Radiesse would be the primary components that they are made with. Sculptra is made with poly-L-lactic acid. PLLA is a restorative component that stimulates natural processes in the body. Radiesse is made with hydroxyapatite—which is a natural, mineral form of calcium.

How they Work

Sculptra’s primary ingredient restores collagen production in the body. By the time we’re 20, we start losing 1% of collagen every year. PLLA jump starts that production again and stimulates it so that it continues. Radiesse is a more active injection that you’ll notice adds volume almost immediately. It also works to keep the volume in the injected area by stimulating the collagen production. Radiesse is much more of a filler, while Sculptra is much more of a stimulator that pushes your body to do the work. Sculptra’s effects can last about 2 years and Radiesse about 1 year.

Where they are used?

Sculptra being a stimulant and enhancer, it is better used on thinner areas. Some areas you may want to consider using sculptra include: hands, temple, thin cheeks, or areas surrounding the mouth (not the lips). Radiesse would be better for areas with thicker skin such as: flat cheeks, nose, or the chin. You may find through consultation that you may want to use Sculptra for thickening folds, lines and depressions; while Radiesse may be more useful for augmentation.

Side Effects

While Sculptra and Radiesse have their differences, the side effects can be similar. As with most dermal injections, you may find yourself experiencing swelling, redness, temporary discoloration, tenderness and soreness. None of these side effects are long-lasting and should let up after about a week.

For more information, it’s best to contact our offices. We would love to schedule a consultation where we can help you decide which dermal filler is best for you.





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