Sculptra or filler: which one is right for you?

Sculptra or Filler

One of the ways we can enhance facial harmony and reduce the effects of aging is by using injectables like Sculptra and filler. These products can be combined or used separately to create a more youthful look, but they have different ingredients and mechanisms of action.

Our Gentle Touch Aesthetic Nurse Practitioners explain how they work!

What are the main differences between Sculptra and other fillers?

Sculptra is made of poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) and is a biostimulator. This means that it triggers the body to produce more collagen, the protein that gives the skin its structure and elasticity. On the other hand, fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, a substance that naturally occurs in the body and helps keep the skin hydrated and plump.

So…how do they affect the skin differently?

Sculptra works by stimulating collagen synthesis in the deeper layers of the skin, which results in volume restoration and improved skin texture over time. The collagen synthesis happens gradually over the first eight weeks after treatment and can last up to 2 years.

The hyaluronic acid in filler works by adding volume, smoothing wrinkles and enhancing facial features instantly — so this is a great option for those who want to see immediate results! Results can last from 8 months to 1.5 years, depending on the type of filler used and where it’s injected.

Are Sculptra and filler injected in different areas?

Another way that Sculptra and filler differ is in the areas of the face where they are injected. Sculptra is mainly used to restore facial volume that is lost due to aging or weight loss. It helps to fill out sunken cheeks, hollow temples and deeper facial folds. We do not use Sculptra in or around the lips and eyes. Sculptra is a treatment that covers the whole face and focuses on the outer parts of the face.

Filler can do more things and can be used to reduce the appearance of fine lines such as nasolabial fold (smile lines), marionette lines and vertical lip lines. It can also help to restore volume and enhance contours to the cheeks, chin, jawline and lips for facial balancing. Filler is a treatment that targets specific areas and improves the overall harmony of the face.

How do I choose between Sculptra and filler?

Whether Sculptra or filler is better for you depends on a few factors, such as your specific concerns, desired outcomes and the treatment recommendations from your Gentle Touch Aesthetic Nurse Practitioner. The best way to find out is to book a consultation with us — we’ll take time to talk through your specific goals, review the benefits of each treatment and decide which one will help you get the results you want. Sometimes, we’ll use both!

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