What is Radiesse?
Radiesse is a dermal filler made of calcium hydroxylapatite, which is a natural substance found in your own body. Radiesse is a collagen stimulating product, meaning that the material itself adds volume, but it also stimulates your own collagen production. It is used to add volume and fill deeper lines on the face.
What is Sculptra Aesthetic?
Sculptra is a collagen stimulating product, meaning that the product itself doesn’t add volume, but your own collagen is stimulated to provide the “filling” effect. Sculptra is made of Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA); this is the same material used in absorbable stitches. Sculptra is injected in a series of visits in order to provide volume where volume has been lost. It takes 3-6 months for significant improvement, but last for years after the initial series of treatments.
What is the difference between Radiesse and Sculptra?
Radiesse and Sculptra are made of different molecules. Radiesse is calcium hydroxyapatite and Sculptra is Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA.) Radiesse and Sculptra can both be used to add volume to the mid-face (cheeks), temples and many other areas affected by loss of volume. They both stimulate collagen; though the Radiesse product provides some volume on its own, whereas Sculptra takes time to stimulate your own collagen. Radiesse lasts up to one year; sometimes longer if touch-up injections are performed during the year. Sculptra lasts up to two years after the initial series of injections.
Who is an appropriate candidate for Radiesse or Sculptra injections?
Any male or female patient experiencing loss of volume in their face is an appropriate candidate for fillers such as Radiesse or Sculptra. It is safe to have Radiesse or Sculptra injections even if you have previously had dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane or Perlane.
Can Radiesse and Sculptra be used anywhere other than the face?
Yes, Radiesse and Sculptra can also be injected into the hands. Stimulating collagen and filling the back of the hand can provide a smooth appearance without swelling and decrease the appearance of unsightly veins in the hands that can add years to your appearance.
How much do Radiesse and Sculptra cost?
Varies by patient
Who performs the Radiesse and Sculptra injections?
NYC dermatologist Dr. Schweiger performs the Radiesse and Sculptra injections at NYC dermatology practice Schweiger Dermatology in midtown Manhattan.