Hyaluronic Acid vs Sculptra, Which One Is Better?


An Incredible FDA-Approved Wonder!

The key component of Sculptra is PLLA (Poly-L-lactic acid), clinically was used to treat lipoatrophy or sunken cheeks in the past. It has been widely used in 46 countries as cosmetic surgery injectable products since 1999. By 2009 PLLA was FDA-approved for promoting deposition of collagen via a biostimulatory responses, correction of nasolabial fold contour deficiencies and other lines and wrinkles.

PLLA is a synthetic polymer of the alpha-hydroxy-acid family, it can stimulate collagen reproduction after being injected deep into the skin and as a result, making the skin firm and tender by filling the sunken areas of the face, and reducing lines and wrinkles.

Two of the most distinguished features are its compatibility and degradability. The degradation products are CO2 and H2O, which are non-toxic and can be naturally absorbed by the body without leaving any remains.


The Multi-talented Sculptra:


Before & After Sculptra. Source: Galderma.

Reducing Nasolabial Folds!

Reducing Marionette Line!

Re-volumize Sunken Temples!

Lifting Sagging Cheeks!

Improving Jawline!

Filling Tear Troughs!

Tightening parotid gland!

Long lasting results!

Increase your skin’s own natural collagen!


How Do I Achieve the Best Result?

To achieve the best result, Sculptra needs to be followed on a course of injections. Depending on the individual’s physical responses to Sculptra, the number of injections needed varies too. Typically one course of the treatment involves three injection sessions, each one spaced four to six weeks apart.

Your skin needs some time to gradually reproduce collagen, thus it takes 1 to 3 months to show some effect. The result can last 2 to 3 years.

After first injection, you will feel tightening and lifting on your face, like Sculptra is already in effect. However, this is just normal swelling from the fluid that the Sculptra is diluted in. The swelling will dissipate in a few days as your face goes back to normal. Depending on the patient’s condition and lifestyle, the effect and how long the result could last may vary. Typically the facial injection lasts over 25 months.

Source: Galderma.

Is Sculptra A Better Option Compared To Hyaluronic Acid?

Although both Hyaluronic Acid and Sculptra are injectable fillers, how they work is quite different. Hyaluronic Acid uses dermal filler to fill the sunken areas, and the result is almost immediately. However it does not last long and needs further injections on a regular basis.

Sculptra works by stimulating collagen reproduction deep in the skin, thus it takes time to show the result–But, it lasts longer and looks more natural too. At the same time, Sculptra lifts and tightens the entire face.

So, What’s The Difference Between Sculptra and Botox?

Both can reduce lines and wrinkles, and both take some time to show the result after the treatment. For Sculptra it might take 2-3 weeks, whereas Botox might take 7-10 days. Sculptra usually lasts longer than Botox.

Sculptra reduces lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen reproduction. It improves your skin from deep down, therefore it’s best used to treat wrinkles and sunken areas caused by aging.

Botox reduces lines and wrinkles by blocking signals from nerves to the muscles. It helps the wrinkles to relax and soften, therefore it’s best used to treat dynamic wrinkles.


Want to know if Sculptra is the best option for you? Please call 888-674-3001 for consultation.


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