Is Sculptra Better Than Fillers?

Like other dermal fillers, Sculptra can transform your face by addressing sagging and loose facial skin. However, Sculptra is unique because it offers multiple anti-aging benefits, unlike most other fillers. Let’s look at the similarities and differences between Sculptra and other fillers to figure out which is the best to make your face more youthful than ever.

Sculptra treats collagen loss

While Sculptra is considered a dermal filler, it does more than just fill the face. Sculptra is also a collagen stimulator because it’s made with poly-L-lactic acid, which encourages your body to increase collagen production. 

Sculptra gives the skin a more youthful, natural look by:

  • Reducing the appearance of wrinkles
  • Filling in hollowness
  • Treating sagging skin

Another way that Sculptra differs from other fillers is that it is a liquid consistency instead of a gel. Additionally, Sculptra is injected deeper into the dermis, resulting in long-term improvements for your skin.

Sculptra can be used to smooth and volumize the following facial areas:

  • Mid-face
  • Cheek area
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Temples
  • The chin area 

Fillers add volume

Dermal fillers can be divided into:

  • Passive fillers made from hyaluronic acids, such as Juvederm® and Restylane®, restore volume without stimulating collagen production
  • Active fillers, such as Radiesse® and Sculptra®, replace lost volume and stimulate collagen production

Different fillers have specific qualities that make them ideal for different areas of the face to improve the appearance of:

  • Eyelid bags
  • Dark circles
  • Drooping eyebrows
  • Asymmetric appearance

If your aesthetic goal is a fuller face without noticeable facial wrinkles and folds, fillers are likely your best choice. Fillers can fill creases with volume for a lifted, fuller appearance, while Sculptra cannot do this independently.

Sculptra and other fillers have similar procedures

During your initial consultation, Dr. Levin will examine your skin and discuss your aesthetic goals to curate a treatment plan. In most cases, treatment can occur on the same day as the consultation.

Your face is cleaned with an antiseptic, and sensitive areas, such as the lips, are anesthetized. Dr. Levin uses a micro-cannula for most injections, which minimizes pain and bruising while increasing safety. The injections are completed in just a few minutes so that you can resume normal activities right away.

Is Sculptra better than fillers? Dr. Levin can help you decide.

Sculptra gradually stimulates collagen production for natural volume and fullness, while fillers immediately fill the treatment site for instant results. If you want the benefits and results of Sculptra without waiting up to six months for them to be obvious, you can pair the filler with other treatments that instantly address wrinkles and loose skin.

Something else to consider is that while Sculptra takes time to work, the results can last up to two years. Most dermal fillers provide results that last up to 18 months. Sculptra is more cost-effective because it requires fewer touch-up appointments to maintain a smooth and youthful facial appearance. Board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Flora Levin provides Sculptra® and other fillers to her patients in Fairfield, CT, and the surrounding areas. Her years of experience with facial enhancement allow her to help you choose the best option to give you natural-looking results. Contact us to schedule a consultation.


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