Radiesse the Best Filler

We live in exciting times for medical cosmetic treatments. The variety and quality of treatments now available means that effective and safe anti-ageing treatments are available to treat a wide range of cosmetic issues that would have required surgical intervention in years gone by. One of the main treatments for wrinkles, lines, folds and loss of facial volume is synthetic filler treatment.

In the past synthetic filler treatment was beset with problems related to the high allergic potential of the filler agents that were used, and also the fact that some (particularly the silicone based fillers) were permanent. In the last few years this has all changed and modern fillers have achieved an excellent track record of safety and low allergenicity.

The main types of fillers that are currently available are the synthetic hyaluronic acid type of filler (e.g Belotero, Restylane, Juvederm) which last six to nine months, and the longer lasting fillers such as Radiesse and Sculptra. Radiesse lasts around a year, while Sculptra lasts around 2 years. Both are used for used for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds, such as nasolabial folds and they are also used to reduce and correct the facial fat loss (lipoatrophy) in people with human immunodeficiency virus.

There are some other major differences between Radiesse and Sculptra.

Radiesse is composed of microspheres of Calcium Hydroxyapatite (the same substance that your tooth enamel is made from). Injection of Radiesse produces an instant filling effect and also a degree of collagen stimulation. It is a filler that is used to provide volume in the subdermis.

Sculptra is made from Poly-L-Lactic acid. It works by acting as an irritant in the deep layer of the skin (deep dermis or subdermis) and as a result of the irritation new collagen is formed by the body’s fibroblast cells. The water for injection used with Sculptra means that you will see correction of the cosmetic defect immediately after injection but this will fade over the next few days as the water is absorbed. The collagen formation that produces the long-lasting correction will take several weeks to happen. Further treatments with Sculptra are usually required to complete the correction.

Both Radiesse and Sculptra are used in areas where a deep dermal or subdermal filler is required to help reduce the cosmetic problem, and this would typically be to correct excessive nasolabial folds or loss of volume in the cheek areas or just below the cheeks. They should not be used in areas where more superficial filling is required, such as as in the lips or around and eyes, as this can lead to an increased risk of nodule formation.

So if you are looking for a deep, long lasting filler with an instant effect and some longer term collagen stimulation then Radiesse is probably your best choice at the time of writing this article. If you are looking for a filler that works primarily by stimulating your body’s own collagen and with even longer lasting effects and you are willing to wait a few weeks for the results then Sculptra is well worth considering. Also, don’t forget that for Sculptra a course of treatments is required spaced several weeks or months apart; with Radiesse it’s usually just a one off treatment until the effect wears off a year or so later.

My own preference is for Radiesse. Obviously that is just my opinion and there are many who prefer Sculptra. However, in my own experience the results with Radiesse are very predictable. As all the treatment can be completed in one session and the cost of Sculptra being less than that of Radiesse, the treatment is more cost-effective and convenient for the patient and for me.

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