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In the pursuit of a smoother, more youthful complexion, many turn to the popular non-surgical choices of Radiesse® and Sculptra® to combat wrinkles and address sagging skin. Radiesse®, the only FDA-approved Calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) filler for the lower face and hands, adds immediate volume and boosts collagen production. On the other hand, Sculptra® focuses on kickstarting your skin’s collagen production to restore a more youthful look.

In this comparison, we’ll explore the unique features, benefits, and considerations of Sculptra® vs. Radiesse®, helping you decide on your cosmetic goals.

Similarities Between The Two Treatments

Both Radiesse® and Sculptra® are versatile solutions for tackling volume loss and addressing concerns like sagging skin. These dermal fillers work to smooth out deep folds, such as nasolabial folds, and improve the appearance of skin depressions, including scars and stretch marks.

These benefits aren’t limited to the face. Radiesse®, with its thicker consistency, excels not only in hand rejuvenation by restoring lost volume but also in procedures like Radiesse® butt lift, providing a subtle lift to the buttocks. Moreover, Radiesse® effectively addresses sagging skin in the neck, making it an excellent choice for facial enhancements. Likewise, Sculptra® introduces an innovative approach to buttock augmentation with the Sculptra® butt lift, contributing to a more youthful contour.


Whether addressing facial concerns or exploring enhancements for other areas like the buttocks, Radiesse® and Sculptra® showcase their versatility. Note that neither Sculptra® nor Radiesse® is recommended for use under the eyes or in the lips.


The Key Differences Between Sculptra® and Radiesse®

Although Sculptra® and Radiesse® both offer effective solutions for volume loss and facial rejuvenation, they differ significantly in their ingredients, method of action, areas treated, time for results, duration of effects, and potential side effects.

Differences in Ingredients and Method

Sculptra® uses a synthetic material known as poly-L-lactic acid, which the body slowly absorbs. This material activates an inflammatory response that encourages the production of collagen. The filler is then surrounded by fibroblasts, prompted by Sculptra®, increasing collagen. This process gives the treated area a firmer appearance, contributing to a more youthful look over time.


Meanwhile, Radiesse® uses a gel containing calcium hydroxylapatite, similar to substances found in bones and teeth. It acts as a bio-stimulator, prompting fibroblasts to produce collagen. Unlike Sculptra®, Radiesse® is non-inflammatory. Instead, it settles calcium particles in the skin, supporting new skin growth.

Differences in Areas Treated

Both Radiesse® and Sculptra® address volume loss, sagging skin, and various facial concerns, such as nasolabial folds, scars, stretch marks, and hand rejuvenation. However, they excel in different areas.

Sculptra® reduces marionette and smile lines, wrinkles, and scars while defining the jawline and adding volume to cheeks and temples.

On the other hand, Radiesse® is adept at addressing folds and wrinkles around the mouth and nose. It is ideal for plumping the skin on the hands and for individuals who have experienced fat loss in the facial area.

How Long It Takes for Each to Take Effect

The timeframe for visible results distinguishes Sculptra® from Radiesse®. Sculptra®, being a bio-stimulator, may take up to a month to reveal noticeable changes as it stimulates collagen production. In contrast, Radiesse® offers almost immediate results due to its high viscosity, promoting extended collagen production.

How Long the Effects of Each Last

While most dermal fillers are temporary, Radiesse® and Sculptra® offer long-lasting results. Radiesse® lasts around a year, while Sculptra® boasts a longer lifespan, providing results for almost 24 months. Periodic maintenance treatments can further prolong the effects of both fillers.

Potential Side Effects And Risks

In terms of discomfort during the injection, Radiesse® may cause slightly more pain than Sculptra® as it is injected deeper into the skin. However, both Radiesse® and Sculptra® treatments generally involve minimal discomfort, especially when administered by a skilled professional. Apart from the injection process itself, it’s important to be aware of potential side effects and risks associated with these treatments.

Common Side Effects for Both Radiesse® and Sculptra®

  • Bruising: Some bruising may occur at the injection site, although this is usually temporary.
  • Swelling: Mild swelling is a common side effect that typically subsides within a few days.

Specific Considerations for Radiesse®

  • Pain at injection site: Due to its deeper injection, Radiesse® may lead to more discomfort during and after the procedure.
  • Nodules or lumps: In rare cases, small nodules or lumps may form under the skin. These are generally temporary and can be treated by a healthcare professional if necessary.

Specific Considerations for Sculptra®

  • Delayed results: Patients should be aware that the full effects may take several weeks to become noticeable.
  • Granulomas: In rare instances, small nodules called granulomas may form. These can be treated by a healthcare professional.

Individuals considering these treatments should consult with a qualified professional who can assess their individual health status, discuss potential risks, and recommend the most suitable approach. Additionally, the application of topical creams before injection can help reduce the risk of bruising and discomfort, enhancing the overall experience for the patient.

Recovery Time

Neither Radiesse® nor Sculptra®requires downtime, allowing individuals to resume their routine activities soon after the procedure. However, Sculptra® may involve additional aftercare, such as massaging the injected area multiple times a day for the first five days, while Radiesse® patients have no such requirement.

Sculptra® Cost Vs. Radiesse® Cost

When comparing the pricing of Radiesse® and Sculptra®, note that they are generally comparably priced, but the overall cost can vary based on the considerations below:

  • Comparability: In general, Radiesse® and Sculptra® are in a similar price range, but the exact cost can depend on factors such as the amount of product required for the desired results.
  • Insurance: Both Sculptra® and Radiesse® are typically considered elective cosmetic procedures and are therefore likely not covered by insurance. You may check with your insurance provider to inquire about coverage. However, patients should be prepared to cover the costs of these procedures out of pocket, without the expectation of insurance reimbursement.

Before undergoing any cosmetic procedure, including Radiesse® or Sculptra®, we recommend that individuals thoroughly discuss pricing details and potential additional costs in their personalized consultations. This process ensures transparency and helps patients make well-informed decisions aligned with their preferences and budgets.

Choosing The Right Treatment For You with Skin Technique

Choosing between Radiesse® and Sculptra® for non-surgical facial and body enhancements requires careful thought, as each has unique advantages. As we’ve explored the differences in ingredients, areas treated, time for results, potential side effects, and pricing, it’s evident that both options can provide remarkable results in addressing volume loss and rejuvenating your appearance.

At Skin Technique, our experienced practitioners understand the importance of tailoring treatments to individual needs. Whether you’re considering Sculptra® for its collagen-stimulating abilities or Radiesse® for its immediate volumizing effects, our team is dedicated to helping you achieve your aesthetic goals.

To make an informed decision and begin your journey to a refreshed, more youthful appearance, we invite you to book a consultation with our experts at Skin Technique. During your consultation, we’ll assess your unique needs, discuss your concerns, and provide personalized recommendations.

Don’t wait to discover the transformative possibilities that Radiesse® and Sculptra® can offer. Contact Skin Technique today and take the first step toward a more confident and rejuvenated you.


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