What is the Difference Between Sculptra and Filler?

Difference Between Sculptra and Filler | Revive Salon And Spa

Recently, more and more people have been looking into different cosmetic procedures that allow them to enhance their outward appearance without going under the knife or general anesthesia. Dermal HA Fillers and Sculptra both provide easy and simple ways to enhance one’s facial structure by adding volume, to provide a much-needed plump, smooth, or lifting effect. While these two treatments are intended to add volume when needed, they’re actually quite different scientifically and vary in results. Keep reading to learn more about their differences and if one is better suited for you and your cosmetic goals!


They’re made up of different ingredients

Sculptra is an injectable poly-L-lactic acid that has a liquid consistency and after being injected, it is eventually incorporated into the tissue and stimulates your body’s natural production of collagen.

On the other hand, dermal fillers are composed of a modified form of hyaluronic acid (HA) designed to hold its shape in the form of a gel-like substance. Dermal fillers do not stimulate collagen production, but rather are used to temporarily provide volume and fullness to the skin.


Result times vary between the two treatments

Because Sculptra targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging, it can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly and can last for up to 2 years. Some visible improvements can be seen within the first few weeks of treatment, but the Sculptra regimen is designed to deliver its unique effects, with an average of 3 treatment sessions, over the course of a few months. And because results happen gradually, you’ll see subtle yet noticeable results in the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds.

Whereas the results from dermal fillers are immediate, while some minor swelling may occur at first, results can last anywhere from 6 months to 2 years depending on the brand and type of filler.

Before & After Sculptra

Before & After Filler


Treatment areas vary between the two treatments

Since Sculptra is used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, areas of excessive fat loss, hollows, and depressions. The areas that can be treated include the temples, nasolabial folds, cheeks, chin, and mid-face. Sculptra is not used around the eyes or around the mouth.

Depending on the type of filler there are multiple treatment areas but the most common are the lips, cheeks, jawline, chin, around the mouth, and tear trough areas. 


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