'Ask the Dr.' - Voluma Vs. Sculptra Fillers

What's the difference between Voluma and Sculptra fillers? I have answers... Many of my patients visit me to enhance their physical appearance through the use of fillers. I offer a few different options for fillers, but today I'll tell you what you need to know about Voluma and Sculptra.

WHAT IS SCULPTRA?

A common misconception is that Sculptra is a filler, it's not. Sculptra is meant to initiate long-term collagen production and skin tightening. It's made of suture material. It's a powder that has been mixed with fluid and once it hits the skin, it tells the body to produce collagen. Again, it's not a filler. It's meant to serve as the foundation for fillers, like Voluma. The Sculptra is injected deep into the skin to sculpt and provide the proper foundation for the filler to be placed on top.

WHAT IS VOLUMA?

Voluma is a hyaluronic acid filler, which is a sugar that is produced naturally in your skin. It's designed to plump up and volumize areas that are lacking in volume. As it is injected, it works to lift, contour and define areas like your cheeks, lips, folds, and eyebrows. The side effects are minimal when injected properly.