A.) While all of these words are used to describe products that are strategically injected to reduce the signs of aging, each of these products accomplishes that goal in a different manner. The important thing to remember is that there are three distinct product classification with injectables: those that relax the muscles that contribute to wrinkling (BOTOX® and Dysport®), those that actually fill in areas of lost volume (Radiesse® and Juvéderm®), and others that eliminate wrinkles by stimulating the body’s natural collagen production (Sculptra®).
Q.) I have deep wrinkles and furrows on my forehead, along with areas of lost volume in my cheeks. Will I need different products to take care of both issues?
A.) Products like Radiesse® and Juvéderm® work to fill in wrinkles and areas of lost volume (like those you’re describing on your cheeks). Sculptra® stimulates the body’s own collagen production and better fills wrinkles on the temples, cheeks, nasolabial folds, marionette (smile) lines, and chin. BOTOX® relaxes the muscles that cause wrinkles between and around the eyes. So, depending on the severity and location of your concerns, your cosmetic injector may suggest treatment with a specific injectable.
Q.) What are the differences between Sculptra® Aesthetic and BOTOX® Cosmetic?
A.) Aside from different active ingredients, these products actually work very differently. BOTOX® can be injected around and between the eyes (crow’s feet) to stop wrinkling by relaxing facial muscles. BOTOX® results will usually last about 3 months. Collagen is the protein in your skin that gives it elasticity, but the body’s natural collagen production decreases with age. Sculptra® encourages the body to produce collagen by introducing calcium spheres and can last up to 2 years following the initial series of three treatments.
Q.) Why do I need multiple treatment sessions with Sculptra®?
A.) As stated above, Sculptra® stimulates the body’s own ability to produce collagen. Because the collagen production process is cyclical, just like all other regenerative biological processes, multiple treatment sessions (usually 3) spaced 6 to 8 weeks apart are necessary to accumulate enough of the stimulating agent to produce the desired results. However, after the initial treatments, you will see results that can last up to 2 years.