Variations in Dermal Fillers That You May Not Know

Dermal fillers represent one of the most popular beauty treatments to exist in our lifetime. A quick visit to a dermatologist or plastic surgeon is all it takes to smooth stubborn lines and creases, plump the lips, and even rejuvenate the backs of the hands. Because the benefits of dermal fillers are well-known, the interest in injectable treatment continues to increase among adults of all ages. Here, we point out how two fillers, Sculptra and Radiesse, are not like others.

What dermal fillers are known for is adding volume to the skin. It is the increase in volume that brings wrinkles to a smooth surface. It is volume increase that makes the lips look fuller and younger. The most well-known dermal fillers are made with a sugar compound, hyaluronic acid, that increases volume by binding to water molecules. In the case of Sculptra and Radiesse, the objective is almost entirely different.


Sculptra is placed into the category of dermal filler because there is currently no other place for it. This injectable is made of the same synthetic material as dissolvable stitches, poly-L-lactic acid. The fact that poly-L-lactic acid has a long history in medicine can give patients peace of mind about its safety and efficacy. As a dermal filler, poly-L-lactic acid exists as a dense liquid. When it is introduced into the skin, it creates a minor inflammatory response. This is the beginning of collagen production. Collagen is the protein that forms the skin’s foundation and keeps skin firm and resilient. Over time, new collagen forms around the poly-L-lactic acid that has been injected, restoring more youthfulness, like aging backward. It does take time for the effects of Sculptra treatment to emerge. When they do, they last about 2 years.


Radiesse is both a collagen-stimulator and a dermal filler. This product is formulated with tiny particles of calcium hydroxylapatite. This is similar to the calcium found in bones and teeth. The calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres initially act as a new scaffold beneath the skin, plumping tissue like a traditional dermal filler. Additionally, this substance also triggers a slight inflammatory response that brings more collagen in to surround the microspheres and to stay in the area once the calcium hydroxylapatite has dissolved. The results of Radiesse treatment may last approximately 12 months.

We have amassed a wide selection of nonsurgical treatment options to help our patients address the signs of aging in their own way. To explore dermal filler treatment, call 502-425-5200 to arrange a visit to our Louisville office.

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