Sculptra and Radiesse, both prominent injectable facial fillers, share a common objective: to revitalize and replenish volume. However, beneath this shared goal lie differences in composition, added benefits, target treatment areas, and results. Unraveling these distinctions is essential if you’re considering aesthetic treatments, so you can make well-informed decisions about your treatment and overall goals. 

Composition and Mechanism of Action:

  • Sculptra: Sculptra is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible and biodegradable synthetic material. It works by stimulating collagen production in the skin, gradually improving volume and skin strength over time.
  • Radiesse: Radiesse, on the other hand, is made from calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres suspended in a gel. It provides immediate volume upon injection and continues to stimulate collagen production for longer-lasting results.

Treatment Areas:

  • Sculptra: Used on both the face and body, Sculptra is used in areas such as the temples, jaw, radial cheek lines, pyriform region, and preauricular region. It’s also used around the body, addressing knee laxity, hip dips, booty contouring, and more. 
  • Radiesse: Radiesse is used to treat areas of bone loss and global volume loss. At RUMA, we utilize Radiesse for the jawline, neck, chest laxity, and similar to Sculptra, we will use it around preauricular region and to build a booty.


  • Sculptra: Sculptra works by stimulating collagen production gradually. The effects are long-lasting. Achieving optimal results with Sculptra usually requires a series of sessions. Once or twice a year maintenance is key after 
  • Radiesse: Radiesse provides immediate volume but also works over time. However, Radiesse cannot be dissolved. Once or twice a year maintenance is key for optimal results.

Consulting with a RUMA provider is crucial to determine the most suitable option based on your anatomy, desired outcomes, and treatment placement. Whether you opt for Sculptra or Radiesse, both can provide a refreshed and revitalized appearance.

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