What’s the difference between these two cosmetic treatments, Sculptra and Voluma?

Q. What are the differences between Sculptra and Voluma? Which one do you recommend?

A. Sculpture and Voluma are both cosmetic treatments used for facial enhancement, but they differ significantly. Sculpture is a poly-L-lactic acid-based injectable that gradually increases the skin’s thickness and stimulates collagen production. It’s primarily used to treat deep lines, wrinkles and facial volume loss.

The results are not immediate; instead, they develop over a few months and can last up to two years. The main advantage of Sculptra is its ability to create a more natural-looking improvement over time.

Voluma, part of the Juvederm family, is a hyaluronic acid dermal filler designed for restoring volume to the cheeks, mid-face and chin. The effects of Voluma are immediate, with results visible right after the injection and lasting up to two years.

Because of the immediate results, I tend to favor Voluma. I can control the volume gain better and the effects on the patient aesthetics. And because Sculptura is dependent on the patient’s reaction to the L-polylactic acid, it isn’t as predictable as Voluma.

Consult with your provider to get his or her opinion.

Dr. Carlos Wolf Miami Herald file
Dr. Carlos Wolf Miami Herald file

Dr. Carlos Wolf is a partner in Miami Plastic Surgery and is board certified. Email questions to him at Cwolf@miamiplasticsurgery.com