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Patients in St. Augustine ask dermatologist about differences between Sculptra and Radiesse

A dermatologist uses dermal fillers to help smooth skin wrinkles. When it comes to distinguishing the difference between them, ingredients are a major factor. Some include hyaluronic acid, which is in our skin and bonds with water, keeping it hydrated. Others, such as Sculptra and Radiesse, use synthetic substances. These dermal fillers stimulate collagen, a protein that keeps skin firm and supple.

Collagen stimulators

Southside Dermatology , serving Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, St. Augustine, and other areas in Florida, offers wrinkle fillers. Dr. Mary Pentel, founder of the practice, loves helping patients enjoy restored health and natural beauty. She is also trained and experienced in injections and assessing the aging face.

Radiesse – This product helps to replenish facial volume and smooth laugh lines (nasolabial folds). Dr. Pentel uses a cannula, or hollow tube, to insert the gel based product into the skin. This substance includes volume-enhancing microspheres composed of calcium hydroxyapatite. That calcium is absorbed by the body as the microspheres break down. This product naturally rejuvenates your collagen network. Depending on the extent and area of treatment, an injection session could take an hour or less. Results last up to two years, determined by lifestyle, muscle activity, and age.

Sculptra – If you have lost cheek or facial volume, Sculptra may be a good solution. We use it to treat nasolabial folds, chin wrinkles, and mouth-framing lines. This filler contains poly-L-lactic acid, which stimulates your body’s natural collagen production once injected into the deep dermis. You may average three treatment sessions over the course of a few months. Optimal improvement appears within several months because the body needs time to replace lost collagen. Once results start to show, they could last for two or more years.

Other dermal fillers offered include collagen substitutes. We also provide Botox Cosmetic and Dysport injections to improve the appearance of wrinkles. Each treatment, alone or in combination, has the potential to help you feel more beautiful and youthful.

To learn more about treatments that help combat wrinkles, call 904-606-9882 to schedule a consultation. Our friendly staff is eager to hear from you.


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