Collagen Stimulators include Radiesse and Sculptra. Radiesse consist of calcium hydroxylapatite which is also a naturally occurring substance, found primarily in our bones. When used in the form of a filler, the calcium particles are nearly microscopic and suspended in a smooth gel. The consistency of a CaHA filler is typically thicker than that of a hyaluronic acid filler and typically last longer as well, about 12 months for most patients. Calcium hydroxylapatite is also reported to help stimulate natural collagen production which is why we consider it a bio stimulating filler and it is typically used for deeper lines and wrinkles.
Sculptra is made up of Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) and is a biocompatible (meaning it is safe to use in the body), biodegradable synthetic substance. It has been used for many years in medical devices, such as dissolvable stitches. Poly-L-lactic acid products are technically classified as “collagen stimulators” as their main mechanism to smooth fine lines is by helping your skin rebuild natural collagen. The filler gel itself dissipates a few days after treatment. Poly-L-lactic acid is typically used to treat deeper facial wrinkles, and results can last more than 2 years. Sculptra is injected deep into the dermis and gradually improves the affected area over several weeks. You gradually begin to look younger, not all at once. Both FDA approved Sculptra Aesthetic and Radiesse are offered at Refined Aesthetics.