Semi-permanent Filler Options

 

Radiesse*

Sculptra**

Autologous fat

Product source

Calcium hydroxyl apatite

Poly-L-lactic acid

Fat harvested from other parts of the body.

Indications

A volume filler for deep nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and hollow cheeks.

A volume filler for deep nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and hollow cheeks.

A volume filler for deep nasolabial folds, marionette lines and fat loss related to aging

Duration

12–18 months after a single treatment; if a touch-up treatment is provided, results are even better and duration is longer

1–2 years after a series of between 3–6 treatments

Six months to life-long; results are best and effect is longer if one or two touch-ups take place

Treatment protocols

Every 12–18 months

May need touch-ups

May need touch-ups; varied by individual

Cost

$800–2,000 per treatment

$800–2,000 per treatment

$1,000–4,500

Benefits

Allergic reactions are rare, and results are long-lasting.

Allergic reactions are rare, and results are long-lasting.

No possibility of allergic reaction, ubiquitous material, natural appearance

Risks

Swelling, redness, bruising and lumping

Redness, swelling, bruising and lumping; requires a series of treatments to obtain the desired effect

Redness, swelling and bruising