What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an injectable filler that is designed by Sanofi Aventis to treat deep-set and severe facial lines such as nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It is also indicated for volumising sunken facial regions like the cheeks and temples in patients who are suffering from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections. This soft tissue implant is made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a non-toxic and synthetic polymer that is completely biodegradable.
What is Juvederm Voluma?
Juvederm Voluma is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that is manufactured by Allergan. This synthetic implant is formulated with 20mg/mL of cross-linked hyaluronic acid and 3mg/mL of fast-acting lidocaine to instantly volumise deep skin depressions and hollow facial regions like the temples and chin.
What is the difference between Sculptra vs Juvederm Voluma?
The major differences between these 2 medical devices are detailed below:
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What is a marionette line?
A marionette line—also known as oral commissure line—is the long, vertical facial wrinkle that extends from the corners of the mouth to the chin. Patients with severe cases of this aesthetic imperfection may be presented with deep-set marionette lines that laterally circumscribe the chin, often resembling a marionette doll; hence, the name. Marionette line usually sets in due to ageing. The biological ageing process causes the skin to lose its thickness, elasticity, and volume, often resulting in the downward shifting of the skin and eventual formation of wrinkles in areas of high movement. If left untreated, marionette lines not only make a person look older that the chronological age, they also give an inaccurate perception of one’s emotional cues.
What are the best dermal fillers for marionette lines?
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What are fat cells?
Fat cells—also known as adipocytes—are a type of connective tissues which store excess fats, fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K as well as other related substances. They can be subdivided into 2 types which are the brown and white fat cells. The former is composed of multiple fat droplets and iron-containing mitochondria. The presence of iron along with a large number of tiny blood capillaries give a brownish hue to this type of fat cells. Brown fat cells are metabolically-active and usually considered the “good fat” since they function to generate body heat by burning calories. They are densely found in the neck and upper back. On the other hand, white cells are made of only a single lipid droplet with far less iron-containing mitochondria and blood vessels, hence the whitish to yellowish appearance of the white fat cells. They are the major form of fat found in the body and are vital for providing the necessary energy reserve in the body. ...