Body Aesthetics

Radiesse vs. Sculptra BBL

By Lushful Team

April 4, 2023

Compare Sculptra® vs. Radiesse® and see what is the best filler for buttocks, what are the side effects for each, and why Lushful Aesthetics, one of NYC’s leading LGBTQ+ MedSpas, uses Hyperdilute Radiesse for their Instant BBL.

NYC Radiesse vs. Sculptra: What’s the Difference?

When trying to determine what is the best filler for buttocks, it’s important to take into consideration the two more popular ways to get a big booty without surgery: Hyperdilute Radiesse or Sculptra. Each one can result in a more plump booty, but each filler for buttocks does have pros and cons attached to it, so which non-surgical BBL filler should you pick? 

Why Choose Non-Surgical Butt Lifts over a Traditional Brazilian Butt Lift?

A traditional BBL, or Brazilian Butt Lift, is a surgical procedure where fat is taken from areas such as the waist, thighs, and back to be used in the buttocks. The issue with a traditional butt lift is that it can be costly, can come with complications during or after surgery, and the recovery time is about 8 weeks. 

Non-surgical BBL injections, such as those being used with Radiesse or Sculptra, in comparison, require no surgical procedures to still get the BBL results you are looking for. The recovery time is also, on average, around 72 hours, or 3 days, compared to the months of recovery time you can expect from having a traditional Brazilian Butt Lift. 

Not only is the recovery time for non-surgical buttock lifts shorter, but it can also be substantially more affordable, giving you back not only time to live your life but also saving you money.  

NYC Non-Surgical BBL: Pros and Cons of Sculptra vs. Radiesse for Butt Lifts

Hyperdilute Radiesse is an FDA-approved dermal filler. It targets skin that might be sagging due to age-related volume loss. Containing calcium hydroxyapatite microspheres that blend into a gel, it is easily absorbable by the body to stimulate both collagen and elastin production. Collagen is essential for healthy skin, making tissue strong and resilient while withstanding stretching. The results of Radiesse for lifted buttocks are almost immediate, with smoother and firmer skin appearing after a few weeks. 

Sculptra has a high poly-L-lactic acid (PLA) content that helps to boost collagen synthesis inside the tissue. In other words, it is a biostimulator that is injected below the dermal plane to volumeize the tissue via collagen induction. The issue is that Sculptra's side effects such as nodule and/or granuloma formation and tissue discoloration can be extremely difficult to correct. 

hyperdilute Radiesse before and after, Radiesse filler for buttocks augmentation

Lushful Aesthetics’ hyperdilute Radiesse before and after. Chris Bustamante (InjectorChris) treated this patient with 40 syringes of Radiesse filler for buttocks augmentation.

Why Does Lushful Aesthetic, NYC’s Leading LGBTQ+ MedSpa, Use Hyperdilute Radiesse for the Buttocks Lift?  

At Lushful Aesthetics, we use Hyperdilute Radiesse because we want to make sure our patients receive a long-lasting natural result. While Sculptra for BBL is still a legitimate procedure, we focus on providing optimal results, which is what Hyperdilute Radiesse delivers. Hyperdilute Radiesse induces types 1 and 3 collagen,  along with elastin, which provides the softest and most natural feeling result, while also helping to tighten skin and improve texture. Sculptra, on the other hand, produces types 1, 2, and 3 collagen. Type 2 collagen notably is fibrotic which typically results in a harder feeling butt. Type 2 collagen is also what is mainly responsible for many patients who receive Instant BBLs with Sculptra to be left with nodules or worse in some cases, granulomas. Because Sculptra also works on an inflammation cascade, it can leave behind an odd purplish hue discoloration in some patients. This is not seen when Hyperdilute Radiesse is utilized for instant BBLs because Radiesse doesn’t require triggering an inflammatory reaction from your body to produce collagen. 

Patients are typically more satisfied with Hyperdilute Radiesse Buttlifts which can deliver results almost immediately, while Sculptra butt-lift results take about 3-6 months to complete the collagen induction process. There are also odd cases where some patients are considered “non-responders” and simply don’t produce any noticeable collagen induction months after being treated with Sculptra. 

Lushful Aesthetics’s Instant BBL with Hyperdilute Radiesse is about delivering an optimal and safe experience with non-surgical BBL results that will have you walking away satisfied with a lushful peach that will last for years to come.