Deciding on nonsurgical enhancement can be a challenge. Although the treatments, in theory, are designed to be simpler than undergoing surgery, it’s difficult to pinpoint the procedure that will work best for your skin.

With the number of dermal fillers and anti-wrinkle injections on the market today, finding the most effective one seems impossible. The key to choosing the proper treatment is to consult with Dr. Mordkovich at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery so he can suggest the best injectable based on your cosmetic goals and skin quality.

A debate that many patients have is between Sculptra and Juvederm — two highly efficient and popular injectables that rejuvenate the skin in different manners. Understanding the difference between both products will help you decide which one will provide you with the results that you desire.

Facial aging appears as a result of changing components in your skin. In your youth, collagen, elastin and subcutaneous fat fill out your face and prompt a smooth skin texture. As you age, the qualities helping your skin appear younger begin to diminish, leaving fine lines, wrinkles and a dull complexion behind.

Sculptra is designed to treat the lines that are shallow and deeply embedded within the skin, but it does so by targeting the underlying cause of facial aging. Made up of poly-L- lactic acid, the injection stimulates collagen growth within the dermal layer of skin, which gradually restores the lines and folds that are making you look older.

Juvederm Voluma XC is a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler that restores volume to areas that have become prone to fine lines and wrinkles. It creates immediate results by closing the gap between the epidermis and subdermal layers of skin, which ultimately softens wrinkles. Voluma, in particular, contains Vycross technology that creates a stronger bond between the HA molecules, thereby allowing it to last longer. The injectable is commonly used in the cheeks and midface region to improve the contours of the face.

The injectable that you receive will depend on your cosmetic goals for treatment. It’s also possible for Voluma and Sculptra to be used in conjunction with one another to produce the best aesthetic result.

Because Sculptra focuses on reproducing collagen within your body, your results will appear gradually, taking up to two months to surface. The injection will produce a softer visual that makes your entire face look fuller.

Voluma, on the other hand, will not induce collagen flow but instead will bind to the moisture already present in your skin to fill in lines and wrinkles. The result is a structured and contoured look that ever-so- slightly lifts the midface.

The best way to understand which injectable is right for you is to discuss your cosmetic concerns with your physician. Based on the results that you expect, the severity of your wrinkles and your timeline, either Sculptra or Voluma could be beneficial.

You can learn more about your treatment options with injectables, by contacting Dr. Mordkovich at Cross Hudson Plastic Surgery at 201-552- 4155 and scheduling a consultation.