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Silicone vs. Sculptra (Newfill)?

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I'm wondering if anyone has information comparing the pros/cons of micro-silicone injection technique vs. Sculptra (Newfill.) Apparently both stimulate collagen production... ideally. Which is better?

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Hi, I don't actually have an answer since I have never used either one or seen a single pic of anyone who has. LSI has been used for a long time though, so that might give it an edge. Silicone is also permanent, and Sculptra isn’t. Imho, the perfect filler would last around 3-5 years, so as your face changes it would dissipate. I will probably use one of these 2 myself on a few persistant little scars, that is after I get done working on them with some other procedures. I have Restylane in now, (since 5 months ago) and I really like it. Restylane, oh Restylane, don't leave me. cry.gif

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Hi, I don't actually have an answer since I have never used either one or seen a single pic of anyone who has. LSI has been used for a long time though, so that might give it an edge. Silicone is also permanent, and Sculptra isn’t. Imho, the perfect filler would last around 3-5 years, so as your face changes it would dissipate. I will probably use one of these 2 myself on a few persistant little scars, that is after I get done working on them with some other procedures. I have Restylane in now, (since 5 months ago) and I really like it.  Restylane, oh Restylane, don't leave me. cry.gif

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Regarding Silicone Oil filler: I'm a Registered Nurse working in plastic surgery. I work for a plastic surgeon who has been injecting silicone oil for about 4 years with great success. He is keeping very good records and followup with all the patients as he will publish a paper regarding this study in the future. We currently only inject in the lips. I think it was around 1994 that the FDA ruled that in a doctor/patient relationship, products could be used as "off-label". We use medical grade silicone oil that is manufactured for use in eye surgery. We use very small amounts-a maximum of 1cc per treatment. Treatments are scheduled about two months apart. In the lips, it usually takes 2 or 3 treatments. It is considered a permanent filler. Our patients have ALL been happy with their results. When we were first considering offering silicone oil, we conferred with a doctor in LA who has had much success for about 20 years.

Silicone oil has had a bad reputation in the past because practitioners were using industrial grade silicone with impurities, using too much per treatment, improper choice of area, etc.

As for Silicone Oil vs Sculptra for scar fillers, I have no comment. We use Cosmoplast (collagen) for scar filler which works great, but it is temporary.

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