The Skin Tightening Treatment with Sculptra®, Ultherapy® & Radiesse® Vancouver

Skin tightening treatments are increasingly popular in Vancouver and beyond. Effective skin tightening treatments often focus on collagen stimulation. From our mid-20s onwards, our bodies gradually produce less collagen. It's estimated that after the age of 20, a person produces about 1% less collagen in the skin each year. This natural decrease in collagen, coupled with environmental factors like sun exposure and lifestyle habits such as smoking or a poor diet, accelerates the depletion process. The skin begins to lose its firmness as collagen levels drop, leading to wrinkles and sagging. This decline also affects the skin's ability to retain moisture, leading to dryness and a dull complexion. 


Fortunately, combining the different modalities of Sculptra®, Ultherapy®, and Radiesse®, Sparrow MD offers a multi-faceted and effective approach to stimulating collagen production and restoring a youthful, radiant appearance. Each of these treatments works differently, but they all have a common goal: stimulating collagen production and reviving the skin's natural vitality. These treatments work synergistically to treat signs of aging and address the root cause- collagen degradation. 

This blog post will provide a comprehensive guide on how to boost collagen production using these three modalities. We will delve into each treatment, explain their synergistic effects, and provide a step-by-step guide on what to expect during the procedure. Let's discover if this treatment is for you.

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Best Sculptra ®, Ultherapy®, and Radiesse® Vancouver: An Overview

While all aimed at generating collagen, these different treatments have different mechanisms of action. Sculptra® and Radiesse® are injectable biostimulators whereas Ultherapy® is an energy based device. 

Sculptra®: A Collagen Stimulator

Sculptra®, or poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), is a non-surgical treatment renowned for its ability to stimulate collagen growth over time.

Rather than simply filling wrinkles, Sculptra® acts as a collagen stimulator. It is injected into the dermis layer of the skin, where it begins working within the deep dermis, reinforcing the skin's structure, improving volume and fullness, and ultimately leading to a smoother, more youthful appearance.

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Once injected, Sculptra® provides a supportive base that stimulates the skin to produce fresh collagen. The body gradually and naturally absorbs the poly-L-lactic acid particles, triggering collagen production and restoring the skin's inner structure.

Ultherapy®: Lifting & Tightening Using Ultrasound

Ultherapy® stands apart as a non-invasive treatment that utilizes ultrasound energy to lift and tighten the skin naturally—without surgery or downtime.

Ultherapy® focuses ultrasound energy on the foundational layer typically addressed by cosmetic surgery without disturbing the skin's surface. This energy initiates the body's natural response, renewing existing collagen and creating fresh, new collagen.

Though some immediate results may be visible, the real work happens beneath the surface over 2-3 months. As collagen production accelerates, the skin lifts and tones, leading to long-lasting and natural-looking results.

Radiesse®: Dual Action Bio Stimulator for Immediate & Long-lasting Effect

Radiesse® is a distinctive dermal filler composed of Calcium Hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres, known for its ability to provide immediate volume and correction while encouraging natural collagen production over time.

Radiesse® Vancouver: What is It?
Radiesse® Vancouver: What is It?

Upon injection, Radiesse® provides instant volume and correction. Over time, the gel is absorbed, and the body metabolizes the calcium hydroxylapatite microspheres. What remains is the natural collagen produced by your body.

Radiesse® acts as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure while simultaneously stimulating your body to produce more collagen. This process continues even after the initial effects of Radiesse® have taken place, leading to prolonged results.

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Effects of Sculptra®/Ultherapy®/Radiesse® Combination Treatment Vancouver

Each of the treatments—Sculptra®, Ultherapy®, and Radiesse®—brings unique benefits and targets different aspects of collagen production and skin rejuvenation. But, when combined, they act synergistically, maximizing their individual effects and creating a comprehensive approach to skin revitalization.

Radiesse® Vancouver
Radiesse® Vancouver

How the Three Treatments Complement Each Other

Sculptra® provides the foundation for collagen regeneration by creating a supportive base within the skin's structure. Its slow and steady collagen-stimulating effects set the stage for the other treatments.

Ultherapy® acts as a catalyst for collagen production. Its non-invasive ultrasound technology targets deeper layers of the skin, which complements Sculptra®'s subcutaneous effect and aids in stimulating collagen in areas Sculptra® cannot reach.

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Radiesse®, providing both immediate volumizing effects and sustained collagen production, complements the effects of both Sculptra® and Ultherapy®. Its instant volume correction provides an immediate visible improvement, while its collagen-stimulating effects contribute to long-term skin health and appearance.

Combination Therapy: Increased Collagen Production With Sculptra® Ultherapy® and Radiesse® Multiple studies and patient testimonials have revealed the efficacy of these combined treatments. For instance, a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology demonstrated improved patient satisfaction when Sculptra® and Ultherapy® were used in conjunction. Similarly, a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that patients receiving a combination of a Calcium Hydroxylapatite filler (like Radiesse®) and ultrasound therapy (Ultherapy®) reported better results compared to those who received either treatment alone.

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The combination of Sculptra®, Ultherapy®, and Radiesse® works on multiple levels within the skin. Sculptra® provides a base for collagen production, Ultherapy® stimulates collagen production in deeper skin layers, and Radiesse® offers immediate volume correction, further stimulating collagen growth. 

Through this multimodal approach, combining Sculptra®, Ultherapy®, and Radiesse® allows us to tackle collagen depletion from multiple angles. By leveraging each treatment's unique strengths, we can rejuvenate and revitalize the skin more effectively. This ensures robust collagen stimulation, resulting in visibly healthier, more youthful skin.


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Suitable Candidates for the Combination of Sculptra®, Radiesse® & Ultherapy® Treatment Vancouver

General Good Health: Ideal candidates for this treatment are overall healthy. Since these procedures are minimally invasive, a healthy immune system aids in quick recovery and reduces the risk of potential side effects.

Signs of Aging: The treatment is perfect for individuals showing signs of aging, such as loss of skin elasticity, wrinkles, and reduced facial volume. These symptoms indicate that the body's collagen production is slowing down and could benefit from a stimulative treatment.


Unresponsive to Topical Treatments: Those who have tried topical treatments without satisfactory results may consider this combination treatment. The Sculptra®/Ultherapy®/Radiesse® combo works from within to enhance the skin's structure and promote collagen production, going beyond what topical creams and serums can achieve.

Not Pregnant or Nursing: The treatment is not recommended for those who are pregnant or nursing. While there's no definitive evidence that these treatments can harm babies, it's generally best to err on the side of caution to avoid any complications. 

No Allergies to Ingredients: Those with allergies to any of the ingredients used in Sculptra®, Ultherapy®, or Radiesse®, or those with a history of severe allergies or anaphylaxis, may not be suitable for these treatments.

Realistic Expectations: Lastly, the best candidates for any cosmetic treatment are those with realistic expectations about the results. While these treatments can significantly improve skin health and appearance, they are not a substitute for surgical procedures in terms of the degree of change they can produce.

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Best Ultherapy®, Radiesse® & Sculptra® Vancouver: What to Expect

Our sought after medical aesthetic practitioners perform Sculptra®, Ultherapy®, and Radiesse® treatments in conjunction with one another to deliver the best results for our clients. While the specifics of each treatment may vary, the following provides a general overview of what to expect during our collagen-boosting procedures.

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FaceLift or Dermal Filler Vancouver

Initial Consultation

The procedure begins with an in-depth consultation with our medical professionals. They will evaluate your skin's condition, discuss your aesthetic goals, and determine the best treatment plan tailored to your needs. This plan will detail the sequence and timing of the Sculptra®, Ultherapy®, and Radiesse® treatments. 

Ultherapy® Session

Ultherapy® is a non-invasive procedure usually taking 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the area treated. Your practitioner will apply a smooth applicator to your skin, which projects images onto a screen to allow them to plan the treatment. Focused ultrasound energy will then be delivered to pre-planned areas beneath the skin's surface. You might feel tiny amounts of energy being deposited, indicating that the collagen-building process has been initiated.

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Sculptra® Treatment

The Sculptra® treatment generally takes around 30 minutes. During this procedure, your doctor will inject Sculptra® beneath the skin's surface in the areas where volume has been lost. A numbing cream may be applied beforehand to minimize discomfort. Post-treatment, you may be advised to massage the treated areas to help distribute the product evenly.

Radiesse® Administration

The Radiesse® treatment typically takes around 15 to 30 minutes. During this procedure, Radiesse® is injected through a small needle and placed under the skin. Immediately, this filler works to add volume, and over time, the benefits of Radiesse® continue by stimulating your body's natural collagen.

Anti-aging Sun Spot Treatments: Preventative Measures
Anti-aging Sun Spot Treatments: Preventative Measures

Post-Procedure Care

Post-procedure, you might experience some swelling, redness, or bruising at the injection sites. These effects are typically temporary and subside within a few days. Our practitioners will give you specific aftercare instructions, including avoiding excessive sun and heat exposure, refraining from strenuous physical activities, and keeping the treated area clean.

Follow-Up and Results

Follow-up appointments will be scheduled to monitor your progress and ensure the treatments are working synergistically to stimulate collagen production. While some results can be seen immediately after treatment, the ultimate effects develop over time as the body's collagen production process is stimulated. Optimal results are generally visible within two to six months post-treatment.

Remember, every individual's skin and body respond differently to these treatments, and results will vary. Discussing your expectations thoroughly with our practitioners during your initial consultation is important.

Potential Side Effects & Risks for Sculptra®, Radiesse® & Ultherapy® Vancouver:

While the Sculptra®, Ultherapy®, and Radiesse® combination treatment is generally well-tolerated, as with any medical procedure, it's important to be aware of potential risks and side effects. Most side effects are mild and temporary. However, severe side effects, although rare, can occur. It's crucial to choose a certified, experienced practitioner for the procedure and to discuss any allergies or medical conditions during the initial consultation to mitigate these risks.

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Side Effects of Sculptra®

Sculptra® is injected beneath the skin, and common side effects at the injection site can include:

i) Redness

ii) Swelling

iii) Tenderness

iv) Pain or bruising

In rare cases, small bumps may appear under the skin in the treated area. These are typically only noticeable when pressing on the skin and often go away on their own.

Side Effects of Ultherapy®

Ultherapy® is a non-invasive treatment that uses ultrasound energy. Side effects are generally mild and may include:

i) Redness immediately after treatment

ii) Swelling

iii) Pain or tenderness to the touch

iv) Temporary muscle weakness or numbness in small areas

These side effects usually resolve within a few hours to a few weeks after treatment.

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Pores treatment Vancouver with botox

Side Effects of Radiesse®

With Radiesse®, common side effects usually occur at the site of injection and can include:

i) Redness

ii) Swelling

iii) Pain

iv) Bruising

v) Itching

In rare cases, Radiesse® can cause lumps or bumps under the skin, which can be treated and typically don't cause long-term complications.

Best Sculptra®, Radiesse® & Ultherapy® Vancouver: Post Care & Maintenance

Recovery is typically swift, with mild side effects subsiding within a few days to a week. Any discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, as your healthcare provider recommends.

It's essential to understand that individual experiences will vary, and what is most important is a frank and open discussion with our team about your medical history, expectations, and any potential risks and side effects of the treatment. Your safety and satisfaction should always be the top priority.

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Chin botox® Vancouver

How to Maintain the Effects of the Treatment

While Sculptra®, Ultherapy®, and Radiesse® stimulate collagen production and provide a rejuvenated look, the longevity of the results depends on your skincare habits and practices. Here are some tips to help maintain and extend the effects of the treatment.

Sun Protection: Sun exposure can degrade collagen and lead to premature aging, negating the effects of your treatments. Regularly using a high-SPF sunscreen, wearing hats, and seeking shade can protect your skin from harmful UV rays, preserving the collagen the treatments have encouraged your skin to produce.

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Follow-up Treatments: Depending on your individual skin condition and the rate of collagen depletion, periodic follow-up treatments may be recommended to sustain and enhance the results. Remember, while the Sculptra®/Ultherapy®/Radiesse® combination treatment offers substantial benefits in boosting collagen production and improving skin quality, your daily skincare habits will significantly impact maintaining those benefits in the long run.

Considering Microneedling Treatments: Microneedling, also known as collagen induction therapy, can increase the longevity of your results. By creating controlled micro-injuries to the skin, our medical grade microneedling treatments trigger the body’s natural healing process, which thickens and produces healthy collagen.

Use of Growth Factors: Growth factors are a good skincare ingredient worth considering. They are natural substances the skin produces that aid healing and collagen and elastin formation. 

Use of Retinol: Retinol, a vitamin A derivative, is renowned for increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen production. Incorporating a retinol product into your evening skincare routine can help maintain and enhance the effects of the Sculptra ®/Ultherapy®/Radiesse® treatments.


Balanced Diet and Hydration: A balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and proteins can contribute to overall skin health and vitality. Staying well-hydrated by drinking enough water is vital to maintaining skin elasticity and health.

Avoid Smoking: Smoking accelerates the aging process and can counteract the effects of your treatments. Quitting smoking, or not starting in the first place, can improve your skin’s health and help maintain the results of the Sculptra ®/Ultherapy®/Radiesse® combination treatment.

Regular Exercise: Regular exercise enhances circulation, helping to nourish skin cells and keep them vital. It also facilitates the removal of toxins, which can improve the health and appearance of your skin.

Booking A Consultation for Sculptra®, Radiesse® & Ultherapy®: Sparrow MD Vancouver

The combination of Sculptra®, Ultherapy® and Radiesse® can offer remarkable benefits, it's important to remember that it is never a one-size-fits-all approach at Sparrow MD. Factors such as overall health, age, skin condition, and individual expectations need to be thoroughly assessed before deciding on this treatment.

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doctors use ultrasound for dermal filler injection at sparrow md vancouver

Our trained medical professionals can help you navigate through this journey. We can help you make an informed decision and educate you more about this treatment. During a personalized consultation, we take the time to understand your unique facial features and aesthetics goals. We believe that the key to achieving natural-looking and long-lasting results is through a personalized approach to care. 

With the right approach, we can all age gracefully, enjoying vibrant and healthy skin for many years to come. Discover how the synergistic effects of Sculptra®, Radiesse® and Ultherapy® can transform your skin by booking a complimentary consultation.

Medical Author

Dr. Zhai MD, CCFP

Dr. Zhai MD, CCFP

Dr. Jacqueline Zhai is a medical doctor with advanced training in aesthetic medicine. She is registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC). She is also a member of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and the Canadian Association of Aesthetic Medicine (CAAM). Dr. Zhai focuses on delivering natural results that are tailored to each and every one of her patients. She is passionate about providing her clients with the most advanced and up-to-date treatment options. Dr. Zhai and her team are constantly updating their knowledge and translating this into patient care. Dr. Zhai loves both the artistic and personal nature of her work. She dedicates her work to helping her clients look and feel confident at any age.