Sculptra stimulates the body’s own collagen production to gradually fill out deep lines and wrinkles such as marionette lines, smile lines, and chin creasing. The collagen stimulate is given via injections to reach the deep layers of the skin to help build a firm structure of collagen regeneration.
Treatments with Sculptra
A skilled medical professional injects Sculptra into your skin’s layers approximately three times over the course of three to four months. The results of the cosmetic procedure will last for about two years before repeat treatments are required.
What Causes Facial Aging
The primary cause of facial aging is the loss of collagen. Collagen is located deep in the skin’s dermis. It creates structure and support for the body’s creation of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA). Elastin is a fibrous elastic-type protein that the body produces deep in the skin’s layers. The elastin supports the cells and the HA keeps them well-hydrated. Natural aging depletes the skin of collagen which reduces production of elastin and HA.
Elastin and HA Production Creates Younger-looking Skin
Sculptra is made up of poly-L-lactic acid, which is a safe synthetic form of a lactic acid. The injectable is a natural bio-activator that stimulates the body to produce more collagen. The renewed collagen enables production of elastin and HA to maintain the skin’s youthful appearance, keep wrinkles from developing, and prevent sagging by promoting shape. Unfortunately, collagen production is dramatically slowed from natural aging and a reduction in hormones. The depleted collagen reduces the elastin and HA in the skin’s layers so wrinkles and sagging start to develop. Sculptra promotes the body’s creation of collagen to help restore inner structure by rebuilding elastin and HA. The face will take the appearance of increased volume which renders a more youthful profile. The added fullness also smooths out wrinkles and folds.
What Makes Sculptra Different Than Other Cosmetic Procedures?
Here are just a few ways that Sculptra differs from traditional cosmetic procedures.
- Fillers: Fillers are injectable substances that plump out the skin’s dermal layer to smooth wrinkles and create a plump appearance. Sculptra stimulates the body to manufacture collagen to naturally encourage the skin to produce elastin and HA for a more youthful look.
- Resurfacers: Resurfacers such as chemical and laser peels target the skin’s surface layers to effectively remove blemishes, pigmentation, and fine surface lines. Sculptra focuses on treating the deep layers of the skin.
- Surgery: Surgical procedures include facelifts, liposuction, and fat transfers. Such procedures are invasive and require significant downtime. Cosmetic surgery is usually used to lift and smooth sagging skin, remove unwanted fat, or fill out facial hollows. Sculptra is a non-invasive treatment that requires no down time or recovery period. A patient can immediately return to work after receiving the injections and then wait for the body’s natural collagen production to increase.
Side Effects of Sculptra
The possible side effects of Sculptra include redness or mild swelling at the injection site. The location may also itch, have a slight bruising, or small lump. If a lump does develop then gentle massaging will help break it up. However, over time, the side effects diminish as the skin’s layers absorb the formula.
The overall effects of Sculptra are not immediate since the injections simply stimulate the body’s natural collagen production, so the results will take time to show on your face. However, once achieved they can be very noticeable. Your appearance will appear rejuvenated with far less wrinkling. Sculptra can be used to treat the facial area and some individuals are also turning to the injectable to reduce the signs of aging on the upper chest.
If you are interested in learning more about Sculptra then please schedule a consultation with one of our medical experts at the Laser Skin & Vein Clinic.