SCULPTRA – The Collagen Replace Filler!
Sculptra helps to replace the lost Collagen – One of the biggest factors that affects your appearance as you get older is the loss of collagen. As you’ve probably heard about collagen before and few people realize what an important role collagen plays in how your skin looks. Collagen is a chemical compound that makes your skin firmer and increases the elasticity of your skin with its ability to bounce back after being pulled. As you age, collagen production slows down, and this plays a crucial role in the development of wrinkles and sagging skin. One of the solutions that have been used to turn back the proverbial hands of time is dermal fillers, which are injected directly into the problem areas. One such dermal filler is Sculptra Aesthetic, but it’s a little different from most of the other dermal fillers out there. Sculptra procedures actually work to replace the lost collagen in your body. The Sculptra procedure is relatively simple, and its results can last for up to two years.
Sculptra is one of the longest lasting injectables for facial rejuvenation. It has an FDA approval of two years, but will probably last up to three years because of the new collagen that has formed. However, the face will continue to age and collagen will continue to break down. Most people have a series of treatments initially to achieve optimal results with maintenance touch ups every 1-2 years.
Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin youthful looking and smooth. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases, and you may begin to see wrinkles. Sculptra Aesthetic works to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, as it replaces lost collagen, which can help provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance.
Sculptra Aesthetic works to replace lost collagen in a series of treatments administered by a Sculptra Aesthetic trained physician. On average, three injection sessions are needed over a period of a few months. The number of injection sessions and the number of injections per session vary from person to person. Within the deep dermis, your skin’s structure is reinforced as Sculptra Aesthetic helps to replace lost collagen. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness of your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds* that has been depleted over time. Sculptra Aesthetic is different because it gradually and subtly corrects these facial wrinkles. This can provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance that can last more than two years. Safety and effectiveness of Sculptra Aesthetic have not been evaluated in areas other than nasolabial wrinkles and folds in clinical trials. **Individual results and treatment sessions may vary.
Where In The Face Is Sculptra Used?
Sculptra Aesthetic is used to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds which are treated with the appropriate injection technique.
Sculptra Aesthetic is suitable for:
Deep folds between the nose and the mouth (nasolabial folds) also called smile lines
The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines) Chin wrinkles.
What Is Sculptra Made of:
Sculptra Aesthetic is a new type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid, which helps to replace lost collagen. It helps correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles, and folds, that appear with aging by replacing lost collagen. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades.
How Sculptra Works:
Unlike many dermal fillers, Sculptra’s effects take a longer time to appear, because the aim behind the procedure is to stimulate the natural collagen production in the body. During the session, this dermal filler is injected into the specific sites that show wrinkles or skin depressions. After the injection, the chemical compounds present in Sculptra are slowly absorbed into the body and begin to stimulate collagen formation around the injection site, thus causing the lower skin layers to repair themselves. It’s important to remember that, unlike many other wrinkle fillers, the Sculptra Aesthetic product gradually improves the affected area. The entire process can actually take several weeks.
Who is the Best Candidate for Sculptra:
Sculptra is a relatively new product that does not have the benefit of decades of widespread use, as is the case with some of the other dermal fillers. There have been some clinical studies, but Sculptra has only been approved for uses in specific areas of the face. It is very important to keep in mind that as of the date of the writing of this article, Sculptra has not been approved for lip injections or for use around the eyes. This product is currently being used only to treat wrinkles in the nasolabial region of the face. That’s the part between your nose and your lips. Sculptra has also been used to address chin wrinkles. However, if you’ve been thinking about using Sculptra to get rid of those crow’s feet, you’re out of luck, for now.
The Sculptra Procedure:
During the procedure your doctor will use a water soluble pencil to outline a grid that is perpendicular and parallel to the nasolabial fold. This helps the doctor properly assess where the injections should go for maximum effect. Again, this procedure shows effects gradually, as the body begins to absorb the material and produce collagen, so proper targeting of the injections is essential.
Massage is a vital part of the process. No, you’re not going to get an actual spa massage while getting the treatment! Instead what this means is that the doctor will massage the injection sites after each series of three to four injections. This helps distribute the product more evenly underneath the skin to allow for better absorption into the deeper skin layers. An important two minute massage also takes place after the injection session, and is done with a facial moisturizer. Patients are advised to massage the area that was treated for five minutes as well after the procedure is complete. This should be done about five times each day for a period of five days after treatment.
After the Procedure:
When the Sculptra procedure is complete, there may be initial redness or swelling. It’s important to prevent the treatment area from being exposed heavily to UV lamps or the sun. So going to the beach or the tanning salon is out of the question.
Also, keep in mind that because of how Sculptra works, the wrinkles and facial depressions can actually reappear shortly after the procedure. This is because Sculptra Aesthetic fills wrinkles with small beads of PLLA, which is the substance that eventually leads to collagen production. As part of the process, the beads biodegrade into the body to stimulate collagen, but this will also cause the wrinkles to temporarily come back until the body has produced more collagen.
Our physician is the #1 provider of Sculptra procedure in Phoenix and Scottsdale AZ! In business since 1988. Sculptra Aesthetic is a newer facial injectable treatment that stimulates new collagen formation gradually over weeks to months. Unlike a traditional facial filler, Sculptra Aesthetic improves volume and contour by stimulating the body’s own collagen. By using advanced injection techniques, Sculptra can lift, reshape the face, create volume and also improve the tone and texture of the skin (as in the liquid facelift). This makes it a versatile product for full facial rejuvenation. Since Sculptra Aesthetic requires special preparation and a very advanced injection technique, the best Sculptra doctors are those who have extensive experience injecting the product. Dr. Jeffers is a top Sculptra injector in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona. Because Sculptra is not a facial filler, Dr. Jeffers injects in many different areas in the face for a very natural appearance. When used in this fashion, you will not get that puffy look that has become associated with too much facial filler.
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