Changes occur in the body in many ways as we age. The skin’s elasticity is another thing that diminishes with age, along with plumpness and suppleness. Collagen production decreases with age, significantly contributing to wrinkles and other visible indications of aging. This motivates many people to look at having anti-aging procedures.
Sculptra is a cosmetic injectable that has been around since 1999 and was FDA-approved in 2004. Sculptra is injected into the skin to add volume and smooth out fine lines and wrinkles. Compared to standard fillers, which add volume to the area, Sculptra promotes the body’s natural production of collagen, resulting in a more youthful appearance over time.
With so many options available, it can take time to determine which volumizing injectable best suits your requirements. We’ll explain the main differences between Sculptra and HA dermal fillers.
Sculptra Vs. Fillers
Sculptra is a unique alternative to HA dermal fillers. It is an injectable containing poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which is a biostimulator. Sculptra has the consistency of a liquid and is injected under the skin. After being injected, Sculptra integrates into the tissue and stimulates the body’s natural collagen production.
Hyaluronic acid gels, when injected, can retain their initial shape after injection. Dermal fillers are not meant to stimulate collagen formation; they are a means to address volume loss quickly without long-term, lasting effects. Results from dermal fillers are visible immediately. However, because collagen creation is a long process in the body, the effects of Sculptra will take time to notice the results.
Wrinkles, folds, and volume loss in the face can be remedied using injectable treatments like dermal fillers or Sculptra. After age 20, collagen begins to deteriorate at a rate of approximately 1% a year due to aging, environmental stressors, and genetic vulnerability. A deficiency of collagen is linked to skin thinning and developing wrinkles and creases. Collagen, a fibrous protein located in the deep dermal layer, is essential in maintaining the skin’s structure, hydration level, and flexibility. High collagen output is the key to healthy, youthful-looking skin.
How Sculptra Works
Collagen and elastin are two of the most important structural proteins in your body, yet your body makes less of both as you age. We owe a great deal to both elastin and collagen for the vitality and resilience of our skin. These proteins are responsible for the skin’s elasticity, youthful look, and firmness.
In recent years, advances in cosmetic treatments, such as the use of Sculptra, have been shown to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, thereby replenishing the skin’s supple, youthful aspect. Stunningly effective yet non-invasive cosmetic treatments are now within reach, thanks to recent developments in aesthetics.
The first step will involve a trained medical professional reviewing your medical history. This professional will be better able to tailor your plan of care to your specific needs if they thoroughly understand your medical history.
The medical professional will assess your facial anatomy to determine the best injection sites for Sculptra. A local anesthetic cream can be applied prior to injection if the pain is a concern. The area will be prepped with an antimicrobial cleanser prior to treatment. Then the injections can be undertaken.
After the treatment is over, you can resume your normal activities. Your doctor will provide you with further aftercare instructions. The Sculptra procedure is minimally invasive, requiring only a few injections. Receiving treatment from a trained and experienced medical professional will greatly improve your treatment outcomes.
Should You Consider Sculptra?
Individuals with aging skin (thin skin, fine lines, wrinkles, and skin laxity) and realistic expectations may benefit from this procedure. Those looking for a more natural, subtle enhancement would also benefit from a series of Sculptra treatments. You shouldn’t use Sculptra if you’ve ever had an adverse response to any of the product’s active ingredients.
What Sculptra Can Do for You
Sculptra is distinguished from rival products since it improves volume and promotes the body’s natural collagen production.
1. Produces Natural-Looking Results
Sculptra injections are usually given in a series over several weeks. The cosmetic effects can take up to several months to show. However, the patient can keep a more natural appearance due to the gradual onset of the effects.
2. No Downtime
Initial treatments with this filler can be finished in about an hour without downtime. Patients frequently seek appointments during the lunch hour. Maintenance appointments are farther apart after the first series of injections as the effects are compounded, with studies showing the effects lasting two years or longer.
Are you interested in a procedure with no downtime and subtle, long-lasting, natural results? It takes little time and effort to have Sculptra injected, and the results last for years. Get in touch with the Aesthetic Center of Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation. We would love to help you with your anti-aging needs.