Cosmetic surgery is a continually changing field with new procedures and treatments being available each year. One of the most popular methods of cosmetic treatment is with dermal fillers. Dermal fillers are minimally invasive cosmetic treatments that rejuvenate the skin by treating aging signs such as wrinkles and lost volume. Sculptra® is an injectable volumizing product that is very different from dermal fillers and was approved for cosmetic use by the FDA. For the past 10 years, our team at Laser Skin & Wellness has been offering Sculptra® to our patients who wish to revamp their skin without the need for surgery.
What is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is an injectable product that helps to stimulate collagen for long-lasting results. The main ingredient in Sculptra® is poly-L-lactic acid which is classified as a collagen stimulator. This helps the skin look tighter, smoother, and firmer. You can enjoy the results from Sculptra® for up to two years or longer. Sculptra® is injected into the skin to diminish wrinkles, fine lines, and to restore fullness to aged skin. Some immediate results will be noticeable, but it can take a few months to see the most dramatic results as collagen production is rebuilding.
Targeted Areas for Sculptra®
Sculptra® is used for facial wrinkles and folds but it can also assist with hollow areas such as the temples. The Laser Skin & Wellness team will map out points of injection on your face to suit your concerns and improve your skin’s appearance. The total treatment time for Sculptra® is between 40 and 60 minutes to complete.
How Much Sculptra® will I need?
For the best results, most patients receive 2 to 3 treatments spaced over 4-6 month period. One vial per decade of life is typically the recommended protocol. For instance, a 40 year old patient would need a total of 4 vials, split into two treatments of 2 vials each, with 2 months in-between treatments. Then we recommend the Beauty Club for monthly treatments to maintain results and re-evaluation yearly.
Why Sculptra® over Dermal Fillers?
Patients love this treatment because of the beautiful, natural, long-lasting results and there is no downtime associated with the treatment. You can get right back to your day as soon as you leave the office except for heavy gym workouts for a few days. Some redness and swelling might be present for a few hours after Sculptra® injections. The big difference between Sculptra® and dermal fillers is that Sculptra® stimulates your own collagen and dermal fillers “fill” an area instantly and last for 9-12 months.
Learn More About Sculptra
If you are interested in learning more about Sculptra® and its effectiveness for turning back time, call us for a complimentary consultation. Call 561-641-9490 to schedule an appointment.
At Laser Skin & Wellness Med Spa, we’ve introduced clients from all over Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Boynton Beach to the exciting results of Sculptra® Aesthetic.
Collagen Loss – The Non-Secret Trigger of Skin Aging
The primary reason for the noticeable aging of the face is collagen deficiency. Collagen is the fibrous protein that provides the skin its structure and support.
Unfortunately, loss of collagen is one of the first steps in the aging process, beginning in the early 20s. There are multiple factors that can play a part in the depletion of collagen, from genetics and natural aging to sun exposure, pollution, and smoking.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is a FDA-approved injectable designed to correct facial folds and wrinkles slowly replacing the collagen your skin has lost.
Why Choose Sculptra Aesthetic Over Other Products?
Unlike other wrinkle and line treatments, Sculptra® Aesthetic works with your body to restore collagen for a more natural, youthful-looking result that can last up to 2 years once the regimen has been completed.
Collagen creams claim to deliver collagen that is absorbed by the skin, but collagen molecules are too big to be absorbed through the skin. To compensate, most creams contain vitamins and other ingredients that make them excellent moisturizers but only provide temporary results and no actual collagen replacement.
Dietary supplements designed to replace collagen are for the most part ineffective as the protein makeup of collagen is broken down during digestion.
Fillers like hyaluronic acid diminish the look of lines by pushing up the skin from beneath the treated area. These other injection type treatments may provide more immediate visual results but usually only last a few months, requiring you to undergo treatment more often.
Sculptra® Aesthetic results appear more gradually over the treatment regimen than these fillers but the results last much longer.
How Does Sculptra Aesthetic Work?
Slow and steady, like the tortoise, not the hare.
Sculptra Aesthetic is made with a synthetic biocompatible and biodegradable material named poly-L-lactic acid. When introduced to the body, this key ingredient is slowly and naturally absorbed to reproduce lost collagen and rebuild collagen levels.As each treatment progresses, collagen stimulators diminish facial lines by aiding in the restoration of the deepest structures of the skin.
The process involves the injection of the treatment into the deep dermis area. This is where strands of collagen work to support your skin’s natural structure. A typical treatment regimen can include 3 injections over the course of 3 to 4 months, but the number of appointments and the number of injections at each varies per patient, depending on how much collagen has been lost.The cost of Sculptra® Aesthetic will be determined by the needs of the patient.
If you’ve been searching for a more natural approach to treating the signs of aging you’ve developed, let our specialists at Laser Skin & Wellness Med Spas in the Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Boynton Beach areas provide you with the means to reverse the signs of aging.