We – as in me – are losing collagen and this just seemed to begin way too early and way too fast. It all just seemed to happen so innocently: genetics, sun, stress, lifestyle – all contributors. Collagen is important as it gives our skin structure, support, and helps maintain its shape. Loss of collagen results in sagging skin, and loss of structure – all those wrinkles.
While these changes are a normal part of the aging process, influenced by genetics and age, they are also aggravated by one’s lifestyle and activities: sun exposure, diet, stress, alcohol, and smoking. As described, sometimes these changes seem to slowly creep up on us while other times we seem to wake up one morning and wonder what has happened to our skin. Thankfully, there is Sculptra Aesthetic.
Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable that boosts the skin’s natural ability to increase collagen production, resulting in healthier, stronger, and better-looking skin. This guide explores Sculptra Aesthetic treatment to help you make an informed decision whether you are considering Sculptra Aesthetic for prejuvenation or maybe you are already in need of some rejuvenation.
All about Sculptra Aesthetic
Sculptra Aesthetic is an injectable dermal filler also considered a bio-stimulator as it stimulates natural collagen replacement. It restores volume loss by triggering the body to produce collagen, which would then improve skin firmness. Sculptra is a safe and non-invasive way to add volume to many parts of your body, but most especially – the face.
Sculptra Aesthetics can also be combined with neuromodulators, in-office resurfacing procedures, and professional grade skincare regimens to enhance collagen stimulation. Sculptra is one of the most sought out dermal fillers because of its effectiveness, ease of use, and excellent results when administered by a trained professional.
How Does It Work?
It’s important first to understand collagen. Collagen is a building block type of protein found beneath the upper layer of the skin. The primary role of collagen is to provide support, making skin strong and resilient. Collagen lends structure to the skin. A loss of collagen is a loss in skin support and structure, i.e. resulting in sagging and wrinkles.
Sculptra Aesthetic treatment sparks the production of more collagen everywhere it is placed. I like to think of it as laying seeds of collagen stimulation. And – of course, with increased collagen production, the skin is firmer, and there is a reduction in the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
The main ingredient of Sculptra Aesthetic is poly-L-lactic acid or PLLA. PLLA is administered to the body through an injection which stimulates the cells to produce more collagen. The most common areas in which Sculptra Aesthetic is used are:
- Chin wrinkles
- Sagging chin
- Sunken cheeks
- Sagging neck/necklines
- Hollowed temples
The Benefits of Sculptra Aesthetics
Here are some of the benefits that make Sculptra one of the most sought-after dermal fillers for skin prejuvenation and rejuvenation.
Sculptra does not involve surgery, so it is minimally invasive. It is administered by way of injection, making Sculptra a great prejuvenation, and rejuvenation option for patients with busy schedules and commitments. You can have your injection and continue with your daily activities the same day without waiting to recover.
2. Gradual Results
The results are gradual so this will keep everyone guessing as the benefits take effect. This is a great advantage if you prefer to keep your skin maintenance discreet. No one will suspect otherwise until the results have settled in and then some may want to know your skincare routine given your recent youthful appearance.
3. Long-Lasting Results
Sculptra Aesthetic is a great treatment for people looking for a long-lasting solution to their skin. Results can last up to two years and with periodic touch-ups – it is possible for one to stay “ageless”.
4. Enhanced Skin Health and Texture
Sculptra enhances collagen stimulation, improving skin’s firmness, overall health and tone. With fewer wrinkles, this treatment leaves your skin glowing and could delay or reduce the signs of aging.
The Sculptra Aesthetic Process
If you are interested in treatment with Sculptra Aesthetic treatment, the process is quite simple, and it starts with an appointment.
As part of your consultation, we will examine your skin and determine if Sculptra Aesthetic is right for you. We would discuss prior aesthetic procedures, take a medical history including a discussion of underlying health conditions, and any medications you are taking. It’s important to be truthful for the best results and for your overall safety. Depending on the situation, we may ask you to avoid some medications such as Ibuprofen and aspirin as well as avoid alcohol prior to the procedure. This helps to prevent bruising.
On the day of the injection, your skin is prepped to remove any makeup or possible contaminants. It really is best not to wear makeup if possible. There are several techniques we use based on your preferences to make the process as painless as possible from as simple as applying ice during the procedure to the application of topical numbing cream to use vibration to make the process comfortable. Usually, the process takes around 30 minutes depending on the amount of Sculptra administered.
After the treatment
You can immediately return to non-strenuous activities. Most patients return to work so long as it is not physically demanding. One should avoid exercise after Sculptra placement as well as excessive sun or heat.
Sculptra Aesthetic is one of my favorite prejuvenation treatments if your goal is to achieve healthier and more youthful-looking skin. It’s also one of my favorite rejuvenation treatments for patients with significant volume loss. You can consider this treatment if you have wrinkles, fine facial lines, sagging skin, you desire fuller cheeks, or possibly a combination of any of those.
Is Sculptra Aesthetic safe?
Yes, Sculptra is an FDA-approved injection that is not only safe but also effective. This treatment contains poly-L-lactic acid, which is readily absorbed by the body. The administration process is also safe when administered by a trained injector. You should work with a professional trained in these procedures and follow the given instructions to get excellent results of the treatment.
Are You Ready For A Smoother, Fuller, And Healthier Skin?
You may not be able to entirely prevent the signs of aging, but you can slow them down or minimize their appearance. If you would like to improve your skin’s appearance with Sculptra Aesthetic, schedule a consultation with us to get started. Our team will examine you and advise on the way forward.