If we ever find the Fountain of Youth, it will probably be filled with collagen. This hardworking fibrous protein in the deep dermis maintains your skin’s shape and structure. A healthy collagen supply keeps your skin smooth and hydrated, giving you a youthful glow.
As we age, it’s normal to lose collagen at a rate of about 1% per year. Lower collagen volume is a major cause of common signs of aging, like wrinkles and sunken cheeks. Sculptra® Aesthetic targets these unwanted effects by promoting collagen creation in a way that’s unique to other cosmetic treatments.
How Does Sculptra Aesthetic Work?
Sculptra Aesthetic is an injectable filler made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible synthetic substance, which stimulates new collagen production and adds volume.
Other popular fillers like JUVÉDERM® and Restylane® use hyaluronic acid to fill wrinkles and improve volume. Depending on your treatment goals, these fillers can be a great option, but they don’t promote collagen production on the same level that Sculptra does.
What Areas Does Sculptra Aesthetic Treat?
Sculptra is designed to correct several common signs of aging, including:
- Chin wrinkles
- Creases framing the mouth (sometimes called marionette lines)
- Nasolabial folds between the nose and mouth (AKA smile lines)
- Loss of volume along the outer border of the face and at the temples
- Hollow-looking cheeks
Some areas of the face respond better to different filler injectables or toxins like BOTOX® Cosmetic and Dysport®. These areas include frown lines between the brows, wrinkles close to the eyes or lips, or “bunny lines” on the bridge of the nose. Our highly-trained specialists can create a treatment plan to address your specific concerns.
Am I A Good Candidate for Sculptra Aesthetic?
Sculptra is ideal for patients who require a significant yet natural-looking boost in volume to achieve their aesthetic goals. However, it’s not the best treatment option for everyone. If any of these disqualifying factors apply, our practice can recommend alternatives:
- You’re under eighteen years old
- You’re pregnant or breastfeeding
- You have an autoimmune condition (such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis)
- You’re prone to keloid or hypertrophic scarring
What to Expect During Your Appointment
After your consultation, the injection portion of your Sculptra treatment will last just a couple of minutes. However, you can expect to spend about an hour at your appointment. A topical numbing medication will be applied to your skin to minimize any discomfort. You’ll have some time to check emails or read a book while the numbing cream does its job.
Then, one of our providers will prep your skin with an antiseptic cleanser before the Sculptra is injected. After injection, our practice will review aftercare instructions.
When Will I See My Sculptra Aesthetic Results?
Unlike some treatments, Sculptra results aren’t as immediately apparent — but the patience pays off. You’ll start to see more noticeable results after six weeks since your body takes time to produce collagen.
Depending on your goals, you might need multiple Sculptra treatments spaced about six weeks apart. On average, patients see their desired results after two to three treatments.
Patients who stick to recommended aftercare instructions, including self-massage, will see the best results. Post-Sculptra massage involves a 5/5/5 protocol: five times a day, for five minutes at a time, five days in a row.
How Long Does Sculptra Aesthetic Last?
While most facial fillers last from six months to a year, Sculptra can provide you with longer-lasting results. Many patients enjoy the results of this minimally invasive treatment for up to two years.
Promote a Youthful Appearance with Sculptra Aesthetic
If you’re ready to diminish signs of aging with minimal downtime, schedule a consultation at Dr. Ronald Schuster’s plastic surgery and skincare practice in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland. Our highly trained specialists can help you decide if Sculptra is right for you. Call 410-902-9800 to book your appointment.