What Is Sculptra®?
Sculptra® is an FDA-approved injectable that is designed to assist your body in rebuilding lost collagen. The loss of collagen, a fibrous protein in the deep dermis that gives skin its structure and supports the functions of elastin and hyaluronic acid, is one of the primary contributors to signs of aging.
How It Works
Through a unique process, this treatment stimulates the body’s own collagen production, helping to replenish this vital component of healthy, youthful skin. This treatment is particularly effective in treating facial wrinkles, including cheek wrinkles, smile lines, and marionette lines.
The magic of the treatment lies in its key ingredient, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). A synthetic, biodegradable material, PLLA is biocompatible and has a proven track record of safety, having been used for years in medical applications such as dissolvable stitches. When introduced into the deep dermis, PLLA microparticles are gradually absorbed by the body, triggering the production of new collagen strands. As the PLLA microparticles are absorbed, they stimulate collagen production.
Over time, as collagen strands are rebuilt, facial volume begins to restore, bringing a fullness back to wrinkles and folds. This is how Sculptra® works from the inside out, rebuilding lost collagen, enhancing the skin’s underlying structure, and reducing the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds over a period of a few months.
Benefits of Sculptra®
Addresses Problems At Their Source
Sculptra® addresses an underlying cause of facial aging, not just the symptoms. Unlike other anti-aging treatments that offer temporary or superficial solutions, this one takes a more foundational approach. Some anti-aging treatments only offer brief improvement in the skin’s appearance or only minimize specific facial expressions temporarily. This treatment, on the other hand, helps to restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin that has been diminished due to collagen loss.
Offers Gradual, Natural Results
This treatment offers gradual and natural-looking results that can last up to two years. The process is tailored to each individual’s unique needs. It typically involves a series of treatment sessions over the course of a few months, administered by one of our trained specialists. The number of injections at each session will vary, depending on the degree of correction needed.
Corrects Minor and Major Wrinkles and Folds
This treatment is used to correct shallow to deep wrinkles and folds on the face. It’s clinically approved for treating deep folds between the nose and mouth, also known as “smile lines,” lines framing the mouth, commonly referred to as “marionette lines,” and chin wrinkles. The results emerge subtly and gradually, so there’s no sudden “worked on” appearance. You will see the reduction of facial wrinkles and folds over time, providing a natural, more youthful look.
Convenient and Simple
Another significant benefit of treatment is the convenience it offers. This treatment fits seamlessly into even the busiest of schedules, thanks to its minimal downtime. Known as “lunchtime procedures,” these treatments are quick and straightforward, allowing clients to return to their daily activities almost immediately post-treatment. This convenience, paired with the subtle, gradual transformation, makes this an excellent choice for those looking to combat the signs of aging without the need for invasive surgeries or extensive recovery periods.
FAQ About Treatment
After treatment, you may usually apply makeup just a few hours later. We always recommend consulting with us after treatment to ensure your post-care routine is optimized for the best results.
Yes, this treatment is FDA approved in the United States, and it’s a trusted treatment that has been used worldwide since 1999. The main ingredient is a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible and biodegradable substance that has been used for years in dissolvable stitches.
One of the key benefits of Sculptra® is its long-lasting results. The rejuvenating effects emerge gradually over the course of a few treatment sessions and can last up to two years. The longevity of this treatment makes it a preferred choice for those seeking sustained improvement in their skin’s appearance.
Treatment is tailored to each individual’s unique needs. Administered by a trained specialist, Sculptra® is injected into the appropriate dermal plane where strands of collagen support your skin’s structure. Over time, the treatment ingredients help the body reproduce lost collagen. The number of injection appointments and the number of injections per appointment can vary depending on the degree of collagen loss. On average, three injection appointments are needed over a period of a few months.
The results of treatment are gradual and subtle. You won’t see a dramatic change overnight, but over the course of your treatments, you’ll start to notice a reduction in facial wrinkles and folds. Because the treatment works by stimulating your body’s own collagen production, the changes you see will be natural-looking and can last up to two years. It’s important to note that everyone’s skin is different, so the rate at which results become noticeable can vary.
This is an incredibly versatile treatment. It is clinically approved for treating deep folds between the nose and mouth, also known as “smile lines,” lines framing the mouth, commonly referred to as “marionette lines,” and chin wrinkles. This comprehensive approach makes it a powerful tool for rejuvenating your face’s overall appearance.
First, it doesn’t merely mask the symptoms of skin aging, but rather addresses an underlying cause: collagen loss. Second, it uses a biocompatible and biodegradable synthetic material that works with your body’s natural processes, reducing the chance of allergic reactions. Third, the results of treatment are gradual and natural-looking, rather than the instant and potentially startling changes that some treatments might produce. Finally, the benefits can last up to two years, which is considerably longer than many other treatments.
Sculptra® is an innovative and effective solution to the age-old problem of skin aging. By stimulating collagen production, this treatment works with your body to restore facial volume and reduce wrinkles and folds. Its long-lasting, natural-looking results make it an excellent choice for those seeking to refresh their appearance and regain a more youthful look. Talk to us in consultation about this treatment and whether it’s right for your aesthetic skincare goals.