In the field of cosmetic treatments, there are a handful of products called dermal fillers that seemingly work like magic to fight signs of aging. Sculptra® is an FDA-approved injectable filler that is used for several aesthetic problems. It is used for several primary purposes including erasing chin wrinkles, marionette lines, and smile lines, which are also called nasolabial folds. Once injected, the product is designed to last for about two years. During that time, it stimulates the body to build collagen to continue eliminating wrinkles and improve skin’s appearance. This treatment can be repeated in subsequent application to produce a layering effect that gradually builds volume and eliminates wrinkles.
What Sets Sculptra® Apart?
This injectable is one of many types of dermal fillers that can be used to erase wrinkles and restore the skin’s youthful look. Sculptra® is made of poly lactic acid, which makes it different from many other fillers on the market. Many others are made with hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that is also produced naturally by the body. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers instantly add volume, but they also get reabsorbed by the body over a period of a few months. These fillers immediately eliminate wrinkles and plump up skin, but their effects gradually start to fade. In contrast, Sculptra® is injected deep beneath the skin’s surface. It stimulates the body to produce its own collagen, which in turn gets rid of wrinkles and gives skin a fresher, more youthful appearance.
Another advantage of this treatment is that it is an FDA-approved product that does not contain any human DNA or animal by-products. This makes it a safe alternative for people with certain types of skin sensitivities who may have had bad reactions to skincare treatments in the past.
What to Expect After an Injection
Once the dermal filler is injected, it may take several weeks to start seeing the results, and you may need repeat treatments as collagen builds over time. After your dermal filler treatment, the resulting collagen should last for about two years. You will work with your doctor to have repeat injections, if necessary, to produce the desired effect. Most injectors prefer a gradual approach, which means that you start with a minimal volume of product and layer on repeat injections from there. Since this treatment builds collagen over time, your doctor may recommend waiting several months in between injections so that you can see the initial results first before moving on to additional injections that may not be necessary.
Who Can Get Sculptra®?
This dermal filler is a product with widespread use and universal appeal. Most people who get Sculptra® are middle-aged patients. However, it is used on people as young as their 20s and through age 70 and beyond. The injectable is ideal for anyone who has experienced volume loss or a decline in skin appearance due to aging or weight loss. As with any type of cosmetic treatment, the first step in getting Sculptra® injections requires meeting with the experts at The Aesthetic Medicine & Anti-Aging Clinics of Louisiana to review your medical history and go over your desired goals and expectations. We are conveniently located in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, LA. Contact us today to schedule your consultation!