Sculptra aesthetic® is poly-l-lactic acid, which is an alpha hydroxy acid. This product is injected under the skin to stimulate skin cells to produce collagen and restore a youthful appearance to the face.
Unfortunately with age, those skin cells, known as fibroblasts, produce an enzyme that actually breaks collagen down. Because our collagen is being broken down we start to see depressions and wrinkles in our skin. Sculptra reverses that trend by stimulating those cells to stop breaking down collagen and start producing it again. The increased collagen makes the skin thicker, smoother and more youthful appearing. When placed strategically in the right locations it can actually give the face a lift.
Sculptra aesthetic® comes in vials as a powder. Sterile water is mixed in to the vials to create a solution which is drawn into syringes. Lidocaine, a local anesthetic, is added to the solution to make the injections more comfortable. Most patients over age 50 will need a minimum of four vials. These vials can not be injected all at once. Usually the vials are injected over three treatment sessions spaced one to two months apart. For example, at the first treatment session, two vials may be injected. Two months later one vial is injected and one month later another vial is injected for a total of four vials.
The injections are performed in the temples, cheeks and chin area. Sculptra aesthetic® is not used in the forehead or lips. Massage of the areas injected is recommended. The standard recommendation is to massage the areas five times a day for five minutes for five days. Massage prevents the formation of nodules which has been associated with Sculptra. While nodules are rare, if they develop they are usually deep, not visible and disappear with time.
Collagen growth develops slowly so that you start to look younger with age! The improvement peaks at about 8 months and lasts at least two years from the first treatment. After two to three years most patients will have another vial injected to maintain the improvement.
The following pictures show patients before and after Sculptra. The first patient is in her 50’s. You can see the difference in just 4 months but by one year she has a visibly fuller face and looks younger.
The second patient is in her late 60’s. Filling out the chin area can make you look younger by reducing the appearance of jowls that come with aging.
And the third patient is in her late 70’s and early 80’s. She has a noticeably fuller face as her skin has produced more collagen.
The treatments do not change your appearance but rather maintain or restore a healthy thickness to the skin. Sculptra aesthetic® treatments can be combined with Dysport/Botox and Restylane. The results from Sculptra aesthetic® are natural looking. It is the best anti-aging treatment for facial skin.
Also see the Sculptra® YouTube channel for some before and after videos!
Sculptra® Aesthetic Testimonial
Dr. Rebecca Euwer,
I wanted to write you a letter to let you know how pleased I am with my Sculptra. When I came in to see you in November and was going to get more and then got uncertain and decided against it. I was really uncertain what I needed to do. I want to let you know that since that time I have had some very positive feedback, especially when I made….(Read More)
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