Sculptra®: 3 Things You Probably Didn’t Know
Like it or not, we all age, and as we get older, we lose the collagen and elasticity that keeps our skin youthful. When we’re young, our face is heart-shaped, but over time, as that heart starts to flip down, we begin to get “jowly” from a loss of volume under the cheek area.
Luckily, in today’s world, there are various products and treatments that can help us retain that youthful look we all desire. While some of these products can deliver amazing results, the effects can often be short lived.
Here's the real scoop on how Sculptra is revolutionizing the way many people think about dermal fillers. With its ability to help patients replace lost collagen, Sculptra doesn’t just cover up the symptoms of aging; it addresses an underlying cause.
Here are three things you should know before deciding if Sculptra is right for you.
Sculptra is different than other dermal fillers.
Sculptra is unique and unlike any other dermal filler on the market today. While other fillers are composed of Hyaluronic Acid, they’re typically only used to treat one area, often being placed on the bone, such as the cheek, nasolabial folds, lips, or under-eyes. These fillers produce immediate results that only last for several months at best.
Sculptra is completely different from these traditional fillers. While being placed back towards the hairline, Sculptra affects the foundation of the face, restoring the underlying structure of the skin. It’s truly the only liquid facelift out there.
“As a poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra helps stimulate collagen production, ultimately restoring your natural facial volume,” states Dr. Hartman with Skin Wellness. “With patients receiving about 3-4 treatments every 6 weeks, they build collagen over time, resulting in a full-facial rejuvenation.”
Sculptra results can last more than two years.
As soon as you receive an injection, you’ll look like a million bucks, but we’ll go ahead and tell you, those results will be gone the next day. This is because your body takes 4-6 weeks to produce its own collagen. While this is the reason you won’t see lasting effects immediately, it’s also the reason Sculptra is the longest lasting filler on the market. Results can last for more than two years, but even after two years, most patients simply need one treatment a year thereafter, also making it one of the most cost-effective treatments available. Our suggestion: Buy 2 syringes or you may not feel like it's working. Then in the next few years you will only need one or two more!
With most patients seeing dramatic results at the two-month mark, for those that can muster up the patience, its lasting effects make it well worth the wait. “Sculptra is a great option for patients with crinkly or raisin-like skin,” says Dr. Hartman. “With Sculptra, we’ll increasingly make that skin more like a grape again with results that last much longer than other fillers.”
In clinical studies, as many as 80% of patients were still satisfied with their skin's appearance 25 months after treatment.
Sculptra won’t make you look like you had work done!
With most Sculptra patients receiving three injections over the course of three to four months, results appear gradually. With this subtle enhancement over time, many of our patients say that their friends and family are unable to pinpoint what’s changed, asking if them if they got a haircut or lost weight.