Our faces tell the story of the passing years. We begin to notice a loss in our facial volume and our skin’s elasticity, as well as mid-face sagging and thinning skin. We can even feel we appear gaunt or somewhat deflated. This occurs because our bodies stop producing as much collagen, allowing signs of aging to appear.
Collagen is essential for a youthful, vibrant, and hydrated appearance. It provides a much-needed scaffold for our skin’s structure and strength. By age 45, most of us will have lost 25% of our skin’s original collagen content.
Dermal fillers have long been a popular solution for immediately replacing volume due to aging and decreased collagen production. A newer class of injectables, known as regenerative or bio-stimulating, address the underlying cause of aging skin from loss of collagen. Sculptra is one of these bio-stimulating treatments we offer at Elite Medi Spa. “Patients love the natural-looking results of Sculptra and that it lasts a long time, up to two years,” says Elite’s expert injector Kimberly Canaday.
Sculptra is a poly-L-lactic acid collagen that stimulates the natural growth of new collagen. This leads to restoration of facial volume over time and a dramatic improvement in your skin’s texture and robustness.
What’s the difference between Sculptra and other fillers?
The main difference between Sculptra and most other fillers is that Sculptra stimulates the production of collagen. Most dermal fillers don’t initiate a natural response in your body to produce collagen, unlike Sculptra. Fillers like Juvaderm and Restylane are made with hyaluronic acid and designed to immediately fill in wrinkles and improve volume, which some patients prefer. Most dermal fillers last for six to 12 months, while Sculptra injections have shown long-lasting effects for up to two years.
By spurring collagen production, Sculptra works to repair the underlying scaffolding of your face, which offers many rejuvenating benefits. Once Sculptra has completed its work, the added volume it gradually creates diminishes the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds.
By restoring some of your youthful contours and thickening skin that has begun to thin, Sculptra can vastly improve your appearance. In fact, Sculptra is sometimes referred to as a liquid facelift because of its non-invasive lifting and revitalizing benefits. Sculptra, a very regenerative filler, truly rebuilds your collagen effectively.
When will I see the results?
Collagen development takes time, so improvements in your face take place over several months. You will see some improvement immediately following treatment, but results will continue to improve as the onset of collagen production increases. This gradual onset of results can give you results that look more natural and less over-filled. You won’t look like you suddenly had ‘something done.’
How long do results last?
The effects of Sculptra can last up to two years or more. In clinical studies, 100% of patients showed improvement for up to two years, noting decreased nasolabial folds, increased skin robustness, and an overall refreshed appearance. Clinical studies also show a 66.5% increase in type 1 collagen after three months.
Because this filler essentially rebuilds the underlying infrastructure of the face by generating collagen, it offers results that last much longer than most other injectables.
How many treatments will I need?
Most patients receive a series of two to three Sculptra injections over a period of several months. The injections are performed in different directions to create a mesh-like pattern under the skin. This means that once in place, the filler offers thorough coverage and can serve as a foundation upon which collagen can develop.
Is Sculptra safe?
Sculptra is made of a very safe biodegradable compound that was approved by the FDA in 2004 for aesthetic use but has been used in a variety of medical procedures for over 30 years.
If you’d like to erase the signs of aging and rebuild your collagen with a regenerative filler, contact our Elite Medi Spa team to schedule a free consultation at 541.797.6306. Rebuild your collagen and rediscover a youthful, radiant complexion with our expert skincare treatments!