What is Sculptra Aesthetic and how does it work?
Sculptra is an injectable used to fight wrinkles and sagging skin by stimulating the skin’s collagen production to help restore the cheeky plumpness of healthy skin. It is an alternative anti-aging treatment to injectable dermal fillers, skin creams, fat injections and implants.
Collagen is an important structural protein found in connective tissue. Its function is to keep the skin firm, youthful and smooth. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases, and you may begin to see wrinkles or sagging. Fat loss beneath the skin also results in:
- drooping skin
- hollowed cheeks
- indentations and depressions in the face
As Sculptra stimulates your skin to regrow its own natural collagen over time, it helps to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds resulting in a firmer, younger looking skin. It is important that you understand that Sculptra is simply a collagen stimulator. The Sculptra itself is NOT providing the filling action; the Sculptra causes a reaction in the skin, which forms new collagen. The Sculptra itself is absorbed by the tissue and is gone about 2 years after a treatment, but the new collagen layer which is left behind may last 2 or more years. Sculptra requires a SERIES of 3 treatments to achieve adequate filling for most skin defects.
What is Sculptra used for?
Dermalogic Laser Center in Hammonton, NJ offers a unique dermal injection, called Sculptra, that can soften lines and wrinkles and restore the contours of the face.
Sculptra does more than simply “fill” your face. It stimulates collagen production, which helps the skin naturally renew itself.
When is Sculptra appropriate?
Like it or not, the aging process catches up with most of us eventually. By age 50, signs of aging are visible. We start to lose the collagen and elastin that give our skin that youthful bounce and glow, and fine lines and wrinkles begin to develop. We all age at different rates, and some people see signs as early as age 30.
Results from Sculptra develop gradually, look completely natural, and last much longer than most other injectables — over 24 months on average!
This dermal filler is completely unlike any other as it gets better with time. If you’re ready to turn back the clock, this treatment is worth a look.
It’s safe and FDA-approved
Sculptra is composed of poly-L-lactic acid, a molecule which is biodegradable, so it does not harm the body and is easily broken down and absorbed.
We use a very effective topical anasthetic to numb the skin prior to injections. The Sculptra powder is also reconstituted with water and lidocaine, so you will feel more numb as the injections are being done. Most people are surprised at how comfortable the treatments are.
It’s not “one and done”
On average, a minimum of three treatment sessions are needed over a period of several months.
Dr. Krachman recommends 2 vials every 8 weeks (for a total of 3 sessions) then yearly maintenance sessions.
Older patients, thinner patients, and patients who exercise extensively may require more product or more treatment sessions.
Here’s why this filler is so popular…
1. A Comprehensive Rejuvenation
2. Natural Results
3. Long-Lasting Improvement
4. A Low-Maintenance Option
5. Allergies Are Not a Concern
6. It Can Even Lift Your Butt
Though most often used to enhance the face and reverse signs of aging, Sculptra can also be used to perk up the derriere! It works in much the same way: after your treatment this filler generates collagen production, which lifts and tones the butt over a period of months.
Are there specific instructions to follow around the time of my Sculptra treatment?
You should avoid taking the following medications for at least 7 days prior to your injections to minimize bruising:
- Any type of anti-inflammatory medication – including Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Aleve.
- Any type of Omega-3 supplements such as fish oil, flax seed oil, Vitamin E.
- Start the Arnica pills (one tablet 3 times a day, dissolved in your mouth rather than swallowed whole) 3-7 days before your treatment and continue the pills until bruising resolves.
- Arnica lotion can be added after your injection sessions until your bruising is gone. This will reduce the healing time significantly.
Arnica products are available for purchase at Dermalogic Laser Center.
After your visit, we will send you home with an ice pack. Dr Krachman recommends that you ice the treatment area off and on for at least the first 24-48 hours.
MOST IMPORTANT is the Rule of 5’s: Massage the areas injected for 5 minutes, 5 times daily, for 5 days. This is critical to prevent the formation of nodules; we want to keep the Sculptra particles dispersed in the tissue rather than allowing too much collagen to form in one spot.