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Lunchtime Liquid Facelift – SCULPTRA

By April 17, 2012 No Comments


Every person wants to look good and presentable all the time. However, due to environmental factors such as ultraviolet rays, pollution, and other irritants, our skin may lose its elasticity and innate beauty. As we age, our skin loses volume, fullness, and firmness. It may lose its natural, youthful glow, sag and wrinkle. Fine lines and wrinkles, particularly around the nose and mouth area (called nasolabial lines and folds), affect many aging men and women. Thankfully today there are several options to deal with wrinkles. For instance a sure shot to removing wrinkles would be to use a dermal volumizer like Sculptra, which is indeed a good alternative to painful plastic surgeries.It is a volumizer and not a filler because it gradually adds volume to your face by stimulating your own bodes collagen production.

What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an injectable synthetic product or dermal filler made of poly-L-lactic acid. It is not harmful to the body, thus it is safe for use. The body can also break it down quite easily so in case you are not satisfied with the results, it can go back to its original state causing no harm to your face. It is a proven method that can help us be able to enhance our physical appearance. This treatment is now widely used due to its positive effects. It has been used in Europe since the year 1999 and has fast becoming popular in the US as well. It is also FDA approved since 2009.

How does Sculptra reduce wrinkles?

It helps by stimulating the body to produce collagen that can add volume to our face, thus correcting facial fat loss. As a result, patients can have fuller facial contour, tighter, more radiant skin, and reduced wrinkles that will make them more young looking. Unlike other dermal fillers, which are the ones directly filling up the wrinkles or scars themselves.  Sculptra works by stimulating collagen production so that the natural collagen will be the one to fill in the wrinkles, scars, and folds. This is also the reason why with Sculptra it takes longer to see results unlike other dermal fillers wherein the results are quite immediate and abrupt.

How does Sculptra compare to plastic surgery?

Compared to surgical treatments, Sculptra is a non-invasive procedure. It is also a gradual process. It takes about a few sessions to do. The number of sessions will depend on your desired results as well as your needs. Usually, three to four sessions with a 3-6 week interval will do. The effects are not abrupt compared to surgical treatments or botox. This means that you will not show up with your face swelling up and tight. With the use of Sculptra, small changes will occur one session after another so it just keeps getting better and better each time. This way, physical changes appears more natural. In addition, there are no more painful surgical procedures that you will have to undergo. It is also far less expensive than surgery.

In what facial areas can Sculptra Be Used?

Another important thing to know about Sculptra is that this dermal filler can be used in a variety of areas unlike other fillers that are restricted to the laugh lines. This means it is great to use for facial wrinkles around these areas which are also called as smile wrinkles.  Can also be used beautifully to fill temporal hollowing.   Sculptra is not recommended to use on the forehead and the lips so you can use other types of dermal filler for these areas.

How long does it take for Sculptra results to become visible?

The results for botox are usually noticeable within a few days or 1 week after treatment. On the other hand, the results in Sculptra should start to appear within a month or two or after 3 sessions since the injected solution is still on the process of making the body produce more collagen.

For those who want immediate results, then Sculptra is probably not the treatment for you. However, if you want to have your face done but would not want others to take notice of it in an instant as if you had a facelift, then Sculptra is best to use because of its gradual results which give subtle improvements over time.

If you are the type of person who is afraid of going over the knife, but would love to have a more youthful face without the wrinkles, then Sculptra is a great treatment that you can try. It is cheaper, non-invasive, and the results are outstanding. The results last between 2-4 years in most cases, which is longer lasting, compared to other types of treatment and dermal fillers like Juvaderm or Restylane which are equally popular as well but can last only for about 6 months to 1 year at most.

Where and how will Sculptra  be administered?

It is usually administered by Dr. Layke or Dr. Danielpour with local numbing medicine.  The solution will be injected intradermally on the location of the wrinkles, skin depression, and the like. After the injection, the patient can go home and proceed to his usual routine. It is that quick and easy!

What are the side effects of Sculptra?

The side effects may include some swelling or redness around the injected area. Some also report of bruising, lumps, granulomas, bumps, and other skin irritations. However, these usually resolve within a period of 1 to 2 days.

Therefore, if you think that you are starting to have those wrinkles and fine lines that make you look a lot older than you really are, choose a dermal filler that is FDA approved, safe, cost-effective, with less pain and side effects, and of course one that provides excellent results. Most important of all, choose someone who is licensed and well experienced in the field of plastic surgery and dermatology to do the job as sometimes it is not only the product or dermal filler you use that matters, but the way it is administered or injected is a big factor as well.