Injectable dermal fillers are in no short supply, but at Beautique Medical Anti-Aging, we have one that goes beyond the norm and stimulates your body’s natural processes for more comprehensive improvements. It’s called Sculptra Aesthetic, and thanks to a unique formula, results can last more than two years.
What Is Sculptra Aesthetic?
In terms of your appearance, Sculptra delivers very natural results that restore a youthful plump to cheeks, temples, under the eyes, and around the mouth. This fullness reflects light without casting shadows that can make you look older and more tired than you are. The human eye is naturally drawn to reflected light, helping to give your skin an overall fresh, rejuvenated glow.
Corrects Lines and Wrinkles
Among the most common signs of aging are fine lines and wrinkles caused by collagen breakdowns that fail to continue supporting the skin. But Sculptra, which gradually ramps up collagen synthesis, helps the body replace old, unhealthy collagen fibers with those that are new. This returns to the skin its natural bounce and contours. Having said this, Sculptra is commonly used to correct marionette lines, smile lines, and wrinkles around the chin.
Softens Bony Planes
Two factors contribute to bony areas of the face: thinning skin and fat loss, both of which occur naturally with age. These changes make your cheekbones appear more prominent and diminish the curves so widely-recognized in youth. Sculptra helps these areas appear softer and fuller thanks to improved underlying support, but treatment offers another benefit as well: thicker, stronger skin that revives the whole of your face.
One of the most overlooked parts of the face is the area of the temples, where fat loss can cause hollows that reveal your natural bone structure. Restoring volume to these areas can impact your appearance in subtle but rejuvenating ways. Sculptra delivers on both ends, gradually replacing lost collagen so you never look “over-filled.”
How It Works
The active ingredient in Sculptra Aesthetic is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a semi-permanent and biocompatible implant that immediately augments treated tissues. You’ll therefore see instant albeit temporary volumizing in the treated areas. Then, after the body absorbs the carrier substance, PLLA particles trigger an inflammatory response that prompts the production of collagen type-I fibers in the skin.
Around half of the product gets digested within six months, during which time your results will continue to develop. Once optimal effects are achieved, they can last two years or more, thanks to the body’s internal mechanisms. This means collagen production will remain at elevated levels for an extended period of time, working from within to rebuild the skin’s shape and resiliency.
Collagen and Its Many Facets
You’re likely familiar with collagen, but you may not know all of the tasks it performs. Let’s start at the beginning, wherein production of this strong, insoluble fiber starts to wane in the late 20s. You lose approximately 1 percent every year after that, meaning that by the age of 45, you’ve lost nearly 25 percent of your base levels.
Sculptra jumpstarts this process to rebuild the skin’s natural structure, but collagen also supports the crucial functions of hyaluronic acid (HA) and elastin. HA keeps skin hydrated to promote its smooth, soft, and dewy texture, while elastin gives skin its elastic qualities. Together, collagen, elastin, and HA comprise most of the ECM and work in tandem together; when one is off-kilter, the other two tend to be as well. This explains why skin looks dry and lax in later years.
A youthful face demands more than bouncy skin; it also requires a smooth, even complexion that becomes more challenging with time. Sunspots, hyperpigmentation, and scars – especially those caused by acne – tend to take their toll. The answer, not surprisingly, is collagen; the amino acids it contains reduce these concerns to give you a brighter and more balanced tone.
The Fountain of Youth
While we don’t recommend you imbibe this treatment, it does provide results akin to the fabled fountain of youth. By revving collagen production, Sculptra treats current signs of aging and also prevents additional ones from developing. This means that after your recommended series of treatments (most patients need more than one session), you’ll stop the natural degradation that time renders to skin.
The Benefits of a Gradual Process
Sculptra Aesthetic does not deliver overnight results, but far from being an impediment, this is perceived as a benefit. Your appearance will not change in drastic, dramatic ways but will instead slowly and gradually look fresher and younger. Today’s aesthetic treatments work to supplement your natural beauty rather than completely alter your appearance. Most patients prefer this because they don’t want to alert others they’ve had “work done.”
Who Is This Right for?
We treat patients as early as their 20s and as late as their 80s, although most are in their 40s and 50s. It’s important to note the earlier you start, the easier treatment is. We generally recommend that people around age 35 start considering volumizing treatments, especially with Sculptra, as it keeps your skin healthier for longer.
Treatment is intended for patients with healthy immune systems who want to correct facial wrinkles and fat loss. You should not use Sculptra if you are allergic to its ingredients or have a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation. We will delay your session if you have a skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area.
A Treatment With Long-Term Benefits
Sculptra can revive and refresh your appearance by stimulating collagen synthesis, a protein crucial to the shape, structure, and clarity of your skin. Opting for treatment now, rather than delaying it, can help stave off the signs of aging and restore a smoother, plumper effect to your face. And once your effects start to develop, you’ll enjoy them for years before needing maintenance sessions. Contact us to schedule your consultation today.