Many people who want to refresh and rejuvenate their skin choose injectable fillers or neuromodulators. Injectables can provide amazing results, but in some cases, filler overuse may cause “filler fatigue”—tissue overstretching and increasing distortions.
If conventional injectable treatments no longer work for you, is a surgical procedure your only option? Consider Sculptra, a safe, minimally invasive, FDA-approved treatment that may boost your natural collagen production. Below, plastic surgeon Dr. Fredric M. Barr, M.D., F.A.C.S., of Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery in West Palm Beach, FL, explains how Sculptra helps restore the skin’s youthful appearance.
What Is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a PLLA (poly-L-lactic acid) non-toxic, biocompatible formulation that first appeared on the United States market in 2009 to treat fine lines and wrinkles. The product comes in vials of powder intended for mixing in a saline solution. Then the patient receives the substance as an injectable treatment, similar to conventional fillers.
Sculptra injections are for clients who want to diminish the appearance of skin sagging, smile lines, marionette lines, and other facial wrinkles while also creating youthful volume. Most users will require three to four Sculptra injections over several months.
How Sculptra Works
Standard dermal fillers work instantly, so you would typically notice visible results as soon as the slight post-procedure bruising and swelling subsided. Sculptra works differently: you probably won’t see any difference in your appearance in the first few days after treatment. The formulation takes a couple of weeks to start working in the part of the body where you received the injection.
When PLLA particles reach the inner layers of skin called the dermis, they trigger a minor reaction that stimulates the fibroblasts to produce more collagen. The collagen matrix wraps around the PLLA particles, which later dissolve, leaving behind a denser collagen structure. The result is plumper, firmer, more elastic, younger-looking skin.
A full course of Sculptra treatments may maintain its rejuvenating effect for up to two years, depending on the patient’s lifestyle and metabolism.
Is Sculptra the right option for you? Let’s break down the advantages this collagen stimulator treatment offers.
Natural, Gradual Effect
Rather than simply adding filler to a skin area that needs rejuvenation, Sculptra taps into your body’s natural ability to produce collagen. The result often looks more natural than the effect of a standard filler procedure.
Also, since Sculptra works slowly, its effects will be almost imperceptible at first. Your appearance will typically become more youthful over a few months as wrinkles smooth out, hollow areas fill and sagging diminishes. However, because the result is so gradual, people who see you daily may not even suspect you have undergone a cosmetic treatment.
Sculptra is a minimally invasive in-office procedure that takes around 45 minutes. It usually involves no downtime and only minor side effects like slight redness, bruising, and swelling, which should disappear on their own in a couple of days. The solution contains lidocaine to minimize any discomfort during the treatment.
After you’ve finished your course of Sculptra injections, you may enjoy plumper, smoother, and firmer skin for up to two years, while some other fillers require repeat treatments every four to six months. Many clients find that Sculptra treatment gives longer-lasting results compared to other injectables.
Poly-L-lactic acid, the active ingredient of Sculptra, is a non-allergenic, readily absorbable molecule. It is a derivative of lactic acid, a compound your muscles produce naturally. Sculptra is highly safe, and with proper application, the risk of developing an adverse reaction is practically zero.
Although allergy testing isn’t necessary before a Sculptra treatment, patients shouldn’t use Sculptra if they:
- Know they are allergic to one of the formulation’s ingredients, like lidocaine
- Have an active infection, inflammation, or dermal cyst at the intended injection site
- Have a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Are under 18
To maximize the procedure’s efficiency and reduce the risk of any side effects, choose an experienced practitioner who knows how to administer Sculptra and other cosmetic injectables. You deserve to be listened to and feel refreshed with luxurious skin treatments. A skilled doctor will perform precise, even injections that create a natural, uniform, lasting effect.
Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery: The Best Plastic Surgeon in West Palm Beach, FL
Have conventional cosmetic procedures left you disappointed? Do you feel that filler treatments no longer deliver the results you expect? Sculptra may help you achieve that natural youthful look you’ve been dreaming about.
Explore the options of Sculptra treatments, other injectables, and face procedures at Palm Beach Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery. Under the leadership of Dr. Fredric M. Barr, an acclaimed plastic surgeon with over 35 years of experience, our clinic provides the best rejuvenating plastic surgery treatments in West Palm Beach, FL, for patients in the United States and throughout the world. To schedule a consultation, call (561) 833-4122 or complete our online form.
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