Aging takes a lot from us – our energy, our endurance, and yes, even the health of our skin. But overcoming aging isn’t an insurmountable challenge! With the right cosmetic treatments, it’s easy to recapture your youth and restore your beauty once again. At Pure Wellness Therapy in Palm Beach, FL, we know that dermal fillers like Sculptra can be excellent choices for those who want to rejuvenate their appearance and rekindle their youthful beauty once more.
What Does Sculptra Treat and Where Is It Injected?
Sculptra is a dermal treatment, which means it is designed to primarily correct age-related appearance concerns. This filler is a dynamic treatment that can address a variety of aging concerns in the mid-face, or the area of the face from the cheekbones to the chin. Some specific concerns treated by this dermal filler include:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Smile lines
- Marionette lines
- Chin wrinkles
- Nasolabial folds
- Skin laxity
- Skin dryness, uneven texture, and uneven tone
Although this treatment is used to address a variety of age-related concerns, there are really only a few key targets for areas of injection. In particular, the areas of your face that will receive the injectable solution are those areas on the mid-face that contribute the most to the visible signs of aging. The most common areas to receive this injection include:
- Area around nose and mouth
- Area around eye
How Does It Work?
This is a dermal filler treatment, which means the treatment itself will require the use of a small, thin needle to inject the special treatment solution directly into the sub-dermal areas of the skin. Patients who have sensitive skin or who are made anxious by needles may choose to use a topical numbing cream to ensure comfort for the duration of the treatment. Your treatment appointments will take about 30 minutes to complete, just like any other dermal filler.
The key to how this treatment works can be found in the special formula of the injectable solution. For this treatment, the main active ingredient is microspheres made out of poly-L-lactic acid. Once injected into your skin, the microspheres are slowly absorbed and metabolized by the body, which results in the increase of collagen and elastin production deep within your skin to restore a youthful visage.
The Importance of Poly-L-Lactic Acid for Your Skin
Poly-L-lactic acid is instrumental in plumping the surface and sub-surface of skin, creating volume, filling in fine lines and wrinkles, and rejuvenating your appearance. Poly-L-lactic acid is an interesting chemical compound found in some of the world’s leading beauty products, particularly anti-aging moisturizers. When injected under the skin, however, this special lactic acid can instantly revitalize your appearance.
Poly-L-lactic acid is scientifically proven to increase the production of both collagen and elastin in the skin. Collagen and elastin are each proteins that provide structural support to the skin, so when the levels of these proteins decrease as a result of aging, the visible signs of aging begin to appear. Because poly-L-lactic acid increases the production of these proteins, this dermal filler essentially reverses aging right at the source.
How Many Vials Will You Need?
If you’ve had dermal filler treatments before, then you should already know those filler injections are carefully calculated to take into account your age and the severity of your skin condition. Unlike other dermal fillers, this treatment simplifies the math. Generally speaking, the number of vials you will need for treatment corresponds with your age.
For example, if you are in your 30s, you will require 3 vials, while someone in their 50s will require 5 vials. The number of vials you need will also determine how many treatment appointments you need to attend. Most aestheticians recommend doing no more than 2 vials per treatment, which means a patient in their 30s will have 2 appointments and a patient in their 50s will have 3 appointments to achieve optimal results.
How Long Do Results Last?
Sculptra really beats out the competition in terms of longevity. While there are some dermal fillers, such as certain versions of Juvederm, that can last for about 1 or 2 years, this dermal filler is clinical proven to last for 2 years or more with reliability that other dermal fillers can’t compare to. The majority of patients can expect to enjoy the results of this dermal filler for 2 years at a minimum, although it’s not unheard of for results to continue to be visible for almost 2 1/2 years.
How Frequently Should You Have Treatment?
The frequency of your treatment is fairly predictable. For your initial round of treatment, your treatment appointments will be spaced apart by 4 weeks until you have completed all of your vials. After that, you will only need to seek this treatment once every 2 years. It’s ideal for patients to keep their annual treatments regular in order to have a seamless extension of the results.
What Are the Main Benefits of Sculptra?
There are so many benefits for this treatment that it’s almost impossible to count them all – but we’re going to try, anyway. One of the best benefits of this treatment, for example, is the fact that it can last up to 2 years at a time, making it one of the longest-lasting and seamless dermal fillers in the world. Other benefits of this treatment include:
Stimulating the collagen production within your skin is essential to battling against the visible signs of aging. While you might find collagen in some of your favorite over-the-counter anti-aging products, particularly serums and moisturizers, there really is no comparison for how much more effective your natural collagen is for reducing the signs of aging.
The best part about the collagen-stimulating benefit is the fact that the collagen in your body will continue to produce at a high rate long after all of the poly-L-lactic acids has been metabolized. This is why some patients who respond even more favorably to the treatment can enjoy results that last a bit longer than 2 years.
While dermal fillers are generally considered volumizing treatments, this treatment goes a step further by also being used as a contouring treatment. This filler is commonly used to soften the appearance of the bones in the face. As we age, increased skin laxity and thinness makes the bones in our faces stand out more, which can lead to a hollow and gaunt appearance.
This filler can be injected along the lines of the bones in your face, as well as in areas where hollowness is most evident, which will then soften the features of your face and give you a more youthful visage.
Gradual and Natural-Looking Results
Another unique benefit of this treatment is the fact that the results are gradual. While other dermal fillers have results that can be seen in as little as a week, this filler requires a bit more time. The results of this treatment will appear gradually as your body begins to metabolize the poly-L-lactic acid and collagen stimulation increased.
And because these results are so gradual, you can also enjoy the benefit of your results looking natural. Some dermal fillers can end up looking artificial, but because of the way this filler’s active ingredient works, you can achieve more natural-looking results.
This treatment is most commonly used on the mid-face, but that’s not the only area where this treatment can be used. There are new studies that are exploring the use of this filler on other areas of the body, such as the buttocks for a non-surgical butt-lift. This treatment can also be used near the temples to alleviate other loss of skin volume.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes. This treatment is just as safe as other dermal fillers and very few people have any allergic response to poly-L-lactic acid. If it is your first time using a filler of any type, however, we might request that you complete a simple allergy test to verify you are a good candidate for this treatment.
2. Is There a Best Age for Treatment?
Yes and no. While you can certainly have this treatment as soon as you notice visible signs of aging appearing on your face, which can happen as early as the mid-30s, some aestheticians recommend waiting on this treatment until the condition of your skin cannot be treated by other cosmetic treatments. Most of the patients who use this treatment are between ages 40 and 60.
3. Is There a Best Time for Treatment?
Yes and no. You can have this treatment during any time of the year without any risk of negative side effects, but if you are having this treatment to prepare for a special life event, then your timing will be key. Because it takes time for the results of this filler to become evident, it’s best if you plan to have your treatment appointments at least 6 months before your life event.
4. Is This Treatment Appropriate for All Skin Types?
Yes. There are some cosmetic treatments, such as laser skin resurfacing treatments, that are not appropriate when used on medium or dark complexions due to the increased risk of pigmentation side effects. This filler has no such restrictions and is considered safe for all skin types and skin tones.
5. Is This Treatment Better Than Other Dermal Fillers?
It’s hard to say if this filler is better than others. If you are comparing based on the longevity of the results, then this filler is certainly going to be the winner. However, some patients find that other dermal fillers work better for their specific appearance needs. If you aren’t sure which filler is right for you, we will help you find the treatment ideal for your aesthetic concerns and goals.
6. Are There Treatments You Can Combine With This One?
Yes. Dermal fillers are compatible with many other cosmetic treatments, including facials, chemical peels, microdermabrasion, dermaplaning, neurotoxins, and sometimes even other dermal fillers. If you are interested in combining treatments to achieve all of your aesthetic goals, please let us know during your consultation appointment so we can help you create a treatment timeline.
7. How Can You Prolong Results?
Prolonging the results of this treatment is easy when you make good lifestyle choices. This means drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, and using the right skincare products that will enhance the health of your skin while also protecting against further age-related damage.
8. Are You a Good Candidate?
Most patients are good candidates for this treatment. If you have multiple age-related appearance concerns, particularly hollowness, skin laxity, and wrinkles on the mid-face, you are likely a good candidate for this treatment.
Plump Your Appearance With Sculptra!
When you’re fighting a battle against aging, it’s important you have all the right tools on your side. If you think Sculptra might be the key to plumping your appearance and revitalizing your beauty, please contact Pure Wellness Therapy in Palm Beach, FL to schedule your consultation appointment today!