If you want firm, younger looking skin, collagen is the key. That’s why you see it listed as an ingredient in just about every skincare product. But topically applied collagen doesn’t affect the skin where it needs it, from beneath.
The problem is that every year after our 20th birthday, our bodies produce one additional percentage point less collagen. By the time we’re 50 that equates to a 30 percent decrease in collagen production. That’s why aging skin sags, droops, and allows the formation of lines, wrinkles, and creases, along with areas of volume loss such as the cheeks.
At SILK Medical Spa we offer a long-lasting non-invasive answer to this collagen decline — Sculptra. Sculptra is a dermal filler that triggers the body to produce new collagen where it is injected, filling lines and wrinkles around the mouth area for up to two years.
What is Sculptra?
Most dermal fillers provide instant results. True to their name they simply “fill in” the depressed area under a wrinkle or crease, pushing the skin back up.
Sculptra is different; its results are not immediate. Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which works within the skin to replace lost collagen. Sculptra is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time as collagen is replaced. This makes for a natural-looking appearance that improves over time, not an instant change as with other fillers. Sculptra is injected in three sessions over three to four months for the best results. These results can then last for two years!
How does Sculptra work?
At SILK, our trained aestheticians inject Sculptra into the deep dermal layer of the skin. This is the base of the skin’s second layer. Sculptra is injected in three sessions over the course of three to four months. Like typical fillers, Sculptra’s gel initially provides volume where injected and pushes the depressed area back upward, but this is only temporary. After a week or so, the wrinkle can reform to a lesser degree, but this is when Sculptra really gets to work. Microparticles of PLLA work within the deep dermis to rebuild lost collagen and provide structural skin support. As the PLLA is absorbed a collagen framework is created. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness to shallow to deep wrinkles and folds. This new collagen framework provides results that last up to two years, more than twice as long as most other fillers!
Where is Sculptra used?
Sculptra is effective for treating moderate to deeper lines. It is used for these typical lines and creases that develop around the mouth:
- Marionette lines (extending downward from the corners of your mouth)
- Parentheses lines (framing both sides of your mouth)
- Nasolabial folds (running from your nose down to the corners of your mouth, also called smile lines)
- Chin wrinkles
Am I a candidate for Sculptra?
There are few restrictions with Sculptra. If you have lines in the typical areas around your mouth, Sculptra can fill these lines and provide a long-lasting solution. The only patients not eligible for Sculptra are those with a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring. And if you have many allergies, you’ll need to check the ingredient list to see if you have any conflicts.
Are Sculptra injections painful?
Sculptra is injected more deeply than other dermal fillers, down into the dermis layer. That’s because the dermis layer is where the body produces collagen and Sculptra intends to boost your collagen production where injected.
Prior to your injections at SILK, we provide local anesthetic at the injection sites, depending on your preference. That makes these injections basically painless.
Is there anything I need to do to prepare for a Sculptra session?
Sculptra injections can cause some bruising. It’s not widespread or anything, but it’s a good idea to not take any aspirin or ibuprofen (Advil, etc.) for a couple days prior to your appointment because they can cause more bruising.
Is there any recovery after a Sculptra injection session?
Sculptra is the same as other dermal fillers. You may have some slight redness, swelling, and bruising at the injection sites, but these side effects usually resolve in a few hours. Patients can return to work or their other normal activities immediately after these injections.
Schedule your Sculptra consult with Dr. Sanders!
To learn more about Sculptra injections or to determine whether they are right for you, please be sure to book a one-on-one consult with Dr. George Sanders. Call (818) 981-8888 or fill out an appointment request form on our contact page. Our practice serves Encino and the surrounding areas of California.