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Sculptra: 3 Things You Didn’t Know About This Popular Dermal Filler

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Like it or not, we all age, and as we get older, we lose the collagen and elasticity that gives our skin that youthful appearance. When we’re young, our face is heart-shaped, but over time, as that heart starts to flip down, we begin to get “jowly” from a loss of volume under the cheek area.

Luckily, in today’s world, there are various products and treatments that can help us retain that youthful look we all desire. While some of these products can deliver amazing results, the effects can often be short-lived.  

We spoke recently with Dr. Hartman to get the real scoop on how Sculptra is revolutionizing the way many people think about dermal fillers. With its ability to help patients replace lost collagen, Sculptra doesn’t just cover up the symptoms of aging; it addresses an underlying cause.

Here are three things you should know before deciding if Sculptra is right for you.

Sculptra, Made From Poly-L-Lactic Acid is Different From Other Dermal Fillers

Sculptra is unique and unlike any other dermal filler on the market today. While other fillers are composed of Hyaluronic Acid, they’re typically only used to treat one area, often being placed on the bone, such as the cheek, nasolabial folds, lips, or under-eyes. These fillers produce immediate results that only last for several months at best.

Sculptra is completely different from these traditional dermal fillers. While being placed back towards the hairline, Sculptra affects the foundation of the face, restoring the underlying structure of the skin. It’s truly the only liquid facelift out there.

“As a poly-L-lactic acid, Sculptra stimulates collagen production, ultimately restoring your natural facial volume,” states Dr. Hartman with Skin Wellness. “With patients receiving about 3-4 treatments every 6 weeks, they build collagen over time, resulting in a full-facial rejuvenation.”

What Does Sculptra Ingredients Consist Of?

This treatment is made with an FDA-approved injectable poly-L-lactic acid, which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body and helps stimulate collagen production. Once the Sculptra treatment is injected, it slowly works to correct both deep and shallow folds in the skin—helping the body reproduce lost collagen.

Sculptra’s Collagen Production Results Can Last More Than Two Years

As soon as you receive an injection, you’ll look like a million bucks, but we’ll go ahead and tell you, those results will be gone the next day. This is because your body takes 4-6 weeks to produce its own collagen growth. While this is the reason you won’t see lasting effects immediately, it’s also the reason Sculptra is the longest-lasting filler on the market.

Results can last for more than two years, but even after two years, most patients simply need one treatment a year thereafter the initial treatment, also making it one of the most cost-effective treatments available.

With most patients seeing dramatic results at the two-month mark, for those that can muster up the patience, its lasting effects make it well worth the wait. “Sculptra is a great option for patients with crinkly or raisin-like skin,” says Dr. Hartman. “With Sculptra, we’ll increasingly make that skin more like a grape again with results that last much longer than other fillers.”

Sculptra Won’t Make You Look Like You Had Work Done

With most Sculptra patients receiving three injections over the course of three to four months, results appear gradually. With this subtle enhancement over time, many of our patients say that their friends and family are unable to pinpoint what’s changed, asking if they got a haircut or lost weight.  It’s good for patients who don’t want to be obvious about the areas they’re treating and are interested in stimulating collagen over time.

Sculptra results last about two years after receiving the three recommended treatments, and there really isn’t any downtime. Side effects can include:

  • A higher risk of bruising at the injection site.
  • Some injection site swelling may occur but will be temporary.
  • Numbness may last a bit longer because the product is actually tiny filaments that are suspended in lidocaine, however, this also allows for less painful injections.

This natural, more youthful-looking appearance is actually why Alabama has some of the most Sculptra users in the country. In the South, we’re all about that all-natural look, and that’s why we tell patients that Sculptra isn’t going to make you look like you’re in your 20s. It’s just going to give you a more well-rested, fresh appearance.

What Are The Benefits of Sculptra Injections And Treatment Sessions?

Rejuvenate and revitalize your appearance with a Sculptra treatment from Skin Wellness. With little to no downtime and considerably longer-lasting results, for up to two years, then other dermal facial fillers, Sculptra can benefit you in a multitude of ways.

  • Prompt collagen development
  • Smooth out the facial texture
  • Natural looking results
  • More facial volume
  • Long-lasting

Good candidates for Sculptra collagen-stimulator treatments are those who want to restore fullness to their face slowly and discreetly, rather than a quick fix with dermal fillers, to address fine lines and wrinkles that may make them look older than they feel inside. Sculptra is used in areas such as:

  • Marionette lines (the lines from the lips to the chin)
  • Smile lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Cheekbones
  • and other places of concern.

Dr. Hartman and Dr. Dyck in Birmingham can consult with patients to discuss all the parts of the face in which Sculptra can help turn back the hands of time.

Stop Facial Wrinkles and Schedule Your Sculptra Consultation in Birmingham, AL Today

One of the many advantages of Sculptra treatment is the long-lasting results. By stimulating collagen growth, the body naturally maintains a more youthful look for a longer period. This allows Sculptra treatments to last for up to two years after the final injections. If you want gradual, subtle, and beautifully natural results, Sculptra may be perfect for you.

With offices conveniently located in Birmingham and Chelsea, AL, Skin Wellness gives you access to experienced and skilled skin care professionals and dermatologists that want to help you look your best.

For more information about Sculptra, or any other dermal filler offered at Skin Wellness, contact us today! Together, we can enhance your appearance and give you more youthful, healthy-looking skin.

At Skin Wellness Center of Alabama, we offer cutting-edge skin care and dermatology services to our patients in the Greater Birmingham area, including Hoover and Homewood. At our offices in Birmingham & Chelsea, AL, our certified dermatologists are here to listen to your concerns and offer the individualized, high level of patient care you seek. We believe in making care accessible and affordable, and we will go out of our way to accommodate your visit.