When it comes to anti-aging treatments, anything that can stimulate collagen production is the gold standard. Increasing collagen production is the most natural way to combat aging and get beautiful and subtle-looking results. At Ideal Face and Body in Beverly Hills, CA, we offer Sculptra. This unique cosmetic injectable stimulates collagen production below the skin’s surface to address aging and enhance the features.
How Is Sculptra Different From Other Fillers?
Sculptra is a dermal filler that treats the signs of aging and minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, but it works differently than most fillers. The most common fillers are hyaluronic acid-based fillers. Still, this filler qualifies as a collagen-stimulating filler because its main ingredient doesn’t just plump the skin for immediate results but forces the body to create more collagen and elastin in the treatment area so that you get natural results that continue to improve over time.
Hyaluronic Acid-Based Fillers vs. Collagen-Stimulating Fillers
HA fillers plump, smooth, and lift the skin with a gel-like substance that contains a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid. This synthetic substance has a near-identical makeup of the body’s hyaluronic acid, so it blends with the skin’s structure to deliver natural results when injected below the skin’s surface.
Results are immediate and long-lasting, but they are also temporary. HA fillers will eventually wear off, and if you don’t schedule follow-up treatments, your skin will simply return to its pre-injection state.
The Collagen-Stimulating Filler Difference
Collagen-stimulating fillers take a little more time to deliver final results because they rely on the body to create more collagen for results. Both HA fillers and collagen-stimulating fillers like Sculptra aim to address the aging process to smooth lines and wrinkles and deliver volume to hollow areas. Still, they do it in different ways with different ingredients.
What Is Collagen?
Collagen is the most plentiful protein in the body. Your body creates it to help your tendons, muscles, skin, and bones all hold together. When you’re younger, your body produces plenty of collagen. As you age, collagen begins to break down, and the skin can hollow, and your facial structure can change.
The difference between your younger pictures and some of your more current pictures has everything to do with a change in your body’s collagen production and the weakening of your existing collagen supply.
Do Collagen Supplements Work?
There are many forms of collagen supplementation, including topical products, powders, and liquid supplements intended for daily consumption. However, there is nothing more effective than your real collagen. Topical products that contain different forms of collagen can hydrate the skin and improve its appearance to some extent, but those products cannot fill hollow depressions, nor can they restore volume below the skin’s surface.
Additionally, taking oral collagen supplements is good for your body. Still, they won’t make a significant improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles the same way that a collagen-stimulating filler can.
All About Sculptra
Sculptra is a cosmetic injectable whose main ingredient is poly-L-lactic acid. When used in a cosmetic injectable, this ingredient can help restructure the face and add volume by helping the body produce more collagen in the treatment area. It does deliver an immediate plumping effect, but eventually, the body breaks it down, but that doesn’t mean that your results will wear off.
When your body breaks the poly-L-lactic acid down and flushes it from your system, your face will not return to its pre-injection state. It will have increased collagen, so even when the main ingredient wears off, you’ll still have some beautiful and natural results.
What Does It Treat?
This collagen-stimulating dermal filler can both treat the signs of aging and enhance the features. It is used to address the lines that form between the nose in the chin, including smile lines, also known as nasolabial folds, marionette lines, also known as laugh lines, and wrinkles that form on the chin.
It can also create cheekbones, fill in depressions at the temples, and rejuvenate the entire face. It addresses aging at its source by targeting the dermis, stimulating collagen production, and helping deliver natural-looking results that appear gradually.
Because this injectable delivers results gradually, it can be used to spot-treat different areas of the body. It can address crepey skin, rejuvenate the knees, elbows, and hands, and sculpt the body in the most non-invasive and natural way possible.
One of the more popular uses of this injectable when treating the body is to create a non-surgical butt lift. When injected into the hip area and buttocks, you can achieve increased size and a curvier shape without undergoing any invasive surgical procedure.
Another common use of sculpture is to sell scars to create a more even skin texture. When this injectable is administered to acne or surgical scars, it forces the body to produce more collagen in that area which lifts the depression and helps it blend better with the rest of the skin.
How Long Does It Take To See Results?
You may notice an initial plumping from the primary ingredient in this dermal filler once you receive injections. Still, your final outcome will not be noticeable until a few months after your initial treatment. The body needs time to create collagen in the treatment area once stimulated to do so, and collagen production can take up to 12 weeks yet often shows up sooner, typically within six weeks.
One of the benefits of this filler, especially for those who want a natural look, is that results are gradual as collagen builds within the dermis. Your treatment areas will gradually improve over time, but you won’t look like you went and had injections done immediately after your appointment.
How Long Will Results Last?
Once you undergo treatment and achieve the final outcome of your collagen-building injections, you can expect your results to last two to five years. When you come in for your initial consultation, we can provide you with an idea of how long the results will last based on the area you choose to treat and how many treatment sessions you undergo.
Once you begin to notice a change in your appearance due to additional signs of the aging process, you can schedule a follow-up treatment to once again stimulate collagen production and help ward off aging.
What Happens During a Treatment Session?
Before you undergo an injection, you will need to schedule an initial consultation at our office. This appointment is an important first step in the process because it allows you to meet with an injector to discuss your problem areas and learn more about this treatment process. You can ask any questions you may have and learn more about the results as we create a customized treatment plan for you.
On the day of your appointment, we will begin your treatment by cleaning your treatment sites to sanitize the area. Then, your injector will administer the injections to your treatment area. This treatment takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to complete based on which area you choose to address.
There is no downtime associated with these injections. Still, we will provide you with a complete list of aftercare instructions so that you can take every necessary measure to get the best results by protecting your skin and the treatment sites.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
It typically takes three injection sessions to achieve the best results. While the total number of sessions needed varies among patients based on their age and goals, you can expect to undergo a few sessions to achieve your results. We can provide you with a better idea of what your treatment plan will look like during your consultation.
Is It Right for Me?
If you have hollow areas in your face, lines and wrinkles, need some facial rejuvenation, or want to rejuvenate and enhance different areas of your body, you may be the ideal candidate for this injectable. The best candidates for Sculptra understand that this dermal filler is not a quick fix. While results will appear gradually, they won’t be immediate like other dermal fillers.
Understanding exactly how this dermal filler works and what kind of results you can expect, when you can expect them, and how many treatments you will need is essential to qualify as an ideal candidate for the treatment.
Restore Your Collagen the Natural Way
This injectable will get you one step closer to the fountain of youth. With just a few quick injections, you can initiate an anti-aging response within your body, restore your skin’s collagen, and achieve a natural yet youthful appearance. Contact us today at Ideal Face and Body in Beverly Hills, CA, and schedule your initial consultation.