What is Sculptra?
Sculptra™ is a Collagen Stimulator, a new injectable treatment to smooth wrinkles, restore facial volume and contour the face. It works by stimulating the rebuilding of the body’s own collagen to get rid of lines and wrinkles and restore a youthful appearance with gradual, natural looking results. FDA study results show lasting results past 2 years. Your own new collagen will of course age “with” you, but does not degrade like a temporary filler would.
In essence, the improvements you attain are a result of your own collagen. No other product has proven to provide this activation of collagen restoration.
As we age we naturally lose fat, muscle and bone – When these losses cause a gaunt older look, Sculptra can be injected to address the loss on a “global” basis in the face. This is something that fillers cannot achieve.
Sculptra is also used to restore volume deficiencies that may be genetic, caused by illness, weight loss, and in some Mission Viejo and Orange County patients, previous facelift surgery where volume was not factored into the end results.
Simple Procedure for Volume Loss and Lipoatrophy
Sculptra® is approved by the FDA for restoration and/or correction of volume loss; it is the first FDA-approved product of its kind. It is widely used by specially trained surgeons and dermasurgeons who wish to offer their patients a simple procedure for restoring a plumper more youthful appearance.
As we age all of us develop facial fat loss, or lipoatrophy. This loss of fat beneath the skin is noticeable to us because it can result in sunken cheeks, indentations, and hollow eyes.
Sculptra® is an injectable product that restores and corrects the signs of facial fat loss by replacing lost volume, which can cause hollows at the temples, under the eyes, in the cheeks, and the jowls. Sculptra® provides an increase in skin thickness, helping to create a more natural facial appearance in those with facial lipoatrophy.
Sculptra® is a safe, biocompatible material that is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss and skin depressions. It provides a gradual and significant increase in skin thickness, improving the appearance of folds and sunken areas. No skin testing is required. The primary component is poly-l-lactic acid, which actually comes from milk. The same material as dissolvable sutures, it has been used in safely inside the body for decades.
Sculptra – Re-contouring your face by stimulating your own collagen
The results from Sculptra® treatment are not immediate; Sculptra® provides a gradual increase in skin thickness so you must allow several weeks and months for your tissues to rejuvenate. As your collagen re-grows you will slowly begin to see the signs of aging starting to reverse. And since this is not a filler, but your own tissue that is regenerating, the effects of Sculptra® are enduring. In a clinical study, effects lasted for up to 2 years minimum after just the first treatment session in most Mission Viejo and Orange County patients.
Sculptra Treatment Needs
Most patients need 2-4 treatments for the best results, though some are pleased with the effects of a single treatment. Mission Viejo and OC patients under 40 years of age usually need two treatments. Ages 40-60 years usually need 3 treatments. Ages 60 and above patients may often need 4 treatments to address all the areas which show volume loss and sagging. Since everyone reacts differently you need to re-evaluate your results after each treatment. Results may vary.
For most Mission Viejo and Orange County patients doing a full course for aging correction results should last a minimum of 2-3 years. Of course, “time marches on” and you are always continuing to lose your collagen/volume, but some patients may average 5 years or more before they decide to “touch-up” their appearance.
A recent European study* has shown:
- Long-lasting correction of small and large tissue defects
- Volume effects were found to persist in numerous patients for over 3 years
- Sculptra™ has potential to improve quality of life
- Replaces lost volume caused by ageing
- Corrects deep folds, wrinkles and contour defects
- Increases dermal thickness
- Biocompatible and biodegradable
- Allergy testing is unnecessary
- Used in orthopedic and facial surgery and for the correction of scars and wrinkles
- Low frequency of side effects
- Contains Poly-L-lactic acid which is biocompatible and biodegradable
- Synthetically produced and allergy testing is unnecessary
- Used as a polymer in medicine for 25 years
- PLLA has been safely used for about 10 years in orthopedic and facial surgery and for the correction of scars and wrinkles
- Well tolerated
- Minimally invasive with a low frequency of side effects
- Over 150,000 patients have been treated world-wide since 1999
- More than 17,000 patients have been treated in the UK since 2005
Sculptra™ is suitable for increasing the volume of depressed areas, particularly to correct skin depressions, such as skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars and eye rings.
Not to be used in the case of acute or chronic skin disease (infection or inflammation) near to he area of the face being treated. This product should not be used for Mission Viejo and Orange County patients who are allergic to individual ingredients of the product.
How quickly does Sculptra work?
The effect of Sculptra™ cosmetic treatment is gradual and exceptionally natural looking. Two or three treatments are usually required, and the benefits may become noticeable after about six weeks.
Your Consultation Visit
You’ll enjoy a relaxing visit to our office where you can ask questions, meet our staff, take a tour of our office and surgical suite and view additional photo results of our Mission Viejo and OC patients.
Your consultation assessment is with Dr. Sikorski, not an impersonal or commissioned sales person. Fees and procedure preparations are discussed with our patient coordinator, who will detail the surgical experience with you.
We look forward to meeting with you and helping you find the simplest solution to achieve the goals you desire. Get the skin you always wanted with Sculptra. Contact our office in the Mission Viejo and Orange County area to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sikorski. Call (949) 448-0487.