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 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.
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Sculptra Treatment Needs
Most patients need 2-4 treatments for the effective results, though some are pleased with the effects of a single treatment. 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 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 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.
Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology for the Greater Orange County Area.
Dr. Sikorski offers cosmetic & dermatology procedures to patients in all Orange County communities, including Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Irvine, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and San Juan Capistrano. Schedule your own consultational appointment today!