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What is Sculptra Aesthetic?

Sculptra Aesthetic is a unique type of filler that stimulates your body’s own formation of natural ground substances and leads to restoring youthful fullness. Sculptra reduces hollows and repairs lose, deflated skin. It is composed of microparticles of Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLC), a synthetic form of lactic acid that is biocompatible with your body.

How does Sculptra work?

Sculptra works by stimulating the body to synthesize new collagen and elastin to gradually restore structure and volume, and skin firmness and plumpness for a more youthful appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers such as Juvederm, that provide temporary improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles, Sculptra is a long-term anti-aging treatment that tackles volume loss and lost elasticity that underlie facial aging.

Sculptra provides gradual improvement in volume and reduces deep wrinkles. Within a week the skin begins to create new collagen and after a series of 2-4 treatments full volumization is restored. Periodic maintenance injections can help to retain the desired results.

Sculptra results are natural because they stimulate the body’s own natural collagen production. Minimal side effects include bruising, pain at injection sites, and swelling and redness, which typically resolve within a few days to a week after injections.

Facial aging

Collagen is a protein found throughout the body and a key structural component of youthful, smooth and wrinkle-free skin. Elastin is also a protein that depends on collagen to keep the skin firm, and plump. With age collagen and elastin production naturally decline, and existing collagen and elastin degrades with sun exposure and environmental damage caused by pollution, smoking, and stress.

Beginning at approximately age 20, collagen and elastin degradation is faster than new collagen and elastin production. The skin’s tone and texture changes leading to fine lines and wrinkles. By age 50 there is about a 30% decrease in collagen and also reduced elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA). HA is a natural substance that keeps the skin looking hydrated. The result is a loss of fullness, hollowed temples and cheeks, shallow and deep wrinkles and folds, and jowling of the lower face.

Sculptra applications

  • For facial rejuvenation restoring volume, tightening and lifting the skin, and smoothing lines and creases.
  • Elevate the jowls with added volume in the cheek and restoring the jaw areas.
  • Fill and volumizes temple hollows.
  • Tighten and restore the jawline for a cleaner profile.
  • Enhance skin tone and texture to improve the appearance of décolleté.
  • De-age the hands softening the appearance of bulging tendons and veins.
  • Restore youthful balance and facial symmetry.
  • Softens the appearance of cellulite.

Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Rachel White has an artist’s eye and can visualize how to help you achieve your desired appearance. Contact her at RW Dermatology today to schedule a consultation.

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