Collagen is a vital protein for skin health. It is present in different forms in our bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, skin, and hair, and it is the most abundant protein in our bodies. For the skin, collagen does a world of good, making it smooth, firm, and elastic.
Under normal circumstances, a special type of cell called a fibroblast is in charge of producing a regular supply of fresh collagen to replace what is lost due to wear and tear. In the meantime, damaged collagen is broken down by certain enzymes in the body and flushed away. In this way, the skin is kept healthy and youthful.
However, aging and the effects of pollution, stress, sun exposure, poor diet, and smoking tamper with this system. They speed up collagen breakdown and weaken the fibroblasts, leaving the skin hanging. Every facial expression strains the existing collagen. Wrinkles and creases start appearing.
The good news is that it is possible to rebuild collagen in the skin to reverse these effects to an extent. With the help of Sculptra, the skin can once again have a healthy supply of collagen.
Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler that treats facial wrinkles without the need for any surgical treatment. While injections of substances like Botox are designed to temporarily relax the crease-causing muscles, Sculptra is instead designed to smooth out the wrinkles by building new collagen in the tissues.
And Sculptra is no ordinary dermal filler. It’s actually categorized as a collagen stimulator, meaning its main focus is to naturally increase the production of collagen. Sculptra contains a synthetically produced form of lactic acid called poly-L-lactic acid. This substance aids in creation of fibroblasts.
When this product is injected into the patient’s light, moderate, and severe wrinkles, the spaces under the wrinkles are initially puffed out. But as the aqueous part is absorbed into the body, the swelling goes down within a few days. The creases reappear at this stage, but it is only temporary.
After your initial treatment, you’ll need to come in for up to four more treatments in order to ensure that your aesthetic goals are met. Revitalized by the presence of microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid, the skin will produce more collagen over the next two to six months in the deep dermal skin layer.
Though the anti-wrinkle effects of Sculptra take a bit longer to manifest than other injectables, it is worth the wait – the results are more natural and longer lasting. It enables the body to help itself, in the process making the skin softer, suppler, and more youthful-looking.
Exactly how long will you see the effects of Sculptra? The amount of time varies from patient to patient, but it typically lasts for two years or longer, sometimes even up to five years. This is much longer than other dermal fillers.
If you’d like to learn more about Sculptra and get started with your treatments, contact our office and schedule a consultation. With the help of experienced plastic surgeons Doctors Andrew Ordon and Ritu Chopra, you’ll be able to fill those wrinkles to restore smooth and beautiful skin.