Collagen is your body’s natural filler. If your body didn’t age and your collagen production rates didn’t decrease every year after 30, you wouldn’t need dermal fillers to restore volume to your face. However, since we do age and collagen rates do decline, we need something to fill in the gaps and restore youth to the skin. At Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV, we offer a collagen-stimulating filler called Sculptra that increases collagen production and delivers natural-looking results.
Does Sculptra Look Natural?
One of the main characteristics of Sculptra Aesthetic that distinguishes it from other fillers is that it is a collagen-stimulating filler. It contains an active ingredient called poly-L-lactic acid that forces the body to create more collagen when injected into areas of the face. It doesn’t rely on a synthetic hyaluronic acid-based gel formulation to fill hollow areas like many dermal fillers do.
Instead uses a collagen-stimulating ingredient to help your body produce more collagen on its own. The results are natural and provide you with a way to restore volume to your face, chest, and hands, and that volume will be all yours. You’ll get natural-looking results from your own collagen, and your results will continue to improve over time.
What Is Sculptra?
Sculptra Aesthetic is a collagen-stimulating filler. It increases collagen production wherever it’s injected. It contains poly-L-lactic acid, a collagen-stimulating ingredient that helps the body produce more collagen in the treatment area. It can be used to restore volume and address hollow areas in the upper, middle, and lower half of the face as well as the hands and chest.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect Post-Treatment?
Once injected with this collagen-stimulating filler, you will notice an immediate plumping effect in your treatment area due to the ingredients in the filler formulation. This plumping effect is primarily due to the saline solution in the filler. However, that effect will dissipate within a few days, but you can rest assured that you will achieve natural-looking results as your body creates more collagen in your treatment areas.
It typically takes several weeks before you begin to notice visible improvements in your problem areas. Still, you can rest assured that once you undergo the treatment process, you will achieve noticeable results.
What Areas Can It Treat?
This cosmetic injectable is designed to help restore volume to the upper, middle, and lower half of the face. It can improve your skin and restore volume where it has been lost as a result of the aging process. It can also be used to restore volume to the hands.
As you age, your hands begin to experience the effects of aging, and veins, bones, and tendons become more visible, which makes your hands feel anything but youthful. Injections in the hands can restore natural volume to the area, increase your own natural collagen production rates, and enhance the overall appearance of your hands and chest.
How Long Will the Results Last?
Once you undergo treatment with this collagen-stimulating dermal filler, you can expect your results to last several years. While it will take anywhere from three to six months to notice visible results, most patients experience results after three months, and those results last for two years or longer.
Once you notice that your results aren’t as noticeable as they were a few months after your initial treatment, all you have to do is contact our office and schedule a follow-up treatment so that you can once again experience increased collagen and maintain a youthful-looking appearance long-term.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment?
Once you schedule your injectable appointment, you can prepare for the treatment process by following some preparatory directions. We ask patients to arrive well-hydrated. That means you should focus on drinking extra water in the days leading up to your appointment.
Additionally, make sure you drink water immediately before your appointment and eat something small before or after your session. We also advise that patients avoid taking anti-coagulants or other blood-thinning supplements or medications pre-treatment.
Is There Any Post-Treatment Downtime?
Once you undergo a Sculptra treatment, you won’t have to plan around downtime, but you will need to follow some aftercare directions. We ask that patients massage their treatment areas for five minutes, five times a day for the first five days.
Additionally, you should avoid excess sun exposure, avoid applying makeup for three hours post-treatment, and avoid anti-inflammatory medications. Your injector will review these directions with you during your treatment so that you know exactly what to do.
Can It Reverse the Aging Process?
Sculptra can address many of the signs of aging that appear on the face. It can address hollow areas, smooth smile lines, and erase marionette lines. It can also address sagging skin, improve skin laxity, and smooth facial lines and wrinkles. We can use it to improve the appearance of bony hands, smooth chest wrinkles, and add fullness to naturally thing faces or bony cheekbones.
What Are the Benefits?
Patients love this collagen-stimulating injectable so much because it offers so many different benefits. It delivers natural-looking results by increasing the body’s own collagen production and improving different problem areas. It’s also a versatile injectable because it can treat the upper, middle, and lower half of the face as well as the chest and the hands. The results are long-lasting and completely natural and can help you look years five to fifteen younger.
Is It Safe?
This injectable offers patients a safe and effective way to increase their collagen production to smooth wrinkles and restore their youthful glow. It is FDA-approved to smooth lines and wrinkles, address loose skin, and improve the appearance of the face, chest, and hands. You can rest assured that every aspect of this treatment process is completely safe will help you finally combat aging and achieve the most natural-looking results in the process.
What Happens During the Treatment Process?
To begin your treatment, your injector will cleanse your skin to prepare it for the injection process and then inject Sculptra into some strategic areas of the face, chest, or hands. You can treat your hands, chest, and face at the same appointment if you would like to.
After the injection process is complete, your injector will massage the injection sites to help distribute the poly-L -lactic acid’s active ingredient to ensure the best results. Upon request, we can apply a numbing cream to the treatment site before the injection process.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
While patients can achieve their desired results after one treatment, it’s we typically will schedule two to three treatments to ensure that you achieve your desired results. Each patient is different. We will design a unique treatment plan based on your specific problem areas and ultimate aesthetic goals.
These appointments are quick and will be scheduled with a specific amount of time between each to ensure that your body adequately produces the collagen you need to address your treatment areas. When you come in for your consultation, we will evaluate your desired treatment areas and then create a treatment plan that will help improve those areas as quickly as possible.
Am I a Candidate?
If you want to address the signs of aging and restore volume to your hands, face, or chest in a completely natural way, you are most likely an excellent candidate for Sculptra injections. A consultation with one of our expert injectors is the most suitable way to confirm your eligibility for treatment.
During this consultation, we will ensure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients in the injectable, evaluate your problem areas in person, and then confirm that this treatment is right for you. We will then design a customized treatment plan based on the areas you want to treat and then move forward with the treatment process so that you can begin to experience all the benefits that come from choosing this effective cosmetic injectable.
Who Doesn’t Qualify for Treatment?
There are some patients who will not qualify for treatment due to safety precautions. Pregnant and nursing should avoid treatment as well as those who are allergic to any of the ingredients in the injectable.
Increase Your Collagen, Restore Your Youth
This collagen-stimulating injectable is the perfect way to address volume loss, smooth wrinkles, and achieve natural-looking results. If you want to learn more about this dermal filler and all that it has to offer, we can help. Contact us today at Mountain State Cosmetic Surgery in Beckley, WV, to learn more about Sculptra and how it can increase your body’s collagen levels.