Like it or not, the aging process catches up with most of us eventually. We start to lose the collagen and elastin that give our skin that youthful bounce and glow, and fine lines and wrinkles begin to develop. Skin Renewal of Tulsa, in Tulsa, OK, offers a unique dermal filler called Sculptra that can soften lines and wrinkles and restore the contours on the face.
Sculptra does more than simply “fill” the face. It stimulates collagen production, which helps the skin naturally renew itself. Results develop gradually, look completely natural, and last much longer than most other injectables. This dermal filler is completely unlike any other. If you’re ready to turn back the clock, this injectable treatment is worth a look.
6 Reasons to Consider Sculptra
From its ability to comprehensively rejuvenate the face to its low-maintenance treatment schedule, here’s why this filler is so popular:
1. A Comprehensive Rejuvenation
By spurring collagen production, this dermal filler works to repair the underlying scaffolding of the face, which offers a host of cosmetic benefits. Once this dermal filler has done its work, the added fullness in the face eases the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and folds.
Bony areas like the cheekbones, which sometimes develop more prominence as the skin thins with age, are softened. This filler can also plump up areas of the face that can become shallow over time, such as the temple.
Be restoring some of those youthful contours and thickening skin that has begun to thin, this injectable can broadly improve the face. In fact, this filler is sometimes referred to as a liquid facelift because of the non-invasive lifting and revitalizing it offers.
2. Natural Results
Most patients receive a series of four injections over a period of several weeks. The injections are performed in different directions to create a mesh-like pattern under the skin. This means that once in place, the filler offers thorough coverage and can serve as a foundation upon which collagen can develop.
Collagen development can take some time, so it may be several months before the improvements in the face fully take hold. But the gradual onset of results gives patients results that look more natural and less over-filled. You’ll never look like suddenly went and “had work done.”
3. Long-Lasting Improvement
Because this filler essentially rebuilds the underlying infrastructure of the face by generating collagen, it offers results that last much longer than most other injectables. Patients usually enjoy their results for two years or more. Even if you decide not to repeat the treatment, you’ll still come out ahead in the aging process because of the extra collagen created by that one fluid facelift.
4. A Low-Maintenance Option
This filler involves an initial series of treatments, each of which can be performed in less than an hour and requires no downtime. Many patients even schedule these appointments during their lunch hour.
Once you’ve completed the initial series of injections, you’ll be good to go for two years, and you won’t have to worry about coming back every few months for maintenance treatments or top-offs. You won’t have to give this filler another thought.
5. Allergies Are Not a Concern
Many of the other fillers on the market are composed of hyaluronic acid, which retains moisture and helps the skin stay hydrated. Sculptra contains Poly-L-Lactic Acid, a substance that is used in dissolvable sutures.
This dermal filler poses no risk of an allergic reaction and does not require allergy testing, because Poly-L-Lactic Acid is synthetic. Once it’s done the job of jump-starting collagen development, the Poly-L-Lactic Acid naturally fades from the body.
6. It Can Even Lift Your Butt
This dermal filler is most often used to enhance the face and reverse signs of aging, but did you know this injectable can also be used to perk up the buttocks? It works in much the same way in the buttocks. After your treatment, this filler generates collagen production, which lifts and tones the derriere over a period of months.
What to Expect From Treatment
This dermal filler treatment is not all that different than any other cosmetic injection. We’ll begin by cleansing the treatment area and applying a topical numbing ointment.
The filler will be injected beneath the skin, and we’ll then massage the injection site to make sure the Poly-L-Lactic Acid is appropriately distributed for maximum results. This dermal filler also includes a local anesthetic called lidocaine, which ensures the patient’s comfort.
What Should I Do After My Injection?
You’ll be able to get right back to your regular schedule after your appointment with only a few recommendations for the first few days after treatment. We ask patients to massage the injection site for five minutes, five different times a day.
These self massages further ensure that the Poly-L-Lactic acid is fully distributed. We also recommend that patients avoid sun exposure and tanning beds for several days after their injection.
How Many Treatments Are Necessary?
It’s not unusual for a patient to undergo four treatments over a period of weeks. But because each patient has different cosmetic needs, treatment plans can vary.
Is This a Safe Injectable?
This filler won FDA approval in 2009 and has been widely and safely used ever since.
Can This Filler Be Combined With Other Cosmetic Services?
Patients often combine this filler with other services, including botulinum toxin injections, micro-needling, and laser treatments. We can work with you to develop a custom treatment plan that addresses your cosmetic concerns and goals.
How Does This Treatment Differ From Other Dermal Fillers?
One of the key differences between a liquid facelift and the other injectable gel fillers on the market is that it focuses less on actually “filling” the face, and more on stimulating collagen production. In other words, Sculptra encourages the face to fill itself with additional collagen production.
The gradual onset of results is also something that is unique to Sculptra. Some other dermal fillers offer patients results in as soon as two weeks, although those other fillers usually don’t last more than a year.
Am I a Candidate?
If you’re interested in finding out if you are a candidate for this unique dermal filler, the first step is to schedule a consultation at our practice. During this session, we’ll review your health history, evaluate your areas of concern, talk with you about your cosmetic goals, and determine if this treatment is a good option for you. But here are some early indicators that you may be an especially good candidate:
Your Face Is Beginning to Lose Volume
A liquid facelift is more than a wrinkle-buster. This treatment also plumps the face, restores its youthful contours, and fills in areas that have begun to hollow. The patients who benefit the most from a liquid facelift are those who have begun to experience a decline in facial volume and who could use a more comprehensive rejuvenation.
You Can Wait for the Results
Because this filler doesn’t deliver its full results for several months, it’s not a great option if you’re in search of a quick-fix treatment before a big event. You’ll need to be patient and wait for the results, but most of our clients find that it’s well worth the wait.
Because of the gradual onset of results and the long-lasting improvement it offers, this filler makes a great component of a long-term anti-aging regimen.
You’re in Good Health
It helps if you are in good overall health and free of any significant underlying conditions. This treatment is not recommended for those who are immunocompromised. It’s also not recommended for patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Be sure to mention any long-term health issues to us during your consultation.
Your Skin Is in Good Shape
This treatment is also best performed on patients who have skin that is healthy and free of inflammation or infection. If your skin is inflamed, we may recommend postponing your injection.
You Can Keep Up With the Post-Treatment Massage
The daily self-massages that we recommend during the first few days after injection are an important part of this treatment because they ensure that the Poly-L-Lactic Acid is distributed for maximum effect.
You Prefer a Convenient, Non-Invasive Treatment
A surgical facelift is also an option for patients who are seeking this type of facial rejuvenation, but not everyone can commit to the downtime associated with a more invasive treatment. Given the results this dermal filler offers, it’s an amazingly convenient option.
A series of easy, in-office injections, each of which can be performed during a lunch hour, is all that is standing between you and a more youthful appearance.
Why Is My Face Beginning to Lose Volume?
The gradual loss of volume and fat in the face is a common part of the aging process, and several factors contribute. After years of making the same repetitive expressions, facial skin gradually loses its ability to keep bouncing back. The amount of fat in the face also declines over time, and the constant tug of gravity begins to take its toll.
On top of all of that, collagen, which is responsible for the face’s underlying structure, naturally breaks down over time. Rapid weight gains and losses, sun damage, stress, and even hormonal changes can also play a role in the loss of facial volume.
How Can Dermal Fillers Help?
Dermal fillers work in different ways to restore volume. While Sculptra focuses on restoring collagen levels, many other fillers rely on hyaluronic acid. Once in place, hyaluronic acid works like a sponge under the skin, collecting moisture and expanding to fill in lines, wrinkles, and parts of the face that have begun to lose contour.
Our practice offers Juvederm and Restylane, both of which are composed of hyaluronic acid. We also offer Radiesse, another dermal filler that is made up of calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral-like compound that is found in human teeth.
Is There Anything I Can Do on My Own to Prevent Volume Loss?
Taking good care of your skin with a thorough at-home skincare routine is an important step. Regularly cleansing, exfoliating, and moisturizing your face can help keep your skin healthy and your collagen levels up.
Lifestyle decisions like avoiding excessive sun exposure and heavy alcohol consumption, while also taking steps to manage stress, can also help. Refraining from smoking, which can weaken the skin, is another a good idea. But to some extent, the loss of facial volume is an inevitable part of aging that we can’t completely ward off.
Are You Ready to Turn Back the Clock?
Are you ready to restore youthful plumpness to your face and turn back those early signs of aging? From convenient, easy treatments to long-lasting results, there are lots of reasons to give this impressive dermal filler a try. Don’t wait any longer. Call Skin Renewal of Tulsa, of Tulsa, OK and schedule a Sculptra consultation today!