Aging has plenty of benefits, but there are certain drawbacks to the process, too. Changes to your skin is one example of this. As you get older, you may find that you’ve lost fullness in your face and that your skin is more wrinkled than you’d like. At with eSSe Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL, our Sculptra injections will provide you with a safe and effective way to look and feel young again.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Sculptra?
It’s normal for your face to lose fullness as you age. You may also find that wrinkles, fine lines, and sagging begin to become an issue for you. These are all common and inevitable parts of the aging process, but that doesn’t mean that you have to live with them forever.
Sculptra was originally developed as a way to fill in the cheeks of those with lipoatrophy, or a loss of fat tissue. However, it quickly became apparent that this filler could also be an effective cosmetic treatment for anyone who wants to stay young-looking and smooth out all those unwanted wrinkles and fine lines.
What Is It?
If you’re looking to maintain a more youthful appearance, there are plenty of options available to you. You can go with topical creams, but those can take a long time to work and may not be as effective as you’d like. There are also surgical options, but those are invasive, can be painful, and carry a host of risks with them.
Instead, you may want to consider a dermal filler like this one. Offering a non-invasive but still incredibly effective option, you’ll get the full, youthful face you’ve been missing.
How Does Sculptra Work?
This filler contains an ingredient called poly-L-lactic acid, shortened to PLLA. When this product is injected into the skin, it stimulates your skin’s production of collagen. This offers your face more volume and smooths out the wrinkles and fine lines that have appeared with age.
Over time, the PLLA that’s been injected into your skin is safely absorbed by your body. This leaves only the collagen that it has encouraged your body to produce. You will need to return for more injections to maintain the appearance you want, but results can last for a considerably long time.
Why Does Our Skin Change with Age?
Your skin is made up of the proteins collagen and elastin. These proteins help your skin achieve several things. First, they give your skin its structure. They also allow your skin to stay elastic, which is why when you’re younger it smooths out completely when your face is relaxed.
However, a combination of age repeated facial movements, and other external factors will result in a loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. This will cause your skin to be less able to smooth back out after you’ve made facial expressions. It will also result in a loss of volume in the facial area, as well as sagging and folding of the skin.
What Can It Treat?
One of the major benefits of getting this particular injectable is that it can treat a wide variety of problems. If you are concerned about any of these areas, then this filler could be right for you.
This filler was originally developed to help those struggling with HIV maintain fuller cheeks. It’s a very effective way to help your cheeks look fuller, offering you a healthier, younger appearance.
This can also be a great way to add more definition to the cheekbones. Since the cheek and cheekbone areas are some of the first to show major signs of aging, you’ll appreciate what this filler can do for them.
One of the areas you may not have considered filling in is your temples. As you get older, you may find that you don’t have quite as much volume in this part of your face. This filler can be a great way to restore fullness to the temple area. You’ll look healthier, less gaunt, and younger.
The appearance of jowls is a major concern for many people as they age. Jowls can be a deeply unwanted side effect of aging and can cause a lot of self-conscious feelings for you.
Opting to receive this injection will help you get rid of your jowls. By filling in the area around them, your skin will be lifted, which will smooth out any sagging that may be occurring.
One of the most common places where wrinkles and folds form is the area that runs from your mouth to your nose. These folds can make you look considerably older than you may feel on the inside.
This dermal filler can fill in and smooth out the area. It can also be easily combined with a neuromodulator for an even more effective solution to these folds.
Your mouth moves a lot throughout the day. As it moves, the skin over the muscles creases. As you know, when you’re younger your skin will smooth back out after you make these expressions. But the loss of collagen and elastin impedes your skin’s ability to do this as you get older. This results in permanent wrinkles around the mouth area.
This makes the mouth a major area of concern when it comes to wrinkles. This filler can smooth out the area, reducing or even eliminating the appearance of marionette lines.
What Does Sculptra Treatment Look Like?
If you’re thinking of getting this filler, you may be wondering what the process is going to look like. When you come to our clinic, you can count on our expert technicians to provide you with a safe, comfortable experience.
How to Prepare
Unlike many other treatment options, there is very little you need to do beforehand to prepare for this injectable. This makes it a fantastic option for people who have busy lives and don’t want to spend weeks getting ready for treatment.
You will, however, need to avoid certain things to ensure that the treatment process is both effective and easy. Try not to take any medications that can act as blood thinners, and avoid aspirin and ibuprofen for at least a few days before your appointment.
The Treatment Process
Getting this injectable is quick, easy, and safe. If you’re thinking of getting this treatment, then we’ll begin with a consultation. During this time, we’ll determine the areas you’d like to target and help you set realistic expectations for the treatment. It also gives you a chance to ask any questions you may have.
Once the consultation is complete and you’re ready to receive the treatment, we will first prepare your skin. It will be thoroughly cleaned to remove any build-up that’s accumulated over the day. Then, a topical anesthetic might be applied to ensure that the process is as painless as possible. When the skin is numbed, we will strategically apply the Sculptra with a fine, precise needle to your desired areas.
After Your Sculptra Treatment
Many treatment options, especially surgical options, require a significant amount of downtime after the process is complete. However, with this injectable that’s not something you need to be concerned about. Because it’s non-invasive, there is very little healing that needs to take place afterward.
For the first few days after you receive the treatment, you may need to avoid direct sunlight, excessive heat, and strenuous activity. Healing can be quickened by applying a cold compress and gently massaging the area a few times a day. Otherwise, you will be able to return to your busy schedule immediately after treatment.
One of the best things about this treatment is that almost anyone can be a good candidate for this treatment. If you are between the ages of 18 to 65, are not pregnant or breastfeeding, have no skin irritation or infections, and have an otherwise clean bill of health then this treatment option will likely work for you.
There are several other benefits to receiving this dermal filler.
Safety is a main concern for anyone receiving any type of treatment. When you go with this filler, you don’t need to worry about safety. This carefully formulated injectable has been FDA-approved since 2004.
The PLLA that the filler contains is safe for your body. Once it’s injected, it simply encouraged collagen production, something your body produces anyway. Over time, the PLLA will be safely absorbed, leaving behind only the collagen that it’s helped your body create.
It Looks Natural
Many treatments offer obvious and dramatic results. But that’s not necessarily a good thing. In fact, it can be a major downside, since you’ll probably end up having to answer uncomfortable questions about whether or not you’ve had work done.
This filler, on the other hand, offers much more subtle results. While you’ll find that they appear quickly, they also appear gradually which means you’ll get to avoid those awkward questions.
It Lasts a Long Time
All fillers provide you with temporary solutions to aging. But temporary doesn’t need to mean short-lived. While there are many fillers available that will require maintenance injections every few months, this once is much lower maintenance.
You will require a few initial maintenance sessions after your first injection. But once these maintenance sessions are complete, you’ll get to enjoy your results for a long time. Some people find that their filler lasts for up to two years.
It’s a Great Alternative to Botox
While Botox is one of the most popular injectables available, it doesn’t offer the same benefits that this filler does. Botox is made with a neuromodulator that forces muscles to relax, making the skin above the muscles smooth out.
However, Botox only targets wrinkles and fine lines. Sculptra, on the other hand, can smooth out wrinkles, sagging, and fine lines while also offering more fullness to the facial area. That said, it can also be used in combination with neuromodulators like Botox for even more effective results for certain areas of the face.
Get the Youthful Appearance You Want
Sculptra is a great option if you’re looking for a safe, effective, and natural-looking solution to the fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of volume on your face. If you’re looking to get this treatment, then our clinic will provide you with a safe and comfortable environment where you can receive it. Are you ready to learn more about how this treatment can help you? Get in touch with eSSe Plastic Surgery in Fort Lauderdale, FL today.