After the age of thirty, we lose 1% of collagen a year in our face. This is estimated by some experts to equal up to 1 teaspoon of collagen a year lost! One teaspoon is equal to five syringes of filler. So essentially, one could receive five syringes of filler per year to maintain their volume.
At InjectAbility® Clinic, we try our best to keep your natural volume using the most economical means. Sometimes we use Hyaluronic Acids like Voluma™, Juvederm®, or Restylane®. Other times, when our patients have a lot of volume to replace, Sculptra® is the best, and most economical option.
Sculptra consists of a substance called Poly-L-Actic Acid. It acts uniquely to stimulate your own collagen to form 4-6 weeks after it is injected. Approved by the FDA in 2009, Sculptra replaces lost collagen, restoring lost volume to the underlying structures. Sculptra lasts up to two years, and even longer when partnered with a complementary injectable, such as JUVÉDERM®.
Sculptra will improve the look of:
- Flattened cheeks
- Sunken Temples
- Hollow below the cheekbones
The ideal candidate will have overall volume loss. Our Sculptra patients are generally thin and fit in nature with not a lot of their own natural tissue. Sculptra is injected by the smallest needle possible by one of InjectAbility Clinic’s advanced injectors. Premixed with Lidocaine, Sculptra injections are not considered painful. A topical anesthetic can be used prior to treatment, to further improve a patient’s comfort. The treatment takes less than an hour, and leaves the patient looking refreshed, and rarely bruised.
Sculptra differs from other dermal filler injections in that the benefits from a Sculptra session will not be seen immediately. It takes 3-4 weeks for the body to produce its own type I and type III collagen. These collagen types not only help rebuild volume, but they also change the texture of the skin as well.
Based on your age, a series of two to three Sculptra sessions may be needed. These are usually spaced approximately four weeks apart. The final results from Sculptra can last up to two years, making Sculptra a worthwhile investment. To maintain a youthful appearance, patients should have a repeat Sculptra treatment when their results begin to fade.