Is Sculptra the Filler You’ve Been Waiting For?
It seems as though we hear of new and exciting filler products gaining FDA approval every year or two. One could get swept up in this sea of fillers and quickly lose their way as they attempt to determine which treatment or treatments are right for them. Sculptra is not new. It was approved by the FDA in 2009. However, we don’t often hear about what this product is and what it does. We think it’s high time to turn our attention in its direction.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is classified as a dermal filler. However, it does quite a bit more than fill in lines and wrinkles. This product, composed of poly-L-lactic acid, forms a scaffold amidst superficial connective tissue that supports fullness. That is the immediate effect. Over time, though, as the enzymes in the skin break down the filler substance, the increased production of collagen prompted by the presence of this solution carries on, providing ongoing support.
In a nutshell, Sculptra starts out as a filler product, but it stimulates your body to improve facial volume naturally over time. This is why the results of Sculptra are enjoyed for months longer than standard hyaluronic acid fillers. Patients may need a series of Sculptra treatments to reach their desired degree of improvement, but after that, yearly treatments are typically sufficient. Without annual touchup treatment, the initial improvements attained with Sculptra can last up to two years.
Because Sculptra works uniquely, this product is the idea for filling out the temples, cheeks, and the lower face. It is not used to restore fullness to deflated lips. For that reason, patients may also incorporate a finer soft tissue filler into their rejuvenating treatment.
Like other injectable treatments, Sculptra offers exceptional results with no down time. The inclusion of lidocaine in the solution makes injections more comfortable, as well. Side effects from Sculptra include mild redness at injection sites, swelling, and a potential for minor, temporary bruising. In most cases, patients experience such discreet effects that they can return to work without concern.
Facial aging is a concern for which we now have multiple methods of management. We may not be able to stop the progress, but we can slow it down with customized treatments. To schedule your Sculptra consultation in our Renton or Seattle office, call 206-859-5777.