Sculptra Aesthetic gradually replaces lost collagen
Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin youthful looking and smooth. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases, and you may begin to see wrinkles. Sculptra Aesthetic works to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds,* as it replaces lost collagen, which can help provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance.
Sculptra Aesthetic works to replace lost collagen in a series of treatments administered by a Sculptra trained physician. On average, three injection sessions are needed over a period of a few months. The number of injection sessions and the number of injections per session vary from person to person.
Sculptra Aesthetic works within the deep dermis
Within the deep dermis, your skin’s structure is reinforced as Sculptra Aesthetic helps to replace lost collagen. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness of your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds* that has been depleted over time. The result? Sculptra Aesthetic is different because it gradually and subtly corrects these facial wrinkles. This can provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance that can last up to two years.**
*Safety and effectiveness of Sculptra Aesthetic have not been evaluated in areas other than nasolabial wrinkles and folds in clinical trials.
**Individual results and treatment sessions may vary.
Provides gradual results that can last up to two years*
Sculptra Aesthetic is a facial injectable that works gradually in a series of treatments — on average, three injection sessions over a few months — for a subtle, more youthful looking appearance. Welcome to the new age of anti-age.
Goes to the source of facial aging
Sculptra Aesthetic targets the underlying causes of the signs of facial aging. It can give you noticeable results that emerge subtly and can last for up to 2 years.* It begins to work within the deep dermis, where your skin’s structure is reinforced as Sculptra Aesthetic helps to replace lost collagen. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness of your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds that have depleted over time. The result? Sculptra Aesthetic is different because it gradually and subtly corrects these facial wrinkles and folds. This can provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance that can last up to two years.*
Is biocompatible and biodegradable
Sculptra Aesthetic is made from a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body as it works to replace lost collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used safely for decades in dissolvable stitches and as a facial injectable since 1999 in over 30 countries.
Types of facial injectables
There are three types of facial injectables: toxins, traditional fillers, and collagen replacers.
|TOXINS||TRADITIONAL FILLERS||COLLAGEN REPLACERS|
|Toxins work by temporarily weakening muscles, thereby minimizing lines. They are typically used in the forehead. Results are visible in three to four days.||Traditional fillers are liquid or gel substances such as hyaluronic acid or bovine or porcine collagen. They diminish lines, wrinkles, and creases by filling in the space beneath these defects. The results are immediate.||Collagen replacers are used to diminish facial wrinkles by restoring the underlying structure of the skin.|
Sculptra Aesthetic is a collagen replacer
- Sculptra Aesthetic is indicated for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold (smile lines) contour deficiencies and other facial wrinkles which are treated with the appropriate injection technique in healthy people.
- Replaces lost collagen in the area of treatment
- It can gradually give you a more youthful looking appearance without making you look like you’ve had work done
- Offers long-lasting results that can last up to two years*
- Does not contain human, animal, or bacterial components
- Does not require allergy testing prior to treatment
- Does not involve lasers or incisions
- Is absorbed naturally by the body
Here’s how polylactic acid works
Polylactic acid is a synthetic dermal filler that is injected into your face, causing your body’s own production of collagen. This type of dermal filler is known as a stimulator. This non-toxic, biodegradable substance has been used for more than 40 years as suture material. It’s known to work particularly well in the lower half of your face, to fill the lines caused by laughing, to augment thin lips and fill out deep nasolabial folds. This substance is unlike other dermal fillers because it doesn’t produce immediate results. Instead, it stimulates your own body’s collagen production, so results appear gradually over a period of a few months.
Prior to injection, your plastic surgeon will add sterile water to reconstitute the polylactic acid. Then it’s injected into the deep dermis or subcutaneous space with a special technique called tunneling or threading. It is important to distribute polylactic acid evenly to minimize the possibility of inflammatory formations called granulomas.
You will likely need about three monthly treatments to achieve your desired results. With each treatment, there is re-stimulation of your own collagen. Then it can take four to six weeks to see the full effect. While this type of dermal filler is considered semi-permanent, you may still need occasional touch-ups.
The only FDA-approved brand is Sculptra Aesthetic.
Polylactic Acid injections are sometimes performed with no medical oversight, often in conjunction with facial spa treatments. You can avoid any risks or complications and achieve optimal results by visiting a qualified plastic surgeon. Although the surgeon may not perform the procedure, you can rest assured that the surgeon’s employees are properly trained and supervised.
How much will polylactic acid cost?
Cost is always a consideration in elective procedure or treatment. The cost polylactic acid may vary based on the expertise and qualifications of the person performing the treatment, the type of procedure used, time and effort the procedure or treatment requires, as well as geographic office location. In 2009, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons estimated national surgeons’ average fees were $1060 for polylactic acid. Many plastic surgeons offer patient financing plans, so be sure to ask.
Your cost will be based on your individual plan and procedure.
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When choosing a plastic surgeon for polylactic acid injections, remember that the surgeon’s experience and your comfort with him or her are just as important as the final cost of the procedure.
Most health insurance does not cover cosmetic surgery or its complications.
Questions to ask my plastic surgeon
Use this checklist as a guide during your consultation:
- Are you certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery?
- Were you specifically trained in the field of plastic surgery? Is the office-based surgical facility accredited by a nationally- or state-recognized accrediting agency, or is it state-licensed or Medicare-certified?
- Am I a good candidate for polylactic acid?
- What will be expected of me to get the best results?
- Who will perform the polylactic acid injections?
- Have they been specifically trained in this procedure?
- Where and how will you perform my procedure or treatment?
- How long of a recovery period can I expect?
- What are the risks and possible complications associated with my procedure?
- How can I expect to look over time?
- Do you have before-and-after photos I can look at for this procedure?
- What results are reasonable for me?
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