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What Are Sculptra Injections, and What Can They Do?

When fine lines and wrinkles begin popping up, many men and women turn to dermal fillers to fight these signs of aging. At Trouvaille Med Spa in Bourbonnais, IL, we are proud to provide a wide selection of dermal fillers to help rejuvenate and smooth your complexion. 

You might be familiar with hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvéderm and Restylane — but those are no longer the only fillers available on the market. Many of our patients are discovering that Sculptra Aesthetic may be able to provide longer-lasting and more meaningful results than traditional hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. 

But how does Sculptra work? And who is it right for? Learn everything you need to know about this one-of-a-kind injectable treatment.  

What Is Sculptra Aesthetic? 

Sculptra Aesthetic, also known as Sculptra, is an FDA-approved injectable dermal filler that is effective in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and chin. 

How Does Sculptra Work? 

Rather than relying on hyaluronic acid to plump up an area, Sculptra contains poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) microspheres to address the underlying cause of wrinkle formation: collagen loss. 

Collagen and Aging

Collagen loss leaves many women with visible signs of aging before they turn 40.

Your body’s natural collagen production gradually slows down as you age. This process starts in your early 20s and speeds up as you get older. Over time, collagen loss causes your skin to lose some of its laxity and become thinner. The result is fine lines, wrinkles, and a more hollowed-out appearance. 

PLLA is known to stimulate collagen production to help replenish your body’s supply. We strategically inject PLLA microspheres to fill the space left behind due to collagen loss. 

As the microspheres dissolve and get absorbed by your body, new collagen takes their place. As collagen levels are restored, your skin becomes plumper, firmer, and smoother. 

4 Benefits of Sculptra

It’s important to know the benefits of any cosmetic treatment you’re considering. Sculptra offers four unique benefits that make it a practical and effective treatment option for many adults with mild to moderate signs of aging. 

1. Sculptra Targets Three Areas

Unlike some treatments that can only target one specific area, Sculptra has multiple applications and can target three specific areas. We recommend PLLA fillers to soften the appearance of:

  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines
  • Chin wrinkles or dimpling 

These are some of the most common types of facial lines that people experience and tend to become more pronounced over time. 

2. Sculptra Offers a Simple and Convenient Treatment Plan

The average Sculptra treatment plan consists of three to four injection sessions scheduled three to four weeks apart. It’s important to space out treatments so that we can see the continuous results and strategically inject more fillers where they are needed. 

Injection sessions are relatively quick. In fact, most sessions are done in under 30 minutes. This makes it easy to squeeze in appointments on your lunch break or after work. 

When you arrive on the day of your treatment, we will first determine the ideal injection sites. Then, we will clean the skin in the area and make a series of small injections to strategically place the poly-L-lactic acid microspheres where they’re needed.

3. The Results Are Long-Lasting and Natural-Looking

Perhaps the biggest advantage Sculptra has over other injectable treatments is its life span. Most dermal fillers provide results that are visible for only two to six months. In contrast, the results of PLLA dermal fillers may last up to two years once your treatment plan is complete. 

Additionally, since poly-L-lactic acid stimulates new collagen production rather than just adding temporary synthetic volume, the results tend to be more natural-looking. The extra collagen just helps you look like a younger version of yourself. 

4. There Is No Downtime After Receiving Sculptra Injections 

Another major benefit of Sculptra injections is that they don’t require any downtime. There’s no need to take time off; you can get back to work immediately after receiving your injections. There are some basic aftercare guidelines you should follow after each treatment session, but these are unlikely to interfere with your normal routines. 

When Can You See the Results of Sculptra Treatment? 

It’s important to remain patient when waiting to see the results of Sculptra treatment. You may see a gradual improvement in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles between treatment sessions, but these early results are just the beginning. The real results will become more apparent once your treatment plan is complete. 

As a general rule of thumb, you can expect to see results within two to six weeks. However, these results will continue to improve over the next few months as your collagen levels recover. It may take up to six months to see the full results of Sculptra treatment. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Sculptra Injections?

Most adults who wish to minimize the appearance of moderate to deep fine lines and wrinkles make good candidates for Sculptra. However, there are a few guidelines you must meet in order to be approved for treatment. For example, you should be in good overall health and free of any infections or rashes at the planned injection sites. 

We will determine whether Sculptra is right for you when you come in for a consultation. 

Eliminate Visible Signs of Aging with Sculptra

At Trouvaille Med Spa in Bourbonnais, IL, we are proud to help men and women achieve a more youthful appearance with Sculptra injections. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation

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