You’ve always heard the phrase “aging gracefully”. Well, we at The Skin Institute are offering you just that! We are proud to announce the newest product available at The Skin Institute — Sculptra® Aesthetic, a new type of facial injectable that is used for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial folds (smile lines) and other facial wrinkles. It is important to know that Sculptra® Aesthetic is not a quick-fix, overnight miracle – the results from the treatment are gradual, giving you a more subtle look without giving away your secret. Sculptra® Aesthetic works to replace lost collagen by giving you subtle results over time, which in-turn gives you a more natural-looking appearance. And what’s even better – these results can last up to 2 years! Welcome to the new age of anti-age!
What is the primary cause of facial aging?
There are a number of factors that contribute to the signs of aging, including chronological factors and environmental factors. Chronological factors happen over a period of time and are usually genetic and part of the natural aging process. Environmental factors occur from the things in the world around you, such as sun exposure, smoking, gravity, facial expressions, or sleep positions. Facial aging usually beings in your 20s when the volume in your skin starts to diminish. Around age 30, the natural collagen in our skin begins to break down. As we get older, the lines and wrinkles in our face become more pronounced and worsen over time. Because of the aging effect and damages from the environment, collagen is lost and our body’s natural ability to produce collagen weakens.
How does Sculptra® Aesthetic work?
Sculptra® Aesthetic targets the primary causes of the signs of facial aging. It can give you visible results that appear subtly and can last for up to 2 years! The main component of Sculptra® Aesthetic, poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), works within the deep dermis to replace lost collagen. As the collagen is replaced, it provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness by correcting your shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds. Sculptra® Aesthetic works slowly through a series of treatments over a period of time to rebuild volume and fullness. With proper injection techniques, Sculptra® Aesthetic can last up to 2 years!
Are the results of Sculptra® Aesthetic immediate?
No. Sculptra® Aesthetic works gradually to combat the underlying causes of aging. The results emerge slowly, but last much longer than traditional fillers. Although some visible improvements can be seen within the first few weeks following the initial treatment, Sculptra® Aesthetic is intended to provide subtle effects over a period of time. Generally, Sculptra® Aesthetic involves a series of 3 or 4 sessions at 4 to 6 week intervals. Since the effects are gradual, the results appear subtly and more natural looking, yet noticeable!
What are the possible side effects?
Side effects may include injection site pain, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching, or swelling. Other side effects may include small bumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, with or without inflammation, have also been reported, as well as the delayed development of non-visible, small bumps under the skin.
Who should not use Sculptra® Aesthetic?
You should not use Sculptra® Aesthetic if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. You should not be treated when you have an active skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area or if you have a history or susceptibility to keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. Sculptra® Aesthetic and Sculptra are products that are intended for use in different populations and conditions of use.