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Sculptra® Aesthetic

About Sculptra®

There are plenty of people who view the aging process as uncontrollable, and while it is, in fact, inevitable, that doesn’t mean procedures can’t be performed to slow it down. Many of the effects of aging, such as fine lines, wrinkles, volume loss and skin laxity can be attributed to one problem — the loss of collagen in the skin. Without it, skin begins to sag and the texture can become rough. Fillers are effective at masking folds of skin, but may not always treat the source of the wrinkles themselves. For that we recommend Sculptra® Aesthetic, an injectable that works with your body to hydrate the skin and help it remain smooth and firm. Over a period of a few months, you will see proof that you can reverse the natural aging process and look years younger.

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race…Toward Younger-Looking Skin

Sculptra® Aesthetic is specifically formulated to help replace lost collagen in the skin. It differs from many other fillers due to it’s main ingredient: poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which acts as a collagen stimulator. The acid is biocompatible and biodegradable, which means that you will not be injecting a foreign substance into your skin.

Rather than simply add moisture to the underlying layers of skin like many dermal fillers, Sculptra® Aesthetic gives your body the tools it needs to produce moisture on its own, which therefore improves volume to the skin. The collagen that is restored to the skin also increases amounts of elastin and hyaluronic acid, helping your skin better retain moisture and remain well-nourished.

Sculptra® Aesthetic can be used to treat:

  • Poor skin elasticity
  • Loss of facial volume
  • Fine lines
  • Nasolabial folds
  • Marionette lines

The effects of Sculptra® Aesthetic happen slowly, as it takes time to stimulate the body’s natural collagen process. However most patients need only three injections over a period of three or four months to see results. Sculptra® is also long-lasting, maintaining results for up to two years post-treatment.

What Happens Below the Surface of the Skin?

Sculptra® Aesthetic is injected into the dermis, which is the deepest layer of skin, and immediately fills lines and creases in the treatment area. However, shortly thereafter, the water components of the injectable are absorbed by the surrounding tissues and the imperfection returns to the visible surface of the skin. Many patients become worried that their treatment has been ineffective when they see their wrinkles reemerge, but this is simply part of the aesthetic process when using Sculptra® and is completely normal.

While water is being absorbed, so too is the PLLA, which begins to actively replace the collagen that has been lost over time. A network of fibrous collagen is created that removes damaged tissues and restores volume to the skin. The collagen that is produced is part of your body’s own natural healing agency, which means that only your biological processes are being used to restore your skin. The more collagen that is able to form from Sculptra® Aesthetic injections, the more elastin and hyaluronic acid that becomes present to hydrate and nourish the skin.

Is Sculptra® Aesthetic the Right Treatment Option for You?

Sculptra® Aesthetic is an ideal solution for patients who desire subtle enhancement to their skin. Because the injection is slow-working, results are not immediate or dramatic, which is a benefit for those who wish to achieve results that do not look as if they have had any work done. If you are interested in injectable treatment, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Karlsberg or his Physician’s Assistant, Michele, so that we can learn more about your cosmetic goals and timeframe, which is how we will be able to determine whether Sculptra® Aesthetic is a suitable treatment option.

Sculptra® is administered in one treatment regimen as a series of three injections that you receive every three or four months. During this time, the natural collagen process in your skin will gradually be replenished and, in the course of your treatment, you will notice a reduction in moderate to severe facial wrinkles and facial folds as well as the promotion of tighter, firmer skin. Dr. Karlsberg and Michele are both expert injectors who know precisely where to place Sculptra® Aesthetic to produce the most natural and beautiful results. With a customized and comprehensive treatment plan, you can naturally restore the youthful qualities to your skin and age gracefully.

To learn more about the natural results that Sculptra® Aesthetic can provide, contact Ventura Institute of Dermatologic Arts and schedule a consultation. With an examination and a discussion about your personal aesthetic, we can determine whether treatment with Sculptra® is right for you. Call today for more information!

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