What is Sculptra and How is it Different from Other Dermal Fillers?

  1. sculptra

Not long ago, options for smoothing wrinkles and fine lines were limited to invasive and expensive plastic surgery, or trial-and-error with expensive face creams. In recent years, Botox and other neurotoxin-based treatments gained in popularity, but today, dermal fillers are at the cutting-edge of cosmetic science.

What are dermal fillers?

Dermal fillers are liquid or gel formulas that fill in the dermis space beneath wrinkles and creases, diminishing their appearance immediately and lasting for months. Some fillers also include collagen stimulators, which help to restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin. Results appear gradually and can last years!

What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is an FDA-approved dermal filler that stimulates collagen production to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, including smile lines, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles. The main ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid, which is absorbed naturally by the body so effectively that it’s even used in dissolvable stitches.

How does Sculptra work?

In a series of treatments (typically three injections over a period of a few months) Sculptra is injected deep into the dermis layer of your skin, working with your body to reinforce structure and gradually replace lost collagen. Rebuilt collagen strands will begin to restore facial volume and diminish the appearance of wrinkles and folds for a more refined and youthful appearance.  

How is Sculptra different than other dermal fillers?

Sculptra provides more subtle and long-lasting results than many other fillers. It works on the deeper layers of your skin, in contrast to other fillers that simply fill in wrinkles without addressing the underlying cause. Because Sculptra replaces lost collagen, the results can last up to two years, which is significantly longer than other dermal fillers.

Is Sculptra right for me?

Yes, there are a lot of dermal fillers out there, and determining which one is right for you can be a daunting task. When considering Sculptra, there are a few things to take into consideration: First, if you’re specifically hoping for a natural look, Sculptra’s gradual approach will do the trick of keeping everyone guessing about your “secret” to looking so radiant and beautiful.

Another question to ask yourself is whether instant results are important to you. If you need a quick treatment for an upcoming wedding, party or other event, Sculptra may not fit the bill.

Finally, it’s important to remember that Sculptra works best in combination with a consistent after-care regimen. So if you want to get the most out of each treatment, you’ll need to remain committed to your medical practitioner’s instructions.

Have more questions about Sculptra? Give us a call!

If you want a smoother, more youthful appearance, Dr. Parvin Mani at the San Diego Cosmetic Laser Clinic can help. During your consultation, Dr. Mani will listen carefully to your goals and then present the options that may work best for you. Call for a consultation today! We trust you’ll love your results and the experience we provide in our office.