If you’ve noticed that your facial structure has changed and you lack the fullness and definition of your youth, you’ve probably experienced facial collagen loss. As you age, your body produces less collagen, but there is a solution that can reverse these common signs of aging. At Mariposa Aesthetics & Laser Center in Oklahoma City, OK, we offer Sculptra, a popular collagen-stimulating injectable that can restore natural collagen in the foundational layers of the skin.
Sculptra: The Collagen-Stimulating Injectable
Sculptra is an injectable that addresses volume loss, facial folds, and wrinkles that appear on the middle and lower half of the face. It uses a collagen-stimulating active ingredient called poly-L-lactic acid that strengthens the skin’s foundational layers.
injections into your desired treatment area will force the body to respond to the collagen-stimulating ingredient by growing new collagen, naturally lifting, tightening, and plumping the skin. In doing so, this injectable will help reduce and eliminate the signs of aging that result from volume loss, including sagging skin, general skin laxity on the face, hollow areas, and facial folds.
The Importance of Collagen
Collagen is your body’s natural dermal filler, but every year after the age of 30, your body produces less of this anti-aging protein. Decreased collagen production results in different signs of aging, but there is a solution. Some people attempt to treat collagen loss with topical products or supplements. Collagen creams and supplements can promote healthy skin, but they won’t build collagen at the foundational level within the dermis.
That’s where Sculptra comes in. It targets volume loss at the source and forces the body to create new collagen so you can achieve natural and noticeable results.
What It Treats
This collagen-stimulating injectable is an effective option for those who want to replace lost collagen to correct volume loss that has resulted in mild, moderate, or more severe facial lines, folds, and wrinkles.
Specifically, it can smooth smile lines around the mouth that run from the outer corners of the nose to the outer corners of the mouth. It can also treat marionette lines, chin wrinkles, and nasolabial folds. We can use this dermal filler to address multiple areas during one treatment process to help you achieve comprehensive results.
What To Expect
If you’re interested in adding Sculptra to your anti-aging routine, we will schedule a consultation to confirm that it is an effective option for your particular area of concern. Once we complete a consultation and confirm you are a good candidate, we can schedule your treatment.
Typically, patients need a series of treatments to achieve the best results, and most patients need three injections over the course of three to four months to achieve their goals. Once we evaluate your areas of concern, we can give you details about your unique treatment plan so you can plan your treatment sessions accordingly. Treatments are quick and virtually painless, but we can administer a numbing solution if necessary to enhance your comfort.
Unlike hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers that deliver immediate results, Sculptra results take time. Post-treatment, you will notice an initial plumping in the treatment area due to the filler formulation. This added volume will fade in the days following treatment, and your results will appear slowly as the body responds to the treatment process and creates new collagen.
This injectable is designed to strengthen and even re-structure the skin’s foundational support levels in the dermis. It replaces lost collagen post-treatment; once your results become noticeable, you can expect to enjoy them for up to two years. Once you notice that your results have begun to fade, you can return for additional follow-up treatments to once again help your body create new collagen to address the signs of aging.
Maintaining Your Results Long-Term
Collagen loss is synonymous with aging, and while this injectable does provide an effective solution that can reverse the aging process by forcing your body to create new collagen, you may need follow-up treatments to maintain your results long-term.
You can also make healthy lifestyle choices, avoid excess sun exposure, use quality skin care, and eat a healthy diet to help maintain a healthy and youthful-looking complexion. Anti-aging skin care treatments scheduled after your injection sessions can also help target other skin concerns to help you achieve cohesive anti-aging results.
Am I a Treatment Candidate?
Sculptra has been used by physicians for decades, so if you are looking for a safe way to naturally restore volume to different areas of your face, this collagen-stimulating injectable may be the perfect solution. An initial consultation is necessary to confirm your eligibility for treatment, and some patients will not qualify for treatment due to safety reasons.
Pregnant and nursing women should not schedule treatment until their primary care physician clears them. If you develop an infection in the planned treatment area, contact our office so that we can reschedule your appointment for a time when the area has healed. Additionally, patients with specific medical conditions or those who are allergic to the active ingredient in this injectable will need to avoid treatment.
Restore Your Natural Collagen
Collagen loss is normal, but you don’t have to live with the effects of this sign of the aging process. With the right treatment plan, we can use this unique collagen-stimulating injectable to help you restore your skin’s natural volume, strengthen its foundational layers, and help you achieve tighter, firmer, and younger-looking skin.