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The Link Between Collagen & Facial Aging

Collagen is a protein found in the skin that provides structure and elasticity. As we age, our bodies produce less collagen, leading to the formation of wrinkles and sagging skin. This reduction in collagen also makes the skin more susceptible to damage from sun exposure and other environmental factors. Sculptra injections are a popular solution for boosting collagen production and restoring a youthful look.

What Is Sculptra?

Sculptra is a popular cosmetic treatment that uses poly-L-lactic acid injections to rejuvenate the skin. The poly-L-lactic acid is a synthetic substance that is biocompatible and biodegradable, making it safe for use in cosmetic treatments. The main advantage of Sculptra is that it rebuilds collagen, the protein responsible for skin elasticity. Unlike other cosmetic treatments that simply mask the signs of aging, Sculptra works to restore the skin’s youthful appearance by stimulating collagen production.

How Sculptra Works

Sculptra works by restoring the deep underlying structure of the facial tissue rather than just moisturizing the surface. Unlike many topical creams or oral supplements that claim to increase collagen, Sculptra works within the deep dermis to improve tissue volume and stimulate the body’s production of its own collagen. After 20, the body loses about 1% of its collagen each year, causing wrinkles and sagging skin.

With Sculptra, microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid are injected into the deep dermis, where they stimulate collagen production and provide immediate improvement in tissue volume. The treatment leads to wrinkle reduction and a reduced appearance of severe scarring. Unlike topical creams or oral supplements, Sculptra’s results are proven and long-lasting. Over time, as your body produces new collagen fibers, your skin looks smoother, fuller, and healthier.

Sculptra Corrects:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Sagging skin
  • Loss of volume and definition in the cheeks and jawline
  • Hollow areas under the eyes
  • Acne scars
  • Skin unevenness and textural changes
  • Dark circles and under-eye bags
  • Nasolabial folds and marionette lines

Benefits Of Sculptra:

  • Long-lasting results, up to 2 years
  • Gradually improves the skin’s appearance
  • Minimally invasive and non-surgical
  • No downtime or recovery time required
  • Stimulates the body’s natural collagen production
  • Improves skin texture and tone
  • Enhances facial contours and shape
  • Provides a natural-looking, youthful appearance

The Treatment Details

During a Sculptra session, Dr. Braunstein injects the appropriate units of Sculptra into the deep dermis of the skin using a fine needle. The treatment takes about 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the areas being treated. The poly-L-lactic acid stimulates the body’s natural collagen production, gradually improving skin texture and tone. There is no downtime or recovery time, so you can resume daily activities immediately.

Recovery & Aftercare

Recovery after a Sculptra treatment is minimal. There is no downtime or extensive aftercare required, so you can return to normal activities immediately after the procedure. To ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of side effects, you should avoid excessive sun exposure, rigorous exercise, and excessive alcohol consumption for the first 24 hours. You may also experience slight swelling, redness, or tenderness in the treatment area for a few days.

Results & Longevity

The results of Sculptra appear gradually over several weeks as natural collagen production is stimulated. The full results can take up to three months to be visible. The results can last up to two years or more with proper maintenance. The number of treatments required depends on the extent of facial aging, but most patients need two to three sessions spaced four to six weeks apart. Maintenance treatments are usually required every one to two years for optimal results.

Schedule Your Consultation With Dr. Braunstein

Dr. Alexandra Braunstein is a fellowship-trained oculofacial plastic surgeon dedicated to helping patients achieve their aesthetic goals. She has a keen understanding of facial anatomy and supervises all non-surgical cosmetic treatments, ensuring her patients achieve naturalized results that conform to their goals. With her expertise, you can trust you’re in good hands. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Braunstein to explore your Sculptra options.

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