One of the key causes of lines and wrinkles on the face is the loss of collagen, which occurs as we age. For those looking to reduce the appearance of this effect, one of the ways this can be accomplished is through the use of dermal fillers. In addition to this, some treatments can also help replace the collagen in the body, which in turn will help reduce lines and wrinkles.
One dermal filler that can help reduce the look of lines and wrinkles, while at the same time promoting collagen replacement, is an FDA-approved filler called Sculptra®, which is made from poly-L-lactic acid. The way Sculptra works is that it is injected into the surface of the skin, with the goal to create a more youthful appearance. A local anesthetic is used to help reduce any pain. Over time Sculptra firms up the skin and helps promote the body’s own collagen production.
Sculptra can be used in a number of different ways to improve the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles on the face such as between the folds of the nose and mouth, known as the nasolabial folds. It can also be used around the mouth and is great at treating the lines that traverse down from the side of the mouth to the chin. These lines are also known as “marionette lines” and can be a source of unhappiness, since these lines can make a person appear older. Sculptra can also be used around the eyes, to help reduce the “hollow” appearance that can appear in this area, in the form of eye rings.
Generally, a course of Sculptra treatments are carried out over a number of months. Each treatment typically takes under half an hour to carry out, depending on what needs to be done. Once the treatment has been completed, over time collagen is produced by the body, helping to smooth lines and wrinkles. Many patients experience improvements in lines and wrinkles on the face for up to two years and in some cases even longer.
Sculptra Risks & Side Effects
Side effects from undergoing Sculptra are generally fairly minimal. Patients may experience some bruising, or minor bleeding from the treatment area initially. Some post-treatment massage of the injected area will be required, but your dermatologist will advise you of everything that needs to be done.
It should be noted that although most people with lines and wrinkles can benefit from using Sculptra, there are some exceptions. Sculptra may not be suitable for those people who have immune system issues or are susceptible to certain kinds of scarring. The best course of action, and to find out whether Sculptra can help you, is to book an appointment with Board Certified NYC based dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, who can discuss your suitability in person.
If you would like to improve the look of lines and wrinkles, then Sculptra® may be able to help. Contact us online today or call 212-535-3088 to learn more about whether Sculptra® may be right for you.