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As we age, the production of the structural proteins collagen and elastin begins to decrease, leading to sagging skin, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and volume loss in the face and body. These signs of aging can also be apparent along the jawline, where sagging skin and fat pads can create jowls, a double chin, and asymmetry. Some patients may find that they are looking for a more chiseled appearance to the jawline or that sudden weight loss has left them with loose skin on the lower face. Regardless of the cause, if you are looking for a treatment option that will enhance the jawline and reduce signs of aging for a smooth, firm, contoured look, Sculptra dermal fillers may be the ideal solution for you. The best way to get started is to book a consultation appointment with an expert, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green.

Sculptra is a unique type of dermal filler that is formulated with poly-L-lactic acid as the active ingredient. In addition to adding a sort of scaffolding under the skin, the Sculptra injections also trigger the body’s natural collagen production response. As collagen production increases over time due to the injections, the results of the treatment continue to improve, with the full results becoming visible about 4-6 months after treatment. Results are long-lasting as well, providing patients with a perfectly contoured jawline for more than two years. Sculptra injectable treatment is the ideal solution for patients looking for a smooth, defined jawline who are apprehensive about the idea of plastic surgery. Sculptra provides excellent results without the need for any surgery or recovery time post-treatment.

Experienced board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green has been expertly treating patients in her Upper East Side New York City dermatology office for more than 25 years. A graduate of Yale University, Dr. Green provides the highest quality care in many forms of medical and cosmetic treatments, including dermal fillers like Sculptra, Restylane, and Juvederm, neuromodulators like Botox and Dysport, chemical peels, laser treatment, microneedling, and more. Dr. Green is well-versed in treating patients of all skin types and skin tones, choosing treatment options that will be the safest and most effective for each individual. Well-known for high patient satisfaction, Dr. Green has been voted one of the best healthcare providers by such publications as New York Magazine, Super Doctors, and Castle Connolly.

What is Sculptra filler?

Sculptra is a unique dermal filler that uses the active ingredient poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) to boost natural collagen production and provide scaffolding to the skin. Originally FDA-approved in 2004 to restore lost facial volume for patients living with HIV, Sculptra was approved for cosmetic use in 2009 to combat facial aging. Specifically, Sculptra can be used as a cheek filler to combat volume loss in the midface, to fill in fine lines and wrinkles around the nose and mouth, such as the smile lines (nasolabial folds) and marionette lines, and for jawline contouring and augmentation. In addition to facial rejuvenation, Sculptra injections can be used for full-body contouring, reducing the appearance of cellulite, stretch marks, and hollows on the arms, legs, buttocks, and abdomen. As a collagen stimulator, Sculptra provides patients with access to smooth, firm, youthful-looking skin.

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How does Sculptra treatment work for collagen production?

As we age, the body’s production of the structural proteins collagen and elastin begins to decrease, leading to increased skin laxity, drooping fat pads, and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Collagen loss and loose skin contribute to the appearance of hollows in the cheeks and a lack of contour in the lower face. Sudden or rapid weight loss can also contribute to the appearance of sagging skin on the face and body, which can lead to the formation of jowls along the jawline. Sculptra injections boost the body’s own collagen production for a naturally contoured look. Sculptra contains the active ingredient poly-L-lactic acid, which acts as a collagen stimulator, stimulating the production of new collagen in the treated area. Increased new collagen provides structure to the skin, leading to firm, contoured, evenly textured skin.

With proper skincare following the treatment – or series of treatments – Sculptra dermal filler therapy provides long-lasting results. Most patients will require 2-3 treatment sessions spaced approximately one month apart to achieve the optimal treatment results. After each treatment session, patients can see an improvement in the structure and contour of the skin. However, the full effects will be visible after four to six months as the body’s natural collagen production process continues over time. Research has demonstrated a high rate of patient satisfaction with the treatment, with 95% of patients in one study reporting improvement in skin quality two years post-treatment. The best way to get started with Sculptra treatment is to schedule a consultation with expert board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green, who will determine the treatment plan that will meet your aesthetic goals.

Can Sculptra be used for the jawline?

Sculptra dermal filler is a great off-label treatment option for contouring and enhancing the jawline. While Sculptra has been specifically FDA-approved to treat volume loss in the midface and deep nasolabial folds and marionette lines, the treatment is also highly effective for use along the jawline. There are many reasons why patients may want to use Sculptra in the lower face and jawline. To start, Sculptra can be employed to improve the contour of the jawline, providing patients with a smoother, more defined, chiseled look. Sculptra can also reduce the appearance of a double chin, which forms when sagging skin and stubborn pockets of fat reduce the separation between the chin and neck. In this case, Sculptra injections can lift and firm sagging skin, restoring lost volume in the lower face. Any asymmetry in the contour of the jawline can also be corrected with Sculptra dermal filler injections, sculpting the jawline for a more even look.

Can Sculptra lift jowls?

Jowls can form on the lower face when collagen loss contributes to high skin laxity and drooping fat pads, which lead to the appearance of jowls along the jawline. When injected in the midface, lower face, and along the jawline, dermal fillers such as Sculptra can be very helpful in reducing the appearance of jowls. Sculptra helps to fill in sagging skin, providing a lifting and tightening effect along the jawline. For optimal results, Dr. Green may generate a treatment plan that pairs Sculptra injections with other treatment options, such as Thermage for skin tightening or Kybella to dissolve stubborn pockets of fat. If jowls are primarily caused by sagging skin, Dr. Green will turn to Thermage radiofrequency laser treatment, which is considered the Gold Standard for skin tightening. Thermage works via the emission of radiofrequency laser energy pulses that are absorbed by the tissue in the treatment area and converted to heat. This thermal energy causes controlled damage to the treated area, triggering the body’s natural collagen production process, which helps to tighten the skin. If sagging pockets of fat are the primary cause of jowls, Dr. Green will turn to Kybella fat-dissolving treatment. While not a weight loss treatment, Kybella is an injectable treatment that does work to destroy fat cells in the treated area, essentially “debulking” the area. Sculptra can be paired with either Thermage or Kybella to provide a firm, contoured look to the jawline.

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How to find an expert Sculptra injector

Unlike hyaluronic acid-based fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, Sculptra injections cannot be dissolved after treatment, which means that it is essential to find an expert injector for Sculptra. One potential side effect of Sculptra injections is the formation of bumps or nodules under the skin, which form if the Sculptra solution has not been properly mixed or injected. Without the ability to dissolve the Sculptra after injection, these nodules can remain under the skin for an extended amount of time – sometimes until the effects of the Sculptra treatment begin to fade. To ensure that your Sculptra injections are clean and precise, it is essential to seek treatment from a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green. Dr. Green has been expertly treating patients with Sculptra injections for as long as the therapy has been approved for use, helping each patient achieve the look they love.

What is the difference between Sculptra and Restylane?

Sculptra and Restylane are two different types of dermal fillers that differ primarily in their composition and formulation. While Sculptra contains the active ingredient poly-L-lactic acid, Restylane is composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a naturally occurring substance in the body that attracts moisture. Crafted with Galderma’s proprietary XpresHAN technology, the Restylane family of dermal fillers can be used across many areas of the face and body. Each member of the Restylane portfolio (Restylane Silk, Restylane Lyft, Restylane Defyne, Restylane Refyne, and Restylane Kysse) is crafted with a different gel consistency or particle size to address other concerns, ranging from moderate to severe facial wrinkles, volume loss in the cheeks, under-eye hollows, fine lines around the mouth, and lip augmentation. Neither Sculptra nor Restylane is inherently better than the other. Rather, they can each serve a different purpose in full facial rejuvenation. When crafting your treatment plan, Dr. Green will examine the treatment area and take your aesthetic goals into account to determine which type of dermal filler will best suit your needs.

What is the best filler for a sagging jawline?

As we age, collagen and elastin production decreases, leaving many with sagging skin along the jawline. Dermal fillers can help provide lift to the skin along the jawline, contouring the lower face for a firmer, more chiseled appearance. One dermal filler option for a sagging jawline is Sculptra poly-L-lactic acid filler. When injected in the lower face and along the jawline, Sculptra boosts collagen production for firmer skin and provides scaffolding for the treated area for a more contoured look. Juvederm Volux is another amazing dermal filler for the jawline. The only dermal filler FDA-approved specifically to treat the jawline, Juvederm Volux is formulated with a thick gel and large particle size to provide shape and contour to the lower face. Choosing the best filler depends on your specific needs and aesthetic goals, which is why it is best to consult with an expert dermatologist like Dr. Michele Green.

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What are the Sculptra side effects?

Sculptra is a safe and effective treatment option for face and body contouring with mild side effects and no downtime necessary. Like any injectable treatment, Sculptra injections come with a risk of swelling, bruising, redness, and irritation at the injection site. These side effects are expected and are typically mild, resolving independently within one to two weeks following the treatment. Side effects are typically mild when you visit an expert injector. Still, there is a risk of developing more serious side effects should you receive treatment from an inexperienced injector at a medspa. Discoloration and nodules can appear under the skin if the injectable solution is not properly mixed, injected, and distributed with a gentle massage post-treatment. As Sculptra cannot be dissolved, these nodules may remain under the skin until the effects of the treatment fade, which can be years. To avoid these unwanted adverse events, be sure to seek treatment from an expert injector, such as Dr. Green.

Does Sculptra change your jaw shape?

Sculptra injectable treatment can be used to alter the shape of your jawline and lower face to achieve your desired face shape. When injected along the jawline, Sculptra can help create a more chiseled look to the jawline, correct asymmetry in the lower face, reduce the appearance of jowls, and augment the chin. Sculptra is an excellent alternative to plastic surgery or a facelift, providing patients with their ideal facial contour, all without the need for surgery or downtime. Sculptra can also be combined with other treatment options, such as Botox, Dysport, Kybella, and Thermage, to help contour the jawline.

How many vials of Sculptra for the jawline?

The number of vials necessary for contouring the jawline depends on several factors, including the starting shape of the lower face, the severity of skin laxity, and the patient’s aesthetic goals. Typically, Dr. Green will use 1-2 vials of Sculptra per side of the face per treatment session. To achieve optimal results, patients usually require three to four treatment sessions spaced four to six weeks apart, with full treatment results becoming visible after four to six months. The effects of Sculptra treatment are very long-lasting, with patients seeing the impact of the treatment for as many as five years.

How many vials of Sculptra do you need for jowls?

When patients ask about the number of vials necessary for the treatment of the jowls, the answer is that it depends. Typically, Dr. Green will use 1-2 vials per side of the face when treating the jowls, but the number depends on the severity of the skin laxity and patients’ aesthetic goals. When treating the jowls, Dr. Green will often pair Sculptra treatment with Thermage for skin tightening or Kybella for dissolving stubborn pockets of fat. The other therapies present in your treatment plan will also determine the number of vials necessary.

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How much does Sculptra cost for the jawline?

Patients often ask, How much are Sculptra injections? The price of Sculptra dermal filler treatment depends on several factors, including the size and scope of the treatment area, geographic location, the type of institution at which you receive treatment, and your aesthetic goals. One vial of Sculptra can cost anywhere between $1,000 and $1,700, depending on your geographic location and the experience level of the injector. Typically, seeking treatment from a Medspa is less expensive, but there is a higher risk of adverse events, which is why it is essential to seek treatment from an expert injector, such as Dr. Green. The total cost of treatment might also increase if Sculptra injections are paired with other treatment options, such as Thermage, Kybella, Botox, or microneedling. After your initial consultation with Dr. Green, her dermatology office will provide you with a closer estimate of the total cost of treatment based on your treatment plan.

What is the best skin tightening treatment for the jawline?

The Gold Standard treatment for skin tightening along the jawline, face, and body is Thermage radiofrequency laser treatment. Thermage can be paired with Sculptra dermal filler treatment to achieve a firm, smooth, contoured look to the jawline. Thermage works via emissions of radiofrequency energy that are converted to thermal energy, which causes controlled damage to the tissue, boosting the body’s natural collagen production. The increased collagen production in the treated area helps to tighten the skin, decreasing skin laxity and improving skin texture.

How do I get started with Sculptra treatment today?

Sculptra is a dermal filler formulated with the active ingredient poly-L-lactic acid, which triggers collagen production to fill in lines and wrinkles, restore lost volume, improve skin texture, and help patients achieve an ideal facial contour. When injected along the jawline, Sculptra injections can reduce the appearance of jowls, correct asymmetry in the lower face, and contour the lower face. Patients are drawn to Sculptra treatment for the therapy’s long-lasting results that can be seen for over two years post-injections. To achieve optimal results, patients should seek treatment from an expert injector, such as Dr. Michele Green.

Internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green has been treating some of the world’s most discerning men and women in her Upper East Side New York City dermatology office for more than 25 years. As an expert in cosmetic dermatology, Dr. Green offers each of her patients individualized treatment plans for full facial rejuvenation with treatments such as dermal fillers, Botox, chemical peels, laser treatment, Microneedling, and more. Dr. Green has been consistently voted one of the best healthcare providers in New York City by such publications as Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine for her dedication to her patients and expertise. To learn more about Sculptra injections today, contact us online today or call our NYC office at 212-535-3088 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Green.

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