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Sculptra Neck

Learn more about Sculptra for Décolletage and Neck Rejuvenation

As a result of the natural aging process, collagen production decreases, which leads to volume loss, increased skin laxity, and fine lines and wrinkles along the neck and décolletage area. Collagen is the protein found in the body responsible for firm, smooth, and youthful looking skin. Starting in your late 20s and early 30s, as collagen production diminishes, the neck may start to take on a crepey, wrinkled appearance. Further, over time, damage from the UV rays of the sun and other environmental factors can further increase the prominence of volume loss, which leads to greater skin laxity and deeper wrinkles along the neck and chest. If volume loss in the neck and décolletage area is making you feel self conscious, injectable Sculptra treatment is a great option to restore volume loss and trigger the production of collagen.

Sculptra Aesthetic is a liquid injectable filler that works wonders on rejuvenating many areas of the body, including the neck and décolletage, by stimulating the production of collagen for a natural, youthful look. FDA approved in 2009 to treat volume loss for all patients, Sculptra is a long-lasting solution to volume loss, which requires no downtime. For patients who are uncomfortable with the idea of a surgical facelift or neck lift, Sculptra is a non-surgical rejuvenation option with stunning results. Sculptra differs from other dermal fillers in that, unlike Restylane, Juvederm, and Juvederm Voluma, which are hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra is composed of a substance called poly-L-lactic acid. As a result, Sculptra is designed to naturally boost the body’s collagen production for longer lasting results that are also more natural-looking. Due to the precision required for the injections, it is best to seek treatment from an expert, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Michele Green.

Dr. Michele Green has been treating patients in her Upper East Side New York City dermatology office for more than 25 years. An expert of all forms of cosmetic treatments, including dermal fillers such as Sculptra, Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane, injectables, such as Botox and Dysport, and many others, Dr. Green has been a leading injector of Sculptra for two decades. She has been consistently voted as one of the best cosmetic dermatologists in NYC by Castle Connolly, The New York Times, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine. If you are concerned with sagging, volume loss, or wrinkles, sun damage, or photo-aging on your neck, Dr. Green is here to help.

What is Sculptra Aesthetic?

Sculptra Aesthetic is a injectable dermal filler that restores lost volume to the treatment area for a rejuvenated, non-surgical lift. Sculptra is a filler composed of the synthetic poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which stimulates the production of new collagen to combat volume loss in a number of regions in the body. As Sculptra triggers the body’s natural collagen production process, the results of the treatment are long lasting and provide patients with a naturally youthful look. Sculptra was originally FDA approved in 2004 to treat Lipoatrophy in HIV patients, which is when the loss of fat cells in the face leads to sunken cheekbones and a hollow appearance. In 2009, Sculptra was FDA approved for cosmetic use in non-immunocompromised patients as well to combat volume loss that results from the body’s natural aging process. Volume loss on the face and neck and can also emphasize fine lines and wrinkles that become etched into the skin. As such, Sculptra can help to reduce these tell-tale signs of aging with long-lasting results. Weight loss can also lead to the appearance of sagging skin, which can be treated with this unique dermal filler. Sculptra can be used to treat volume loss in many areas of the body, including eliminating common creases in the face such as marionette lines, nasolabial folds without the need for a facial plastic surgeon. Sculptra can also be used on the neck, to contour the jawline, décolletage, chest, and arms, as well as to reduce the appearance of cellulite and for a non-surgical butt lift.

Can Sculptra be used on the neck?

When patients ask, can Sculptra be injected in the neck, the answer is yes! Sculptra is a perfect filler to address age- or weight-loss-related volume loss, deep wrinkles, and fine lines on the neck. The liquid filler can reverse the crepey look that is associated with the natural aging process on the neck. Collagen loss can lead to increased skin laxity, and a hollow appearance in the neck and décolletage. Sculptra is a safe, effective, and long-lasting solution for neck rejuvenation to restore lost volume for a smooth, youthful look.

How does Sculptra work on neck?

Sculptra differs from other common dermal fillers in its composition. Unlike Juvederm and Restylane, which are hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra is made of poly-L-lactic acid, also known as PLLA. PLLA is unique in its neo-collagenesis properties, meaning that it stimulates the production of collagen in the body. When the liquid Sculptra filler is injected into the treatment area, the PLLA solution triggers an inflammatory response in the body, which induces the production of collagen. Collagen in a protein found in the body that gives structure to the skin. As we age, our body naturally produces less collagen, which, over time, leads to volume loss in many areas of the body, including the face and neck. With the Sculptra injectable treatment, the new collagen production restores volume lost in the treatment area over time. Sculptra triggers the body’s own collagen production response, which means that the results take time to show their full effect. However, due to this natural collagen production process, the results of Sculptra are very long lasting, with effects remaining for up to two years.

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Sculptra – 3 months before and after

Dermal Fillers versus Sculptra Injectable Treatment

Sculptra is unique among the dermal fillers due to its formulation, which gives it unique properties. Many common dermal fillers, such as Restylane, Juvederm, and Juvederm Voluma are comprised of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the body, which helps to promote collagen production and hydrate the skin. Hyaluronic acid fillers, however, can only last for a short amount of time before the treatment has to be repeated. Sculptra, on the other hand, is comprised of poly-L-lactic acid, which stimulates the body’s natural production of collagen to restore your own natural skin structure and volume. Further, Sculptra can be injected much deeper into the dermis than hyaluronic acid fillers, which contributes to the stunning results of Sculptra and the longevity of treatment. Hyaluronic acid fillers, additionally, can be dissolved with substances called Vitrase or Hyalenez if the results are not to the patient’s liking. Poly-L-lactic acid, however, cannot be dissolved in the same way, which requires precision from the injector. That is why it is best to seek treatment from a highly practiced, board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green. If you are looking for fast-acting results, a hyaluronic filler such as Juvederm may be the best option, as the effects of Juvederm injections are visible within several days as opposed to Sculptra, which takes several weeks to take full effect due to the natural collagen production process that is occurring as a result of Sculptra injections.

When you have your initial consultation with Dr. Green, you will discuss your cosmetic goals and the areas that you would like addressed. Together, you will determine the dermal filler that will work best for your situation. Dr. Green utilizes many different forms of dermal fillers in order to best suit each patient’s needs, therefore, it is not that one family of fillers is inherently “better” than another, rather Dr. Green helps to decide which filler is best for you.

Cosmetic Injectable Treatments Procedure

You will begin your treatment process with an in-person or virtual consultation with Dr. Green where you will discuss your aesthetic needs and treatment goals. After examining the treatment area and reviewing your skincare routine, Dr. Green will determine the treatment or series of treatments that will best meet your unique goals. When preparing for your Sculptra appointment, Dr. Green recommends avoiding anti-inflammatory medication or herbal supplements in the week before your treatment in order to avoid bruising or swelling at the injection site. Dr. Green also recommends refraining from alcohol intake for one day before the treatment to reduce the likelihood of bruising.

Once you arrive in the office for the treatment, Dr. Green may apply a topical anesthetic one hour before the injection in order to minimize any potential discomfort. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure, as Dr. Green also dissolves the Sculptra solution with lidocaine before injections to further numb any pain. Sculptra is then injected deep into the dermis with a thin needle to trigger the body’s natural production of collagen. The treatment works over time and the body can produce new collagen for up to six months post-injections. Dr. Green recommends patients come in for 3-4 treatment sessions spaced four to six weeks apart for optimal results.

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Sculptra Aftercare

Sculptra Aesthetic is a non-invasive, non-surgical treatment to restore volume loss and there is no downtime associated with the procedure, meaning patients can return to their regularly scheduled activities right away after treatment. Immediately after the Sculptra injections, Dr. Green will apply an ice pack to the injection site in order to minimize the potential of bruising or swelling. If swelling or redness does occur following the injections, Dr. Green recommends avoiding direct sun exposure or tanning beds until the swelling subsides. For all patients, the treatment area should be massaged for five minutes, five times a day, for five consecutive days. This will help to spread the liquid injection and prevent nodules or lumps from forming. After the initial 3-4 treatment sessions, the results of the Sculptra injections are long lasting and most patients will only need one touch-up and maintenance session each year.

How soon until Sculptra injection results are visible?

Sculptra dermal filler works by triggering the body’s natural collagen production response in order to restore volume loss. As a result, the effects of Sculptra are long lasting but take some time to become visible and the body works to produce new collagen. Dr. Green recommends scheduling three to four treatment sessions, which should be spaced four to six weeks apart. With the neo-collagenesis properties of Sculptra, collagen production can continue for up to six months following the injections. It may take four to six weeks following each treatment session to see the full effects of Sculptra, however, once the results are visible, they can be seen for up to two years post-injections.

Are Sculptra Aesthetic results permanent?

The results of Sculptra Aesthetic are unique among the contingent of dermal fillers in that Sculptra triggers the body’s collagen production response, which leads to natural-looking, long-lasting results. The volume restoration effects of Sculptra injections can last for up to two years following the treatment process. After that time, the biodegradable PLLA molecules have been fully broken down by the body and the production of collagen has slowed. Dr. Green recommends that for continued results, patients return to her office for a touch-up once a year. While not permanent, the effects of Sculptra can be seen for a lot longer, compared to many other filler treatments and the accessibility of Sculptra is much higher than plastic surgery neck lifts for many patients.

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How much is Sculptra for neck?

When patients ask, how much does Sculptra for the neck cost, the answer is: it depends on a variety of factors. Your geographic location can play a role in determining the cost of the treatment. In NYC, for example, Sculptra injections performed by a board-certified dermatologist can cost, on average, $1,000 per vial. Cost, then, also depends on how many vials are necessary to achieve your specific aesthetic goals. Many patients choose to treat multiple areas of the body, such as the face and neck, which can increase the price as more vials will be necessary to treat multiple areas. The size of the treatment area will also determine how many vials are necessary for optimal results. However, for areas that require more vials, such as a butt-lift, there may be discounts or special offers, which will also affect the cost. Dr. Green’s office will be able to provide you with an estimate of the cost of treatment following your initial consultation with Dr. Green, where you determine your treatment plan and schedule.

Can Sculptra be used for Facial Rejuvenation?

Yes! In addition to rejuvenating the neck, Sculptra Aesthetic can be used for a non-surgical face lift to restore lost volume, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and treat scars, including acne scars. Sculptra is the perfect filler for a full liquid facelift and can be injected in almost any area of the face. The treatment is designed for deep creases, including the nasolabial folds, which are known more commonly as smile lines, and for facial jowls, which are also known as marionette lines. Sculptra can also be used to address sunken cheek bones, sunken temples, along the jawline, and along the chin. When it comes to more delicate, superficial areas, such as under the eyes or in the lips, Sculptra is not the best filler option.

Can you get rid of horizontal neck lines with Sculptra injections?

Horizontal neck lines are creases that run laterally across the neck. While people of any age can have horizontal neck lines, the creases can become deeper and more prominent with age, causing patients to feel self conscious. The increased skin laxity and volume loss associated with the natural aging process, leads to horizontal neck lines becoming more visible. Luckily, Sculptra injections can help to eliminate or reduce the appearance of horizontal neck lines. When Sculptra is injected, the boost in collagen production leads to rejuvenated, smooth, youthful looking skin, free from deeply etched wrinkles such as horizontal neck lines.

Can you use Sculptra on the neck for skin tightening?

Sculptra injections are very effective at restoring lost volume in the neck, which can decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin. However, the treatment is not specifically designed to address very high skin laxity. If you have particularly loose skin on the neck, Dr. Green may recommend pairing Sculptra filler with a skin tightening treatment, such as Thermage. Thermage treatment uses radiofrequency energy to tighten the skin on the neck for a firm, youthful look.

Combining Anti-Aging treatments with Sculptra aesthetic for neck rejuvenation

For patients who are looking to restore lost volume in the neck and décolletage area, Sculptra injections are the ideal solution. There are many cases in which, for a full neck rejuvenation, Dr. Green may pair Sculptra with other treatments in order to address other potential issues, such as high skin laxity, concentrations of fat cells, or poor skin texture. In those cases, Dr. Green may recommend pairing Sculptra with Thermage, CoolSculpting, Botox, or Microneedling.

Thermage – Thermage radiofrequency laser is the most popular skin tightening treatment available at Dr. Green’s office. This FDA approved laser treatment uses radiofrequency (RF) energy to gently heat the inner layer of skin in the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. This heating of the tissue leads to a controlled injury, which boosts the body’s natural collagen and elastin production. The increase in collagen and elastin, two proteins that give the skin structure, leads to an immediate tightening of the skin. The results are long lasting and can remain visible for up to two years with only one treatment session. For cases in which skin laxity is particularly high, Thermage can be paired with Sculptra for skin tightening and volume loss restoration. Thermage can be used on the face, neck, jowls, knees, buttocks, hands, arms and stomach.

CoolSculpting – In some situations, there may be a high concentration of fat cells on the neck, leading to the appearance of a double chin or heavy jowls. CoolSculpting is a fat freezing treatment that can “debulk” the area of fat for a slim, contoured look for the neck and décolletage. CoolSculpting is not a weight loss treatment and is best used for stubborn fat for patients at or near their target weight.

Botox – Tension in the muscles of the neck can also make fine lines and wrinkles appear more prominent and pull at the jawline, leading to a hollow look. Botox, which is the brand name for the neurotoxin onabotulinumtoxin type A, can be injected into the neck in order to freeze and relax the muscle. In doing so, Botox causes the muscle to stop contracting, which will smooth out the wrinkles in the neck and improve the jawline. If the wrinkles and lines that appear on the neck are due to tension in the neck muscle, Dr. Green may recommend Botox to start for a non-surgical neck lift, also called the “Nefertiti Lift.”

Microneedling – Microneedling in another treatment that can performed at Dr. Green’s office to stimulate the production of collagen and improve the texture of the skin. For patients who are struggling with increased pore size, acne scars, or rough textured skin, microneedling is a good pairing with Sculptra. Microneedling with PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) works by creating small micro-injuries on the surface of the skin with a handheld device equipped with surgical grade needles. The controlled injuries to the epidermis stimulate collagen production, which in turn helps to improve skin texture. When working with acne scars, for example, Dr. Green may start by injecting Sculptra into the scar and then employing the microneedling device for smoother skin.

Fraxel laser – Fraxel laser effectively removes sun damage, sun spots, photo aging, fine lines and wrinkles from the face, neck, and décolletage. Fraxel works by creating columns of thermal energy which remodel the collagen in the skin. Fraxel works at removing deeper wrinkles as well as acne scars as well. The rejuvenating effects of Fraxel can be used on the arms, hands, and legs as well. Combining Sculptra injections for the neck with Fraxel laser will cause increased skin turnover and new collagen production. The result will be smoother, younger looking skin.

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Is Sculptra good for neck wrinkles and volume loss?

Yes! If you are experiencing volume loss in the neck, which can lead to more prominent fine lines and wrinkles, and create a hollow, crepey look, Sculptra dermal fillers may be the the best treatment for you. Dr. Green has been expertly performing Sculptra injections for years to rave reviews from her patients.

How do I get started with Sculptra injections for neck rejuvenation today?

If fine lines, sun damage, or skin laxity on your face or neck is bothering you, Sculptra injections may be the ideal treatment for you. Dr. Michele Green has been using injectable fillers and Botox for over 25 years in her discreet, NYC, dermatology practice. At the forefront of anti-aging and skin rejuvenation, Dr. Green will help combine the best treatments for facial rejuvenation as well as non-surgical neck improvement. With an array of non-invasive treatments, such as dermal fillers, lasers, and skin care, Dr. Green will help refresh and renew your skin, with beautiful lasting results. She is consistently voted as one of the best dermatologists by New York Magazine, Castle Connolly, and Super Doctors. To schedule a consultation for Sculptra injections today, please contact us online today or call our NYC office at 212-535-3088.

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