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As we age, the production of the structural proteins collagen and elastin begins to decrease. As collagen production decreases, skin laxity increases, fine lines and wrinkles become more visible, and hollows begin to form under the eyes and in the cheeks. A heart shape to the face, in which the widest area of the face is the cheekbones, is generally associated with a youthful appearance, but as we age, volume loss in the mid and lower face creates a sagging, square shape to the face. Facial volume loss, which is particularly noticeable in the cheeks, under-eye area, tear trough, and jawline, can start with volume loss along the temple area. Hollow temples can lead to sagging skin around the eyes and loose sagging skin in the cheeks, which emphasizes the lower face, leading to a heavier appearance. Many patients wonder how to combat this shift in face shape to re-emphasize the upper face for a more youthful appearance. Luckily, a safe and effective solution is available at board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green’s New York City dermatology office: Sculptra temple filler.

Sculptra is a type of dermal filler that boosts volume in the treatment area by triggering the body’s own collagen production, resulting in effects that continue to improve over time. Unlike other fillers like Juvederm and Restylane, which have hyaluronic acid (HA) as the active ingredient, Sculptra is formulated with poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). This collagen stimulator leads to firm, smooth, youthful-looking skin. Produced by the company Galderma, Sculptra is one of the longest-lasting dermal fillers, with results that remain for as long as two years. Sculptra is an anti-aging treatment FDA-approved to address volume loss in the cheeks and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. It can be safely used as an off-label treatment for acne scars, stretch marks, hip dips, facial jowls, buttocks enhancement, cellulite, and temple hollows. When receiving an off-label treatment, it is essential to seek out an expert Sculptra injector, such as Dr. Michele Green.

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 master in a wide range of cosmetic treatments, including dermal fillers like Sculptra, Radiesse, Juvederm, and Restylane, as well as Botox, laser therapy, laser hair removal, microneedling, chemical peels, and more, Dr. Green is highly adept at creating individualized treatment plans to meet each patient’s needs. As a certified Sculptra injector, Dr. Green provides patients with natural-looking results for an overall more youthful appearance. For a full facial rejuvenation, Dr. Green may also pair Sculptra injections with other dermal fillers for a full liquid facelift. Well-known for high patient satisfaction, Dr. Green is frequently voted one of the best physicians in New York City by such publications as Castle Connolly, Super Doctors, and New York Magazine.

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What is Sculptra collagen-inducing dermal filler?

Sculptra treatment is a type of dermal filler treatment that uses the active ingredient poly-L-lactic acid as a biostimulator to boost collagen production in the treatment area. While other dermal fillers work by filling in lost volume, Sculptra injections work by replacing lost collagen, which is highly effective for addressing facial volume loss, filling in fine lines and wrinkles, improving skin laxity, and reducing the appearance of stretch marks, acne scars, and cellulite. Originally FDA-approved in 2004 to treat facial volume loss in patients living with HIV, Sculptra is now used to address a range of cosmetic concerns, providing facial rejuvenation and augmentation for many patients. Sculptra injections require no downtime and are a long-lasting treatment option, with effects that remain visible for as long as two years.

How does Sculptra work?

Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler treatment that boosts collagen production to fill in lost volume, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improve skin texture and laxity. The active ingredient in Sculptra injections is poly-L-lactic acid, a biostimulator that triggers the natural collagen production process. As new collagen forms over time, the protein provides structure to the skin for facial rejuvenation and a more youthful appearance. As Sculptra injections rely on the body’s own collagen production processes, it can take four to six months post-treatment to see the full effects, but the results of the treatment are very long-lasting.

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Can Sculptra be used to address hollow temples?

As we age, collagen production decreases in the body, contributing to sagging skin, the increased appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and lost facial volume. In the temple area, hollows and volume loss can affect the appearance of the lower face as well. When hollow temples form, they can contribute to the appearance of sagging skin on the eyelid, in the under-eye area, in the cheeks, and along the jawline, making the lower face feel heavy and out of proportion. Addressing hollow temples can have a subtle yet significant anti-aging effect on the whole face, improving facial symmetry, reducing skin laxity, and restoring lost volume to provide patients with an overall more youthful appearance. The best way to restore lost volume at the temples is to use Sculptra injectable dermal filler treatment, which boosts the body’s own collagen production for a firm, lifted, naturally youthful look.

Sculptra temple filler vs. Facelift

Many patients wonder which is better: Sculptra temple filler or a surgical facelift to address hollow temples and restore a youthful look to the face. A facelift requires patients to schedule an appointment with a plastic surgeon, who will discuss their aesthetic goals and determine the procedure that will best meet their needs. Any plastic surgery procedure, however, comes with significant downtime and a risk of serious side effects, including bleeding, pain, infection, and permanent scarring. That is why board-certified dermatologist Dr. Michele Green recommends non-surgical procedures, such as dermal fillers, which provide patients with similar results without the need for any incisions or downtime. If patients are looking to address multiple areas of the face, Dr. Green may combine multiple types of dermal fillers for a full liquid facelift. To restore lost volume in the cheeks, Dr. Green will turn to Sculptra or Juvederm Voluma. If patients are looking for lip filler, Dr. Green may use Juvederm Vobella or Restylane Kysse. Dermal fillers can also be used to address fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and nose, under eye hollows, for jawline augmentation, and to eliminate hollow temples.

Does Sculptra work on the temples?

Sculptra is an effective off-label treatment to address hollow temples and other forms of facial volume loss by boosting collagen production for a naturally youthful look. As the injection of Sculptra in the temples is an off-label use of the treatment, it is essential to visit an expert injector, such as Dr. Michele Green. While other institutions, such as MedSpas, may have specials for subscribers, the risk of developing serious side effects when you seek treatment from someone other than an expert dermatologist is much higher. Dr. Green will begin the Sculptra injection appointment by examining the treatment area to determine the number of vials necessary for treatment. Then, using a cannula or small needle, Dr. Green will inject the Sculptra solution into the treatment areas. Following the injections, Dr. Green will massage the treatment area and fill you in on the post-treatment skincare to minimize bruising and ensure that the filler does not develop nodules.

Can Sculptra be used for jowls?

Sculptra dermal filler injections are also highly effective when used along the jawline to reduce the appearance of jowls. As we age, sagging skin and drooping fat pads can contribute to the appearance of jowls, which form along the jawline and lead to a heavy appearance in the lower face. Many patients are confused when they hear that adding filler along the jawline can reduce the heaviness of the lower face. However, when injected around the jowls, Sculptra dermal filler can tighten and lift the treatment area, providing a firmer, more contoured look to the jawline. Sculptra is a long-lasting treatment option for jawline contouring, providing patients with a naturally smooth and youthful look.

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Can Sculptra be used on the forehead?

Sculptra is not the ideal solution for addressing forehead wrinkles. Instead, Dr. Green often recommends Botox for patients looking to eliminate forehead lines. Forehead lines are dynamic wrinkles that form due to repeated movement of the muscles, which are responsible for facial expressions, such as raising your eyebrows in surprise or furrowing your brow. Botox is a neuromodulator that works to “freeze” the muscles responsible for forming dynamic wrinkles, causing the creases to smooth away. Dr. Green is known for her less-is-more approach to Botox injections, reducing the appearance of wrinkles on the forehead without taking away your expressive capabilities.

Is Sculptra FDA-approved for the temples?

Sculptra injections first gained FDA approval in 2004 to treat facial volume loss in patients living with HIV. In 2009, the injectable treatment was FDA-approved for cosmetic purposes – primarily addressing age-related volume loss and eliminating creases and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. While Sculptra injections are highly effective at treating hollow temples, the treatment is not yet explicitly FDA-approved for use in that area of the face. That is why it is essential to seek treatment from an expert dermatologist and experienced injector, such as Dr. Michele Green.

Is Sculptra safe in the temples?

Sculptra fillers are a safe and effective treatment for hollow temples when performed by a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green. When seeking treatment from an expert injector, patients may still experience mild, common side effects, such as bruising, redness, irritation, swelling, headaches, and pain for five to seven days post-treatment. The risk of serious side effects, such as injection into a blood vessel, blindness, and permanent scarring, can increase dramatically when you seek treatment from an inexperienced injector at a MedSpa. To ensure that your risk of serious side effects is lower, schedule an appointment with a board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green.

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Can Sculptra cause headaches?

One potential side effect of Sculptra injectable treatment is headaches. Typically, mild side effects, such as headaches, bruising, swelling, and redness, will go away within 5-7 days after receiving the treatment. Dr. Green will provide you with all of the aftercare instructions and recommendations on over-the-counter medications that can be taken to reduce pain from headaches, irritation, and swelling. If side effects do not go away on their own within one to two weeks of treatment, be sure to contact your healthcare official.

How many vials of Sculptra for the temples?

Many patients ask, “How much Sculptra is needed for the temples?” and the answer is: it depends. Most patients will require between two and four vials of Sculptra for the best results. However, the specific number of vials necessary to achieve a patient’s aesthetic goals depends on the patient’s age and the severity of the volume loss that has occurred. When you have your initial consultation with Dr. Green, she will examine the treatment area and give you a closer estimate of the number of vials necessary to meet your needs.

How long does Sculptra last in the temples?

Sculptra is one of the longest-lasting dermal fillers available for cosmetic use. As Sculptra boosts the body’s natural production of collagen, the full results of the treatment do not become visible until 1-2 months post-treatment. These results will last for two years, with some patients still seeing results for up to three. To maintain the treatment’s results, Dr. Green recommends scheduling a treatment session every year.

How to massage the temples after Sculptra

After the Sculptra injections, it is important to massage the treated area to avoid the development of nodules or bumps under the skin’s surface. Dr. Green recommends following the “Rule of 5s” when massaging the temples after Sculptra: Patients should massage the treatment area five times a day for five minutes for five days after the injections. Immediately following the procedure, Dr. Green will massage the treatment area, performing the first massage out of five for that day.

Is Sculptra good for the temples?

Sculptra is a safe and effective treatment option for addressing volume loss at the temples and other signs of aging, such as wrinkles around the nose and mouth, hollows in the cheeks, and jowls along the jawline. While Sculptra is FDA-approved for treating facial volume loss in the midface, it has not yet been FDA-approved for the treatment of hollow temples. However, an experienced injector and board-certified dermatologist, such as Dr. Green, can safely and effectively inject Sculptra in the temple area to reduce visible signs of aging for smooth, firm, lifted skin.

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How to get started with Sculptra dermal filler for the temples today

As we age, the production of the structural protein collagen begins to decrease, which can emphasize visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, high skin laxity, hollows, and drooping skin along the jawline. When hollows appear at the temples, it can affect the symmetry of the whole face, causing the lower face to appear more square as the skin sags. Luckily, there is a safe and effective solution for hollow temples that requires no plastic surgery and no downtime: Sculptra dermal filler. Sculptra injections boost collagen production with long-lasting effects that continue to improve over time. For patients looking for smooth, firm, lifted, youthful-looking skin, schedule a consultation with expert dermatologist Dr. Michele Green to find out if Sculptra is right for you.

Dr. Michele Green is an internationally renowned board-certified dermatologist with over two and a half decades of experience providing her patients with the best non-invasive treatment options. Dr. Green takes a holistic approach and embraces a less-is-more philosophy, creating customized skincare routines and treatment plans that cater to the unique concerns and aesthetic goals of her patients. She is consistently identified as one of New York’s best dermatologists by Castle Connolly, New York Magazine, and Super Doctors for her dedication to her patients and expertise. Please call us at 212-535-3088 or email our New York City-based office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Michele Green and address your hollow temples with Sculptra today.

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