Collagen is the key to firm, plump, younger-looking skin. That’s one reason you’ll find it on the ingredient list in just about every skincare product on the shelf. But when you apply collagen topically it doesn’t have the same effect as when your body builds its own collagen from within. But as we age, our collagen production is a numbers game.
Every year after our 20th birthday, our bodies produce one additional percentage point less collagen. By the time we’re 50 that equates to a 30 percent decrease in collagen production. That’s why aging skin sags, droops, and allows the formation of lines, wrinkles, and creases, along with areas of volume loss such as the cheeks. At Orange County Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a long-lasting non-invasive answer to this collagen decline — Sculptra®. Sculptra® is a dermal filler that triggers the body to produce new collagen where it is injected, filling lines and wrinkles around the mouth area for up to two years.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra® is classified as a “synthetic” filler. It works in a different manner than the more well-known hyaluronic acid fillers like Restylane®. When those fillers are injected beneath a wrinkle or area of volume loss, the hyaluronic acid instantly binds with nearby water molecules, plumping, firming, and hydrating the skin. Sculptra® is different. It doesn’t provide immediate results. Sculptra® is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which works within the skin to replace lost collagen. Sculptra® is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time as collagen is replaced. This makes for a natural-looking appearance that improves over time, not an instant change as with other fillers. Sculptra® is injected in three sessions over three to four months for the best results. These results can then last for two years!
What are the benefits of choosing Sculptra?
At Orange County Cosmetic Surgery, our patients love the fact that Sculptra® delivers natural-looking results that last up to two years. They also like the fact that, unlike dermal fillers that are injected and simply push the skin back upward, Sculptra® stimulates the body to produce new amounts of collagen to rejuvenate and plump the skin on its own. The poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) in Sculptra® is the key. Once injected, the body begins to absorb the PLLA, and this triggers new collagen to be produced. These new collagen strands gradually restore facial volume naturally, and the wrinkles and folds are erased or dramatically lessened in appearance.
Who is a good candidate for Sculptra injections?
Sculptra® has been approved by the FDA, and it is well-tolerated. This long-lasting filler is effective for treating fairly deep lines and creases, and it has few restrictions. If you have the typical lines that form around the mouth and from the nose to the mouth, Sculptra® is a great, long-lasting solution. Really, the only patients who cannot have Sculptra® are those with a history of keloid or hypertrophic scarring.
How does a Sculptra session go?
We inject Sculptra® into the deep dermal layer of the skin. This is the base of the skin’s second layer, beneath the epidermis and above the fat layer. That’s because the dermis layer is where the body produces collagen and Sculptra® intends to boost your collagen production where injected. Prior to your injections, we provide local anesthetic at the injection sites, depending on your preference. That makes these injections basically painless.
How many Sculptra sessions do I need?
Sculptra is injected in three sessions over the course of three to four months. From there, it will provide results for up to two years.
What are the risks and side effects involved with Sculptra?
The most common side effects with Sculptra® are similar to those with any dermal filler:
- Slight Bleeding
- Formation of small lumps
All of these issues pass quickly. If you’re wondering about the poly-L-lactic acid that is the centerpiece of Sculptra®, PLLA is a biocompatible, biodegradable substance that the body accepts. It has been used for over 20 years in surgical applications, including dissolvable sutures.
- "I have been to many doctors and offices for my fillers and this has been by far my favorite. Dr. Miller and his staff are very attentive and always put clients first. I am in love with my results and have recommended him to all my friends!" - S.P.
- "Dr. Miller & his professional staff are dream makers! I’m so happy I found OC Cosmetic Surgery! He made me feel comfortable and informed throughout the entire procedure and the weeks to follow. He also always gets back to me via text or call ASAP when I’ve reached out with questions. Thank you all for your amazing work and services." - J.S.
- "Came in and met with Dr. Miller, I was extremely nervous to have a cosmetic surgeon look at me but Dr. Miller was so professional and made sure I was comfortable. Dr. Miller has great skills and great bedside manners, I recommend him to everyone" - S.S.