Are you noticing wrinkles and lost facial volume as the result of an illness, or just because of the ordinary aging process? Are you looking for a way to put that volume back? And are you thinking about trying a facial filler? If so, then you may have heard about Sculptra. But what is Sculptra? It’s an effective way of correcting the problem that you’re looking to fix, and it looks different from the way that other fillers approach the same issues. It also contains different kinds of ingredients. Take a look at what you need to know about Sculptra and what happens when you get it.
One of the first questions you might ask when you’re considering an injection in your facial skin is “what’s in that?” Most filler injections are made from hyaluronic acid, which is something that you might be familiar with from other cosmetics. It’s found in things like serums and sheet masks, as well as in your own body. It’s a type of sugar that holds water.
It’s possible that you haven’t heard of poly-L-lactic acid, the ingredient used in Sculptra. Poly-L-lactic acid, also called PLLA is a synthetic, biocompatible substance. It’s absorbable into the body and it’s a semi-permanent substance.
Other fillers are intended to treat only one place at a time, and only for a short period of time. Sculptra is different, however, in that it is meant to restore the structure of the face itself by treating the foundation of the face. Think of it as a liquid facelift.
Sculptra is also a longer-term solution to the issues. Most facial fillers last for a couple of months. Then, the area returns to its previous state and will need further injections in order to restore it. But Sculptra results can last upward of two years. And even when you do need to have the procedure done again, most people only need it once a year or so following that.
Considering how often other fillers need to be repeated in order to maintain the results, the fact that Sculptra repeat procedures are so few and far between means that Sculptra is also one of the more cost-effective fillers on the market, giving more results for a longer period of time for less money.
It’s important to note that Sculptra is a process. It’s not going to be one shot and then nothing for two years – you might need several shots over a period of weeks. But again, you will see longer-lasting from your Sculptra process, it’s just that your process might not be one-and-done.
But what are the results of Sculptra? It’s all very well to know that the outcome can be lasting and cost-effective, but what does that mean if you don’t know what the outcome will be? Take a look at what happens when you choose Sculptra.
Your collagen production will increase: The fillers in Sculptra boost your own body’s production of collagen. You may recognize collagen as a factor essential in the production of new, firmer, and more youthful-looking skin.
You’ll see more gradual results: If you’re looking for a big change in a hurry, this may not be your favorite thing about Sculptra, but it’s something that you need to understand. Sculptra works by helping you produce new collagen. There are a lot of benefits to that, but it won’t happen overnight, so you’re going to see a slower and more gradual change with Sculptra than you would with other fillers. But remember, the effects last longer, so your patience will pay off.
You’ll have a restored youthful glow: Yes, the changes from Sculptra start below the skin and work on the foundations of your face. But it doesn’t stay in the lower layers of your skin. Not only will your face become fuller, but the new collagen growth also promotes changes on the upper surfaces of your skin. You’ll have a smoother skin texture and see the return of your youthful glow.
You’ll see the return of a younger face shape: Speaking of youth, it’s important not to forget the primary purpose of Sculptra – to fill in lost volume in the face. This can happen because of age or because of certain illnesses that cause volume loss and wasting. Either way, Sculptra can help get your face back to the shape that it was when you were younger.
You’ll see natural-looking results: One of the other things that sometimes gets missed about Sculptra is that the results are natural-looking. After all, it’s boosting your own body’s collagen production and then your body does the work. Since it’s stimulating your own body’s processes, the results are more natural-looking than other fillers. You won’t look like you’ve had work done, and those who look at you probably won’t know what’s changed either. They’ll just know that you’re looking better.
As with any medical or cosmetic procedure, it’s important to ask about the risks and side effects of Sculptra before you sit down for the procedure. Luckily, the risks are pretty low. The most common side effects include swelling and bruising at the injection site, bleeding, itching, bumps, pain, redness, and tenderness.
Sometimes people also develop lumps or skin discoloration at the injection site. These problems are related to the depth of the injection, and that means that it’s all the more important to choose a clinic and provider that has a good reputation and experience with this injection.
Some people should avoid Sculptra, including people who have allergies to the ingredients. It also shouldn’t be used at the site of skin disturbances like sores, rashes, or inflammation. Most side effects are temporary and will subside as you recover from the injection.
If you’re considering Sculptra, it definitely won’t hurt to schedule a consultation with a qualified provider to find out more about how it can help you. Having the right skincare products and information can also help keep you looking your best.