Undoubtedly, you’ve heard of Botox and dermal filler treatments. These cosmetic procedures have been popular choices for wrinkle reduction and for achieving a youthful appearance for decades.
While the aforementioned treatments are excellent options in many cases, a lesser known treatment, Sculptra is certainly worth considering for your cosmetic needs. In this article, we will provide an overview of what you can expect from a Sculptra treatment so that you can decide if it is the right choice for you.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra contains a PLLA (poly-L-lactic acid) compound which is injected into the skin and provides a stimulus for your cells to repair. The treatment provides a natural look and generally improves the appearance of your skin.
How is Sculptra Different from Other Cosmetic Treatments?
In contrast to other cosmetic treatments which address wrinkles only a surface level, Sculptra stimulates the deeper layers of your skin and causes them to produce more collagen, a protein that supports many of the tissues in our bodies including our skin. This means that your treatment will last for much longer than other common cosmetic treatments, up to two years or even longer for many patients.
Are There Different Kinds of Sculptra Procedures?
Underneath the Sulptra umbrella, there are many different treatments that benefit patients with a variety of needs:
- Decollete Rejuvenation. Wrinkles that develop on the chest respond extremely well to Sculptra treatment. In some cases, Sculptra is combined with laser light treatment in order to most effectively address this area.
- Liquid Facelift. For wrinkles and other dermatological issues in the facial region, Sculptra treatments can work wonders. This is especially true when the procedure is combined with other treatments such as neuromodulators.
- Treatment in Other Areas of the Body. The benefits of Sculptra treatments are not limited to the face and neck. In fact, the procedure can be performed in many areas of the body and is extremely effective for addressing sagging skin on the knees and arms. Additionally, a procedure known as a “non-surgical butt lift” can be performed using Sculptra injections. This improves the appearance and shape of the buttocks without the need for surgical intervention.
Are There Any Side Effects that Result from Sculptra Treatments?
As with many cosmetic procedures, mild side effects such as bruising and swelling may develop after a Sculptra injection. However, following the recommendations listed below can significantly reduce the risk of developing any symptoms after the treatment:
- Work with a Skilled Dermatologist. With experience comes skill. This is especially true in the dermatology field. The better your dermatologist, the better your outcome and the less chance you will develop any adverse side effects.
- Avoid Certain Foods and Medications Prior to the Procedure. For two weeks prior to your treatment (and for a couple of days after) you’ll want to avoid consuming the following: NSAIDs, Omega three fatty acids (and foods containing them), and Aspirin.
- Use the “5-5-5” Rule After the Treatment. You’ll want to perform a gentle massage on the treatment area for 5 minutes, 5 times a day, for at least 5 days after your Sculptra injection.
If you’re considering a Sculptra filler treatment, call a qualified dermatologist today!