As you age, your skin starts to lose some of its firmness and volume. This can lead to the development of wrinkles and creases that might make you look older than you really are. To treat these signs of aging, one of the best options is dermal fillers, which can help restore lost volume.
At Meridian Medical Spa, we offer Sculptra dermal fillers. Keep reading to learn more about Sculptra and the results it offers patients.
What Is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a type of cosmetic filler that has been around since 1999. It’s FDA-approved to treat lost facial volume and wrinkles.
The main ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid. This acid is a collagen stimulator that can treat the underlying cause of your aging signs instead of only treating the symptoms.
Collagen is a protein your body makes naturally. It helps with many functions, but one crucial one is keeping your skin looking youthful and firm.
As you enter your 20s, collagen production decreases, and this can lead to your skin losing some of its flexibility and hydration. That, in turn, can lead to the development of creases, fine lines, and wrinkles when you move your facial muscles.
Most people first get dynamic wrinkles, which appear only when you smile, frown, squint, or make other expressions. With time, however, these wrinkles become static and are always visible. Sculptra is effective in treating these wrinkles.
Unlike other fillers, which only add temporary volume, Sculptra’s formula stimulates collagen production in a way that allows you to get longer-lasting, natural results.
Sculptra can help treat:
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Chin wrinkles
- Lost volume in cheeks
- Neck folds
Aside from Sculptra’s anti-aging benefits, many people also choose the filler to help minimize the appearance of cellulite and for non-surgical butt lifts.
The best candidates for Sculptra are people who have realistic expectations, who are in good health, and who want to restore fullness to their faces in a gradual manner.
If you are allergic to its ingredients, have a history of keloid scars, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or are under the age of 18, Sculptra is likely not the right treatment option.
Benefits of Sculptra Fillers
Sculptra is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require any recovery time. It is also a quick procedure and allows you to get back to your life in just a few minutes.
Because Sculptra enhances your body’s natural collagen production, you can expect results to be gradual and natural-looking. You don’t have to worry about a “frozen” look.
There are fewer chances of having an allergy to Sculptra than to other fillers because your body easily absorbs it once it has done its job.
Another benefit that Sculptra offers is the chance to get lasting results. It’s one of the longest-lasting fillers, delivering up to two years of results for patients who choose it.
Preparing for a Sculptra Procedure
The first step to getting Sculptra fillers is to schedule a consultation with us. During this consultation, we will assess the areas you want to treat, and we will ask you about any other cosmetic procedures you have undergone in the past.
Give us your full medical history and tell us about any medications or supplements you’re currently taking.
To prepare for your Sculptra fillers, we ask that you stop any medications that thin the blood, like aspirin and ibuprofen. You should also stop taking supplements like St. John’s Wort and fish oil.
You also want to avoid sun exposure because this can make your skin much more sensitive. Also, make sure not to schedule abrasive cosmetic procedures like chemical peels for a few weeks before getting the fillers.
The Sculptra Procedure and Recovery
For your appointment, don’t wear makeup, lotions, creams, perfume, or jewelry. We will cleanse the treatment area before starting. If you want, we can also apply a topical anesthetic.
The injections take just a few minutes, depending on the number of treatment areas and their size.
Once we finish the injections, we will massage the areas to ensure an even distribution of Sculptra, and then you are free to go back to most of your regular activities.
We do ask that you stay out of the sun and avoid sources of intense heat, like saunas and hot tubs. Skip your most rigorous exercises for a few days. We also recommend that you use an ice pack throughout the first day.
For the five days after the injections, we ask that you massage the areas five times a day for five minutes. The best time to do this is when you moisturize your face or after a shower.
Results can take some time. Usually, people begin to see changes after about three weeks, and that can continue for a few more months. Sculptra fillers are one of the longest-lasting options out there, allowing you to enjoy your results for up to two years.
If you have noticed wrinkles, fine lines, volume loss, or any other cosmetic concerns that the aging process tends to cause, you can turn to a filler like Sculptra. Sculptra makes it easy for you to get natural results that enhance your natural beauty.
At Meridian Medical Spa, we offer Sculptra as well as other injectables to individuals in Bonita Springs, FL, and the surrounding areas of Naples, Ft. Myers/Ft. Myers Beach, Estero, Sanibel, Cape Coral, and Marco Island.
With our dedication and quality services, we can help you achieve the results you want. Call us today to schedule a consultation.