Our faces can show every bit of our age. Looking in the mirror can highlight changes the years have brought—sagging skin, shallow to deep facial lines, hollowed cheeks, depressions, and indentations. Innovations in treatments available to fight the signs of age allow us more options than just giving in to the changes in our appearance. Capitis Medical & Aesthetics of Roseville CA has an abundance of solutions to help recapture your youthful look, including Sculptra.
What Is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an injectable of the liquid poly-L-lactic acid—a synthetic form of lactic acid. Lactic acid is produced naturally in our bodies after exercise and is directed to our muscles when they’re low on oxygen because of strenuous activity. When the synthetic form is injected into areas of the skin, it acts as a powerful collagen stimulant.
Collagen is the most abundant protein in the human body and is found in connective tissue. It’s also what makes skin plump, smooth and so elastic or quick to bounce back. Collagen supports the production of elastin, responsible for maintaining skin shape and hyaluronic acid which cushions and hydrates the skin. As we age, our collagen production slows. It’s thought we lose 1% of collagen beginning at age 18 and declining at a steady pace from there.
Unlike other fillers that replace the voids left from wrinkles with another substance, Sculptra triggers your body into slowly replacing the lactic acid with its own collagen. The tissue volumizes the hollow parts of your face gradually, restoring a more youthful, full appearance. It is FDA approved and contains no animal by-products or human DNA.
What to Expect
During a consultation with your provider, you’ll go over your areas of concern. Your medical and aesthetic professional will discuss how this treatment may benefit you and discuss the timeline of results you can expect. The treatment requires no pre-testing or prep time from you. You receive each treatment in office, and most clients report they’re able to return to their daily routines immediately.
Many providers will apply a small amount of a topical numbing agent to maximize your comfort during the treatment. You will then be injected with the solution in the agreed-upon areas. Most patients report being surprised by the comfort experienced during treatment, and you may take home some ice to use in case of any minor soreness.
On average, clients need about three sessions over several months with about six weeks in between treatments. The number of treatments and the actual time between them varies depending on the client, desired results, and the structure of the face. Your aesthetic provider will determine the best course of treatment for your individual needs.
Results are not immediate with this treatment. Remember, this isn’t a typical filler where voids are being immediately filled with a replacement substance. This is a bio-activator designed to trigger your body to do its own filling of hollow areas and lines. Some patients report results being seen shortly after their first treatment, but you will see maximum results between four and nine months. You’ll see positive changes in your face from the time of the last treatment until maximum results.
Unlike other derma fillers, these results can last up to two years. 80% of clients report continued satisfaction with their results even after 25 months. The lactic acid from the injections is gone after about two years, but the remaining collagen can extend those results.
Am I a Good Candidate?
Originally FDA approved for people who had lost volume in their faces because of illness, Sculptra is now available to anyone who has experienced volume loss or hollowness because of age, weight loss or genetics. Sunken cheeks and the temple area are the most common areas to be treated, but they are not the only successful treatment areas.
Clients who want youthful plumpness returned to their chin, jawline and chest area report successful and long-lasting results. This treatment is now also commonly used to reverse the signs of aging by plumping up wrinkles and folds that result in smile lines, wrinkles around the nose and mouth and lines on the chin.
If you want to see long-term results in any of these areas, it’s important to consult with a specialized professional who can guide you into the right treatment plan for you.
Because Sculptra doesn’t give immediate results, it’s not uncommon for it to be combined with more immediate injectables, particularly for those patients with special events approaching. If you want different layers of results, talk to your medical and beauty expert about other treatments that may pair well. Together, you can develop your individualized course of treatment and a timeline that makes sense for the results you seek.
Other Dermal Fillers
For patients looking for more immediate results, other dermal fillers, like Juvederm, might be a solution. Because aging breaks down our production of collagen, our skin is more likely to develop creases and folds because the structure that once made our skin elastic is slowly reducing away.
If you’re experiencing any of the following, you and your beauty specialist may determine other dermal fillers are right for you:
- Downturn of the corners of your mouth
- Thinning lips
- Deep creases along the sides of your nose
- Lines and wrinkles in your forehead
- Depressions in your skin because of scarring
Fillers like Juvederm use hyaluronic acid, the moisture-loving substance naturally found in youthful skin, to plump lines and thinning areas like lips. These results can last up to nine months, depending on your situation, the amount of filler you’ve gotten and a variety of other factors.
BOTOX is one of the most popular treatments clients seek to reverse some signs of aging. This treatment tends to work best on the upper part of the face. BOTOX is a sterilized and filtered neurotoxin that works to treat the underlying cause of wrinkles—repeated, deep movements. Over time, your face is subject to the facial expressions you make and, when the same muscles make the same movements over the decades, your skin shows the result.
BOTOX works by blocking the neurotransmitters to targeted muscles to slow or temporarily stop their range of motion. When this happens, the muscles relax and the skin that’s been used to the repeated movements smooths out. Results are temporary, but the more touch-up treatments patients get, the smoother the wrinkles become and the better their long-term results.
Fighting the signs of aging doesn’t always mean targeting volume loss or deep-set lines. Age can reveal itself through:
- Sun damage
- Uneven skin texture
- Uneven skin tone
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
Your medical & aesthetic professionals will have many innovative treatments to address each of your concerns.
Microneedling uses a small, handheld wand containing hair-thin, medical-grade needles. The device gently passes over your skin and, as it does, it creates micro-channels. These microscopic pinpricks trigger your body’s natural healing process, causing it to produce more collagen. The collagen then fills in fine lines and concave acne scarring.
The new collagen that fills in the skin’s surface improves its texture and evens out tone, leaving clients with a more youthful and even appearance. This treatment is appropriate and effective for all skin tones and types as long as there isn’t an active acne breakout.
The day of the treatment, a topical numbing agent will be applied to the skin, ensuring maximum comfort during the session. Afterward, a soothing moisturizer and sunscreen may be applied, but because it’s minimally invasive, most patients find they can resume their normal activities almost immediately. Sometimes, a course of treatments is advised depending on the results desired.
For anyone suffering from skin imperfections, including those just because of the aging process, this exfoliating treatment may address many of those concerns. This non-invasive treatment combines everything your skin is craving—exfoliation, pore cleansing, and a nourishing serum all in one.
This can be a great stand-alone treatment for those wanting a boost to their skin’s appearance or as an add-on to other treatments like microneedling to boost their results. During this quick and comfortable, non-invasive treatment, a small pen device is moved along the skin. This device simultaneously exfoliates and buffs the skin, deeply cleansing pores and infusing the skin with carefully chosen serums.
The results of healthy and glowing skin are almost immediate and best results are achieved and maintained through regular sessions. A consultation with your skincare professional will end with a treatment plan of customized exfoliating sessions to help you attain your desired goals.
For those not yet ready for injectables or wanting a more natural approach to treatment, PRP or platelet-rich plasma, treatments may be the way to go. PRP is taken from your own body through a simple blood draw. The growth factors are then isolated from your blood and applied to your face. The PRP in your blood stimulates the stem cells in your skin that have been lying dormant.
The newly activated stem cells grow new and younger-looking skin, allowing you to enjoy a more youthful appearance through an innovative, safe and effective treatment. Because of a PRP treatment, you may enjoy:
- Younger looking color because of new blood vessel formation
- Smoother skin
- A more youthful, firmer appearance
These treatments take only 60-90 minutes and require no downtime.
Fine lines and wrinkles aren’t the only imperfections we’d like to eliminate on our complexion. Many people suffer from various forms of benign skin abnormalities that can be addressed with this treatment:
- Skin tags
- Sun and age spots
- Spider capillaries
- Cholesterol deposits
- Cherry angioma
Thermoclear is a non-invasive radio, high-frequency technology that penetrates only the top layer of the skin. It’s a fast and effective way to remove these imperfections. Most patients see instantaneous results after just one session. Your beauty and medical specialist may recommend this treatment after discussing your areas of concern.
A Consultation Is All It Takes
When you change your outlook on age and the way it affects your face, your whole life can change. After addressing common aging and skin concerns, patients find their mood lifts, their self-esteem and confidence rises and social settings that may have caused anxiety in the past are no longer a worry.
Through treatments like Sculptra and others designed to regain the appearance of youth, clients feel empowered because they can take control of their own outward aging process. Contact the medical and aesthetic professionals at Capitis Medical & Aesthetic in Roseville, CA today. We are committed to providing each client with individualized attention and care.