As the natural ageing process takes its toll on us, our skin loses its full, firm, youthful appearance and becomes thinner and starts to wrinkle. If that was not bad enough, fat tissue, which also helps to fill out our faces, is lost, causing skin to sag and wrinkle further. For some people, this reduction in skin volume can make their face look thin and narrow and cruelly appear older than they actually are. One treatment that's been around since 1999 is Sculptra®.
As the natural ageing process takes its toll on us, our skin loses its full, firm, youthful appearance and becomes thinner and starts to wrinkle. If that was not bad enough, fat tissue, which also helps to fill out our faces, is lost, causing skin to sag and wrinkle further. For some people, this reduction in skin volume can make their face look thin and narrow and cruelly appear older than they actually are.
One treatment that's been around since 1999 is Sculptra®, a non-invasive injectable facial enhancement therapy to smooth out wrinkles, restore facial volume and contour the face. It works by stimulating the build-up of your body's own collagen to get rid of lines and wrinkles and restore a more youthful appearance but with gradual, natural looking results. Sculptra® provides an alternative option to consider instead of both traditional surgery and some less longer-lasting non-surgical treatments.
How does it work?
Sculptra's main ingredient Poly-L-lactic acid works from deep within the skin's layers stimulating the body's own production of collagen. Poly-L-lactic acid has been used successfully in surgical procedures for more than 25 years and is gradually and naturally broken down by the body.
It is a discreet approach to achieving a rejuvenated appearance and once collagen production has been stimulated, natural looking results should become noticeable after about 6 weeks. This subtle enhancement allows you to maintain your beauty secrets as there is no dramatic, instant change but rather a gradual enhancement as your appearance is plumped up gradually from within.
The treatment has sometimes been described in the press as a being like a non-surgical 'liquid facelift' and is less traumatic than surgery though it can only be performed by a trained medical professional. More than 150,000 people in over 30 countries have been treated with Sculptra®.
Is it right for you?
Sculptra ® is suitable for both woman and men of different ages. It can help with deep folds around the mouth and nose, sunken cheeks, and loose skin as well as scars. Elizabeth will be able to assess your suitability for the treatment.
A clinical study has shown that the improvements obtained with Sculptra® have lasted for up to 2 years in many clients and recent evidence from clinicians suggest this can be longer. Treatment usually consists of 2 to 3 sessions lasting up to an hour; a few weeks apart with no 'downtime' needed like other treatments.
Do I need a skin test before being?
No skin testing is required prior to use.
Are the results from Sculptra® immediate?
No. At your first treatment visit, it may appear that Sculptra ® worked immediately because of swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute Sculptra®. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body, you may look as you did before your treatment. Sculptra® takes time to gradually correct the depression in your skin. We will see you again a few weeks after your treatment to decide if you need more Sculptra® injections.
How many treatments are required?
The appropriate number of treatment sessions may vary but the amount of Sculptra® you require will be discussed with you. Clients with severe facial fat loss may require 3 to 6 treatments.
How long do treatment results last?
Treatment results will differ for each person. In a clinical study, the treatment results lasted for up to 2 years after the first treatment session, in many clients. Touch-up treatments may be needed to maintain the desired effect.
How quickly can I get back to my daily activities?
Most clients feel comfortable going back to their normal activities following treatment.
When will I be able to apply make-up after treatment?
Make-up may be applied a few hours after treatment if no complications are present.
What are the possible side effects of treatment?
The most common side effects with the use of Sculptra® include injection-related side effects at the site of the injection such as bleeding, tenderness or pain, redness, bruising, or swelling. These side effects generally last, on average, 3 to 14 days. One possible delayed side effect with Sculptra® can be small bumps under the skin in the treated area. These small bumps may not be visible, and you may notice them only when you press on the treated skin. These bumps tend to happen within the first 6 to 12 months after the first treatment, and occasionally go away on their own.