Aging and collagen loss can leave your skin looking drawn and dull, with drooping skin and deep-set lines that make you feel self-conscious. Forehead wrinkles, deep lines, and creases around the mouth are all common signs of aging; however, they don’t need to be permanent.
There is a minimally invasive and lasting option to get your youthful appearance back again. Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable solution that stimulates collagen production to help turn back the clock.
What Is Sculptra® Aesthetic?
Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable treatment containing poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA is a biocompatible synthetic substance that reduces the signs of aging by stimulating collagen production.
When Sculptra® Aesthetic is injected into the treatment area, the PLLA activates the skin’s regenerative properties (aka collagen stimulation). This allows your tissues to restore and rejuvenate themselves. Since collagen is the protein behind youthful facial tissues, this increased production means lasting facial improvement and tightness.
What Is a Sculptra® Butt Lift?
While Sculptra® Aesthetic is most often referred to as a facial rejuvenation treatment, Sculptra® injections are used off-label to enhance the size of your buttocks. Like facial treatments, a Sculptra® Butt Lift uses injectables to stimulate collagen production, thereby enhancing volume and tightening gluteal tissues for a greater lift.
What Does Sculptra® Treat?
Sculptra® Aesthetic injections can be used for:
- Filling in forehead wrinkles
- Minimizing the appearance of smile lines
- Getting rid of chin wrinkles
- Reducing wrinkles around the nose and mouth
- Enhancing the buttock’s size
- Treating cellulite
- Minimizing wrinkles in the elbows and knees
Are Sculptra® Aesthetic Injections Right for Me?
If you are considering Sculptra® Aesthetic, you will need to be in good health with no other medical conditions or allergies. Generally, anyone can choose Sculptra® Aesthetic injections, but you are more likely to notice the benefits if you have deep-set wrinkles and problem areas.
How Does Sculptra® Differ From Other Dermal Fillers?
Sculptra® Aesthetic is different in that it affects the skin in a unique way. Many other dermal fillers, like JUVÉDERM® or Restylane®, contain hyaluronic acid, which draws and retains moisture. These fillers are chosen for their plumping effect, and while they have more instant results (within a few hours or days of the treatment), the results wear off more quickly.
Because Sculptra® Aesthetic works with your tissues to stimulate natural collagen, it works more similarly to a facelift, tightening skin and tissues instead of simply plumping the area beneath the skin.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is considered the only true liquid facelift, as the treatment restores the underlying structures and foundation of the skin.
What Is Recovery Like With Sculptra® Aesthetic?
Recovery is immediate, and you can return to your normal daily activities straight away. You will need to have approximately three to four injections done over several months to see the noticeable improvements that you desire. Usually, Sculptra® Aesthetic injections are spaced three weeks apart.
There may be some pain at the injection site, especially for Sculptra® buttocks injections, and it is recommended that you do not exercise for 24 hours after buttocks enhancement.
What Results Can I Expect After Sculptra® Aesthetic?
Clinical trials have shown Sculptra® Aesthetics to last for at least two years (these trials were only conducted for two years), with many patients experiencing satisfaction with their facial contours for even longer.
To learn more about the longevity of Sculptra® Aesthetic injections, read our blog here.
Frequently Asked Questions About Sculptra® Aesthetic
How much does Sculptra® Aesthetic cost?
Like other dermal fillers, Sculptra® Aesthetic is priced per unit. Therefore, the cost of your treatment will depend on the amount of injectable required and the number of treatment areas. For example, Sculptra® for buttock enhancement is likely to cost more than Sculptra® Aesthetic for facial rejuvenation.
Why is collagen production so important for youthful skin?
Collagen is the protein responsible for the skin and underlying tissues’ strength, structure, and elasticity. While your body produces high quantities of collagen during your youths, production diminishes gradually starting in your early 20s. Because your body produces less collagen naturally, the tissues begin to weaken, and aging starts to become noticeable. Since Sculptra® Aesthetic promotes collagen production, your skin and tissues are prompted to react like they did when you were younger.
How does a Sculptra® Butt Lift compare to a Brazilian Butt Lift?
The Brazilian Butt Lift (BBL) is the gold standard for buttock enhancement. This fat transfer surgery uses your own harvested fat cells to add volume to the buttocks. While the BBL allows for more significant volume than Sculptra® injections, it requires adequate fat stores elsewhere on the body. Additionally, not every woman is interested in the liposuction and fat grafting process.
For women looking for more minor yet still noticeable butt enhancement, a Sculptra® Butt Lift is ideal.