Sculptra, also known as “The Liquid Facelift,” is a long-lasting dermal filler that can restore lost volume to the face and neck areas. As we age, our skin begins to slow down production of new collagen, and existing collagen starts breaking down. These essential structural elements of our skin keep our skin plump and youthful; without them, fat starts slipping from its original location, skin becomes looser and forms wrinkles. Sculptra is designed to gradually stimulate the production of collagen, helping you restore your youthful volume.
Sculptra is composed of polylactic acid (PLA), a synthetic biodegradable sugar. It works by stimulating the skin to produce new collagen at the injection sites, gradually replacing lost volume and restoring youthful contours. It then is processed by the body and broken down into lactic acid, which will pass naturally through your body’s breakdown processes. It is FDA approved for cosmetic use, and the use of PLA in the body without allergic affects has been long-studied. Dr. Humble participated in the original FDA study for Sculptra approval, is one of the most experienced doctors in the US, and is even a consultant for the manufacturing company, Valiant.
Sculptra is a minimally invasive, non-surgical procedure. It can often be done in as little as half an hour in the office, and as there is no need for general anesthesia, there is no recovery period and patients return to their daily activities immediately following the procedure. A Sculptra procedure will involve a consultation with the doctor, during which treatment sites will be identified and expectations set. Sculptra has the best effects on hollow areas such as the temples, under the eyes, and cheeks, and is also used successfully to redefine the jaw line and chin. Injections are relatively painless and there are minimal side effects.
Because Sculptra was not designed as a wrinkle filler, true results can take time to fully develop. The voluminizing effect that Sculptra gives is created by the production of your own collagen, not by the product itself. It often takes several months to fully appreciate the results of the collagen regrowth, and many patients opt for repeat procedures for maximum re-voluminizing results. Sculptra is also unique from other dermal fillers in that it often lasts for up to two years, and some patients even report seeing voluminizing results for longer than that. Patients often choose to have touch-up or maintenance procedures to keep their youthful contours.
If you are considering Sculptra to restore your youthful contours, then please contact our office for a consultation with Dr. Gail Humble today. She is the most experienced doctor in the US with Sculptra, and her expertise is sure to guide you to the best results. Our Redondo Beach office is conveniently located for many in the Los Angeles area. Come see what Sculptra can do for you.