Sculptra in Scottsdale, AZ
Dermal fillers offer a lot of options to restore youthful-looking skin. Each dermal serves its own purpose, providing unique benefits to clients looking to bring back the smooth, plump skin of their youth. Sculptra Aesthetic’s safe, effective, and long-lasting results stand out among the various dermal filler options to rejuvenate skin.
At Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics, Dr. Todd Shatkin works to restore clients’ younger-looking skin with premier options that target any concern.
Sculptra’s distinct ability to activate the body’s natural collagen production offers patients natural results that restore their skin’s fresh, smooth appearance.
What Is Sculptra Aesthetic?
Sculptra is a biostimulatory injectable filler approved by the FDA to gradually replace lost collagen and restore facial volume.
Collagen is the most prevalent structural protein in the body. It makes up the framework of cells and tissues, providing formative support to tissues. Over time, the body stops producing as much collagen. The reduced collagen production leads to less structure supporting the skin, making it appear lax, lined, and thin.
Sculptra restores collagen in the skin through its active ingredient, Poly-L-Lactic Acid (PLLA). PLLA is a synthetic polymer from the same family as alpha-hydroxy acid that works to stimulate the body’s natural process of collagen production.
How Does Sculptra Work?
In the skin, collagen and elastin exist in the dermis layer, below the outer layers of skin. When Dr. Shatkin injects Sculptra into the dermis, it incorporates into the tissues and cues the body to make more collagen, gradually increasing tissue volume. Over time, the PLLA dissipates, and your skin’s own tissues take its place.
Sculptra does not offer immediate results, as the body’s natural process needs time to work. It takes four to six months to see the effect of Sculptra injections.
How Is Sculptra Different from Other Dermal Fillers?
Most dermal fillers use hyaluronic acid to provide volume to the skin, plumping sunken cheeks or filling in wrinkles. Dermal fillers are thicker, gel-like substances that offer immediate results as they replace missing volume.
In contrast, Dr. Shatkin injects Sculptra deeper into the skin than a hyaluronic acid filler, and its active ingredient, PLLA, is a liquid, not a gel, that binds to the skin’s tissues. As a result, Sculptra’s results appear slower — as the body’s collagen production increases — and last longer than hyaluronic acid fillers.
What Areas Can Sculptra Treat?
Sculptra treats lines throughout the face. When administering, precise injections increase collagen in specific areas, while evenly-distributed injections may allow for more collagen throughout the face. The main regions patients choose Sculptra for include:
Sculptra injections into the temple region work to restore hollowing and volume loss in the skin. Sculptra treatments to the temples soften the entire shape of the face.
As the face loses volume, cheeks sink inward, causing a skeletal effect. Sculptra injections below the cheekbones restore the face’s plump, youthful look. Some patients combine Sculptra treatments with hyaluronic fillers to provide immediately apparent and long-lasting results.
One of the first areas where deep lines form in the face is around the mouth, including smile lines and marionette lines. Unfortunately, this region is also susceptible to skin laxity, creating jowls as skin loses its structure. Sculptra provides a natural lifting and filling effect.
Chin and Jawline
Sculptra is one of the best non-surgical options for patients with a weak chin or jawline due to their bone structure. Sculptra injections along the jawbone provide a smoother look to the chin and can change the shape of the jawline for years.
What to Expect from Sculptra Treatments
For the best results, most Sculptra patients benefit from a series of treatments over a few months. Each treatment boosts the body’s collagen production, offering optimal results in about four to six months.
Before your Sculptra injections at Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics, you’ll have the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Shatkin to discuss the treatment process, your goals, and any concerns.
At this time, Dr. Shatkin will craft your custom treatment plan, including the precise locations where injections will provide the most benefits.
Preparing for Sculptra
Before your appointment, the expert team at Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics recommends you prepare the same way you might for filler treatment.
These preparations include ceasing retinol cream treatments that can irritate the skin, avoiding alcohol, and hydrating inside and out by increasing your water consumption and your moisturizer application in the treatment area.
Dr. Shatkin takes your care and safety very seriously, using sterile precautions and local anesthetic to ensure the procedure is comfortable and safe. First, our team cleanses your skin and maps out the injection sites before Dr. Shatkin administers tiny injections into the designated areas.
Most Sculptra sessions take between 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the treatment area and how many injections you’ll need.
After your Sculptra injections, you need to massage the treatment area for five minutes, five times a day, for five days. These massages allow the PLLA microparticles to distribute throughout the designated area evenly and assist in stimulating collagen.
Most patients resume their daily routine after Sculptra treatments. Our offices provide a clear aftercare plan to ensure you see the best results.
How Many Sculptra Treatments Will I Need?
Most patients benefit from three Sculptra treatment sessions, administered over several months. However, the number of sessions, time between sessions, and amount of product allocated in each session vary by patient.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing Sculptra?
One of the main benefits of Sculptra is the natural-looking results it offers. In addition, since Sculptra stimulates the body’s long-term collagen production, it can restore lost collage on its own.
Patients concerned about an overfilled look from using fillers may opt for Sculptra to ensure their skin’s rejuvenated look is more subtle and gradual. It takes some time for the results to fully show, but those results last two years or longer.
Sculptra treatments restore collagen, providing skin with a dewy, youthful glow and more even texture. In addition, skin becomes smoother, with fewer lines and wrinkles, and fuller, as collagen restores the skin’s structure and provides more volume.
After Sculptra treatments, patients enjoy fresher, healthier-looking skin that lasts. In recent studies, 91% of patients were happy with Sculptra’s correcting effects on their aging skin.
Who Is a Candidate for Sculptra Treatments?
Sculptra treatments are an excellent option for those looking for a natural, gradual improvement to the effect aging has on their skin. Ideal candidates are healthy and have no history of keloid scars.
While most patients seeking Sculptra treatments are in their 40s and older, the steady loss of collagen begins in the 20s. As a result, many patients in their 30s start Sculptra treatments as a preventative measure, using smaller doses and fewer treatments to delay collagen loss’s effect on their skin.
Sculptra at Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics
At Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics, providing patients with smoother, healthier, younger-looking skin is of utmost importance. Dr. Shatkin brings over 30 years of experience to our state-of-the-art facility, providing patients with the skill and vision needed to determine the treatments that give the most dramatic results.
Schedule a complimentary consultation with Scottsdale Dental and Facial Aesthetics today if you’re ready to restore your skin’s youthfulness.