aesthetic plastic surgery procedures

Non-Surgical Top 10 Tip #1: Sculptra

Posted on June 6th, 2014
Posted by Julene

Thanks for visiting my Blog Sculpt.  Happy to have you.  We will be researching how each of the non-surgical tips ended up on my personal Top 10 list.  We keep no secrets from our patients in terms of how they can best spend their time and money when it comes to looking your best, and many times we end up saving you from having to have that surgery!  I love to operate because it gives a quick result and answers many of my patients’ needs, but all good surgeons know that surgery has its limitations, and even the best surgical techniques benefit from smart non-surgical adjuncts to both “finish” and maintain the best looking result.

So let’s get started with Tip #1, Sculptra, and check in here each couple of days for information on the other tips that made the list…

The facial aging process is manifested by 3 main changes over time…

1) Laxity due to gravity’s effects causing sagging

2) surface skin textural change from muscle animation, environmental damage, sun exposure, and smoking, causing fine lines and wrinkles

3) volume loss due to fat atrophy causing hollows and folds

For sagging and laxity, lifts are great…facelifts, necklifts, browlifts and blepharoplasties.  For skin textural change, skin care, chemical peels and laser smoothing and tightening treatments are best.  For volume loss, we turn to fillers, fat injections, and/or collagen stimulating injectables like Sculptra.

What makes Sculptra a good choice is that the collagen stimulation you create wherever the product is injected (since the collagen that results is your body’s own tissue), the results look very natural and are longer lasting than a typical filler off the shelf.  Most fillers can only be placed in focal spots or smaller areas, whereas Sculptra can be placed anywhere in the face (except lips where the filler Juvederm or Restylane is still the best option).  Sculptra collagen stimulation tends to restore volume (when used correctly) in a way that makes the cheeks, jowls, temples, and outer brows look “lifted” rather than fatter or fuller…hence the nickname “Liquid Facelift”.  It takes usually a series of injections (typically 2 to 3) to create enough collagen deposition to achieve as much change as most patients want, but then less maintenance is usually required than with the traditional filler.  The results are very pretty yet subtle enough to not totally change a patient’s look…it’s you but younger!

Since it takes a while to “build” a Sculptra result, many of our patients will continue to use a hyaluronic acid filler as a “quick fix”, for an upcoming event, or in the lips.  Maintenance Sculptra injections frequently require the use of less product over time per injection, further decreasing costs over time compared to the costs of restoring volume with fillers alone.  For many patients, restoring volume and working on skin tone and texture can allow patients to “put off” having a facelift, cheeklift or browlift until the neck laxity worsens significantly.  Even after choosing to undergo a facelift, Sculptra can maintain the look of a facelift longer leading to fewer facelift revisions over time, since facelifts do not restore lost volume.

Our office has the most experience with the use of Sculptra in our area, and any of my staff would love to share this rich experience with you if you care to give us a call to set up a consultation about the product, obtain an informational DVD or come to one of our Sculptra open houses.  Additionally, you may want to visit my website to see before and after photo’s of how can work in the facial rejuvenation treatment plan.

Tune in for Tip #2 soon…





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