Articles Tagged: Sculptra

 

Sculptra vs. Botox

Posted on September 25, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

When looking for ways to reduce or eliminate fine lines or wrinkles, you’ll find that there are two commonly-used ways to address these problems: dermal fillers or Botox. Sculptra is a widely-used injectable product that “fills in” facial lines, while Botox is an injectable neurotoxin that can relax the facial muscles that are causing the lines. Unsurprisingly both strategies have their strengths and weaknesses; today, we’re going to explore where exactly you might consider using each technique. But bear in mind that there’s absolutely no reason why you can’t use both of these non-invasive techniques concurrently, thereby getting the “best of both worlds.”

Common Characteristics 

Both products are injected into the skin, neither product requires any significant downtime or recovery period, although you may experience minimal bruising or swelling after treatment. Both products may require more than one treatment to achieve the best results; neither treatment gives permanent benefits.

Advantages of Sculptra and Other Fillers

Injectable dermal fillers are a quick, affordable, and proven to reduce or even eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. They use PLLA or hyaluronic acid, combined with other ingredients, to add volume to the skin, thereby filling in the lines and eliminating wrinkles. They also stimulate further collagen production by the body, extending their uses beyond the point where the body absorbs the filler material. In particular, Sculptra is formulated to maximize the production of collagen and yield benefits that last far longer than other dermal fillers – up to two years.

Dermal fillers are available in a wide variety of different formulations, providing solutions that are effective in different situations and for various skin textures. For example, fillers can also help mitigate the loss of facial volume and provide a degree of lift to sagging or loose skin.

Fillers do have some effect straight away after treatment. Still, they also create changes that only start to develop in the weeks following each procedure, and continue to develop over the course of several months. While this delay can be frustrating, it does have the advantage that the full benefits become apparent in a more gradual, more natural-looking manner.

Advantages of Botox

Botox injections work by relaxing selected facial muscles, thereby eliminating the lines or wrinkles that contraction of the muscles can cause. The effects of a Botox injection become apparent several days to two weeks after the treatment. As Botox works by deactivating muscles, it primarily affects dynamic lines and wrinkles, meaning those lines whose appearance is directly tied to transient facial expressions. If a line or wrinkle is always present, regardless of whether you’re smiling, frowning, or showing some other emotion, then it won’t be entirely eliminated by Botox.

Botox does not compensate for lost facial volume beneath the skin. Botox results can be expected to last anywhere from three to six months.

Obtaining the Best Results

The results that can be obtained by using Sculptra and/or Botox are heavily dependent on the skill of whoever performs the procedure. Both techniques are capable of creating natural or very unnatural-looking outcomes. For the best and safest results, you should carefully research the qualifications of each practitioner you consider and ensure that the person you decide on is medically qualified and has the training and experience needed to achieve the best possible outcome.

Fortunately, you don’t have to choose between Sculptra and Botox. Both techniques can be used in combination, and in the hands of a skillful practitioner, you can gain the benefits of using the best method or methods according to your specific needs.

Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care is medically qualified and very experienced – we can advise on the best way to address your particular situation, whether that means using Sculptra, Botox, or a combination of both. We have extensive experience applying both techniques and a host of other non-invasive cosmetic procedures. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.

 

3 Things You Might Not Know About Sculptra

Posted on May 8, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

There are three main families of injectable dermal filler products – the Restylane product family, the Juvederm product family, and Sculptra Aesthetic. 

Restylane and Juvederm products are based on hyaluronic acid, and combined with proprietary additives, will modify the consistency and resiliency of the injected areas. They’re primarily intended to help combat the lines and wrinkles that form as part of the aging process.

Sculptra Aesthetic, often referred to simply as “Sculptra,” uses a different synthetic base that is better adapted to filling in larger areas of missing volume, for example, caused by loss of fat beneath the skin. However, it’s also used to help fill-in deeper lines and creases.

Primary Differences Between Sculptra and Other Dermal Fillers

Sculptra not only helps compensate for the loss of volume that can result in a shallow, gaunt look often viewed as premature aging, it also helps to stimulate further production of collagen by the body. This has several benefits, both in improving the texture and resilience of your skin, but also helping to maintain the structure on which the skin rests, delaying any further loss of volume.

Sculptra is injected deeper into the skin than superficial dermal filler products, allowing it to directly address the loss of volume that can affect relatively large areas of the face. When used around the hairline, Sculptra can contribute to maintaining the overall look of the face, creating, in effect, a liquid facelift.

Naturalness of Results

Sculptra is typically applied in several sessions, spaced apart by a month or so. Results become apparent gradually in the months following treatment, and the subtle nature of these changes create natural-looking improvements over time. 

The improvements that take place will not look to be the direct result of a cosmetic procedure, and won’t result in drastic, unnatural changes to your appearance. You’ll instead benefit from seeing an overall improvement that others may find hard to assign to any specific change. Increases in collagen production also occur over relatively long time-scales, delivering ongoing benefits long after the actual cosmetic procedures.

Duration of Results

Sculptra is a very long-lasting filler which is absorbed by the body at a slower rate than hyaluronic acid-based products. It provides results that can last in excess of two years, significantly longer than other dermal fillers. 

After this time, in most cases, results can be maintained with perhaps only one annual Sculptra treatment, providing a truly cost-effective way to maintain your healthy look over the long-term.

Interested in Trying Sculptra? Contact Us

We are highly experienced in applying all available dermal fillers and can advise on the best product (or products) to address your particular concerns. 

We are happy to answer any questions you have about this or other procedures – call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation

 

Are Facelifts a Thing of the Past?

Posted on February 19, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Surgical facelifts have always been a somewhat risky way to achieve a younger look. They’re effective, but often too effective – everyone has heard stories from legions of patients left with over-stretched, artificial-looking skin. They’re also costly, both in terms of the financial outlay, as well as the sometimes extended periods needed to fully recover.

The good news is that there are now several non-invasive treatments that can achieve similar results to surgical procedures, as well as address conditions (fine wrinkles, creases around the nose and upper lip, and hollowed-out cheeks) that surgery cannot.

Liquid Facelifts

It’s possible to combine injectable fillers with Botox to achieve very similar (and even superior) results to surgical facelifts. In our office, we use a combination of Botox, various fillers, Sculptra and Juvederm Voluma for liquid facelifts. These products can be used to target a wide range of problems, ranging from fine wrinkles to moderate or severe lines and skin folds, on the forehead, between the eyebrows, in the folds of the nose, around the lips and mouth, and elsewhere. They allow dynamic areas of the face to be effectively treated while retaining a natural look (an area which surgical face-lifts are typically unable to address). They also have the ability to provide a degree of lift to sagging areas of the face, as well as compensate for unwanted loss of fat beneath the skin.

We also use Kybella, an FDA-approved injectable treatment that can be used to dissolve fat under the chin. Kybella results will be seen in four to six weeks after treatment, and last for several years. Kybella is applied over the course of several sessions, leading to more gradual, and hence more natural-looking, results.

CoolSculpting

CoolSculpting is a proprietary technology that allows excess fat to be precisely targeted and destroyed by using cold temperatures to freeze the fat cells. The cold temperature is applied using cooling pads placed on the surface of the skin, including under the chin area. Results are visible about three weeks after each procedure as fat cells are gradually absorbed by the body.

CoolSculpting is one of the fastest-growing non-surgical treatments. We are thrilled to be able to add it to our list of available treatments in early 2019.

Most facelifts are performed to address double chins and facial skin folds. You can combine fillers, Juvederm Voluma, Sculptra in the mid-face area with Botox on the forehead, and use Kybella or CoolSculpting under the chin, to totally transform and rejuvenate your look, or simply use one or more treatments to address more minor concerns.  Either way, we will be delighted to discuss whatever treatment options you’re interested in. Don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation with us.

Schedule a Nonsurgical “Facelift”

Your Laser Skin Care in Los Angeles specializes in Botox and filler injections, laser hair removal, vein therapy, chemical peels and IPL among many other services. Please call us at (323) 525-1516 or visit us online at www.yourlaserskincare.com to schedule a free consultation.

Sculptra, the new derma filler

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Ella Fedonenko

Last week, we introduced you to a new derma filler and volumizing drug, Voluma, that was FDA-approved in Dec., 2013. But when it comes to restoring fullness to areas of the face that have lost their youthful contours, Sculptra offers another very attractive alternative.

Introduced with FDA-approval, in 2004, Sculptra was immediately hailed as the non-invasive “liquid facelift” that would rival many of the stunning effects of surgery. Of course, as an injectable procedure, Sculptra does not offer the permanent results of the traditional facelift, but with results lasting up to two years, it’s also not quite so temporary.

As noted earlier, one of the most prevalent signs of age is a physiological process that is quite inevitable. As the face matures, there is a gradual loss of fatty tissue that actually supports your skin and facial structure. The results of this loss – combined with the effects of gravity – is a creation of hollows or “sunken” areas, usually, in the cheek and temple areas.

Injected into the deepest layers of your skin, Sculptra works with your own body to stimulate your natural production of Collagen, the substance that maintains the look of young, plump skin. Sculptra is not a “quick fix;” it’s a subtle process that continues over a period of months.

So, does Sculptra perform exactly the same as facelift surgery? No, but at a fraction of the cost, without the extended discomfort and downtime and with the long-lasting, youthful appearance you long for – call us about Sculptra today.

The “Liquid Facelift”

Posted on November 26, 2013 by Ella Fedonenko

Last week, we talked about one of the newest beauty products to be approved by the FDA, Voluma. But it’s important to note that Voluma is not the first product to evolve from the popular “derma fillers,” like Restylane, Juvederm et al, as a “volumizer.” Appropriately, it’s called Sculptra.

In August, 2004, Sculptra was approved by the FDA for restoring volume to areas of the face that have lost fat, due to either the aging process or from losing a substantial amount of weight. This loss of volume usually appears at the temple, under the eyes, around the mouth or in the lower cheek areas. Keep in mind that a rounder, fuller contour is associated with a younger appearance while this loss of volume “flattens out” the face, creating shadows, hollows and other distinctive signs of age.

Like Voluma, Sculptra is injected into the sunken areas to plump them up and “re-sculpt” the facial contours. By adding volume, the volumizers also lift sagging areas and erase lines and wrinkles.

And, like Voluma, Sculptra is extremely long-lasting and often the results are maintained for up to two years. But there are also some very distinct differences between the two drugs.

Voluma contains hyaluronic acid, which effects are visible immediately. Sculptra, when injected into the deeper layers of the skin, interacts with the body’s own creation of collagen and the results emerge over a period of time. Several treatments are the protocol and as the Sculptra causes the body to produce more and more collagen, the volume increases, slowly and naturally.

The side-effects are similar, for both products, and are usually minor and disappear quickly. And the cost is also comparable, although higher, than for the shorter-lasting derma fillers.

Ultimately, the most important and exciting “take-away” information that has been created by Sculptra and Voluma, in the cosmetic dermatology industry – for both patients and practitioners – is that many years of aging may now be erased, without surgery. And the effects, while still called “temporary,” may last for years.