Articles Tagged: Sculptra

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.