Tired of throwing away your hard-earned money on anti-aging skincare products that don’t do what they promise? At Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA we have many effective anti-aging solutions available, including the popular dermal filler, Sculptra. If you’re looking to treat fine lines and deep wrinkles, this may be just the solution you’re looking for.
What Is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an FDA-approved injectable dermal filler that is used to target unwanted signs of aging. This treatment can significantly reduce the appearance of common fine lines and wrinkles, such as nasolabial lines. It is a highly effective treatment that can provide long-lasting and visible results, leaving clients feeling confident and youthful.
How Does It Work?
This cosmetic injectable contains a biocompatible chemical compound called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). PLLA is a synthetic substance that stimulates the production of collagen. Collagen is a naturally-occurring protein that is a foundational ingredient to beautiful, firm skin. When you are born, you have a high concentration of collagen in your skin, which is why young skin appears smooth and radiant. However, over time, the body’s natural production of collagen decreases over time. Unfortunately, lower levels of collagen weaken the skin and contribute to the development of wrinkles and fine lines.
By stimulating your body’s innate collagen production, this dermal filler can help the skin to look and feel younger and more radiant, naturally. Once the injection has been administered into the skin, the microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid begin to stimulate the body’s natural collagen production faculties. During the weeks following treatment, the production of collagen will continue to improve, restoring volume and brightness to your face while also reducing wrinkles and fine lines.
What Types of Wrinkles Does This Treatment Target?
If you have developed deep facial wrinkles, especially the lower portions of the face, this treatment is ideal for you. Any prominent lines appearing between your mouth and nose can be targeted by this dermal filler. Wrinkles and fine lines appearing on the chin can also be addressed with this product. Additionally, fine lines such a smile lines can be treated with this dermal filler.
Other Surprising Uses For This Treatment
This dermal filler is primarily used to address smile lines, chin wrinkles, and other deep facial wrinkles, especially around the nose and mouth. However, there are other surprising applications for this treatment as well. For example, people suffering from facial lipodystrophy syndrome or lipoatrophy (generally occurring in people living with HIV) can use this treatment to effectively treat facial fat loss. Some other uses for this treatment include:
- Buttock augmentation (a.k.a. non-surgical buttlift)
- Cellulite smoothing on the buttocks and thighs
- Chest, elbow, and knee wrinkle correction
This treatment has also become popular for people looking to non-surgically bulk up their appearance. These dermal fillers can be used to create definition and even sculpt the look of extra muscle mass. Typically, those looking to bulk up their appearance using this treatment will target the glutes, thighs, biceps, triceps, or pectorals.
What To Expect From Treatment
All treatments begin with an initial consultation with our team of experts. During your consultation, we will discuss your complete medical history, including any existing medical conditions, current medications, and allergies. Once we’ve deemed you a good fit for this treatment, we’ll create a customized treatment plan to fit your lifestyle and aesthetic goals, while also appropriately addressing the severity of your wrinkles. Once you’ve been approved for treatment, you’ll receive your injections from our specialists in our Baton Rouge office.
During your first treatment session, our specialists will map out the injection sites on your skin to ensure precision. Once the area is cleansed, your specialist will administer the treatment to the skin using multiple small injections. Treatment is comfortable, fast, and effective. While all our injections include small amounts of lidocaine for maximum comfort, prior to administering the injections, the targeted area can also be treated with a numbing cream to reduce any discomfort.
How Long Do You Need To Recover?
After the treatment, you can immediately resume your daily activities. There is no need to book the day off from work or schedule in any extra downtime. However, we do recommend you follow a few simple guidelines during your recovery. For example, it is essential that you wait a few hours following treatment before applying any makeup or skincare to the treated area. To expedite the recovery process, we may ask you to apply a cloth-covered cold pack to your skin periodically. During your appointment, we will provide you with detailed aftercare instructions to follow to ensure you recover comfortably and quickly.
How Soon Do You See Results From Sculptra?
While results from this treatment are not instant, this allows for more gradual, natural-looking skin outcomes. Over the course of a few weeks following treatment, you will see the appearance of wrinkles gradually minimized and the volume of your skin restored. It can take up to a few months to see the full results of your treatment, but gradual results will be visible.
Though they take some time to develop, these natural-looking results are long-lasting. Results will vary from one individual to the next due to factors such as genetics and metabolism, but most of our clients see results that last up to two years – and sometimes even longer. Sometimes beauty requires a bit of patience, and, in this case, your patience will be rewarded with lasting results.
How Many Sessions Do You Need?
At your initial consultation, our specialists will determine the number of treatment sessions you will require in order to achieve your desired results. On average, a Sculptra regimen consists of three injection sessions spread out over the course of three to four months. You will see your results gradually improve over this timeline, and each additional session will help to maintain your results and make additional improvements.
Who Is a Good Candidate For This Treatment?
If you are a healthy adult with the desire to enhance your skin and reduce visible facial wrinkles, then you are likely to be a good candidate for this skin treatment. This dermal filler is targeted for clients with deep facial wrinkles, especially in (but not limited to) the mid-to-lower regions of the face. If your skincare concerns lie in this region of your face, then this treatment may be right for you.
Both men and women can benefit from the use of this treatment. The aging process does not discriminate, and men are often prone to developing deep wrinkles around their noses and mouths. These unwanted lines can make men look older, tired, and even concerned or angry. Dermal fillers are becoming increasingly popular with men who wish to reduce their signs of aging, look younger, and feel more attractive. This dermal filler is an excellent solution for men whose deep wrinkles are causing them to feel distressed or lose confidence.
Who Cannot Receive This Treatment?
There are some specific illnesses and medical conditions that may prevent you from receiving this treatment. If you have a history of hypertrophic or keloid scarring, we are not able to administer these dermal fillers to your skin. Additionally, to receive these injections, it’s important that your skin is clear and healthy. If you are currently suffering from a rash, hives, acne, open sores, or any type of infection in your targeted area, you will not be able to receive this treatment. However, once you have healed from the skin ailments listed above, you will become eligible.
Our injectable solutions don’t contain animal by-products, so you won’t need to receive an allergy test before the treatment. However, if you have a known allergy to poly-L-lactic acid, this treatment will not be a viable anti-aging option for you. We suggest you consider many of our other dermal filler options, such as Juvederm, Restylane, or Botox. or come in for a consultation and have our experts assess your skincare needs and recommend an appropriate treatment solution for you.
Restore Your Natural Beauty Today
Facing the effects of the aging process can be challenging. Even though it’s perfectly natural and normal to show signs of aging, you don’t need to wear your wrinkles like a badge of honor. If you’re ready to minimize your wrinkles and start your journey towards smoother, more youthful-looking skin, this cosmetic treatment may be the right choice for you. To book your initial consultation, call the experts at Nunnally Dermatology in Baton Rouge, LA today.