Are you concerned about extreme facial volume loss? If so, you may be a good candidate for Sculptra injections at BevelUp in Tampa, FL. Today, we’re taking a closer look at this treatment, including what it is, how it works, and who it is right for. Here is everything you need to know about this incredible injectable.   

What Is Sculptra? 

Sculptra is a very special type of anti-aging injectable. Most dermal fillers comprise a synthetic version of hyaluronic acid, a polysaccharide that your skin produces naturally. On the other hand, this injectable dermal filler is made up of poly-L -lactic acid. This ingredient, sometimes referred to as PLLA, provides results that last far longer than the results of other injectables.    

How It Works

Sculptra works in two ways. First, the gel adds an immediate volume boost as it spreads through the foundational layer of your skin. Then, the PLLA encourages your skin to produce extra collagen.    Since the final results are derived from your skin’s natural collagen production rather than an injectable filler, the results of this injectable anti-aging treatment last for up to five years. In contrast, other injectables can only provide results that last for up to two years.   

How Quickly This Treatment Works

This treatment works very quickly. First, you will see an immediate improvement in your appearance. Then, your appearance will continue to improve over the course of four to six weeks as your skin slowly builds extra collagen in response to the PLLA injections. If you need more than one treatment session to achieve your ideal results, additional sessions will be scheduled roughly six to 10 weeks apart.  

How Many Treatments You Will Need

How many treatments you will need depends on several factors, including your age, the health of your skin, and your aesthetic goals. As a good general rule of thumb, you can expect to need only one injection session if you are only worried about mild or moderate skin concerns. On the other hand, if you are suffering from extreme volume loss, you may need two or three treatment sessions to achieve your ideal results.   

Who Is This Right for? 

This injectable dermal filler is right for individuals who are experiencing extreme volume loss. However, an initial evaluation is required to determine definitively whether someone is a good candidate. For instance, an initial evaluation is required to evaluate the cause of the cosmetic concerns and verify that they are caused by volume loss rather than overactive muscles.    Also, it is important that you attend an initial evaluation to ensure that you are healthy enough to receive PLLA-based injections. As a general rule, if you are at least 18 years old and not pregnant or breastfeeding, you will qualify. However, this treatment may not be right for you if you suffer from certain medical conditions, like bleeding disorders or heart problems. Moreover, you must be able to follow all preparation instructions to qualify.   

How To Prepare for This Treatment

While this treatment is non-invasive, there are a few steps you must take to prepare for your injection session. For instance, it is crucial that you stop taking any pharmaceuticals that can thin your blood in the days leading up to your treatment session. That’s why you may not qualify if you have certain problems with your heart or blood viscosity. It is also very important that you do not do anything to elevate your blood pressure in advance of your treatment.   For example, it is very important that you do not drink alcohol or consume nicotine for several days in advance of your injection session. Also, it is very important that you hydrate and eat nutritiously before you come in for your appointment. The more hydrated and nourished you are, the better your results will be. This is because your skin can’t produce enough extra collagen if it is lacking the building blocks of collagen creation.  

What to Eat After Your Treatment

It is also very important that you continue eating nutritiously after your injection session. Specifically, you should make sure that you are getting your RDA of vitamin C.  

The Bottom Line

Sculptra is an anti-aging injectable that can be used to erase lines, wrinkles, and folds. It can also be used to restore volume to the cheeks, chest, and temples. It adds an initial volume increase thanks to the injection of the gel. However, the results continue to improve over the course of four to six weeks and last for up to five years because the PLLA encourages collagen production. It is right for most healthy adults. Contact us today at BevelUp to schedule your consultation.