Collagen does the heavy lifting when it comes to your skin. Collagen is the main structural protein that is found in animal connective tissue. Basically, it is responsible for keeping your skin firm, plump, and young looking.
So, what happens when your collagen production decreases? Your skin sags, becomes loose, is more prone to wrinkling, and allows creases to form.
Welcome to the aging process.
But collagen can be replaced, to a degree. And the body can be induced to produce new collagen. Dr. Kearney uses Sculptra Aesthetic to replace lost collagen and correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds.
Sculptra is not immediate
Sculptra is different from other fillers in that its results are not immediate. This filler is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which works within the skin to trigger new collagen production that can then replace lost collagen. Sculptra is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time as collagen is replaced. This makes for a natural-looking appearance that improves over time, not an instant change as with other fillers. Dr. Kearney usually recommends three injection sessions over a few months for the best results. These results can then last for over two years! That’s longer than most Hollywood marriages!
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is injected into the deep dermal layer of the skin. As the body breaks down the microparticles of PLLA, this triggers the skin to create new collagen, and since collagen is what keeps our skin firm this improves the skin. As the PLLA is absorbed a collagen framework is created. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness to shallow to deep wrinkles and folds.
Where is Sculptra effective?
Sculptra is effective for:
- The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
- Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called smile lines
- Chin wrinkles