Sculptra is an injectable dermal filler that was approved by the FDA over a decade ago to volumize the cheeks. Since this treatment was approved by the FDA, if you are a good candidate for this injectable contouring treatment at Worcester Dermatology in Worcester, MA, you can feel confident that your session will be safe and effective. Today, we’re looking at how long the results of this treatment last, how quickly it works, and much more.
How Long Does Sculptra Last?
You can feel confident that your Sculptra results will last for six months to a year. However, you should understand that individual results vary. In some cases, this injectable has improved contours for five years at a time. Several factors affect how long the results of your treatment will last, including your age, skin health, overall health, and lifestyle choices.
What Can I Do to Help My Results Last Longer?
To help your ideal results last for as long as possible, you need to make a point to take excellent care of your skin health. One of the simplest, most effective steps you can take is to ensure your skin remains hydrated, both inside and out. Depending on your natural skin type, you should moisturize either once or twice per day. Since moisturizers can’t penetrate down to the deepest layers of your skin, make sure they remain hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
In addition to ensuring your skin remains hydrated, you need to make sure that it is properly nourished. You don’t need to buy expensive collagen-infused skin creams to accomplish this. Rather, you can simply maintain a relatively healthy diet. Make sure you are eating plenty of protein every day. Protein is made up of amino acids, and amino acids are required for your skin to produce collagen, a protein that helps to keep your skin young and healthy.
What Other Steps Can I Take to Extend the Longevity of My Results?
Moisturizing your skin, staying hydrated, and eating nutritiously are all great for the production of collagen. However, that’s not all you can do to maintain the health of your skin. You can also take steps to prevent damage, like wearing sunscreen diligently, not smoking, and only drinking alcohol in moderation. Wearing a highly protective broad-spectrum sunscreen is important because the sun’s UVC rays damage collagen and impede its production.
Similarly, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption should be avoided because these substances constrict the blood vessels. When your blood vessels are constricted, nutrients can’t flow to the skin as effectively, slowing down the rate of collagen production. Also, nicotine (a chemical compound found in tobacco products) and alcohol damage existing collagen. Sugar also breaks down collagen, so you should limit your intake of sweets.
How Quickly Does This Treatment Work?
You will notice a volume increase in the treatment area as soon as your injections are complete. However, it takes time for the injectable to spread throughout the treatment area and settle in. From there, it takes time for your skin to produce extra collagen in response to the poly-L -lactic acid that was administered. You can generally expect to see your final results roughly six weeks after your injection session.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
We will advise you on how long you can expect your treatment session to take during your initial consultation. The expected treatment time varies based on the severity of your cosmetic concerns, the size of the areas you are treating, and the number of areas you are treating.
Your session may only take a quarter of an hour if you are only treating one area, like your temples. On the other hand, it could take closer to an hour if your cosmetic concerns are severe, requiring more injections, and you are treating several areas.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
To find out for sure whether you are a good candidate for this treatment, you need to come in for an initial consultation. You will probably be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you are a relatively healthy adult and want to improve the health and appearance of your skin. This injectable is great for people who want to improve the contours of their cheeks or volumize chest wrinkles, for example.
However, it is important to understand that this treatment is not appropriate for every situation. For instance, the FDA has not approved this injectable dermal filler for the augmentation of the lips. Similarly, this injectable cannot be used to improve the appearance of the eyelids.
Achieve the Contours of Your Dreams Today
Sculptra is a safe, effective, long-lasting dermal filler that will help you improve your self-confidence for six months to a year at a time. In some cases, the results of this treatment can last for up to five years. To enjoy results that last for as long as possible, you need to make a point to take care of your skin health and lead a healthy lifestyle. Learn more by scheduling your initial consultation with us today at Worcester Dermatology in Worcester, MA.