Sculptra is In It for the Long Haul

If you were Count Dracula and never saw the light of day your skin would still age. This is the process known as intrinsic aging. A major part of intrinsic aging is a drop in collagen production — every year after you turn 20 your body produces one percent less collagen. Over time, add up that decrease, and you’ll see why your skin becomes more lax and saggy because collagen is the skin’s basic support system. Elastin production drops, too. Elastin helps keep the skin supple and elastic. Without it the skin is more prone to wrinkling.

Dr. Kirwin offers Sculptra, a long-lasting injectable that stimulates the body to produce new collagen to counteract some of the effects of intrinsic aging.

Sculptra is different

SculptraMost fillers, as their name implies, fill in wrinkles. They are injected beneath the wrinkle and push up the skin. Their results are immediate. Sculptra is different. After your injections, you’ll see improvement, but your real improvement will come over time. This is because Sculptra is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which works in the dermis layer of the skin to replace lost collagen. Sculptra is known as a bio activator or “volumizer.” Because it slowly rebuilds collagen, Sculptra gives you subtle results that continue to improve over time. This makes for a natural-looking appearance that gradually improves your skin. It’s not the instant change that you see with other fillers. With Sculptra, you won’t return to work the next day suddenly looking 10 years younger. Your results will come gradually, so your friends and co-workers won’t notice a sudden change. We recommend three injection sessions over a few months for the best results. These results can then last for over two years!

How does Sculptra work?

Fillers are injected at a relatively shallow level, just below the wrinkle that needs to be filled. Dr. Kirwin injects Sculptra more deeply, into the deep dermal layer of the skin. In the deep dermis, microparticles of PLLA work to rebuild lost collagen and provide structural skin support. 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 does Sculptra work best?

Our faces don’t so much “fall” with time. They actually lose volume and deflate. This deflation causes descent. Volume restoration can “pick up” sagging skin.

Sculptra is effective for:

  • Hollow areas of the temples, cheeks, chin, and under the eyes
  • Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called smile lines
  • The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
  • Chin wrinkles

Interested in the long-term effects of Sculptra? Call Dr. Kirwin’s Norwalk, New York, or London offices and schedule an appointment.


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