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Whether it is too much time in the sun or just the aging process, wrinkles will appear sooner or later. Collagen breakdown is just a fact of life. However, if you are like most people, these wrinkles make you look much older than you feel. Luckily, due to constant medical advances, there are now many ways to reduce or eliminate the appearance of wrinkles and creases, and restore your face to a more youthful, fresh appearance.

What is Sculptra?

One of the most popular options available today is Sculptra Aesthetic. A Sculptra Aesthetic treatment consists of injecting poly-L-lactic acid into the skin. This is a synthetic substance that is not harmful to the body, and is both biocompatible and biodegradable. It has been used for decades in various medical applications, including in the development of threads for surgical stitches. However, its cosmetic advantages have only been recognized for a few years. Sculptra is superior to other options because it works to rebuild the collagen that has been lost in the skin, making the results last as long as two years.

If you suffer from deep wrinkles on your forehead or between your nose and lip, Sculptra may be the perfect treatment option. It is also great to add volume to sunken cheeks, temples, and the jaw line. Depending on the severity and depth of the wrinkles, you can expect to receive two to six initial treatments to achieve the desired results, typically spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart. Every case is different, and some clients report noticeable positive results after just one treatment. You will only need maintenance treatments every year or two as your body absorbs the poly-L-lactic acid. There are minimum side effects.

What Makes Sculptra Different?

Many facial rejuvenating products, from topical lotions to vitamins that are ingested orally, purport to stimulate the body’s production of natural collagen. Collagen is the substance in the body that provides our skin with its structure and firmness, and that gradually decreases as we age, causing wrinkles and sagging as the skin loses its elasticity. After the age of 20, we lose about 1% of our collagen each year. It is hardly a surprise that many beauty products claim to increase collagen in the body, but unfortunately, what a lot of these products claim is too good to be true.

You’ve probably heard of, or maybe even tried using, collagen creams that are applied topically to the face, but found the results to be less than what you hoped for. While these may have some immediate effects, this is only because they are effective moisturizers – the reality is that collagen molecules are too big to penetrate the dermis, so no actual collagen is added to the underlying skin structure. Similarly, some dietary supplements claim to increase collagen – however, while the supplements may contain collagen, it is a protein broken down in the digestive system. The results of clinical studies for these types of products are inconclusive, and many have been disappointed.

Sculptra Treatment in San Diego

The injection of Sculptra is a medical procedure that must only be performed by a qualified medical doctor. It arrives at the office in a powdered form, and is then mixed with sterile water and injected into the facial tissue with ultra-thin needles to minimize patient discomfort. Although it’s rare, some side effects can happen, and the risks are greater in patients with certain existing medical conditions and allergies. Before moving ahead with your decision to undergo a Sculptra Aesthetic treatment, it is crucial that you have a candid and detailed conversation with a doctor about both your aesthetic goals and your medical history.

If you are considering Sculptra Aesthetic and live in the San Diego area, Laser Cliniqúe is ready to help. P. Alexander Ataii, M.D. has received the Patients’ Choice Award seven years running, from 2007 to 2014, with accolades about his superior bedside manner, procedure results, and patient care. After visiting Laser Cliniqúe, you will know you made the right decision for your Sculptra treatment. To learn more about Sculptra and other cosmetic procedures, and to discuss your own individual needs, goals, and concerns, set up an appointment at our office today.

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Medical Director of Laser Cliniqúe

P. Alexander Ataii M.D. is the Medical Director and Founder of Laser Cliniqúe in San Diego. He is a skilled skin care specialist who focuses on all aspects of the skin both diagnostic and cosmetic.

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