Collagen is the protein in the body whose job is to support the skin. Along with elastin, collagen can take credit for the firm, supple skin of the young. And that’s another thing that stinks about aging — after the age of 20, our collagen production decreases by one percent EVERY year. Bogus. Of course, that’s why our skin starts to sag and become more susceptible to the formation of wrinkles and creases.
Dermal fillers were created to fight that loss of collagen and the effects of sun and environmental damage on the skin. At Matsuda, we offer one of those fillers, Sculptra, that is one of the longest lasting fillers and it actually gets the body to replace lost collage to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds.
Sculptra does it differently
Most fillers deliver instant results, pushing up a wrinkle or a crease as soon as they are injected. Sculptra is different. After its injection, 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. It builds collagen over time, so the results with Sculptra are more subtle. You won’t return to work and look markedly different the next day. At Matsuda, we typically 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?
Most fillers are injected relatively shallow into the dermis, the skin layer beneath the epidermis. Sculptra is injected more deeply, into the deep dermal layer of the skin. There, microparticles of PLLA work within the deep dermis to rebuild lost collagen and provide structural skin support. As the PLLA is absorbed a collagen framework is created, replacing the collagen and structure that has been lost with natural aging or sun damage, restoring the look of fullness to shallow to deep wrinkles and folds.
What is Sculptra best at?
Sculptra is effective for deeper wrinkles and creases:
• The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
• Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called smile lines
• Chin wrinkles
Interested in addressing your smile and marionette lines for up to two years? Call us at 808-949-7568 and let’s talk about Sculptra.