As time passes, many individuals seek non-invasive methods to restore the youthful volume and balance that tend to diminish with age. Understanding the specific areas of concern is crucial, along with comprehending the natural aging processes affecting our facial features. With age, we experience volume loss due to diminishing fat and key proteins like collagen and elastin. Concurrently, bony changes occur, contributing to a hollow appearance, especially under the eyes. Moreover, the decline in collagen and elastin leads to textural changes, resulting in thinner skin with noticeable lines and wrinkles. Therefore, a holistic approach to rejuvenation involving both collagen stimulation (through resurfacing procedures, a topic for another day) and volume replacement (via injectables), proves to be the most effective.
In the realm of medical aesthetics, advancements have yielded a variety of options for achieving this goal. In this post, we will focus on two types of injectables renowned for replenishing deeper facial volume: Sculptra and hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers. Let’s dive into the benefits and distinctions between these treatments to empower you to make an informed decision.
Sculptra, also known as poly-L-lactic acid, is a biocompatible synthetic material designed to stimulate collagen production within the skin. Diverging from HA fillers, which yield instantaneous volume, Sculptra works progressively, resulting in a naturally rejuvenated look that endures. Our technique involves injecting Sculptra in a grid pattern, strategically placing it in focal areas to construct a supportive matrix within the deeper layers of the skin, eventually replaced by collagen over a period of approximately 12 weeks.
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Hyaluronic acid fillers, often abbreviated as HA fillers, consist of a gel-like substance naturally present in the body. There are diverse HA fillers, each with distinct properties tailored to address areas with volume loss. Noteworthy properties include elasticity and crosslinking. Softer, more elastic HA fillers prove beneficial for areas like lips, while firmer variants are more suited for augmenting cheeks. They operate by adding volume beneath the skin’s surface, resulting in an immediate improvement in volume loss, making them an excellent choice for those seeking immediate gratification.
Ultimately, both Sculptra and hyaluronic acid fillers offer remarkable benefits in facial rejuvenation. Oftentimes, a combination of both is employed. Beginning with Sculptra to provide a natural collagen boost, we then target specific areas for further enhancement. However, if a discrete area is the primary concern, an HA filler may be the sole choice. The decision hinges on your individual preferences, lifestyle, and desired outcomes.
An initial consultation is pivotal for a comprehensive understanding of your options, discussing risks and benefits, and setting realistic expectations. Consulting with a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon will guide you in making an informed decision, ultimately helping you achieve the revitalized appearance you desire. Book a CLARA Consult today to initiate the conversation or Save the Date for our CLARA Jingle + Mingle on 11/16/2023 from 4-6 pm to delve deeper into Sculptra and see if it fits with your rejuvenation goals!
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