BOTHERED BY SAGGY, CREPEY SKIN? COLLAGEN STIMULATING FILLERS COULD BE YOUR ANSWER!
WHAT ARE COLLAGEN STIMULATING FILLERS?
Radiesse and Sculptra are widely used FDA-approved collagen stimulating fillers. They activate the production of your own collagen and elastin. These injectables restore facial volume in areas like the cheeks, temples, and jawline for a more youthful look.
These products reduce the appearance of moderate and harsh wrinkles like the nasolabial folds, parentheses lines, chin wrinkles, and marionette lines. You may or may not notice an immediate result, however, the end result is natural and long lasting.
Sculptra’s formula is designed to focus entirely on enhancing the body’s natural production of collagen and elastin proteins. Boosting production of these proteins results in firmer, thicker, and younger-looking skin.
Sculptra utilizes the body’s inflammatory response to stimulate collagen and elastin production. Once injected into the skin, Sculptra triggers the immune system to create new fibroblasts. Fibroblasts are cells that create collagen and elastin protein in the skin.
This collagen stimulator is composed of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). Poly-L-lactic acid is a synthetic material similar to implantable medical devices that dissolve, like medical sutures. It is naturally and safely absorbed by the body over time.
Unlike other fillers, which produce immediate results, Sculptra is for patients who prefer natural-looking and longer-lasting results that develop over time.
Sculptra may begin to show visible results in six weeks or more, depending on your body’s reaction to the dermal filler. Results from a Sculptra treatment can last for more than two years.
Most minimally invasive treatments today target the immune system or the body’s natural healing process to stimulate collagen production. Radiesse works differently, in that it is a non-inflammatory biostimulator.
Radiesse is formulated with tiny calcium hydroxylapatite (CaHA) microspheres suspended in an aqueous gel solution. CaHA activates fibroblasts to boost collagen and elastin production.
Radiesse microspheres are embedded in the skin tissues, creating a scaffolding effect that immediately enhances structure and increases volume. These microspheres also promote the growth of new collagen and elastin for lasting results even after the microspheres naturally dissipate.
Radiesse is ideal for people who want immediate anti-aging results. Its benefits can last for 12 to 18 months.
WHAT AREAS ARE TREATED WITH COLLAGEN STIMULATING FILLERS?
When used in their original forms, collagen stimulating fillers provide volume and structure and are most often used in the face. However, in diluted form, they provide long term tissue remodeling. This diluted formulation allows for superficial injection and is best for dermal rejuvenation of larger areas such as neck, chest, arms, knees, and buttocks.
WILL THE PROCEDURE BE PAINFUL?
No, the procedure is not painful. Depending on the area to be treated, usually one to three sites are numbed with local anesthetic. A cannula is then used to place the product. This is generally well tolerated. Another option is to place topical anesthetic on your skin before gently placing small aliquots of product spread evenly throughout the area of concern.
WHAT IS THE AFTERCARE OF THE TREATMENT?
You may experience mild swelling and bruising at the site of injection, but no aftercare is generally required. In some instances, you may be asked to massage the treated area several times a day. We ask that you wait until the next day to return to exercise.
HOW SOON WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Results vary, and you may see some initial improvement. Final results will be achieved in 12 weeks. Your provider will want to see you 12 weeks after your first treatment.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?
The number of treatments varies according to the amount of skin laxity. One treatment may be enough or you may need 2-3 treatments to achieve optimal results.
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