Collagen is an abundant protein that occurs naturally in the human body. Its numerous roles include providing structure, strength and elasticity to the skin. As we age, our bodies produce less and less collagen, and our facial skin is one of the first areas to show evidence of this deficiency. It loses the firm, plump look it had in younger years, and wrinkles, lines and creases start to appear.
At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we offer a wide variety of injectable treatments designed to smooth wrinkles and add volume to aging skin. One of the most unique injectables is Sculptra® Aesthetic, a filler that reverses signs of aging by stimulating the body to produce new, natural collagen. Call Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery today at 847-234-2400 to request a consultation and discover what Sculptra® Aesthetic can do for you.
What Is Sculptra® Aesthetic?
Sculptra® Aesthetic restores the youthful contours of the face by strategically increasing collagen production in specific areas. The active ingredient in Sculptra® Aesthetic is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a synthetic material that is biocompatible and biodegradable and has been safely used in the medical field for decades. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, which simply add temporary volume under the skin, Sculptra® Aesthetic offers temporary volume correction as well as collagen production for longer-lasting, more natural results. This gives Sculptra® Aesthetic the ability to rejuvenate deep hollows and creases that cannot be successfully treated with other facial fillers.
Ideal Candidates for Sculptra® Aesthetic
Sculptra® Aesthetic is designed to restore facial volume in people with healthy immune systems. Treatments with Sculptra® Aesthetic can improve the appearance of:
- Hollow cheeks
- Sunken temples
- Lines, wrinkles and creases
- Nasolabial folds
- Other facial areas with contour deficiencies
- Depressed scars
- Facial asymmetry
Sculptra® Aesthetic is a nonsurgical alternative to more invasive and permanent procedures, such as a facelift or fat transfer. Many patients enjoy that collagen rebuilding takes place gradually, as it gives you a younger, more refreshed look over time that doesn’t have the telltale signs of a cosmetic treatment. A consultation with Dr. Anthony Terrasse will determine whether Sculptra® Aesthetic is appropriate for you.
The Sculptra® Aesthetic Procedure
At your initial consultation, Dr. Terrasse will discuss your treatment goals and evaluate your areas of concern. Based on this information, he will develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your desired improvements.
Treatments with Sculptra® Aesthetic are performed in-office and can take as little as 10 minutes. To begin, Dr. Terrasse will cleanse your skin and may apply a topical numbing cream to ensure the treatment is comfortable from start to finish. He will then administer the injections with an ultra-fine needle into the predetermined target areas.
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Sculptra® Aesthetic Recovery and Results
Sculptra® Aesthetic injections may result in mild, short-lived bruising, swelling or tenderness. Some patients develop small bumps in the treated area, but these typically flatten over time. Massaging the area a few times per day for the first few weeks can help promote a smooth, natural-looking result. You can resume most gentle daily activities immediately after treatment and use ice packs to minimize discomfort and swelling.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is intended to be used as a series of treatments — usually up to four injection sessions that are booked about three weeks apart. You may see some initial improvements soon after a session, but because the primary benefits of Sculptra® Aesthetic rely on your body’s collagen production processes, the most noticeable results take longer to develop. You’ll see a subtle, yet noticeable, reduction in wrinkles and improvement in volume over the next six months. Clinical studies have shown that Sculptra® Aesthetic can last as long as two years before a touch-up treatment is required.
Restore and Rejuvenate With Sculptra® Aesthetic
If you’re done dealing with wrinkles, drooping skin or hollow cheeks due to facial volume loss, Sculptra® Aesthetic may be the solution. Our minimally-invasive cosmetic treatments leave patients in Lake Forest and the surrounding areas of Chicago’s North Shore looking natural, youthful and refreshed. Please contact Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery at 847-234-2400 for more information or to schedule a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Anthony Terrasse.