Sculptra: A long-lasting solution to collagen loss in Irvine, CA

Collagen stimulators represent one of the most powerful ways the Arta Dermatology team can restore your youthful appearance.

The power of collagen

Collagen is a fibrous protein in the deeper, inner layer of your skin. It provides structure and supports beneficial elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA). Elastin helps your skin retain its shape and resume its contours after movement, while HA cushions and lubricates the skin so it appears supple and hydrated. When collagen is abundant, more elastin and HA can be sustained.

Unfortunately, age-related changes occur earlier than you might think. The makers of Sculptra Aesthetic, Galderma Laboratories, report that skin begins to lose firmness in your 20s. This change is due to your body producing about one percent less collagen each year. By age 40, most people have lost up to 20 percent of their collagen! You speed up this with lifestyle habits such as sun exposure, smoking, and even sleep position.

Gain control over aging

Traditionally, treatments to reverse these effects were limited. Manual resurfacing only abraded the outermost surface cells. On the other end of the spectrum, surgical procedures require long and often painful downtime.

Sculptra is a unique solution to reverse the volume loss that adds years to your appearance. It is a solution made from poly-L-lactic acid. Sculptra may be injected into the lines and folds between the nose and mouth, which you may call “smile lines” but your doctor refers to as “nasolabial folds.” Sculptra Aesthetic can also correct shallow to deep folds and wrinkles around your mouth (laugh lines or marionettes), and on your chin.

Dr. Farshidi may determine you are a good candidate for Sculptra, should there be other contour deficiencies or facial wrinkles that she feels could benefit from a “deep dermal grid pattern” or “cross-hatch” injection technique. During a consultation, the doctor will walk you through what to expect during each injection session.

Other facial areas that may benefit from this technique include:

  • Temples, which are susceptible to hollowing.
  • The mid-face or apples of your cheeks, which is one of the first areas to succumb to noticeable changes in volume.

Topical collagen products are not as effective, as the molecules in pricey creams may be too large to penetrate skin layers. The value of collagen supplements is questionable, because this type of protein is broken down by the digestive system. Sculptra Aesthetic produces real results by stimulating the body’s production of collagen. Since it sets off this beneficial process, the results are long-lasting — up to 2 years. Hyaluronic acid-based fillers effectively smooth folds and lines, but usually last no longer than six months.

The Sculptra solution may be right for patients in the Irvine, CA area who have healthy immune systems and are free of keloids or hypertrophic scarring. Even if you are not a candidate for Sculptra, you may benefit from any number of other products and procedures offered at Arta Dermatology. Call (949) 531-7111 to schedule an appointment.


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