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  • Writer's pictureCoralee Shaman

What's the scoop on Sculptra?

Biostimulators are creating a buzz! There is so much information on so many different products out there. Unless you work in the industry, it's so hard to navigate this ever-changing landscape. It's my job to help clients make informed choices, so here's the scoop on Scupltra.

What is a biostimulator?

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A woman in her forties before and after Sculptra

Biostimulators like Sculptra or Radiesse activate your skin's collagen production. They have been around since 1999. It's only recently that the reconstitution process and supply has made it simpler for experienced providers to make this treatment available for their clients. I've been really happy with the results my clients have seen. Biostimulators renew skin thickness, firm up the skin, and correct wrinkles and crepey skin with your own tissue. This treatment also reduces saggy skin and restores sunken cheeks with your own collagen. Sculptra helps to gradually build the matrix of the skin.

How does Sculptra work?

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A woman over fifty before and after Sculptra

Poly-L-lactic acid is the active ingredient in Sculptra. Poly-L-lactic (PLLA) acid is microparticles of lyophilized, alpha-hydroxy acid polymers similar in structure to dissolvable stitches. The diluted PLLA is strategically injected in the deep layers of the skin. The Poly-L-lactic acid microparticles act as a "scaffolding" and stimulate collagen production. The treatment stimulates your body to lay collagen down onto the "scaffolding. As your own collagen matures, the Sculptra slowly dissolves. What is left months later is smoother, firmer and thicker skin.

What are the treatments like?

Immediately after each treatment, you may notice some swelling and your wrinkles may temporarily reduce. It's important to remember that the gradual process of collagen replacement is subtle; it slowly improves the skin to give you a natural-looking result that lasts. Best results are seen six weeks after the last treatment.

The treatment's longevity is impressive; 80% of patients that had a Sculptra treatment still rated their results as good to excellent after 25 months. 100% of those patients would recommend it to a friend.

Which areas can be treated?

The most common areas that are treated is the full face. Areas like cheeks, temples, laugh lines, lateral cheeks, the décolletage. There has been an uptick on treating the skin of the buttocks with really good results as well.

What is the cost?

A person can expect three treatments over a three month period. Some people may need four treatments. Each session takes around 45 minutes. The cost varies depending on the amount needed. Average sessions range from $700-$1200.

If you want to learn more about this treatment or want to book a treatment, I am happy to meet with you and discuss your options. I am always here to help.


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