If you’ve followed how your skin ages at all (and if you’re reading this blog you probably have!), you know the big problem is dwindling production of collagen. Collagen is the protein whose job it is to support the skin, providing underlying structure. With ample collagen, the skin is firm, taut, and is resistant to wrinkling.
But for some dumb reason after you turn 20 your body produces one percent less collagen every year. Add that up and by the time you turn 50 your body is producing 30 percent less collagen than when you were 20. Bogus. No wonder your skin is more prone to wrinkling.
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra, a dermal filler, aims to replace some of that missing collagen. Dr. Kronberg uses Sculptra to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds.
Where can Sculptra be used?
Sculptra is effective for:
- The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
- Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called smile lines
- Chin wrinkles
What’s so different about Sculptra?
Most fillers are true to their name — they “fill” the wrinkle from below with gel or hyaluronic acid, pushing the skin back up where the wrinkle or crease has formed. Results with these kinds of fillers are instant.
Sculptra is different; unlike a two-year-old, it has patience. This filler is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which works within the skin to replace lost collagen. Sculptra’s results improve over time as collagen is replaced. This makes for a natural-looking appearance that improves over time, not an instant change as with other fillers. Dr. Kronberg usually recommends three injection sessions over a few months for the best results. These results can then last for over two years! That’s longer than Donald Trump goes without filing bankruptcy!
How Sculptra works
Dr. Kronberg injects Sculptra into the deep dermal layer of the skin. Microparticles of PLLA work within the deep dermis to rebuild lost collagen and provide structural skin support. As the PLLA is absorbed a collagen framework is created. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness to shallow to deep wrinkles and folds.
Schedule a consultation
Like the sound of Sculptra? Call Dr. Kronberg at (713) 771-8941 and ask us about it.