Have you ever looked in the mirror and wondered where all the youthful volume went? It’s not uncommon to hear our patients complain their faces “fell flat” over the years! And to some extent, it can be true.
As we age, we lose volume in our face such that the plump, bouncy skin of youth turns into something less than ideal. Apple-cheeks become deeper folds as the cheek descends in a down-and inward fashion; a heart- or v-shaped face turns boxy as the soft tissue falls along the jawline, but do not despair, because there is something that can counteract the loss of collagen that starts us down the path of the aging face.
For years, facial plastic surgeons have been using Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) to counteract the loss of collagen women and men suffer from as they age. Sculptra is an FDA-approved collagen stimulator made of the same material we have used for sutures and implants for years. By injecting this material in the deeper areas of the cheeks or jawline, we are able to promote the patients’ own collagen production, giving subtle and natural results that can last upto 2 years!
Sculptra is not necessarily a “new” product, but you may just be hearing about it more these days. It’s been around for about 10 years now—long enough to know that in the right hands and with the right patients, it can have phenomenal results.
Sculptra is not intended as a “filler” in the traditional sense—a full treatment usually consists of three vials, with 1 vial injected every 6 weeks over the course of months. Results are gradual (because it involves your body producing it’s own collagen), but much longer lasting than traditional fillers.
Sculptra is not intended for everyone, but at the Emory Facial Center, we have had such consistently impressive results. It’s certainly something we’re excited to share with our patients who are looking for subtle, natural-looking and long-term impact!
As is true with all cosmetic services, it’s important that you discuss with us honestly what your true goals are—at the end of the day, you’ll be happiest when your concerns (not ours) are addressed!