Collagen is a key structural component of smooth, healthy-looking skin. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases. In fact, you lose about 1% of collagen per year after the age of 20. This is when you may start to notice the formation of wrinkles. Luckily, Sculptra Aesthetic can help, even if decades of collagen loss have already occurred.
Sculptra Aesthetic is an FDA-approved injectable that helps gradually replace lost collagen — an underlying cause of facial aging — for results that can last more than two years. Sculptra Aesthetic is used to correct shallow to deep wrinkles and folds on the face. It is meant to be placed in deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called “smile lines.” Sculptra Aesthetic works subtly and gradually over time for a more youthful-looking appearance. Unlike hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, Sculptra Aesthetic helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure and increase facial volume that has been lost to aging. Sculptra Aesthetic is intended for use in people with healthy immune systems as a one-time treatment regimen of up to four injection sessions that are scheduled about one month apart.
During your consultation, Dr. Balikian or his Aesthetic injectors will give an honest assessment of what he or she thinks would benefit you. We are known for being conservative but still effective. We prefer to start conservatively and want you to look like you, only more refreshed. Our goal is to have you look in the mirror and look as good as you feel.
We advise patients to avoid using blood thinning medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen or Omega-3 Fish Oils for one week before any injection to help decrease the risk of bruising. In addition, avoiding alcohol a few nights before injection and taking the herbal medication arnica may help decrease the risk of bruising which is minimal.
For more information about Sculptra Aesthetic, or to schedule a consultation with either Dr. Balikian or his Aesthetic injectors, please call Balikian Facial Plastic Surgery today at (951) 719-2950 or use our online appointment request form.