Collagen is a key structural component of smooth, healthy-looking skin. As you age, however, 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.

What is Sculptra?

Sculptra is one of the newer types of facial injectables. It is composed of poly-L-lactic acid and is designed to help replenish lost collagen by stimulating the body’s ability to produce more. At Balikian Facial Plastic Surgery, we utilize this innovative filler to fill in shallow and deep facial wrinkles, including nasolabial folds and marionette lines. The goal of the procedure is to help restore the inner structure of the skin and lost facial volume to enhance one’s facial contours.

How Sculptra Works

Sculptra treatments typically require three injection sessions that are spread apart over the course of six to eight weeks apart. The specific number of injections varies from patient to patient depending on their unique aesthetic goals.

The Sculptra injectable targets the cause of facial aging directly and begins to reinforce the structure of the skin by promoting increased production of collagen. It works from the inside out to gradually restore fullness while treating deep wrinkles and folds.

Sculptra is commonly used to treat common signs of aging, including:

  • Marionette lines
  • Chin wrinkles
  • Gaunt cheeks
  • Nasolabial folds

Are There Any Risks Associated With Sculptra Injections?

Sculptra is a gentle cosmetic treatment that poses very few side-effects if any. Patients may experience discomfort in the injection site, redness, bruising, itching, and swelling. A small percentage of patients may experience small lumps under the skin when pressed, but these issues are temporary and subside quickly when they do occur.

Candidates for Sculptra

If you are currently experiencing loss of facial volume or have noticed the formation of deep folds and wrinkles, you will make a suitable candidate for Sculptra. 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.

How Much Will Your Sculptra Treatment Cost?

The cost of your Sculptra treatment will be determined by the overall complexity of the procedure and the number of sessions required to achieve your ideal look. We will develop a customized treatment plan to fit your individual needs, then talk to you about the cost that you can expect to pay for your Sculptra treatment.

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Richard V. Balikian, MD, FACS

Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
Artistry. Excellence. Compassion

Trust Your Face to a Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Balikian is an experienced, double board-certified, facial plastic surgeon. He is double board-certified both in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Balikian belongs to a very select group of elite cosmetic surgeons with at least six years of specialized surgical training exclusively in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck.

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Balikian Facial Plastic Surgery is dedicated to helping you find innovative solutions to your most difficult cosmetic issues. If you are interested in learning more about Sculptra, contact our office to schedule your consultation today. Our skilled team will guide you through the entire process and address any questions and concerns you have along the way.

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