Injectable Tissue Stimulators – Want To Know More?
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an injectable collagen stimulator that has been around since 1999. First approved by the FDA in 2004 to treat lipoatrophy in people living with HIV. Lipoatrophy causes facial fat loss that results in sunken cheeks and deep folds and indentations on the face.
In 2014, the FDA approved Sculptra Aesthetic for treating wrinkles and folds on the face to give a more youthful appearance.
The main ingredient in Sculptra is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) which is a synthetic gel comprised of the same lactic acid that occurs naturally in the body. It’s a very similar material to dissolvable stitches.
It’s classified as a collagen stimulator that provides long-lasting, natural-looking results that can last up to two years.
Sculptra is safe and effective but isn’t recommended for people with allergies to any of its ingredients or for those with medical conditions that cause irregular scarring.
How does Sculptra work?
Sculptra is a volumising filler that is injected deep in the dermal layer to reinforce your skin’s structure and spur the production of new collagen. Used primarily to restore fullness to medium to deep facial wrinkles, such as smile lines, marionette lines (the lines from the corners of your mouth down toward your jawline), nasolabial folds (the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth), chin wrinkles, and other sunken areas, such as your cheeks and temples.
Procedure for Sculptra
During your initial consultation with a trained practitioner, you’ll be asked to provide your complete medical history, including any medical conditions and allergies.
On the day of your first Sculptra treatment, your practitioner will map the injection sites on your skin and cleanse the area. A topical anaesthetic may be applied to help with any discomfort. Your practitioner will then inject your skin using multiple small injections. You should be able to return to your normal activities immediately after treatment.
Targeted areas for Sculptra
Sculptra is used to diminish facial wrinkles and folds and has been clinically approved to treat smile lines and other wrinkles around the nose and mouth as well as chin wrinkles.
Sculptra has many off-label uses, including:
- nonsurgical butt lift or buttock augmentation
- correction of cellulite
- correction of chest, elbow, and knee wrinkles
Sculptra has also become a popular choice for those looking to bulk up their appearance. It’s being used to create definition and the look of extra muscle mass on the:
Sculptra is not recommended for use on the eyes (as the skin is thin, there is a chance of a visible nodule) or the lips.
Risks or side effects?
You can expect some swelling and bruising at the injection site. Other common side effects include:
Some people may develop lumps under the skin and skin discoloration.
This appears to be related to the depth of the injection, highlighting the importance of finding a trained professional.
Sculptra shouldn’t be used by people with a history of irregular scarring or anyone allergic to the ingredients of Sculptra. It shouldn’t be used at the site of skin sores, acne, cysts, rashes, or other skin inflammation.
What to expect after Sculptra
There is some swelling that occurs after the treatment because the PLLA is mixed with a water-based solution that immediately plumps up your skin, making it look as if your wrinkles and folds have been immediately fixed. But the swelling reduces in 1 to 2 days, causing the re-emergence of your initial issues, such as deep nasolabial folds or a sunken cheek area. Don’t worry, it’s important for clients to realise that the filler seems to completely disappear and you don’t even feel it in your face, but the micro particles of PLLA start working immediately deep within the dermis to reinforce your skin’s structure, spur collagen production and restore volume. In 6 to 8 weeks you’ll start to see some changes, but it takes 3 to 6 months before full results are revealed.
Most people can return to their normal activities immediately after Sculptra injections. Swelling, bruising, and other side effects are usually mild and subside within a few days. Doing the following will help speed along your recovery:
- Apply a cold pack to the affected area for a few minutes at a time within the first 24 hours.
- Following treatment, massage the area for five minutes at a time, five times a day, for five days.
- Avoid excessive sunlight or tanning beds until any redness and swelling has resolved.
Results are gradual, and it may take a few weeks to see the full effects of Sculptra. Results last up to two years.
What is the difference between Sculptra & other fillers
There are two main points of difference between Sculptra and the other popular volumising dermal fillers, Juvederm Voluma XC and Radiesse. First, Sculptra is irreversible; (Juvederm Voluma XC can quickly be dissolved within 24 hours via an enzyme injection; hyaluronidase). However, don’t be scared that Sculptra is a permanent filler. Just like dissolvable stitches, your body will gradually and naturally absorb it over a period of about six months. Second, the results of Sculptra do not appear immediately, but the effects are the longest lasting. Sculptra is administered over multiple injections and takes several weeks before you see the volumising effects of new collagen filling and lifting targeted areas.
Sculptra treatments cost from £365 for each treatment.
What is Profhilo?
Profhilo is used to rejuvenate and tighten skin. Made from highly purified hyaluronic acid, Profhilo stimulates the production of collagen, elastin and attracts water which helps hydrate the skin.
Profhilo can be used on face, neck upper arms, hands abdomen and knees.
Unlike dermal fillers, Profhilo is not designed to plump or add volume, instead it is designed to repair and remodel under the skin restoring firmness over a larger area.
Meeting your practitioner
When meeting with your practitioner they will discuss your expectations and take a full medical history. Profhilo is not suitable for pregnant or breast-feeding women, patients with blood disorders, patients with skin diseases or inflamed skin and medical conditions that lower the body’s immune response.
During the treatment
During the treatment, your practitioner will clean the area that is to be injected; some practitioners will use a numbing cream to make the experience more comfortable. Profhilo will be injected using a very fine needle in specific points around the treatment area (10 on the face). The 10 points on the face are the most anatomically receptive areas and this technique allows for maximum affect. This technique is known as the BAP technique (Bio Aesthetic Points). The treatment typically lasts 30 minutes.
Post treatment you may experience slight redness, swelling, itching, bruising or tenderness around the injection sites. These reactions are generally mild and usually last no longer then a couple of days.
-Avoid applying make up for at least 12 hours on the injection sites
-If you have previously suffered from cold sores, there is a risk of an out brake
-Avoid saunas and sunbeds for a few days
The first time you have Profhilo you will need two treatments, one month apart. Then depending on how your body breaks down the Profhilo, top up treatments are recommended every 6 months.
£330-£400 per treatment
There are other treatments that work in a similar way to Profihlo and Sculptra that have slightly different ingredients and can be injected into different areas on the face. Sunekos and Jalupro both contain hyaluronic acid and amino acids. With Sunekos and Jalupro it is recommended to have 4 treatments 10/14 days apart. Then top ups 3-4 times a year depending on how your body breaks down the product.
£100-£200 per treatment
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