The Refine MD spa has been buzzing with excitement about our latest injectable treatment — Sculptra Aesthetic. Why all the fuss? This unique injectable actually helps your own body stimulate collagen — and restores the loss of facial volume that you wish you still had from your youth. The results are amazing as it diminishes wrinkles and creases from your face — giving you a younger, more vital appearance.
As a person ages, various intrinsic factors such as genetics, hormones, and the metabolism, as well as extrinsic factors such as pollution, toxins, and too much light exposure, can influence our skin’s appearance. “These factors,” according to a 2012 study in the journal Dermato-endocrinology, “lead together to cumulative structural and physiological alterations and progressive changes in each skin layer as well as changes in skin appearance, especially, on the sun-exposed skin areas.” In other words, these intrinsic and extrinsic factors are the cause of facial aging. As “connective tissue becomes progressively damaged, it eventually becomes a stimulator of reduced fibroblast synthetic function. The result is a downward spiral that ends, if not checked, in the cosmetic and medical consequences that define aged skin,” noted James Varani of the University of Michigan Medical School in 2010 in the journal Drug Discovery Today: Therapeutic Strategies.
Collagen is an important protein in your body. Often described as the body’s scaffolding, collagen takes on many tasks throughout your body. According to Sculptra® aesthetic, “ one of the primary reasons for visible facial aging is loss of collagen, a fibrous protein in the deep dermis that gives structure to skin and supports the functions of elastin and hyaluronic acid (HA). Elastin is an elastic protein that maintains skin shape, while HA cushions and lubricates to keep the skin hydrated. More collagen enables the presence of more elastin and HA.” Unlike some popular injectables that use hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and plump up areas, Sculptra® Aesthetic uses poly-L-lactic acid. Why is this so exciting? Because this injectable actually works with your own body to restore lost collagen. Plus, it can last up to two years!
The production of collagen in your body gets slower and slower as you age. According to Sculptra® Aesthetic, “most people have 20% collagen loss” and face up to 30% collagen loss at age 50. If that isn’t depressing enough, “The overall collagen content per unit area of the skin surface is known to decline approximately 1%/year,” according to the 2012 overview of skin aging published in Dermato-endocrinology.
To help offset the signs of aging, Sculptra® Aesthetic actually “works with your body within the deep dermis, rather than topically, to help revitalize collagen production and help restore your skin’s inner structure and volume. As the Sculptra® Aesthetic PLLA (poly-L-lactic acid) microparticles are absorbed, they help stimulate collagen production. Rebuilt collagen strands begin gradually helping to restore facial volume and the look of fullness to wrinkles and folds.”
Are you looking to “address an underlying cause of facial aging, not just the symptoms?” Whether it is smile lines, marionette lines, or chin wrinkles, Refine MD would be happy to discuss Sculptra® Aesthetic with you. Call us today!