It is often said that the only constant in life is change, and that certainly holds true when speaking of our bodies. From the moment of birth our tissues, organs, and bodily structures are evolving. Early in life, this evolution focuses on growing, maturing, and strengthening. However, as the years pass the hands of time become less kind. The most noticeable evidence of aging is seen in the face, as hairlines recede, noses droop, and, of course, wrinkles develop.
What Is Sculptra?
Dr. Vivian Bucay has a powerful weapon to combat the attack of time and restore youthful facial contours – Sculptra Aesthetic. Its primary component is poly-L-lactic acid; a powdered form of the material used to make dissolving sutures. Sculptra is FDA approved for nasolabial folds (those deep smile lines from the nose to mouth), marionettes (lines that frame the mouth), and chin wrinkles.
Benefits Of Sculptra Facial Injectable
Sculptra is considered safe and effective for most patients. Sculptra works gradually, and patients achieve a more youthful, natural-looking appearance with noticeable results. Sculptra contains no human, bacterial or animal components. Allergy testing will not be necessary prior to treatment. Also, there is little-to-no downtime after receiving the injections. Most patients return to their normal activities immediately.
Candidates For Sculptra
If you look in the mirror only to discover that the soft contours, firm skin, and youthful glow have been replaced by an aged, unflattering appearance and wonder what happened? It’s actually a combination of many factors. If you have any of these factors you may be right for Sculptra. These factors include:
- Facial fat – We tend to think of fat as a bad thing, but that is not always the case. Just beneath the skin lies a layer of fat. In youth, it is distributed evenly, with the addition of some thick pockets that help contour the temples, forehead, cheeks, and lips. Over time, that layer becomes thinner, causing unsupported skin to sag. Simultaneously, pockets may form in new areas, such as the chin, enhancing the “baggy” appearance.
- Collagen – One of the essential components in skin is collagen. This fibrous protein provides structural support for the overlying skin, as well as a foundation for hyaluronic acid and elastin retention. Over time, the production of collagen naturally decreases. It may also be lost to environmental damage.
- Elastin – As the name implies, this protein has an elastic quality, helping skin remain firm and resilient. It naturally diminishes along with collagen.
- Hyaluronic acid – Another skin component that decreases over time, hyaluronic acid is important for keeping skin hydrated and plump, as it binds with water.
Sculptra Before And After
Sculptra Injection Process
Through a series of injection sessions (usually three over the course of several months), which take place discreetly at Dr. Bucay’s office, she artistically places the product for a natural effect.
Sculptra Vs. Dermal Fillers
Sculptra is also effective for filling hollowed temples and cheeks. Most dermal fillers do just that – they add immediate volume at the injection site. Sculptra is different, it is a biostiumlator. When injected into the skin, it stimulates the production of natural collagen, reinforcing the substructure of the skin and providing a foundation for youthful volume. In the months following treatment, the skin becomes firmer, wrinkles diminish, and contours fill in – almost as if the aging process were working in reverse. Therefore, Sculptra is ideal for the patient who wants an effective but subtle outcome that lasts up to two years.
Side Effects Of Sculptra
Possible side effects of Sculptra injections include:
- bruising and swelling.
- localized bleeding
Side effects usually fade within a few days.
Why Choose Dr. Bucay For Sculptra Injections
Dr. Bucay is a certified Sculptra Aesthetic trainer – the only one in San Antonio, Texas! As an experienced cosmetic dermatologist and a founding physician member of the Liquid Face Lift Association, Dr. Bucay uses Sculptra in combination with other non-surgical treatments for artistic rejuvenation. She has the breadth of knowledge to balance the attributes of skin tightening, fillers, neuromodulators, and resurfacing techniques with Sculptra’s gradual effect.
Schedule A Consultation
Are you one of the 75 percent of consumers who want a more youthful appearance with natural refinement that appears over time? Are ready to commit to several safe, well-tolerated treatment sessions? Do you want long-lasting results? Is the reassurance of an experienced, well-qualified dermatologist important to you? Call Dr. Vivian Bucay today at 210.692.3000 (La Casita) or 210.370.9995 (Sonterra) to schedule an appointment.