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.
You look in the mirror only to discover that the soft contours, firm skin, and youthful glow have been replaced by an aged, unflattering appearance. What happened? Actually, it is a combination of many factors. A few of the most notable 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.
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. 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 is FDA approved for nasolabial folds (those deep smile lines from the nose to mouth), marionettes (lines that frame the mouth), and chin wrinkles. It 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.
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.
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? Then call Dr. Vivian Bucay today for a straightforward consultation.