Today, the vast majority of people who seek facial rejuvenation express an interest in non-surgical modalities. Perhaps the most popular of them all include the various dermal filler products that are available at this time. Injectables serve the purpose of reducing wrinkles. Some do so by relaxing muscles that pull on the skin. Some do so by increasing volume in the deeper tissue beneath creases. Some, like Sculptra, work in a completely different manner. Here, we provide details about Sculptra and another popular product, Juvéderm, to help you see how they compare.
We see many people for Juvéderm treatments. This family of products is one of the most well-known fillers of our time. Juvéderm products correct the signs of aging by adding volume. Volume comes in the way of water. This is possible because Juvéderm is made of hyaluronic acid. The body naturally makes this substance but in smaller and smaller amounts. By adding hyaluronic acid beneath the skin, Juvéderm draws water molecules into the area. These molecules are trapped in place by the hyaluronic acid particles and gradually decrease over the months. Common uses of this filler include undereye bags, creases between the nose and mouth, nose reshaping, and lip or cheek enhancement.
Like Juvéderm, Sculptra is also an injectable product. It is not intended to achieve the same results as its counterparts, though. The idea behind Sculptra, made with poly-L-lactic acid, is to stimulate cells in the dermis to naturally make more collagen. We know collagen as the protein that builds strong hair and nails. It is also an essential foundation for firm, supple skin. Early in adulthood, production slows nearly to a stop, which is why the face changes shape so profoundly over time. The poly-L-lactic acid in Sculptra creates a reaction to bring more collagen where needed.
Both Juvéderm and Sculptra achieve excellent results. However, one does so more quickly. When we administer Juvéderm, we see improvements develop in real-time. Patients leave our office looking and feeling fantastic. When we administer Sculptra, it is with the understanding that results will build gradually over a series of injections. It’s like aging backward. Some people want those immediate results and others like the idea of a subtle rejuvenation. Juvéderm results can last anywhere from a few months to 2 years. Studies have shown that Sculptra results last at least two years.
There is no perfect filler that can address every sign of aging. That’s why it’s nice to have options. To explore the options available in our Austin office, call (512) 450-1077.