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Why do dermal filler enthusiasts look for Sculptra® providers?

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If you’ve had dermal fillers before, you’re probably well aware of hyaluronic acid (HA). HA fillers are popular because they give fast, volumizing results and aren’t permanent. That’s right: their impermanence is part of what makes them popular.

But, if you’re a seasoned dermal filler patient, you’ll eventually learn about other types of fillers – the ones that work differently and last longer than HA.

One of the more popular alternative dermal fillers is Sculptra®. In fact, people specifically seek Sculptra® filler providers. But why? Isn’t a dermal filler just a dermal filler?

Not quite. In this article we’ll explain why people love and look for Sculptra® dermal filler in Vancouver.

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What is Sculptra® dermal filler?

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Sculptra® is a dermal filler made of a substance called poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA). This is the same material that some sutures are made of (at least since 1999). In fact, thread lifting sutures can also be made of PLLA.

Beyond aesthetics, PLLA is used in many medical applications, including implants.

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Sculptra® is biocompatible with our bodies

PLLA is a biodegradable, biocompatible and biostimulant ingredient. The “bio” in these words means that it is generally safe for us humans. It is derived from lactic acid, which is naturally found in our bodies (though, it is still a synthetic material). Our bodies can absorb PLLA as it degrades over time.

Sculptra® is Health Canada and FDA approved as a facial volumizer.

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Sculptra® boosts collagen production in the skin

As mentioned above, Sculptra® is a biostimulant. The term “biostimulant” means that it can kick-start our body’s natural mechanisms. In this context, the body begins forming its own collagen around the PLLA microparticles in Sculptra® filler.

The PLLA microparticles also form a ‘scaffold’ beneath the top layers of skin. This helps the collagen build upon it.

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Sculptra® filler adds volume to the face

Sculptra before and after 12 weeks from first injection - showing eye circles lifted and brightened - available in Vancouver Surrey

People can seek dermal filler for a variety of reasons. But essentially, all dermal fillers aim to add volume to an area of the skin. By adding volume, fillers can smooth wrinkles and contour the face.

Re-volumizing the face is important as we age. This is because aged skin loses much of its natural volume that once came from collagen, elastin, fat, muscle and bone.

Like other fillers, Sculptra® can replenish volume in the dermal layers. But, it does so in a way that is different from hyaluronic acid fillers.

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Sculptra® filler gives natural looking results over time

Sculptra before and after 27 weeks from first injection - showing eye circles lifted and rejuvenated - available in Vancouver Surrey

Sculptra® doesn’t show ‘big’ results right away. That’s because PLLA filler largely depends on the body’s own collagen production to do its ‘magic.’

Sculptra® patients are patient! They’re willing to wait a few months to see gradual improvements in their skin’s volume. It’s worth it when they know the results are from their own body producing its own collagen. This way, the changes look natural and subtle. And, no one can tell that they’ve had a procedure.

Best results from Sculptra® show at about four to six months, based on a series of three treatment sessions.

This method of inducing collagen production in our skin is far more effective than applying peptides topically. Though, no aesthetic procedure should replace a daily skin care routine!

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Sculptra® is a long-lasting filler

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PLLA is designed to break down slowly after it is injected into the dermal layers (in the extracellular matrix). Because of its resistance to dissolve quickly, results from PLLA fillers can last up to two years.

By comparison, the longest-lasting HA filler is known to last about 12 to 18 months.

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Sculptra® can be combined with other medical aesthetic procedures

If you get Sculptra® dermal filler, this won’t exclude you from undergoing other medical aesthetic procedures.

In fact, the best way to achieve the look you want often comes with a mixed-mode approach. Coming up with a treatment plan that includes multiple tools and technologies is usually ideal.

During a dermal filler consultation, be sure to ask your doctor or nurse about how Sculptra® can be combined with other procedures to get enhanced results.

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Sculptra® has high satisfaction rates

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Studies show people are very happy with their Sculptra® results. At 6 months, 90% of patients were satisfied with their appearance. At 1 year, 82% continued to be pleased, and at two years, 77% were still happy. However, 100% of patients saw wrinkle reduction for up to two years.

On RealSelf, Sculptra® has a 79% ‘Worth It’ rating (as of the time of writing).

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Sculptra® is versatile: it can be used in many applications, including a butt lift

Sculptra® is a filler that can be used on various areas of the body. In fact, Sculptra® is popular for its ability to add volume to the butt and hips. The procedure is lovingly known as the ‘Sculptra® butt lift.’

Learn more about non-surgical butt lifts here.

Sculptra® can also be used for a non-surgical nose job.

For acne sufferers, Sculptra® can be used to lift and flatten indented acne scars.

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Sculptra® works on deep folds and wrinkles

Sculptra before and after 12 months from first injection - showing eye circles and smile lines lifted - available in Vancouver Surrey

When it comes to anti-aging treatments, Sculptra® is particularly great for deep folds in the skin, such as nasolabial folds, marionette lines or smile lines. This is because it works in deeper dermal layers to thicken and strengthen the skin. As a result, the skin has more to ‘hang on’ to, and gravity has less of an effect on it.

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Sculptra® includes lidocaine for pain relief

Like other dermal fillers on the market today, Sculptra® includes lidocaine as an anaesthetic. This helps reduce the pain you may feel during injections.

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Sculptra® in minimally-invasive and comes with few side effects

Of course, as a dermal filler, Sculptra® is injected via needles or cannulas. This makes it non-surgical and only minimally invasive. As a result, there are few side effects when using it. Patients can go back to their normal activities right away.

The most common complications arising from Sculptra® injections are redness, swelling and bruising at the injection site. These side effects go away on their own, usually within a week.

Rarer side effects are nodules (i.e. bumps) that form under the skin where Sculptra® was injected. However, this is an issue known to be more common from improper technique. It is important to choose a qualified, experienced provider when seeking a Sculptra® injector.

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The value in Sculptra® speaks for itself!

As we’ve seen above, there are plenty of reasons why dermal filler enthusiasts look for Sculptra® providers, especially in Vancouver. The product is biocompatible with our bodies, while also lasting longer than hyaluronic acid fillers. The results look natural because the PLLA in Sculptra® stimulates our body’s natural collagen production. This also means the results are gradual, which ‘hides’ the fact that anything was injected.

Sculptra® is also versatile and used for many reasons, including for wrinkle reduction, butt lifting, nose shaping and reducing acne scars. It is well tolerated due to the lidocaine included in its formula. And, it has few side effects, provided an injector is using proper technique when using it.

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Are you looking for Sculptra® in Vancouver? Our doctor has years of experience injecting this filler. Contact us for more information!

CALL / TEXT 604 580 2464

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