Sculptra,® A Natural Collagen Stimulator!
As we age, our face gradually looses collagen and fat. This plays a crucial role in the development of wrinkles, sagging, “crepey” skin and causes sunken areas in the temples, cheeks and the chin.
The solution has been the injection of dermal fillers such as Juvederm®, Restylane® or Radiesse®. These fillers are usually based on a key ingredient, Hyaluronic Acid (HA), which is directly injected into the problem areas to help plump them up. Sculptra®, however, is not only a filler per se; it works by stimulating the body to generate it’s own lost collagen.
Dermal fillers yield immediate results. Sculptra® takes a few months after treatment before the skin looks and feels thicker’ the hollows begin to fill-out and the wrinkles begin to disappear.
Most patients will need two or three treatments with Sculptra® to stimulate new collagen sufficient to achieve the desired facial contouring. Your age and the amount of fat that you have lost in your face are some determining factors of the number of treatments and the amount of product that you will need.
Which to use, Traditional Dermal Fillers or Sculptra®?
Dermal fillers are preferable if only a small amount of filler is needed or if the effect is required immediately. Sculptra® will be more appropriate for the treatment of larger areas or for the rejuvenation of the whole face and if gradual results are preferred.
Sculptra® is more costly than HA-based dermal fillers. Sculptra®’s effects however, will last significantly longer, at least two years or more. Touch-up treatments of just one syringe or so will be required periodically to compensate for your normal collagen loss in order to maintain the results.
Botox® Or Dysport,® Not Only For Facial Wrinkles!
Botulinum Toxin (BTX) in the forms of Botox®, Dysport® or Xeomin® is known primarily for smoothing frown lines or crows feet wrinkles on the face. But over the years and after a long record of successfully addressing cosmetic concerns, it has become more common to treat non-cosmetic neuromuscular-related conditions with Botulinum toxin, as well.
BTX has been approved by the FDA to treat several non-cosmetic ailments, including:
Cervical Dystonia – a condition that causes painful uncontrolled neck muscle spasms
Blepharospasm – abnormal eye twitching
Hyperhidrosis – severe sweating in areas such as the underarms or hands
Chronic Migraine Headaches
Urine Incontinence due to an overactive bladder
Strabismus – improperly aligned eyes, such as crossed eyes, eyes angled inward, upward, or downward
BTX has also been used extensively for ‘off-label’ treatments such as:
Bruxism – Jaw Clinching or Teeth Grinding
Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) Syndrome – inflammation of the joint in the mouth
Injection of Botulinum in these conditions can provide an effective, fast, inexpensive and safe relief of symptoms.
Jan. 1, 2015