Sculptra® Collagen Stimulator
La Jolla, California
Sculptra® Collagen Stimulator
Dr. Mani is a top Sculptra injector in San Diego County and is an official National Training Physician for Sculptra. A favorite among our patients, Sculptra creates a facial lift by causing your skin to produce more of its own collagen…The final results are YOUR skin, not a filler! Used in combination with the Ultherapy Lift for deep level lifting, these two nonsurgical procedures provide a unique synergistic action for unequaled results.
What is Sculptra and what is it for?
Approved by the FDA for facial volume deficiency and wrinkles, Sculptra is a unique, on-of-a-kind injectable product which stimulates natural collagen production. When prepared for injection, Sculptra is a bio-degradable highly diluted mixture of powdered poly-l-lactic acid – the same material as dissolvable sutures – and sterile water. Injected into the skin, the response by the body is collagen stimulation.
The final effect is a restoration of lost facial volume due to aging or a supplementation to genetic volume deficiency. The “side effect” is a reduction of facial wrinkles and folds. Effects are proven to last at minimum two years with most patients appreciating much longer improvements as the effects are actual collagen increases and not solely product, as is the case for most other filler products which typically last 6 to 9 months.
Will I see results right away?
No. You will see a response immediately but this is temporary and an effect of the product dilutant (sterile water). Because your own collagen growth takes time, you will see instead a gradual change in the appearance of your skin and facial contour. Most patients require 2 or 3 sessions, provided over a period of months, to reach the desired improvement levels. Friends and even family will be unaware that your are undergoing a “de-aging” process, just that you look more energetic and youthful.
Who can provide Sculptra?
Sculptra is the ONLY product of its kind and is only provided by a select group of qualified physicians – plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists and dermatologists. Dr. Mani has been trained by noted International Sculptra master trainer Rebecca Fitzgerald, M.D.
“Other physicians (dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons and aestheticians) have commented on how skilled Dr. Mani is at injecting Sculptra. They’ve all noted her impressive ability to achieve a natural and well balanced result.” -Marina, Topix Pharmaceuticals
Sculptra is ideal for:
- Heavy nasolabial folds
- Sunken or hollow areas of the cheek
- Facial Gauntness
- Depressed Temple Areas
- Under-eye hollowing (specialized)
- Generalized mild to moderate sagging
How Aging of the Face Occurs
Facial aging is often seen beginning even in younger years as the collagen supply in the body slows down. Our bodies have a natural cycle of collagen synthesis and collagen breakdown. As the production cycle slows, the breakdown cycle does not. This is one of the primary reasons women even as young as those of you in your 30’s begin to see yourselves as looking tired and less energetic.
As age advances, collagen production slows even more – except now the body begins to experience bone loss along with that collagen slow down.
This triple combination loss of support tissue – bone, muscle and collagen – translates into visible volume loss, sagging and sometimes a profound loss of facial balance. Stanford University Study Bone Loss Effect on Appearance
It is easy to guess age of a relatively healthy person simply by viewing the shape of the face. In women, the evidence of aging is in the rectangular heavy shape of the lower face and the loss of the cheek projection. Also, in many, a temple depression accentuates the heaviness and shape change with more attention brought to the lower face – with the attendant jowling, loss of chin definition and loss of proportion.
Bone support decreases with an increase in the distance between the end of the nose and the top of the lip. The lengthier the upper lip area, the more aged the look. Sculptra volume restoration through collagen stimulation is the only product that can be used in all the areas to provide an overall “lift” effect and youthful restoration of volume and proportion. Although we cannot restore inevitable bone loss, the effects can be visually reversed with selective location volume restoration.
“Just wanted to say hi and let you know that my Sculptra is really evolving very nicely. I just took professional pictures and am quite happy with my natural, more youthful look! Give my best to Wendy and the girls! See you in a few months. ‘
The Sculptra Post Injection “5”
Following your injection, you will receive an instruction card from Dr. Mani indicating the areas where your Sculptra was injected. You will massage each area 5 times a day for 5 days. This massage technique will ensure the smooth distribution of the Sculptra product within your skin so your results are the very best they can be.
Sculptra has been used cosmetically outside the U.S. since 1999 and is a very popular procedure in Europe and Canada. In 2004 Sculptra was FDA approved for use in volume restoration from fat loss (facial lipoatrophy) for HIV patients. In July of 2009, the FDA approved Sculptra for the cosmetic indications of volume deficiency and facial wrinkles.