As we get older, our body slows down its production of collagen, a crucial protein in our skin that gives it elasticity and firmness. Collagen is what keeps our skin tight and youthful, and it’s what supports the structure of our skin, allowing it to hold firm and strong instead of buckling into wrinkles and deep creases.
Sculptra, one of the most innovative injectables in the industry, is making a name for itself as an injectable that specifically restores the collagen in our skin. Using its advanced formula, Sculptra reaches into the deep layers of our skin to regrow and rebuild our collagen stores. By addressing the deeper layers of skin, Sculptra can revitalize the outer layers of the skin and restore its youthful volume, fullness, and glow. Research shows 1% of collagen per year after age 20 is lost in the body. Sculptra may be the right product to help restore lost collagen while improving the look of wrinkles and folds.
Sculptra’s formula is poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a chemical that helps stimulate the production of collagen. As the PLLA is naturally and safely absorbed by the body, it targets the strands of collagen in our skin and stimulates an increase in production.
Sculptra’s results are gradual and completely natural; rather than merely filling in missing volume like a typical injectable (such as Restylane or Juvederm), Sculptra will strengthen and rebuild your skin from the inside out. Over time, your skin will lift and firm itself for a subtle, naturally youthful look. Even as an injectable, Sculptra has outstanding results that rival more involved procedures like facial fat transfer, with results lasting for at least two years at a time. Most injectables will last 12-18 months, whereas Sculptra has proven to still show improvements and patient satisfaction even at 24 months!
If you are looking to enhance your cheeks, define your jawline, smooth your décolletage, diminish cellulite, sculpt hips or even lift and contour your buttocks with a non-surgical approach for a Brazilian Butt Lift, then Sculptra may be the perfect option for you. Drs. Burt and Will have treated many patients throughout the Chicagoland area with Sculptra and look forward to discussing it with you at your consultation.
The Sculptra Procedure
The Sculptra injection session is an in-office treatment that usually takes 20-30 minutes. Drs. Burt & Will, highly specialized injectors, administer the treatment, placing each injection carefully for maximum effectiveness. They use topical numbing prior to injection to help with any discomfort and the product is pre-mixed with numbing medication as well. Most patients require two to three sessions spaced out six to eight weeks apart to achieve the ideal results. The number of treatments are best determined during the consultation process.
Recovering from Sculptra
Since Sculptra is a nonsurgical injectable, there’s no downtime or recovery required. It is recommended that patients massage the treatment area for five days at the different injections sites to minimize swelling and keep the product looking smooth which will be taught to each patient after the treatment. Some patients experience some residual swelling after their treatment, but it is only temporary and should go away quickly. Some results are seen immediately, whereas long term improvement is seen over several months.
The Non-Surgical Brazilian Butt Lift Procedure
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures have become an extremely effective way to achieve a wide range of aesthetic goals, including an improved buttocks appearance. Sculptra is a FDA-approved dermal filler that stimulates collagen growth in the skin. Using Sculptra for a Brazilian butt lift, also known as a Sculptra Butt Lift, allows you to enhance contours, adding fullness and volume to a butt that has a flat appearance.
Dr. Burt will assess and mark the treatment region with you in a standing position. To improve comfort, a topical anesthetic will be used prior to the Sculptra injections. You will be standing up for a portion of the injections and the lying on your stomach. Once all of the Sculptra is placed in the treatment region, the area will be massaged for a few minutes.
Each treatment is performed in-office and can generally be completed in less than an hour. Most patients typically need two to four treatment sessions to achieve their desired results, with each treatment spaced in four to six week intervals. As this procedure is non-invasive there is minimal to no downtime and you can anticipate returning to your everyday routine as usual.
Recovering from a Non-Surgical Brazilian Butt Lift
An initial volume increase will be seen following the procedure which is caused by the sterile water used to suspend the Sculptra particles for injection. Your body will naturally absorb this water during the first day or so following your procedure. Dr. Burt will also ask you to massage the treated area following your procedure to ensure the Sculptra particles distribute evenly through your buttocks. This will help deliver a fuller, more contoured appearance.
Your results will appear gradually, so remember to be patient during this process. The overall shape of your buttocks will continue improving with each of your treatment sessions in the following months. Once your results are achieved, they will be long-lasting! Sculptra can provide improved volume for two to three years.