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As we age, it is not just wrinkles and fine lines that affect the appearance of our faces, it is also a loss of volume. Our bodies stop naturally producing collagen at around age 30. Sculptra injections address that volume loss in the lower cheek area. Dr. Lichten has found that Sculptra is effective in filling out lost volume in the cheeks, or the “hollowed-out” appearance that comes from aging or weight loss.
Unlike Juvéderm XC and Restylane, Sculptra does not give instant results. Instead, Sculptra works with your body’s natural chemistry to develop collagen over time, creating a natural fullness. Sculptra is made from poly-l-lactic acid, and is injected into the deep dermis layer of the skin. The general protocol for Sculptra is a series of 2-3 injections a month apart. Once completed, the results will typically last for about 2 years.
It is worth noting that the official website for Sculptra states that “Sculptra has unique injection requirements and should only be used by a trained physician.” Dr. Lichten has long said that “Just because you are getting a minimally invasive procedure doesn’t mean you want a minimally trained physician.” This is more true than ever with Sculptra because of the finesse and technique that these injections require.