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How Sculptra® Differs from Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Jul 12, 2023
How Sculptra® Differs from Hyaluronic Acid Fillers
Deciding that you’re going to do something about those lines and other signs of aging is one thing. Then you have to decide what, exactly, is going to help you get the look you want. This post may be helpful.

Sometimes, you look in the mirror and feel surprised because the face looking back at you doesn’t look the way you expect it to. Between gravity, exposure to the sun, and the changes that happen in your body as you age, your face can change in dramatic ways. But you don’t’ have to just live with those changes. 

At Valencia Medical Center, our team of experts works with you to help you live agelessly. Our anti-aging aesthetics practice offers numerous services that keep you looking just the way you want. One of our most popular offerings is Sculptra®, an injection that works differently than others on the market. 

Numerous injectables, including Botox and other types of dermal fillers, are available. In this post, we compare how Sculptra and fillers containing hyaluronic acid work. 

Hyaluronic acid basics

Hyaluronic acid is enjoying a moment. Brands are touting that it’s in various hair care products, over-the-counter skin care products, and even in various preparations designed to be taken by mouth. One of the reasons that it’s so popular is that it’s a substance produced naturally by your body.

Many brands use hyaluronic acid as a component of injectables that are designed to reduce the appearance of acne scars, restore volume to cheeks, smooth crow’s feet and frown lines, as well as other similar uses. These injectables fill in space, giving you the appearance of smoother skin. 

Sculptra basics

Sculptra is an injectable that contains polylactic acid, which is a synthetic substance. Polylactic acid works differently compared to fillers because it stimulates your body to produce collagen. In other words, Sculptra doesn’t fill in space where you’ve lost volume, it stimulates your body to produce collagen which tightens and smooths your skin. 

Sculptra can be used to smooth laugh lines, plump thinning lips, and to treat nasolabial folds, which are sometimes called marionette lines. Sculptra can also be used to improve contours and create the impression of increased muscle mass, as well as to lessen the appearance of cellulite and reduce the appearance of sagginess or wrinkles on your chest, elbows, or knees. 

Advantages of Sculptra

Sculptra stimulates your body to produce its own filler — collagen. It also has more possible applications than other treatments since it can be used for contouring and enhance the look of muscle definition.

Because Sculptra improves how much collagen your body produces, its effects last longer than other kinds of fillers. You can generally expect Sculptra treatments to last for two or more years. 

It also provides a more natural appearance than many other fillers. It takes time for your body to produce collagen, which means that you can’t see the results immediately. In fact, you need several treatments, spaced several weeks apart. The results build gradually. 

Ready to learn more? 

One of the things you can count on at Valencia Medical Center is appropriate advice tailored to suit your specific needs and goals. When you come to us, we take the time to discuss your concerns, answer your questions, and help you understand what treatments are likely to help you reach your desired outcome. 

If you’d like to learn more about Sculptra, injectables, or our other anti-aging services, schedule an appointment today!