It is true that the neo collagenesis that occurs as a result of Sculptra injection will eventually succumb to the natural aging process of collagen degradation. Typically this takes place over a 2 year period.
Theoretically, new collagen is your collagen meaning the collagen you grow is yours to keep. The Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid) is a small particle which stimulates your body's fibroblasts (cells which make collagen) to make new collagen, thus leading to more volume. However, patients are still aging. So over time, volume loss may become apparent again.
Sculptra - new collagen and what happens over time?
Unfortunately, we all continue to age despite all of the new techniques we have to reduce the signs of aging. The advantage of Sculptra is that it causes us to make our own collagen which will degrade slowly over time as a part of the natural aging process. Other fillers, such as hyaluronic acid (Juvederm, Restylane) are broken down more quickly by an enzymatic process in our skin requiring more frequent treatments to maintain the same cosmetic result.
Sculptra is in a unique class of tissue fillers, called collagen stimulators. As the Sculptra breaks down in the tissues, it stimulates new collagen production, and the collagen is identical to you own. After the age of 30, your body produces enzymes called metalloproteinases. These enzymes are responsible for breaking down the collagen in your tissues which provides structure & support. Although the collagen stimulated by Sculptra adds much needed volume to the face, the...
The fate of the new collagen from Sculptra injections
Sculptra is a sugar molecule and is produced through corn dextrose fermentation. After Sculptra injection, an increase in volume due to new collagen formation is gradual, starting 3 months after the injection and achieving a maximum at approximately 5 to 6 months post injection. Sculptra is gradually degraded into water and carbon dioxide over approximately 9 to 24 months. Newly formed collagen remains and the cosmetic augmentation has been noted to last up to at least 24 months. The...
What happens to the new collagen that Sculptra creates?
Sculptra works differently than most other dermal fillers. Instead of the material in the syringe creating the aesthetic improvement, Sculptra induces new collagen production which leads to the volume enhancement. A very frequent question for patients is; what happens to this new collagen?
The answer is a bit complex. The body does not 'see' this new collagen as different than the collagen that existed prior to Sculptra treatment. What does change is...