Are the results of the sculptra liquid facelift comparable to plastic surgery facelifts? How so?
How Long Do the Effects of Sculptra Liquid Facelift Last?
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Liquid facelift and Sculptra
Sculptra liquid facelift
Sculptra liquid facelift stimulates your own collagen so it has longevity. The results from Sculptra can last 2-3 years. Sculptra however does not prevent the continued aging process that continues to break down collagen. If you maintain a healthy skin regimen, often including a retinol, and be very cautious about sun exposure, Sculptra will last longer. Sun exposure causes development of collagenase, which breaks down the natural collagen in your skin and causes wrinkles. It will also break down the collagen produced by the Sculptra. Facelifts last longer, but also do not prevent the aging changes. Most patients who want to maintain good results, do Sculptra or other fillers to enhance the appearance of a facelift and make it look natural. Most patients would not repeat a facelift for 10 years.
How Long Does Sculptra Last for a Liquid Facelift?
Sculptra is FDA approved to last over 25 months as long as you have done three treatments spaced 4-6 weeks apart. It is different from a traditional facelift in that it is creating the volume that we lose as we age. A traditional facelift is separating the skin from the underlying muscle and reattaching it higher but not creating volume.
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Sculptra Liquid Facelift
In the clinical trials, the results from Sculptra were noted up to 2 years after the last treatment. It is difficult to compare surgical facelift results to volume enhancing results, as they address different things, but if volume loss is is contributing to the majority of ones skin laxity, one may not even need a facelift.
Liquid Facelift Should Not Be Compared to Surgical
Thank you for your question. The liquid facelift is an effective combination of fillers and botox, dysport or xeomin to rejuvenate the face in a temporary but nonsurgical way. It works beautifully for patients with volume loss associated with aging but minimal skin laxity. The lifting effect of the fillers cannot be compared to a surgical facelift or non-surgical lifting procedure such as ultherapy. They do not do the same thing. It is difficult to comment on whether you are a good candidate or not without photos. Seek consultation from a board certified plastic surgeon prior to proceeding with your procedure. You want to be treated by someone who has all options available and will give you the advice you need rather than what you want to hear. Best wishes!
Sculptra Liquid facelift
Although I am not a fan of the term "Liquid Facelift", I do agree with the other doctors who replied that the effects of Sculptra last 2-4 years. It is stimulate collagen and add to facial volume which can be most rejuvenating for most people.
Sculptra works differently - lasts longer
Sculptra is not a volumizer as such, but rather a stimulator for the body's own tissue to produce its own volume.
As such, it is slower to reach its maximum benefit. Once there it stays a minimum of two years before very slowly starting to diminish.. Small finessing touch ups could occur around 3 to 4 years
Duration of the effects of Sculptra on correcting facial wrinkles and folds
Sculptra is the only injectable facial agent that works by stimulating the skin to grow thicker. I have found that if your skin is actively turning over bceause you are on an effective skin care plan, the results last at least 2 years and typically 3-4 years. The real advantage of Sculptra is that if injected properly and in the correct areas of the face, it can temporarily reverse the signs of aging over time. Because it is not a filler the result develops over 3-6 months.
Sculptra is a Leading Contender for Liquid Facelifts
Sculptra addresses the volume loss from some of the most profound causes of aging = loss of facial fat and osteoporosis of the facial bones. Although Sculptra does not replace the fat or bone, it does stimulate new collagen to restore volume to the face. The new collagen is created entirely by you own body, and persists for up to 2 years.
I am a trainer for Sculptra and teach other physicians. I show them pictures of my patients who have a very stable correction at one year after their last treatment. My program is to use Sculptra once per month until the correction is complete; then I see every patient once a year thereafter to "touch-up" the Sculptra for maintenance. After all, they are a year older and have lost more volume with aging during that time.
My goal is to keep peoples' correction suspended over time with a comprehensive maintenance program. If you combine Sculptra with laser skin resurfacing and good skin care, the overall look is a natural rejuvenation.
The "liquid facelift" is very different than a surgical lift and not as durable
We use the "liquid lift" all the time. It is different than a true Facelift.
- Not well suited to the older face that has a lot of excess skin
- Well suited to the younger face that is beginning to show signs of aging
- Has little or no downtime.
- Less expensive than a true full Facelift, but is sometimes as costly as a "mini lift" depending on the amount of product used.
- Usually requires multiple products in order to achieve a great result.
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