How Long Do Sculptra Results Last?

Do Sculptra results look better or last longer compared to laser treatments? My main concern are sagging skin and jowls.

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Sculptra is an injectable filler, the results of which normally last about 2-3 years

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Sculptra is not a treatment that would normally be used in a similar fashion as laser treatments. These two treatments have different goals. Sculptra is an injectable filler which is placed into the deeper areas of the skin or soft tissues to help create volume or skin thickening. Sometimes, this can help smooth out some of the surface lines, but the main effect is for a restoration of volume. One thing to know in advance is that Sculptra does require multiple treatment sessions to achieve a full and complete effect and the cost of this should be discussed with your plastic surgeon beforehand. Most laser treatments are aimed at the surface of the skin, helping to alleviate finer lines and wrinkles. Laser treatments would not typically be used to treat jowls or saggy skin.

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Morristown Plastic Surgeon
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Sculptra may last up to 2 years

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After several treatments, usually done about six weeks apart, many patients have up to 2 years or more of  benefit.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
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Combinations work well

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These two treatments are not mutually exclusive and sometimes compliment each other very well. Sculptra, or PLLA, is an injectable agent that targets the loss of volume that occurs with aging. This includes thinning of the skin and loss of fat under the skin. By thickening the skin there is also some effect on skin laxity. Rejuvenating lasers generally target skin for tightening, as well as, thickening. It sounds as if you are experiencing the typical signs of aging, with both volume loss and skin loosening. A consultation with your board certified plastic surgeon should set you on the course for correcting these common aging issues. Good luck!

Sculptra lasts two years

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Sculptra is a fabulous alternative for women who want long term results.  Sculptra can be used for the cheeks or temples or other areas where facial volume is diminishing.  The effects can last as long as two years.  Please find a board certified dermatologist with a lot of experience in facial injections for the best results.

Sagging skin and jowls may be improved by either

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laser or sculptra...the sculptra lasts for about 2 years by stimulating the body's own fibroblasts to produce the process it fills and lifts...and that may be all that's needed when the principle problem is loss of volume under the surface of the skin...but if the problem is that there's too much skin then it can be tightened by "laser" therapy...and if both are issues (excess skin and loss of volume) then both treatments may be necessary...

Ken Landow, MD
Las Vegas Dermatologist

Sculptra Lasts up to Two Years or Longer

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Sculptra stimulates cells in your skin to produce collagen which thickens the skin giving it a firmer look, so it appears to sag less.  Strategic placement of the product can produce results that visually make the face look lifted and the jowls less noticeable.

Rebecca L. Euwer, MD
Dallas Dermatologic Surgeon

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