Could Lifestyle Effect Collagen Production Between Sculptra Treatments?

Some people are slow to produce collagen during sculptra treatments and some produce it quickly. Could lifestyle be a factor? Could it be that lots of stress, lack of sleep, starvation or poor quality food, smoking, taking certain drugs or doing excessive strenuous exercise cause the body to struggle to make collagen? Could it be that a healthy amount of sleep, relaxation, eating good quality food, not smoking or taking drugs could mean the body makes collogen more easily?

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Stop smoking to prolong longevity of fillers including Sculptra

It is well-known that nicotine in cigarette smoking accelerates rate of metabolism. It is imperative that one stops smoking so that the fillers injected may last a little longer. I have found among my Sculptra patients, smokers appear to have less collagen stimulation and volume replenishment compared to non-smokers. Similarly, fillers injected for smokers seem to not as long as the non-smokers.

Bay Area Dermatologic Surgeon
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Sculptra Treatments: The Effect of Lifestyle on Collagen Production

Anything and everything you can do to keep your body healthy would be important to achieve the best response from Sculptra injections to help produce more, healthy collagen. Sculptra is not a filler but a stimulator of your own collagen which then acts to create volume in a gradual, progressive, and predictable manner. Little to no result is usually seen after the first treatment. The final result takes many months to appear. Sculptra works by causing an immunologic response that results in a controlled "foreign-body" reaction. This causes the new collagen to form which is not apparent for several months and then slowly degrades over time. So a healthy lifestyle is very important to achieve a good result.


Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
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