How Does Sculptra® Differ from Other Fillers?

May 04, 2023
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You want to breathe a little life into your aging skin, and you're exploring how dermal fillers can get the job done. Not all fillers work the same way, so we’re taking a closer look at one of our favorites — Sculptra®.

It used to be that dialing back the years in your face meant undergoing painful and invasive face-lift surgery. Thanks to dermal fillers, we can breathe new life into aging skin in mere minutes with only a few injections.

To give you an idea of how popular this approach to aging has become, 3.4 million people got soft tissue filler procedures in the United States in 2020 alone.

At Juno Aesthetics, board-certified ophthalmologist, surgeon, and aesthetic specialist Dr. Julia Giyaur and our team pride ourselves on offering our clients the most effective products and services on the market for achieving their cosmetic goals. As part of our extensive suite of cosmetic injectables, we offer Sculptra®, which is a dermal filler with a twist.

Let’s take a look.

What dermal fillers accomplish

Before we get to the amazing benefits of Sculptra, let’s quickly review how dermal fillers, as a whole, have changed the way we approach aging.

As you age, your body gradually produces less collagen, the protein responsible for the tone and structure of your skin. This leads to sagging skin, wrinkles and deep folds, and a general volume loss.

As their name implies, dermal fillers are injections that add volume to a specific area, allowing us to:

  • Fill in deep folds and wrinkles
  • Restore volume
  • Lift sagging skin
  • Plump up lips

These quick-and-easy injections deliver immediate results, allowing people to dial back the years in just minutes without any downtime.

What sets Sculptra apart

Most dermal fillers rely on hyaluronic acid (HA) to add volume, a naturally occurring substance already found in your body. When we inject the HA, it retains moisture and adds volume to your target areas. Over time, however, your body naturally breaks down the HA, usually in four months to a year, at which point you can return for another round of injections.

Unless you opted for Sculptra.

Instead of HA, Sculptra contains poly-L-lactic acid, a gel-like substance that acts as a collagen stimulator. As your body absorbs the poly-L-lactic acid microparticles and produces new collagen, your skin regains volume and support from the inside.

Since your skin has naturally renewed support and volume, your results with Sculptra last far longer than HA-based fillers — two years or more.

Unlike HA fillers, your results from Sculptra take a little time as your skin rebuilds from below, but most of our clients notice improvements within a few months. And these results are very natural looking since they are, well, natural.

As for where Sculptra works best, the FDA approves it to replace lost collagen and improve key areas, such as your nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and wrinkles around your chin.

If you'd like to explore how Sculptra can recapture a more youthful look, we invite you to contact one of our New York City offices in Midtown Manhattan or Brooklyn to set up an appointment.