Effective Sculptra treatment areas for New Orleans patientsBy Dr. Mary Lupo
New Orleans area patients often ask Dr. Mary Lupo about the treatment areas in which Sculptra can be used. Sculptra is not suggested for areas around the eyes or in the lips, but is commonly used for jowls, sunken temples and cheeks.
Sculptra works differently from traditional dermal fillers. Juvéderm and other dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which is a polysaccharide that attracts water. This adds immediate volume to the lines and wrinkles injected. Instead, Sculptra is made of a material known as poly-L-lactic acid. This materials helps by restoring lost collagen and can be naturally absorbed into the body. In fact, poly-L-lactic acid has been used for years in dissolvable stitches. This material is proven safe and effective when injected into the skin to add volume and stimulate collagen, which is why it has been cleared as a cosmetic enhancement by the FDA.
Dr. Mary Lupo works with her patients to determine which injectable is best for their needs. Patients can schedule a consultation at the Lupo Center for Aesthetic and General Dermatology to find out if Sculptra is the best way to address the lines, wrinkles, and volume loss caused by aging. In some instances, patients may benefit instead from hyaluronic acid dermal fillers, which provide instant results and can be reinjected to maintain the youthful appearance achieved. However, Sculptra is known for lasting much longer with fewer injections due to the stimulation of collagen.