Dr. Gregory Mesna offers Sculptra® at our Minneapolis clinic, giving you the chance to enjoy the anti-aging benefits of a facelift using a series of safe, painless injections. Sculptra® is made of poly-L-lactic acid, a biocompatible material that has been proven effective in a variety of medical treatments over the last several decades. These injections actually stimulate the body’s own production of collagen, which in turn decreases wrinkles and increases the skin’s elasticity for a firmer, more youthful appearance. Sculptra® can be used to target the deep creases around the mouth and nose (nasolabial folds), as well as fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and chin. Schedule your consultation to learn more about Sculptra® today.
The Science Behind Sculptra®
Collagen is an important amino acid that the body naturally produces in large quantities. Made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, collagen holds tissues together, making the skin stronger, suppler, and more resilient. However, with age your body will begin to produce less collagen, and your skin may become looser, drier, and more easily damaged. Fine lines, deep wrinkles, and loose skin are largely the result of diminished collagen.
Dr. Mesna typically administers Sculptra® over a series of three injections, spaced several months apart. These injections target the deep dermis, the underlying layer of the skin where more noticeable wrinkles are located. Within a few days of the injection, the poly-L-lactic acid begins to affect the treated tissue, stimulating the production of collagen. Gradually, the skin’s volume increases, and wrinkles around the mouth and nose begin to fill in.
The Procedure and Results
Before undergoing treatment, Dr. Mesna will conduct a thorough examination and evaluation. You will discuss your cosmetic goals and expectations for the procedure, and the doctor will take your medical history. He will also explain our alternate injectable skin treatments that are available, and help you decide if Sculptra® is the right option for you.
The injections take just a few minutes to administer, and Dr. Mesna will give you an anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The number and location of the injections depend entirely on your skin type and your aesthetic goals. Following the injections, Dr. Mesna will gently massage your face for a more even distribution of the product. Sculptra® treatment requires no downtime, and side effects are minimal. You may experience some minor swelling, bruising, or skin irritation, but these symptoms should dissipate quickly, often within a few hours of treatment. For the best results, you should massage your face a few times a day following your injections.
After your first injection, you may see an immediate difference in your appearance. However, this will diminish after several days. Sculptra® is an ongoing treatment, and for lasting results, you will need to finish the entire series of injections. After completing the full course of treatment, results can last up to two years.
Choosing the Best Treatment Option
At Mesna Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of skin rejuvenation options, and the method you choose depends entirely on the results you hope to achieve. Sculptra® is a collagen stimulator, so unlike Restylane®, RADIESSE®, and Juvederm®, which are dermal fillers, the results will not be immediate. Instead, many of our patients prefer the more gradual and longer-lasting effects made possible by using Sculptra®. Treatment is designed to target the nasolabial folds and other wrinkles around the mouth, so if you are concerned with frown lines or wrinkles around the eyes, you may be a better candidate for Restylane® or Dysport®.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re ready to do something about the signs of aging, email Mesna Plastic Surgery today so our informed, friendly administrative staff can book your initial appointment with Dr. Mesna. With his extreme precision and commitment to personalized service, he can enhance your natural beauty and help you feel great about your appearance.