One of the greatest indications of aging is the appearance of your skin. Supple skin is associated with youth because of its collagen reserves, something that gradually depletes as you get older. If you want to preserve and maintain your skin, facial rejuvenation using dermal fillers can help you replace lost volume and stimulate collagen production.
At DMA Aesthetics and Skincare in Spring, Texas, Debbie Awolowo, RN, ARNP, CRNA, MSN, and her team work to provide excellence in aesthetics and skin care. Dermal fillers like Sculptra® are just one tool we use to make you look and feel fantastic.
It’s generally understood that the skin is a deeply interconnected network of proteins, particularly collagen and elastin. Collagen makes up three quarters of your skin, providing volume and structure, shaping your face and body, while elastin provides spasticity.
Being the most abundant protein in your body, collagen production continues throughout your life, with cells replacing one another and reinforcing your changing body. However, as you begin to age and get older, you might notice that not all of these changes are welcome, and your body’s supply of collagen is beginning to run low.
As time passes and you begin to age, your body slows down in many ways. Your metabolism decreases, your muscles and joints stiffen, and a decrease in collagen levels causes your skin to wrinkle and crease.
All of these things are connected; as your metabolism slows, production of proteins like collagen begin to decrease. Collagen is vital to the health of connective tissue, muscle, and skin. Without a constant influx of fresh proteins, your body falls back on what you’ve stored away, leading to loss of volume.
By 45, an estimated 25% of your body’s collagen is depleted, and your face begins to show it first with hollows in the cheeks, creases around the mouth and nose, and skin that appears loose and sagging.
Unfortunately, getting additional collagen is harder than you might think. Taking supplements orally has been proven to have little effect on existing wrinkles, so a more targeted approach is necessary.
Dermal fillers refers to a group of injectables that aim to “fill in” wrinkles by replacing the collagen that has been lost. There are a few different types of fillers, but most work by reintroducing collagen or hyaluronic acid (HA) back into the skin. While these can supplement your body’s supply, they don't replenish it.
Sculptra uses poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a biocompatible substance commonly used to suture wounds, since it encourages the area to heal itself. As a dermal filler, it works similarly to stimulate the production of collagen.
Where other dermal fillers have to be replaced regularly, PLLA continues working long after being injected, giving you more natural, long-term results. This makes Sculptra ideal for deep wrinkles that might be too difficult to maintain otherwise.
To learn more about dermal fillers and Sculptra specifically, schedule a consultation with the experts at DMA Aesthetics and Skincare today. Our team can address your concerns and help you find the right filler for you. To get in touch, call 281-715-9565 or book an appointment online.