What happens as we age?
Young skin is smooth and elastic and contains a large amount of collagen that helps the skin look healthy whilst natural pockets of fat around the face 'plump' lines and furrows. As we grow older, the ability of the skin to produce collagen decreases and fat losses occur around the face, leaving the face looking aged and wrinkled.
Facial wasting is one symptom of a syndrome called lipoatrophy, which describes the loss of the soft layer of fat that sits just beneath the skin (subcutaneous fat). Fat losses are most noticeable in the cheeks and temple area of the face.
Choosing the right practitioner
There are many respected practitioners who perform facial rejuvenation using non-surgical techniques. Here are some clues which make the choice of the right practitioner easier. There are many practitioners performing injectable treatments who are fully trained in the procedure.
Check that the practitioner has had medically and specialist training. The practitioner must be medically qualified, e.g. a doctor, registered nurse, dentist or surgeon, depending on local legislation. Ideally he or she should have had specialist training in dermal filler techniques.
Reputable practitioners will offer you a consultation prior to your treatment to discuss your requirements and expectations, your medical history, details of the treatment and the injectable substance, clinical studies, possible side effects, forms of anaesthesia and so on.
Watch out for treatment parties. Treatment under the influence of alcohol and/or peer pressure is not recommended. It is also important that the surroundings are hygienic and comfortable for you.
The consultation should tell you whether your expectations of the treatment are realistic. How long the effect will last, how much the treatment is going to cost and so on. Ask to see before and after photographs.
During consultation, you should also discuss the aftercare you may need. Ask whether written material is provided about what you can expect after treatment and about what you can and cannot do. It is good professional practice to be offered a post-treatment checklist and an emergency telephone number to call if needed.
Over time, your skin loses its full, firm, youthful appearance. This is the result of a natural ageing process: your skin is damaged, becomes thinner, loses its natural elasticity and fat is lost from the facial contours. As a result, hollows appear around the temples and cheek area. This reduction in skin volume can make your face look thin and narrow, possibly making you appear older than you are.
Fortunately, Sculptra™ may smooth lines and wrinkles and help your skin regain a firm and youthful appearance by restoring skin volume you may have naturally lost.
Sculptra™ is suitable for increasing the volume of depressed areas, particularly to correct skin depressions, such as in skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars and for skin ageing. Sculptra™ is also suitable for large volume corrections of the signs of facial fat loss.
Enhance your appearance with Sculptra™
With Sculptra™, you can restore facial contour and get rid of lines and wrinkles without surgery. Sculptra™ is a synthetic, injectable material that contains skin-smoothing microparticles to help lift and smooth sagging skin, severe wrinkles, creases, dark circles, and scars.
Poly-L-lactic acid, the main ingredient of Sculptra™, has been used successfully in surgical procedures for bioresorbable sutures, in bone plates and screws, and as a medium for medication, among others for more than 25 years. Sculptra™ has been specially developed to repair contour defects in the face. More than 150,000 patients have been treated worldwide since 1999. Sculptra™ is long lasting, biocompatible, and biodegradable.
Ask Ms Angelica Kavouni MD FRCS about Sculptra™
Sculptra™ is intended for patients who want to restore the contours of their face or compensate for gradual signs of ageing, such as loose, wrinkled skin, lines, and folds.
- Does your face show signs of ageing?
- Does your face show signs of sunken cheeks?
- Do you have deep lines between your nose and mouth?
- Do you have unwanted depressions around the corners of your mouth?
How Sculptra™ Works
Unlike surgical options, Sculptra™ can provide gradual, natural looking results with less traumatic treatment. Sculptra™ works in the lower layers of the skin to smooth and firm the treated areas of the face. The procedure will be performed in Ms Angelica Kavouni MD FRCS London cosmetic surgery clinic and can take as little as 30 minutes.
Ms Angelica Kavouni MD FRCS will inject Sculptra™ into the areas requiring treatment. The number of necessary injections depends on several factors, including your age, how deep your wrinkles are, and the type of treatment you desire. After your first treatment, your healthcare professional will determine whether or not you need subsequent treatments to obtain the desired results.
In contrast to some other treatments that require frequent refresher sessions, a clinical study has shown that the aesthetic improvements obtained with Sculptra™ have persisted for up to 2 years in many patients.
What to expect during treatment with Sculptra™?
There may be some discomfort with the procedure. The most common side effects with the use of Sculptra™ include injection related side effects at the site of injection, such as bleeding, tenderness or pain, redness, bruising, or swelling. These effects generally last, on average, 2 - 6 days.
After treatment, you should notice gradual results over the next several weeks.
Who performs treatment with Sculptra™?
Ms Angelica Kavouni MD FRCS London's leading cosmetic surgeon has been trained to use the correct procedure for Sculptra™ performs the treatment in her practice. She will clean your skin and then inject Sculptra™ in the areas of your face requiring treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
As with all injections you will feel some discomfort. It may be that you notice a brief burning sensation at the injection site. An ice pack applied after the treatment will help to calm your skin. If necessary, your healthcare professional can also give you a local anaesthetic.
What must I keep in mind after the treatment?
Ms Angelica Kavouni MD FRCS will give you special aftercare instructions. These include massaging the treated areas of your face in the first few days after the treatment. All you need is a few minutes twice a day. Inform your healthcare professional if any side effects occur, such as inflammation or small bumps in the treated area.
Are there any side effects?
The most common side effects with the use of Sculptra™ include injection related side effects at the site of injection such as bleeding, tenderness or pain, redness, bruising, or swelling. These effects generally resolve in 2 - 6 days.
One possible delayed side effect with Sculptra™ can be the formation of small bumps under the skin in the treated area. These small bumps may not be visible, and you may notice them only when you press on the treated skin. These bumps tend to form within the first 6 to 12 months after the first treatment. Occasionally, these bumps go away by themselves.
Visible bumps, sometimes with redness or colour change to the treated area, have also been reported. As with all procedures that involve an injection through the skin, there is a risk of infection. Report any side effects to your healthcare professional.
Are the results from Sculptra™ immediate?
No. At your first treatment visit, it may appear that Sculptra™ worked immediately because of the swelling from the injections and the water used to dilute Sculptra™. In a few days, when the swelling goes down and the water is absorbed by your body you may look as you did before your treatment. Sculptra™ takes time to work, results should be noticeable after approximately 6 weeks. Your healthcare professional will see you again in a few weeks to decide if you need more Sculptra™ injections.