Facial volume loss comes in many forms due to a spectrum of different reasons including weight loss, illness, aging, and genetic causes. Regardless of the cause, a face absent of fullness in certain key places is usually unattractive. When the volume loss is due to ill health, restoring fullness creates a healthier appearance. Or, for situations where the natural forces of aging shrinks the face in key areas like the cheeks, temples and around the mouth, refilling these deficient zones reverses the aging process and reclaims youthfulness.
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If any of the aforementioned reasons for facial volume loss is to be corrected, Sculptra® Aesthetic has unique and suitable qualities to accomplish this conveniently in an office setting. Over a series of injections, usually two to four set six weeks apart, portions of the face that have developed volume loss can be refilled. The improvements appear gradually as Sculptra® stimulates collagen synthesis – collagen is a natural-occurring substance in the body’s soft tissues which becomes depleted with aging or ill health. This newly-made collagen is significantly more durable than Restylane® or JUVÉDERM® (hyaluronic acids, or HA), which is the reason why Sculptra® results last for two years or more as compared to the 6-9 months that is expected for the HAs. The superior longevity for Sculptra® is perhaps its greatest
Sculptra® Case Study
Before: Sculptra® injected into the cheeks and infraorbital rims in 2 sessions.
After: Six month result after the first injection and four months after the second. Dramatic filling in the injected areas is particularly appreciated in the lateral views where the lower lids are canted forward and shortened due to the fuller cheeks.
If you examine these photos closely, you will note several things:
- The infraorbital rims, particularly laterally, become less defined with treatment. This can be seen in the frontal and right oblique photos.
- The height of the lower lids lessen as the cheeks rise. This is seen in the lateral views.
- The angle of the lower lids seen in the lateral images tilts forward as compared to the more vertical orientation of the lower lids pre-treatment.
Hover inside and outside of the image to superimpose the lateral views, and you will see #2 & #3 very quickly.
The Aging Face
Here is a set of computerized images that aptly display how the face typically changes from 25 to 55 years: