No matter how careful you are about avoiding the sun and sticking to a good skin care routine, the signs of aging will inevitably begin to appear on your face. Smile lines, marionette lines, and wrinkles on your chin are common signs of skin aging, and they get worse over time as the level of collagen in your skin diminishes. Less collagen means that skin isn’t as firm or elastic as it used to be, so wrinkles deepen as skin slackens.

You have probably heard about injectables that are used to fight off these wrinkles, like Botox and dermal fillers. These products produce great results. Botox works on dynamic wrinkles by reducing the contraction of muscles under the skin that causes skin to crease, while dermal fillers plump up the skin in the crevices of static wrinkles, creating a smoother appearance. However, while these beauty treatments do provide satisfying results, they don’t target the underlying problem of collagen loss. For that, you need Sculptra. Sculptra targets collagen loss—a significant factor in age-related skin changes—so that you can get a more youthful complexion with natural-looking results.

What exactly is Sculptra?

Sculptra is not your average beauty treatment, and it is not just the latest fad in a long line of anti-aging therapies that are big on hype and low on results. Instead, it is an FDA-approved injectable that uses a biocompatible substance called PLLA, or poly-L-lactic acid. PLLA causes your body to ramp up collagen production. With more collagen, you’ll have fewer wrinkles and a complexion that looks more youthful overall, with smoother, firmer skin.

How does PLLA perform this miracle? When the Sculptra is injected into your skin, your body will absorb the PLLA. Because PLLA contains the nutrients the body needs to make collagen, production will increase and your skin will become more youthful.

Why should I get Sculptra instead of other injectables?

The truth is that you don’t have to choose. Other injectables can—and often, should—have a place in your anti-aging skin care routine. Adding Sculptra to your routine will enhance the overall results of your other treatments.

Sculptra doesn’t work instantly, like some other injectables. Instead, it takes about six months to start seeing results. During that time, PLLA is working in your body and increasing the production of collagen. As that happens, your skin will gradually begin to look younger and fresher, without a dramatic, obvious change overnight. In other words, people will notice you look more vibrant, but they won’t be able to pinpoint that you had anything done.

Other injectables, like Botox and dermal fillers, work quickly. You’ll get the enhancement associated with those treatments while your Sculptra is kicking in, and you may even be ready for a new round of injectables by the time your Sculptra results become more visible. When used together, all of these injectables can make your skin smoother, tauter, and healthier.

Does Sculptra hurt?

Pain is a central concern of patients considering any kind of injectable treatment. Sculptra does involve multiple injections on your face, and the medication is delivered to a deep dermal level. However, your physician can use a topical numbing cream to make the procedure more comfortable. Generally, patients find Sculptra very tolerable and in line with their experiences of other injectables. Of course, everyone has a different level of pain tolerance and feels things differently. If you are concerned about the discomfort level, talk to your physician, who can discuss other patients’ experiences and help you understand exactly what to expect. Fortunately, the procedure only takes a few minutes.

Can I get Sculptra on my lunch break?

Sculptra is a very fast treatment. The injections take a few minutes, and the additional time spent during your appointment will be dedicated to helping you understand what to expect and prepping your skin, including allowing the topical anesthetic to kick in, if you are using it. Many patients find it very convenient and easy to have Sculptra done during their lunch breaks.

After treatment, you may experience some redness around the injection site, as well as itchiness or tenderness. Some people also experience minor bruising and small lumps where the injections were performed. Your provider may recommend that you avoid makeup or strenuous activities for a few hours post-treatment, but you should be able to return to work without any obvious signs that you’ve had a cosmetic treatment.

How many times will I need to come back?

The question of how many treatments you need will be something you will discuss with your provider. However, most people tend to need three or four treatments in order to get their desired results.

The good news is that Sculptra is extremely long-lasting. Patients who have had it in the past state that the results are still satisfactory two years after treatment, and some enjoy their results for much longer. When you notice that the signs of aging are starting to creep back in, then you can have another round of treatments to maintain your youthful complexion.

Am I a good candidate for Sculptra?

Good candidates for Sculptra are people who are concerned about wrinkles that are concentrated in the bottom half of their faces. It is particularly good at treating wrinkles around the nose and mouth. People who are good Sculptra candidates are also those who are not looking for a fast fix to their problems and don’t mind waiting for the results to develop over time—or who are willing to get another injectable along with their Sculptra to treat their wrinkles temporarily while Sculptra is taking effect.

At Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care, our team is dedicated to helping you find the skin treatments that are best suited to meet your treatment goals. Could Sculptra be the answer for you? The best way to find out is to schedule a consultation. You can call our plastic surgery practice and skin care clinic in Tucson by calling (520) 323-7100 or click Schedule A Consultation below.

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2018 is over and 2019 has officially arrived. Along with resolutions to help you be and feel your best, you might also be seeking new ways to look your best. Luckily, you can say hello to a new you this year thanks to Ultherapy. This non-surgical treatment is designed to improve the appearance of sagging skin as well as fine lines and wrinkles, making it easy to look and feel younger and more confident in your appearance. Continue reading to learn more about Ultherapy and why it’s a great treatment option for 2019.

Sagging skin is so 2018.

We all know that a good skin care routine is important for keeping your skin looking and feeling as good as possible for as long as possible. But even the best skin care routines can’t turn back time or completely stop the aging process. As we get older, our skin stops producing as much collagen. This means that the skin loses elasticity, which can result in a looser and sagging appearance in the face and neck. Following a good skin care routine can help you keep your skin clean and moisturized, but it can’t stop the body from the natural process of decreasing collagen production. But that doesn’t mean you have to accept the signs of aging! Ultherapy is a non-surgical treatment that can help you reverse the signs of aging and regain a younger-looking appearance. With this cosmetic treatment, you’ll be able to leave sagging skin behind in 2018—where it belongs—and enjoy a more youthful and attractive appearance as you make 2019 your best year yet.

Ultherapy is the future of skin care.

There are many different surgical treatments that can help people regain a more youthful appearance, but these treatments aren’t the right choice for everyone. People who are interested in looking younger without getting surgery can enjoy the outstanding results offered by Ultherapy. This non-invasive treatment uses ultrasound energy to boost the body’s natural collagen production process, resulting in tightened skin that looks and feels younger. The treatment targets the foundational layer of the skin, which is what is typically treated during surgical procedures. Getting down to this layer stimulates collagen production, allowing the skin to make itself look younger and more attractive. Instead of relying on fillers or toxins, Ultherapy just gives the body a boost to do what it already does naturally! It is also the only non-invasive treatment cleared by the FDA to tighten and lift the skin around the brow, chin, and neck, while also improving the appearance of wrinkles on the chest. Ultherapy offers a fantastic way to modernize your skin care routine and keep your skin looking youthful as you get older.

Ultherapy is not like getting a facelift.

When some people hear that Ultherapy is designed to tighten the skin, they think it is the same as getting a facelift. A facelift is a surgical procedure that lifts and tightens sagging skin around the face while also removing excess fat. This procedure reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles, which typically results in a much younger-looking appearance. Ultherapy is also used to tighten the skin for a more youthful appearance, but it does not offer the same results that one might expect from a facelift. Ultherapy is a fantastic option for people who do not want to undergo surgery but still want to enjoy younger and fresher-looking skin. It can also be used to help maintain a more youthful appearance after cosmetic surgery.

Ultherapy treatment starts with a consultation.

Before you can get Ultherapy treatment, you’ll need to meet with a provider to discuss the procedure and your expectations. The practitioner you meet with will give you an overview of the treatment process and help you determine if you are a good candidate. You can also ask any questions you have and talk about what you expect to get out of the treatment. It is important to feel totally comfortable before, during, and after Ultherapy treatment, so make sure you ask any questions you have along the way and know what to expect from your results. It is also a good idea to ask for general suggestions regarding your skin care routine and if there are any changes you should make before or after your Ultherapy treatment.

Ultherapy treatment is relatively short but results are long-lasting.

Unlike other cosmetic options that require multiple treatments before results start to appear, Ultherapy only takes one treatment to provide amazing results. After a consultation to learn more about this treatment and discuss your expectations, you’ll be able to come back for your appointment. First, your skin will be cleansed and then the ultrasound gel will be applied. After this, a smooth applicator is placed against the skin. Ultherapy can take as little as 30 minutes for isolated treatments or up to 3 hours for full treatments. Some patients start seeing results right away, but it is also common for patients to see full results after 2 to 3 months. Numbing products and medication are commonly administered during Ultherapy treatment, so it’s important for you to have someone to drive you home once the treatment is over. Other than the drive home, you will be able to return to your regular activities right away, as there is no downtime involved with Ultherapy. This means you’ll be able to start helping your skin look and feel younger in a quick visit without taking too much time away from your busy schedule. Results typically last between 2 and 3 years. If you find yourself feeling unhappy with your skin’s appearance after that time, then you can schedule another appointment for Ultherapy treatment to give your body’s collagen production another boost.

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If you’re ready to say hello to younger-looking skin in 2019, you can contact Perfection Plastic Surgery and Skin Care at (520) 323-7100 to schedule a consultation. Our Tucson cosmetic services include Ultherapy treatment and many other non-surgical options to help you look and feel your best, any time of year! Contact us today to get started.

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As we age, our skin goes through a lot of changes. It transforms from a healthy glowing phase to sagged lifeless one before we know it. Aging is a natural process that can be delayed through healthy lifestyle and balanced diet but cannot be completely prevented. Also, unhealthy, stressful and sedentary lifestyle can quicken this process and make people look older. Facial skin is the most obvious one to give out age as fine lines and wrinkles start to appear in the early thirties and progress into deep wrinkles within no time. It is just not wrinkles but a loss of facial fat and decrease in collagen makes facial skin to droop.

Thanks to plastic/cosmetic surgery, a branch of modern medicine for coming up with improved rhytidectomy procedure popularly known as facelift procedure helping in sustaining youthful looks for few more years.

What is Facelift?

Facelift by definition means removal of wrinkles through invasive or noninvasive cosmetic surgery or procedure to give a rejuvenated look and feel to the facial skin including the neck. It is a surgical procedure to remove or tuck excess skin and redrape it carefully.

What Are the types of Facelift Procedures Available?

There are different types of facelift Tucson procedures (from minimal to deep invasive ones) available and people can choose the one that is most suitable for them.

Mid Facelift:

As the name suggests, facial skin in the middle of the face especially skins around cheeks is surgically altered without touching any other parts. This is the most commonly performed surgery as it helps in maintaining younger looking facial skin for long period of time.

Skin-only Facelift:

In this facelift Tucson procedure, only skin is surgically operated without making any changes to underlying muscles and nerves. Comparatively this is a safe invasive cosmetic surgery; however, lasts only for short period of time.

Full Facelift:

As part of this procedure, both midface and neck skin is lifted to get a uniform look. This is usually suggested for people with more prominent sagged skin on face and neck.

Miscellaneous/add-on/complementing Procedures:

There are few add-on procedures that people could opt in combination with the above-mentioned face lift surgery that helps in giving more natural looking and long lasting results. Dermal fillers are nothing but soft tissue injected into the skin to fill lost subcutaneous fat. Fat transfers is another procedure, where fat from different parts of the face is uniformly distributed to across the face.

Now that there are cosmetic procedures in place to address aging effects on facial skin, it is crucial to find the most capable and experienced plastic surgeons to get positive and long lasting results with minimal to no side effects at all. They will help in giving a more natural looking facelift. With facelift Tucson surgical procedures, one can experience freedom from wrinkles, fine lines, and drooping skin and maintain younger looking self for long period of time.

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