Dr Ayham Al-Ayoubi of the London Medical & Aesthetic Clinic believes that wonder product Sculptra really does provide a non-surgical facelift and here he explains how.
Our preoccupation with the body beautiful means that we are increasingly body conscious and determined to stay fit and healthy for longer but while losing weight can be good for our waistband and it isn't so good for our face.
The pattern to losing weight is that you first lose it from your face, then your breasts and lastly the buttocks but when you put it back in the very last place you put it back on is your face that lost plumpness can age you quicker than anything else. I’m not advocating that you should start eating junk food but people with plumper faces tend to have fewer lines generally than thinner people.
This is compounded by the collagen levels in our skin depleting as we age. It is collagen that gives that glow and soft plumpness we associate with youth. From about the age forty, collagen goes into sharp decline.
I perceive that there are three routes of treatment to tackle the signs of ageing in the face.
Invasive facial surgery
This is actually contrandicate for those who've lost a lot of fat or collagen as facelifts will actually make the problem worse. Incisions are made either in front or behind the ear and then the skin is drawn back so you're actually losing tissue in the area where it needs more -the mid face. Facelifts are reaIIy great for people who have excessive skin droopiness due to gravity.
Mainly based on hyaluronic acid, dermal fillers give instant results, are very safe and improve the area you're treating in predictable ways.
But the disadvantages are that they only last for six to nine month maximum and they only improve the area that they are injected in - they don’t have any effect on the rest of the face.
Scupltra is an injection with a difference; it is based on Iactic acid which is a natural product found in our muscles. When you exercise you produce lactic acid which produces inflammation - this inflammation is the body's way of telling you to slow down. When it is injected in the face this inflammation has been found to stimulate your production of collagen.
It is suitable for use all over the face except the forehead or upper lip. The technique is totally different to fillers which are injected superficially into the area you 're treating - the depth depends on the fold being filled - whereas Sculptra is injected very deeply undemeath the dermis into the facial muscles.
It also differs from dermal fillers because there are no instant results - in the first day or two after the treatment there is a plumping effect due to the fluid which has been injected but this dissolves over the next two or three days. This is when Sculptra starts to work.
The magic of Sculptra
Sculptra falls in the class of a stimulatory product that creates its effect through encouraging neocollagenesis when injected. It differs from traditional static fillers such as hyaluronic acid and collagen, because as a stimulatory product it causes the growth of fibrous tissue or collagen within the body, which then results in volume restoration gradually.
Both the natural method of volume restoration and the persistence of results of up to five years mean that this product is taking the cosmetic clinic to a different level because you can offer the patient such an advanced treatment with, long-lasting results in a safe environment.
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