How Can Sculptra Increase Collagen in Skin?

Smooth, wrinkle-free skin can make anyone look attractive and youthful. Fortunately, achieving glowing skin is easier than ever before. At Dundee Dermatology in West Dundee, Illinois we provide Sculptra treatments to people living in Elgin, South Elgin, West Dundee, Carpentersville, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Huntley, St Charles, and Geneva. Read on to learn how this wonderful injectable treatment can help you smooth your skin and reduce the appearance of your wrinkles.

How Can Sculptra Increase Collagen in Skin?

Sculptra is an injectable product that decreases the appearance of your wrinkles. This product works by improving the collagen levels in your target area.

The Importance of Collagen

Your collagen levels play a major role in the appearance of your skin. Collagen is a fibrous protein. This protein keeps your skin firm and strong. It also helps your skin stay hydrated.

The Effects of Age

When people are young, they naturally have abundant amounts of collagen. As people age, their collagen levels decrease. In fact, people lose about one percent of their collagen each year. At age forty-five, you may have lost up to one-quarter of your collagen. This change can cause you to develop wrinkles and fine lines.

A Unique Formula

This injectable treatment uses poly-L-lactic acid to increase your collagen levels. This acid is a biocompatible and biodegradable substance that your body will slowly absorb. This substance is used to make dissolvable stitches.

Improving Your Collagen

Once we inject this product in your target area, your body will absorb microparticles found in the product. This process will stimulate your body to produce more collagen. Increased collagen levels can restore lost volume to your skin and decrease the appearance of your wrinkles.

What Issues Can This Treatment Improve?

Improving your collagen production can decrease the prominence of your wrinkles. In particular, this treatment can address wrinkles between your nose and mouth. These wrinkles are commonly called smile lines. This product can also improve marionette lines around your mouth and wrinkles on your chin.

How Many Treatment Sessions Will I Receive?

Your treatment plan will be customized to fit your individual goals and preferences. That said, many people achieve the best results when they have multiple treatment sessions. For instance, many people receive three treatment sessions over several months.

When Will I See Positive Changes in My Skin?

This treatment is specifically formulated to provide people with long-lasting results that develop slowly. This means that you may not see positive changes in your skin immediately after your treatment session.

Achieving Lasting Results

Your skin takes time to increase its collagen production and renew itself. As you continue your treatment, you will gradually see improvements in your skin. Comparing “before” and “after” photographs of your target area is a good way to measure your progress. Once you achieve the full benefit of your treatments, you will have smoother, more youthful-looking skin.

What Will My Recovery Process Be Like?

This is a minimally invasive treatment that’s easy on your body. People generally have limited recovery time after they receive their injections.


You can improve your experience during this time by following all of our aftercare instructions. For instance, we may advise you to apply cold compresses to your treatment area as your skin renews itself. We will also ask not to touch the treated area or expose it to heat after your appointment. Further, you should not engage in strenuous exercise for twenty-four hours after your treatment session.

How Long Will My Results Last?

If you’re looking for a treatment with long-lasting results, you’re in luck. This product’s results may last much longer than the effects of many other injectable treatments. In fact, in a study, 80% of patients said that their results were excellent or good twenty-five months after they received their treatments. That said, your individual results will vary. During your initial consultation, we can provide you with more information about how long your results will last.

What Are the Differences Between This Treatment and Botox?

Although both of these treatments can reduce your wrinkles, they work in different ways and provide different results. In particular, Botox improves your wrinkles by disrupting the communication between your muscles and your nerves. In contrast, Sculptra enhances your skin by stimulating your body’s collagen production.

Each of these treatments has unique benefits. For instance, Botox can quickly improve people’s frown lines. Sculptra can provide people with lasting improvements in their smile lines, marionette lines, and chin wrinkles.

Who Can Receive This Treatment?

This injectable treatment is suitable for a wide variety of people. Healthy adults who want to improve their wrinkles and achieve a more youthful look are often excellent candidates for this treatment. That said, this treatment is not suitable for everyone. For instance, you should not use this treatment if you are allergic to any ingredients in the product. People who have a history of hypertrophic scarring or keloid formation also should not use this treatment.

Making a Choice

During your initial consultation, we will examine your skin. We’ll discuss your health, medical history, and any injectable treatments that you’ve used before. We will use this information to decide whether this treatment is right for you.

Schedule a Consultation

You can rejuvenate your skin in an easy, minimally invasive way with Sculptra. To learn more about this fantastic injectable treatment, contact us at Dundee Dermatology in West Dundee, Illinois for an initial consultation today.