If you’re looking for ways to improve aging skin, a Sculptra® Aesthetic treatment could be right for you. The production of collagen, a key structural component of smooth, healthy-looking skin, begins to decrease once we hit 20 years old. By age 40, most people experience a collagen loss of up to 20 percent. However, a youthful, natural look can be regained with Sculptra® Aesthetic. This procedure helps stimulate your skin’s own natural collagen production to help restore its inner structure. The result is that wrinkles are less noticeable, and hollowed cheeks or temples are recontoured to their former volume.
Sculptra® Aesthetic is a liquid biocompatible, biodegradable, synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid. This substance is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body and is commonly found in dissolvable stitches. During a Sculptra® Aesthetic procedure, the poly-L-lactic acid is injected deep into the skin to stimulate collagen production, which gradually restores facial volume. Most patients receive three treatments over a 6 to 9-month period to achieve their desired results. The body’s regeneration of collagen can take between 12 and 24 months, but the results of your procedure, more youthful-looking skin, can last up to two years.
What to Expect From Your Sculptra® Aesthetic Treatment
Sculptra® Aesthetic treatments involve injections into the skin with an ultrafine needle. A topical or local anesthetic is sometimes used to control any discomfort during the injections. If you are worried about pain management, simply communicate that to your practitioner prior to the treatment. Once the procedure is over, you can return to your normal activities almost immediately. Some patients may experience mild swelling, tenderness, redness, bruising or itching is felt at the injection site for up to one to two days. If this is unpleasant, applying ice to the site can help ease some of the discomfort. Whenever possible, keep out of the sun during the days following the treatment, as the injections may cause temporary photosensitivity.
Patients should expect to see results their treatment after around six weeks, but multiple sessions are typically required to yield the best results.
Only a qualified practitioner should administer a Sculptra® Aesthetic treatment. At Zel Skin & Laser Specialists, we don’t leave your treatments in the hands of undertrained staff, non-medical personnel, or contract providers. Only board-certified dermatologist Karl Vance, M.D. administers Sculptra® Aesthetic treatments. With the support of our full-time RNs and medical aestheticians, we ensure that our patients receive the best care possible for Sculptra® Aesthetic and all other treatments we offer.
If you’re curious about how this procedure can improve the look and feel of your aging skin, give us a call. This treatment, while simple, should only come from a licensed professional, and Zel is uniquely equipped to provide you that service. If you’re ready to explore your options, contact us to schedule a consultation today at our Edina or Plymouth locations.
*Results may vary per patient. Services vary by location.
*Results may vary per patient.
Brian brings a unique combination of medical science, clinical expertise, integrity and compassion to his patients. He provides the latest technology available in the field of dermatology but with a personalized touch for each patient. He is highly respected by his colleagues throughout the country for his expertise and sincerity.
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It is rare to find a dermatologist who is as knowledgeable about the many facets of clinical and cosmetic dermatology as Dr. Zelickson. Because of his knowledge and honesty, doctors worldwide know they can depend on his assessment of new therapies, procedures and medical devices. This, in turn, has made him a much sought–after speaker for the plethora of professional medical society meetings and engagements that we have throughout the year. I am honored to know Dr. Zelickson and consider him a friend to the profession.
Dr. Brian Zelickson was one of our initial Thermage investigators and helped us understand the mechanisms of non–invasive skin tightening. He is a renowned expert on how collagen can affect skin tightening and wrinkle reduction.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of this country’s leading laser experts. Not only is he unparalleled as a laser surgeon, it is not an exaggeration to state that his superb research helps determine the future of dermatologic laser surgery.
Dr. Zelickson is a highly regarded skin/light expert in our industry. When Candela looks for both medical and scientific advice for new laser applications, we often turn to him for his counsel. The input he provides us always starts with patient safety and satisfaction. We feel fortunate to be able to tap into Brian as an independent resource. The patients who are treated with Candela devices are often the beneficiaries of Brian’s input to us.
Most patients prefer seeing a doctor who is known for a particular specialty or procedure, but all patients want to see the doctor who invented the procedure or therapy. Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the most respected physicians in the field of cosmetic dermatology and aesthetic medicine. He has lectured around the world and is one of the most sought–after speakers for all major meetings in dermatology.
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We have felt honored to have Dr. Brian Zelickson, a world–renowned dermatologist who is distinguished as a high–quality care physician, serving as the investigator evaluating Syneron non–invasive skin tightening technology
I trained with Dr. Zelickson at Mayo Clinic, and I found him to be a very bright and creative dermatologist and scientist. Later, he was our best advisor when we set up our clinic in the Basque Country in Spain. I call him the ‘paparazzi of dermatology.’ His contribution to our speciality is probably among the best of this century.
Tuve la suerte de conocer al Dr. Brian Zelickson en Minneapolis hace muchos anos y desde entonces acudo regularmente a compartir sus conocimientos. Es un científico honrado, brillante, creativo e innovador. Nunca deja de sorprenderte agradablemente.
Dr. Zelickson is a very well–respected dermatologist, not only in the U.S., but also in Europe. He is famous for being the author of relevant dermatological studies published in many prestigious medical journals and for the improvements he’s made on minimally invasive cosmetic procedures that are being used by dermatologists all over the world.
Our view from Europe of Dr. Brian Zelickson is that he is one of the leading four or five U.S. laser dermatologists. His research contributions, his superb lectures and his expert knowledge of laser skin surgery make him a valued friend, colleague and guest.
Dr. Brian Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in cutaneous laser surgery. He has performed groundbreaking research over the past decade, advancing the field as well as expertly providing the most up–to–date laser treatments for his patients.
Brian Zelickson is a world–renowned laser expert who helps develop the lasers and treatment parameters used by the rest of the world. He is where others turn to learn the latest techniques in laser surgery. If you want the best treatment available, delivering the best results in the safest environment available, there is no need to look anywhere else.
I have met many laser experts in my 20 years of teaching, lecturing and running a busy practice. There is no one who I respect more than Brian. If I have a clinical question or research idea, Brian is one of the few individuals I call, as I know I can count on his intellect, integrity and common sense.
Dr. Zelickson is one of America’s most knowledgeable laser experts. He has done pioneering work with many of the laser and light–based technologies developed in the world over the last 10 years. He is a giant in the field.
Dr. Zelickson is one of the world’s leaders in the field of lasers for the treatment of the skin. His many years experience in treating thousands of patients with lasers and other medical devices makes him one of the most sought–after doctors in this field. Innovation and caring are his trademarks.