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Annapolis area patients who are seeking anti-aging solutions can visit Dr. Cheryl Burgess to learn about injectables that can help in reducing the depth and appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, our team provides area residents with a myriad of ways to fight the signs of aging. Whether it’s with skin rejuvenation treatments, microdermabrasion or injectables, patients can find a solution that fits their needs and their budget in our state-of-the-art practice.
For patients interested in a gradual improvement with long-lasting results, Sculptra is often the solution of choice. Sculptra is an injectable that is used for mild to moderate nasolabial folds and other facial wrinkles, which stimulate collagen growth. Collagen is lost as we age which is how the skin becomes lax and forms fine lines and wrinkles. When collagen is boosted, patients begin to experience supple, firmer skin that looks and feels more youthful.
Sculptra works differently from dermal fillers. Most dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid, which attracts water to add volume directly to where the substance is injected. Sculptra is made from a synthetic substance called poly-L-lactic acid, which has been used for decades in common medical treatments such as dissolvable stitches.
A few side effects may occur with Sculptra injections but typically do not last long, including redness in the injection area, pain and tenderness and mild swelling. Some patients may also notice minor bruising and itching but this is often minor and short-lived.
Sculptra is done several times over several months in order to obtain maximum benefits. Patients may schedule approximately four injections spaced weeks or months apart to stimulate the production of collagen gradually, which in turn, will reduce the depth of the fine lines and wrinkles. Patients can enjoy the benefits of Sculptra for several years, versus months with other therapies.
Dr. Burgess is a board certified dermatologist who practices in the areas of Annapolis and Washington and is ready to help patients battle the signs of aging with non-invasive therapies. Contact the Center for Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery today to schedule your initial consultation visit.