Sculptra is a stimulatory injectable filler composed of poly-L-lactic acid. It is biocompatible, meaning it is not harmful to the surrounding living tissue. It works by way of neocollagenesis, or stimulation of the body to produce its own collagen at the site of injection. Neocollagenesis triggers the targeted area to firm, tighten, lift and smooth the overlying skin. This is beneficial in areas of depressed skin caused by facial lipoatrophy (fat loss). This includes skin creases, wrinkles, folds, scars, and overall aging.
The injection itself is biodegradable and is absorbed by the body within one week. It is the response it creates that leads to the volume increase. The poly-L-lactic acid causes a localized inflammatory reaction, causing fibroblasts to infiltrate the area, encapsulating the injected implant with thin-walled collagen. The poly-L-lactic acid, itself, degrades into lactic acid leaving behind residual crystals. Over time, the crystals lead to collagen production causing the formation of fibrous connective tissue around the implant (fibroplasia) and thus a gradual thickening of the dermis.
This differs from other injectable fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, which cannot stimulate fibroblasts but instead stretches the existing collagen fibers through displacement of the area, leading to a short-term fix. Though the volume increase in Sculptra may take anywhere from three to six months to develop, the results persist upwards of two years. For this reason, Sculptra should be considered one of the first options for cosmetic rejuvenation.
Elizabeth Sippey PA-Resident
Essentials Medispa & Salon
It is not infrequently that I hear the comment, “I’m not vain’ or “I want to grow old gracefully,” or “at my age, what does it matter? What is implied in all these comments? Is there a commonality amongst them? Should we not care about how our faces decline as they age? Don’t we have a choice besides watching our looks transform and do nothing, of course, we do! Science and medicine have improved our lives in so many ways, this is just another way of remaining well.
First, instead of answering these questions directly, I might ask a woman patient about the beautiful clothing they were wearing, or maybe I would compliment them on their hairstyle or how perfectly polished their nails are. With a man maybe comment on the level of fitness, head of hair or his nice watch. My question is, are these measures vain? Is it a character flaw, wanting to present oneself in the best light? Is it “not okay” to wear nice clothes or to pamper ourselves?
Folks will spend hours and hours at the gym reshaping their bodies, buy great gym clothes and the best supplements. Hire top trainers and fitness and diet coaches. They spend thousands of dollars on lotions and potions and over the counter anti-aging “medicines” and herbs. Runners buy shoes and pedometers and join health clubs. The quest for the beautiful body of our dreams seems to be widely accepted without question. So, why is the advanced, safe and proven treatments in medical aesthetics somehow vain?
Well, the fact is that self-improvement and investing in medical aesthetics has been found to build self-esteem and confidence. Medical aesthetics has proven to be reliable, safe and much more affordable than ever. Some studies show that an attractive face, scores higher on attraction models than those of the body, especially as we age.
There is nothing else that can halt the progression of the aging face. No cream can counteract the effect of facial volume loss. Rhytids (wrinkles) are inevitable unless the muscles are relaxed, long term Retin-A or skin resurfacing device is used. The advancement of this specialty over the last decade has been amazing. The melding of long-term corrections for the aging face and regenerative medicine holds great promise. We are living longer, and it is just logical that we want to look as good as we feel. No one says “I have a migraine but I want to tolerate it gracefully, we take the Excedrin”!
I recall a patient explicitly saying, “I have earned every wrinkle on my 60-year-old face.” I say, “That may be true, but what about the grey hair on your head”? (as blonde highlighted auburn locks shine, ( from afternoon re-coloring), the twinkle in my eyes evident to her, she laughs out loud!
I rest my case.
Best of health,
Brian Whaley ARNP-BC
Essentials Medispa strives to be a destination for wellness in Viera Florida. Brian Whaley ARNP -BC has brought his expertise in Regenerative medicine to our community with the latest safest, and most useful stem cells therapies from FDA approved sources. Today we discuss aging, and the role stem cells play in aging.
Frailty as a consequence of aging is a significant health concern. Today rather than being an inevitable outcome in the elderly, frailty has been pre-supposed as a medical condition. Frailty is defined as a clinical syndrome with three or more of the following criteria: Unintended weight loss, self-reported exhaustion, weakness, slow walking speed, low physical activity and loss of muscle mass.
One cause for frailty is the decrease in the number and robustness of these cells, each person has a finite number. Like a bank account we withdraw as we need, and as in real life some are born rich, and some are born poor. In this regard, you may know someone who is 80 and looks 60 or maybe even vise versa. The lifestyle and endowment both impact our longevity and youthfulness.
The fountain of youth seems to already be in us, but we use it up or by hard lifestyles overuse them, in any case, once the degeneration vs. regeneration ratio is inverse we spiral into frailty unless supplemented or rehabilitated. The aging stem cells we carry slow down as well, they do not divide quickly and are merely aging along with us. Once nearly depleted the only choice is a fresh supply. It is posited that most over 50 are on the way to frailty. The MSCs we obtain here at Essentials Medispa are of the highest quality, youngest and most potent available.
In the placenta the new MSCs will divide every 24 hours, by age 35 division is every 48 hours and at 65 years every 60 hours division. That equates to a 30 day tally of 1 billion, 32,000 or 200 cells available respectively to each age. It is clear that these “Baby” stem cells are far far superior. This new supply is abundant in the secretion of trophic factors and demonstrated an effect on anti-inflammatory processes.
Current studies at The University of Miami has shown that patients treated with MSCs are able to return to more independent lifestyles and activities of daily living. In the younger frailty group increase in muscle mass and strength was demonstrated and overall feeling of wellbeing, with renewed interest in social activities, exercise, and increased libido.
The use in athletes for recovery has also made strides in this approach to healing, but that will be in the next installment. I am Brian Whaley, and I am available for a free consultation here at Essentials Medispa located here in Viera Florida.
Best of health,
Brian Whaley, ARNP-BC
They say aging is inevitable, but no one says it has to be noticeable. Every day we live ages us, but how can we slow down the effects on our bodies? Social media shows retouched images of supermodels and photos which use filters to defy the natural consequences of aging. Mainstream media promotes expensive procedures that are not available to the average American. Isn’t there something that can be done that is affordable and available to all?
The simple answer is “yes a healthy lifestyle can slow aging, but stopping the progression will require professional intervention.”
Does Water Improve the Appearance of Aging Skin?
The skin is about 30 percent water, but there is little evidence indicating that drinking more water every day (such as 8 to 10 glasses) will flush toxins from the skin and generate a “glowing complexion,” as is widely touted in the beauty industry. Adequate skin hydration won’t prevent wrinkles or other signs of aging related to genetics, but it will assist in keeping skin supple and reduce dryness. (1)
Can Supplementation Slow Down the Effects of Aging?
Free radicals are the leading culprit in accelerating the appearance of aging. Dermatologist say “The best prevention strategy against the harmful action of free radicals is a well-regulated lifestyle, with low-stress conditions and a balanced nutritional diet, including anti-oxidative rich food.” (2) The standard American diet often falls short in supplying the vitamins and minerals our bodies need to combat free radicals effectively. Supplements to consider in your fight for a youthful appearance are Vitamins C, D, E as well as Carotenoids which are derivates of Vitamin A. Polyphenols, Coenzyme Q10 (known as CoQ10), Essential fatty acids, some proteins, and lactobacilli have also been referred to as “agents capable of promoting skin health and beauty.” (2)
How Does Poor Sleep Accelerate Premature Skin Aging?
“Our study is the first to conclusively demonstrate that inadequate sleep is correlated with reduced skin health and accelerates skin aging. Sleep deprived women show signs of premature skin aging and a decrease in their skin’s ability to recover after sun exposure,” says Dr. Elma Baron. (3) Research shows poor sleep manifests itself through fine lines, uneven pigmentation and reduced skin elasticity. Studies also show that those who enjoyed quality sleep were more quick to recover from stressors to the skin such as sun and environmental toxins. “This research shows for the first time, that poor sleep quality can accelerate signs of skin aging and weaken the skin’s ability to repair itself at night,” said Dr. Daniel Yarosh. (3)
Can Facials Help Diminish Aging?
Yes, facials can make a big difference in skin tone and appearance. The licensed staff at Essentials Medispa & Salon can “renew and invigorate your skin by providing deep cleansing and delivering essential nutrients to thirsty skin cells.” Regular facial treatments condition, restore moisture, and increase elasticity to leave you with a healthy, supple, radiant glow.
What About Using Injectables and Dermal Fillers?
Injectables and dermal fillers are incredibly useful in addressing many issues of aging skin. Whether it’s fine lines and wrinkles, sagging skin or thin, brittle skin, dermal fillers can make a significant difference. Essentials Medispa & Salon is a state-of-the-art cosmetic center that offers multiple fillers that address many signs and issues of aging.
What Other Options Are Offered at Essentials Medispa & Salon?
Although you can make an impact on your skin with healthy living, to indeed reverse the effects of aging, you will need professional help. Essentials Medispa & Salon offers dermabrasion, chemical peels, micro needling and more to address signs of aging. The best option to knowing how to improve your appearance is to schedule a consultation with a licensed skin care specialist at Essentials Medispa & Salon in Melbourne. We provide excellence in skin care treatments for our patients in Orlando and neighboring areas in Central Florida.
(1) – Sinatra, S. Why Water is Key for Anti-Aging. Retrieved from https://heartmdinstitute.com/health-and-wellness/water-important-anti-aging/
(2) – (2012 July 1). Discovering a Link Between Nutrition and Skin Aging. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583891/
(3) – Emling, S. (2013, July 24). Sleep Deprivation Linked to Aging Skin, Study Suggests. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/sleep-deprivation-effects-aging-skin_n_3644269.html