By: Dr. Kate Holcomb and Dr. Mara Haseltine, Pure Dermatology
Beautiful, healthy skin is a journey. But with age, skin has a harder time keeping up: collagen production diminishes, patients complain of dull skin, and your skin doesn’t have the same resiliency or fullness. Our bodies start losing collagen around the age of 20, generally making about 1% less per year. Collagen loss varies from person to person and certain things can speed up the loss of collagen such as smoking and excessive sun tanning. By age 45, one may face up to 25% of facial collagen loss!
Fortunately, we have two secret weapons in our skincare arsenal: Sculptra + Radiofrequency microneedling (aka) Secret RF!
What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is an FDA approved non-surgical treatment that activates your skin’s ability to increase collagen production for a natural, more youthful appearance. First approved in 1999 in Europe, Sculptra is currently available in more than 40 countries globally.
Sculptra is made of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a substance that naturally stimulates your body to produce more collagen.. Through a series of in-office treatments over a few months, Sculptra restores the support and volume of youthful looking skin by rebuilding and reinforcing your skin’s structural foundation.
You will see gradual, natural looking results that last. Sculptra is that lasts up to two yethe only biostimulatory filler to show results two years after injection!
While Hyaluronic acid fillers correct the signs of aging, Sculptra specifically addresses an underlying cause itself: lost collagen.
- At month 3, Sculptra patients saw a 66.5% increase in Type 1 collagen
- 100% of patients still showed improvement at the appearance of wrinkles 2 years after their last treatment
- 94% of patients agreed that their result looked good at two years
Sculptra may not make you look ten years younger, but most peopl who undergo Sculptra treatment say “I look better…but I still look like myself.” Sculptra is one of the most natural, beautiful injectable fillers available!
If you start getting injected with Sculptra at age 50 or 60, you will need more Scuptra injected than if you start in your early 30’s. We have a general rule of thumb that you will likely need one vial of Scultpra per decade of life (e.g. if you get Sculptra when you are 50, you will need 6 vials). If you are in your early 30s, and noticing that your skin is losing some of its elasticity and want a natural “prejuvenation”, you may only need 1 vial. Because Sculptra grows collagen, you also get the added bonus of a beautiful “Sculptra Glow”.
What is Secret RF?
Secret RF is a method by which a radio frequency (RF) microneedling system is used to address the common signs of aging. RF microneedling aids in skin revitalization and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, surgical scars, acne scars, and stretch marks (striae) from the inside out by stimulating the body to regenerate collagen.
Secret RF is an energy-based device that combines traditional microneedling with radio frequency or heat. Traditional microneedling works by introducing controlled tiny injuries to the skin. The body’s response to this controlled micro-injury is to produce new collagen! The RF component of the Secret RF is emitted from the tips of the needles and is able to stimulate the body to produce more collagen and tightening.
One of the greatest benefits of Secret RF, is the ability to treat the whole body and all skin colors and skin types. Aging is not only evident on the skin of the face, but Secret RF also treats the neck, arms and abdomen.
Secret RF offers the ability to customize each treatment to patients’ individual skin concern and lifestyle, since every patient is unique. Adjustable needle lengths allow for different levels of penetration and intensity and the treatments can be performed on all skin types, all year round.
Whether you are looking to reduce fine lines and wrinkles due to aging or reduce acne scarring, Secret RF can help a wide variety of people from many different walks of life feel like they belong in their own skin again.
What happens when you combine these two treatments?
Synergy!! Sculptra grows collagen through the biostimulatory effect of PLLA and Secret RF grows collagen through a different mechanism of controlled injury to the skin. Using both of these tools seems to work better than if you just added the modalities together.
And for the month of March we are offering a FREE Secret RF with purchase of Sculptra. A $675 value!