Sculptra vs. HA Fillers: Nashville’s Best-Kept Secret to Age-Defying Beauty

Published on
December 24, 2023
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Kristin Torres
Certified Nurse Practitioner

Collagen – there’s nothing our body (and skin) wants more. It’s the protein that’s quite literally holding us together (like the walls of your Nashville home) – making up more than 30% of the protein in the body and 70% of the protein in the skin. Without it, our skin would lose its tone, complexity, tightness, and youth. 

Unfortunately, collagen doesn’t last forever. Once you enter your 20s, collagen levels start declining at a rate of about 1% per year – in fact, it continues until your 40s, when collagen levels dip dramatically. Genetics, stress, poor dieting habits, smoking, and excessive UV exposure can speed this process up. 

So, how can we prevent and/or reverse this process? 

When collagen levels dip, our skin starts to show signs of aging – even if you’re still young and vibrant on the inside, a lack of collagen can rob you of that on the outside. Wrinkles, fine lines, dry skin, and sagging skin are common signs of collagen loss, but here are some of the best ways to prevent this catastrophe:

  • Get frequent deep facial massages – yes, really!
  • Add foods that are rich in sulfur, glycine, proline, and Vitamin C to your diet
  • Keep yourself hydrated by drinking about 13 cups of water per day
  • Avoid smoking and/or chewing tobacco products
  • Reduce the amount of stress and anxiety in your life
  • Maintain a regular skincare routine with hyaluronic acid products
  • Make an honest effort to protect your skin from the sun and outdoor elements

While these prevention methods are great for slowing down the rate of collagen loss, you might not be seeing the results you were expecting. Father Time will eventually catch up, but don’t panic – your friendly Music City med spa (The SKN Bar) has a variety of skincare treatments that can help you glow again.

Dermal Fillers: Adding Volume, Plumping the Skin

Dermal fillers, also known as injectable fillers and/or soft tissue fillers, are injected into the skin to add volume, reduce wrinkles, augment specific facial features, and restore a more youthful and vibrant you. They can be injected into the lip, cheek, chin, around the mouth, jawline, hand, neck, earlobe, and more.

There are several types of fillers that help stimulate collagen production, but two of them reign supreme: 

  • HA Fillers - these types of dermal fillers contain hyaluronic acid and primarily add volume to the face and lips.
  • PLLA Fillers - these types of dermal fillers contain polylactic acid and primarily boost the body’s natural production of collagen.

Most dermal fillers are considered temporary because they’re eventually absorbed into the body – they can also be dissolved, allowing you to customize your treatment over time as your expectations and goals change. Don’t worry – our skincare experts are committed to making sure you achieve your desired look.

HA Fillers: The Ultimate Volume Enhancer

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a substance found naturally in the body – mainly in the joints, eyes, and skin. It helps keep your skin moist and hydrated by attracting water, but that effect doesn’t last forever. Like elastin and collagen, hyaluronic acid levels tend to decline as we age – resulting in various skin changes.

Here are some of the incredible benefits of hyaluronic acid fillers

  • Reduces wrinkles, fine lines, and other facial lines
  • Adds volume and plumpness to the skin and lips
  • Minimally-invasive procedure with no downtime and limited recovery
  • Hydrates the skin by attracting and retaining water
  • Improves skin resilience and regenerates skin cells
  • Smoothens and tightens the skin for a more youthful appearance

HA fillers are some of the most popular fillers on the market today – and for good reason! Most patients can expect the procedure to take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour, and results to last anywhere from 6 to 12 months. Over time, the hyaluronic acid will break down, dissolve, and metabolize in your body. 

Sculptra: The Ultimate Collagen Experience

Sculptra is a type of dermal filler that doesn’t use hyaluronic acid – it, instead, uses polylactic acid. Where most dermal fillers simply add volume and plump up the skin, polylactic acid works a bit differently – it attacks the problem at its root by stimulating the body’s natural production of collagen for enhanced skin. 

Here are some of the incredible benefits of Sculptra: 

  • FDA-approved for use in the skin
  • Reduces fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging
  • Increases collagen levels in the skin and face
  • It provides a more natural and authentic look
  • Minimall-invasive surgery with no downtime and minimal recovery
  • Gradual changes that most people won’t notice right away

Like hyaluronic acid fillers, polylactic acid fillers are gaining interest in the anti-aging community. The procedure can last anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, but it might take a few weeks before you start to notice any real change in your appearance – and six weeks (or more) to see the full results of treatment.

Book an Appointment at The SKN Bar Today!

Is your skin starting to show signs of aging? Do you miss looking in the mirror and seeing a younger version of you? Are you ready to finally wave goodbye to all those wrinkles, fine lines, and other age-related skin changes? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of those questions, contact The SKN Bar!

We take pride in providing the Nashville community with best-in-class skincare treatments they can trust and rely on. Our team of Nashville skincare experts is excited to show you all the benefits of dermal fillers – including HA fillers and Sculptra. Book an appointment today to see which treatment is best for you!

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