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What is Micro-needling with Sculptra?

Microneedling, when combined with Sculptra, can offer a powerful duo for skin rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments. This combination works synergistically to enhance collagen production, improve skin texture, and provide a more youthful appearance. Let's break down the benefits and how these two treatments work together.

What Is Micro-Needling?

Micro-needling is an advanced form of dermal restructuring that uses tiny needles to create micro-injuries in the skin. These micro-injuries stimulate collagen production at the cellular level. This stimulates new cell growth during the healing process, resulting in smoother, more youthful-looking skin. It also helps reduce fine lines and improve the appearance of wrinkles by stimulating the formation of new collagen fibers. The results can visibly improve texture, tone, firmness and elasticity.

What Is Sculptra?

Sculptra, a facial injectable made from microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid, is FDA-approved for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial folds (i.e., smile lines), contour deficiencies, and other facial wrinkles. (

Why Combine Microneedling with Sculptra?

  1. Enhanced Collagen Production: Both treatments stimulate collagen production but in different ways. Microneedling does so by creating micro-injuries to the skin, triggering the body's healing process. Sculptra, on the other hand, works by being injected into the dermis, where it stimulates the body's collagen production over time. Together, they can significantly enhance the skin's firmness and elasticity.

  2. Comprehensive Rejuvenation: Microneedling improves the skin's texture and tone on the surface level, while Sculptra works from within to restore volume and structure by encouraging collagen production over several months. This layered approach addresses both superficial and deeper skin issues.

  3. Customizable Treatments: Both treatments can be adjusted to meet the specific needs of the patient. The depth and intensity of microneedling can be tailored, and the amount of Sculptra can be customized to target specific areas of concern, making the combination highly versatile.

  4. Long-lasting Results: While microneedling offers more immediate results in skin texture and tone, Sculptra provides gradual and long-lasting improvement in skin volume and firmness. Together, they can sustain and enhance the overall youthful appearance of the skin for a longer period.

  5. Minimal Downtime: Both procedures have relatively minimal downtime compared to more invasive cosmetic procedures. Patients can return to their regular activities fairly quickly, making this combination appealing for those seeking effective treatments without significant time away from work or social activities.

What To Expect

First, we’ll apply a topical numbing cream to the treatment area for 30-60 minutes. This will minimize any discomfort. We then cleanse off the numbing cream. We apply Sculptra and HA serum onto the skin as a topical serum before passing the micro-needling device over the treatment area. The micro-needling creates channels in the skin, stimulating collagen, and the Sculptra is driven into those channels.

Who Can Benefit?

This treatment is great for patients 18 to 85. It results in overall glowy, plumper skin over time, helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Since it helps with skin texture, this treatment has had great results for our patients with acne scars and volume loss. This treatment is not recommended for clients who have rosacea or active acne. Best results are achieved in 3 sessions or more.


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