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For many individuals, the worst part of getting older is their change in appearance. Most people enjoy the positive aspects of getting older, which include becoming wiser, having improved relationships with others, enjoying a better financial situation and even the benefits that eventually come from retirement. However, when a person's appearance begins to change and they can see all of the normal signs of aging, they can feel depressed and unhappy with their appearance. Cosmetic procedures have allowed individuals to enjoy the positive aspects of getting older and maintain a youthful appearance. Most of these cosmetic procedures are not designed to give a person who is in their fifties the face of a 20-year-old. However, they are designed to help a person look their best at their age. Sculptra® Aesthetic is an injectable that has been approved by the FDA. Its purpose is to replace lost collagen in the skin. The loss of collagen in the skin is one of the main reasons why a person looks older. When a person receives Sculptra® Aesthetic injections, they can enjoy the results for up to two years. Many individuals may argue that they do not need an injectable since they can simply use some kind of face cream that contains collagen. However, it is important to realize that injectables that contain collagen are much more effective than skin creams that contain collagen. For one thing, when a person buys an over-the-counter cream that contains collagen or other substances that are beneficial for the skin, they are very limited. They can only penetrate so deep into the skin. And most over-the-counter products do not contain enough of the active ingredient to make much of a difference. Other people may say that they can just take a dietary supplement that contains collagen. At this moment, the results that this type of treatment produces are inconclusive. The reason why they are inconclusive is that when a person ingests collagen, it is broken down by the digestive system in the body. Sculptra® Aesthetic is used to correct wrinkles that appear in the face. It can correct shallow and deep wrinkles and even folds. It is most commonly used on the lower portion of the face. It can help smile lines, marionette lines and chin wrinkles. You are a good candidate for Sculptra® Aesthetic if you have these types of wrinkles. To enjoy the best results, you will need multiple treatments. You will see the effects of Sculptra® Aesthetic relatively soon after treatment, but the biggest effect will be seen over time. Most patients can expect the treatment to last for up to two years. Another great thing about this treatment is that you can return to work or other normal activities as soon as you leave our office. There is no downtime with Sculptra® Aesthetic. To determine if this injectable is right for you, visit Chevy Chase Facial Plastic Surgery. Our office is located in Bethesda, and we also serve the Washington, DC and surrounding areas. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.