At Skin Charm we have multiple products that we love to stimulate collagen and diminish fine lines. As we’ve said before, collagen is the key to help you age gracefully while keeping you looking like yourself. So, any treatment that helps you produce this wonderful building block is a must. One of our favorite ways to stimulate collagen is with an ingredient called Poly L Lactic Acid. You can find them some of our favorites treatments that include Polydiaxanone threads, Poly L Lactic Acid (Sculptra), and the PLLA Infusion jelly mask.
First, PDO Threads! Polydioxanone (PDO) threads are fully absorbable sutures that are placed under the skin to lift and support the skin. The threads stimulate collagen in their place as they dissolve over time. This non-surgical treatment stimulates the face or body to create a natural looking rejuvenation. The threads dissolve over 4-6 months and do not create any visible scarring or damage to the skin. The results of the thread lift can last about 12-15 months with minimal downtime. This procedure can be done on the face, neck, chest, and/or body. Essentially anywhere on the body! A typical threads appointment usually takes about 1-hour and we encourage patients to plan this about 2 weeks prior to any travel, major events, or social engagements due to mild swelling and bruising.
Next up, Sculptra! Poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) is a collagen stimulator, also known as Sculptra. This magical injectable product helps to restore the deep, underlying structure of the skin to diminish facial wrinkles, temple hollows, and hip dip areas. The appointment usually takes about 45 minutes and results can be seen approximately 12 weeks post procedure. Depending on the area, more than one treatment will be recommended to achieve the most desirable results.
Last but certainly not least the PLLA Jelly Mask! This fun mask is the perfect addition to any facial treatment offered at Skin Charm! The jelly mask is applied topically and also contains Poly L Lactic acid as well as potassium alginate! Yes, you read that correctly. It contains the same ingredient as Sculptra! Applied topically, this mask helps with lifting the skin and also provides a visible increase in skin density/elasticity! Great for all skin types but especially great for dry and/or aging skin! Ask our aesthetician Amanda, about adding a jelly mask on to your service.
Some of the most commonly asked questions:
Does it hurt?
PDO Threads and Sculptra involve small needles which comes along with minimal discomfort. At Skin Charm we use medical grade numbing medication and ice to make your procedure as comfortable as possible! The PLLA infusion mask is actually quite relaxing and does not hurt at all!
How much does it cost?
The hardest answer to give and to receive: it depends based on treatment and patient specific anatomy. Your Skin Charm provider will review pricing at the time of your consultation. To give you an idea, PDO Threads are priced per use of the product so a consultation is required to assess your specific anatomy and decide on a treatment plan. Sculptra is priced per vial and sometimes multiple vials are needed to fully treat an area. Each vial of Sculptra is $700. PLLA infusion mask is an add on service and can be combined with many of our facial services for a charge of $25. Easy peasy!!
What is the downtime?
PDO Threads can causing swelling and bruising. We ask that you avoid heavy exercise and any other aesthetic procedures for 2 weeks. We also ask that you don’t fly on an airplane and avoid using make up products for 48 hours. Sculptra can also cause swelling and bruising. We also ask that you avoid heavy exercise and applying make up for 24-48 hours. The results are gradual and happen over time with both these procedures so patience is key! The PLLA infusion mask has no downtime associated with it but we recommend using medical grade skincare products to protect your investment!
What do all of these things have in common? They are all great for stimulating collagen and elastin production. The key to staying youthful looking for longer. Another great thing that all of these treatments have in common is that mostly everyone is a candidate in some way shape or form! There are some exceptions of course. The best way to figure out if you’re a candidate for these procedures is to schedule a consultation with one of our providers. They can come up with a #preservingthepretty treatment plan to get you glowing!
At Skin Charm we strive to create natural looking results using the best, gold standard treatment options. Our nurses, Annie Thurston and Erika Maruca and our aestie-bestie Amanda Margarone area highly trained in the aesthetics industry and look forward to helping you meet your beauty goals. The “Skin Charm Way” is to enhance your own, natural beauty with our motto in mind, #preservingthepretty . Together, we hope to keep you looking and feeling like the best version of yourself.
To schedule an appointment in our clinic, located in Old Town Scottsdale, you can call 480-687-8996.
We look forward to hosting you soon!