A new non-invasive procedure has been launched in Canada which looks set to shake the foundations of the cosmetic and plastic surgery industry.
It claims to offer long-lasting results with minimal maintenance; as well as smoothing wrinkles it is also designed to plump up fallen skin which has lost its volume due to illness or the natural detrimental effects of the ageing process.
Known as Sculptra, the new kid on the block is said to work progressively by naturally stimulating the body to produce its own collagen (rather than simply injecting the collagen in as many non-invasive surgical procedures do). Three treatments over a two or three month period should, according to the company’s own press release, result in a natural and youthful look which could well be much more subtle than some of the treatments which are already on the market. The director of the Toronto Cosmetic Skin Surgery Centre, Dr. Sheldon Pollack, has spoken out about the innovation, saying that: “The arrival of Sculptra is great news because it represents a unique niche in facial rejuvenation that yields smoother, longer-lasting results. “Sculptra has been used in the cosmetic dermatology field since 1999 in more than 30 countries. It’s a safe, long-lasting, non-surgical option for Canadians aged 40+ wanting to significantly reverse the effects of aging by several years.”
There are warnings of possible side-effects from the treatment but these are no different to the ones which are warned about when undergoing most procedures. At the site of the injections, there could be bruising, swelling, redness or mild discomfort and, of course, bleeding as the skin itself is being pierced by the needle. However, these are relatively minor side-effects on the road to a much more confident and younger-looking face. Small papules may also develop around the area of treatment, especially in an over concentrated area, but these are often only visible if pressure is applied to the skin.
The anti-ageing non invasive treatment area of the surgery world is one of the biggest and, with the growth of new and innovative techniques such as this one; it is likely to keep on growing. As results become more natural, and the stigma around having surgery subsides, many more people are likely to take the plunge into looking younger. Would-be patients in Canada will certainly be excited by this news and the industry may see a profit boost as a result.