The Long-Term Results of Sculptra

No matter what you think about your neighbor with the, seemingly, great skin; no matter what you see on TV or the movies; we all age. Your supply of collagen dwindles as you age, and with it your skin’s support structure. We can fight extrinsic aging because it is caused by sun and environmental damage. But the intrinsic skin aging that simply comes with age is a given.

To combat this, at Deschutes we use long-lasting Sculptra Aesthetic to replace lost collagen and correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds.

Sculptra, unlike other fillers

dermal fillersUnlike most fillers, where your results are instant, Sculptra is different. After your Sculptra session, you’ll see improvement, but your real improvement will come over time. This filler is made from poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), which works in the dermis layer of the skin to replace lost collagen. Because it slowly rebuilds collagen, Sculptra is the first facial injectable that gives you subtle results over time. This makes for a natural-looking appearance that keeps improving, not an instant change as with other fillers. You won’t return to work and look markedly different the next day. We recommend three injection sessions over a few months for the best results. These results can then last for over two years!

How does it work?

Sculptra is injected more deeply than most fillers, into the deep dermal layer of the skin. Microparticles of PLLA work within the deep dermis to rebuild lost collagen and provide structural skin support. As the PLLA is absorbed a collagen framework is created. This reinforced collagen structure provides a foundation that gradually restores the look of fullness to shallow to deep wrinkles and folds.

What aging effects are best for Sculptra?

Sculptra is effective for:

• Deep folds between the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds), also called smile lines
• The lines framing your mouth (marionette lines)
• Chin wrinkles

Interested in addressing your smile and marionette lines for up to two years? Call us at 541-330-0900 and ask us about Sculptra.

If They’re Bugging You Don’t Let Your Cysts Persist

Cysts. Do you know what they actually are? People confuse them with warts and moles, but they aren’t the same.

Cysts are noncancerous, closed pockets of tissue that can be filled with fluid, pus, or other material. Cysts are common on the skin; they can appear anywhere. They can develop due to an infection, clogging of the sebaceous glands (oil producing glands), or around something like an earring. They feel like a bump, similar to a pea, under the skin.

Leave them in peace or remove them?

Cysts usually don’t hurt and can be left to their own devices. It’s not like they are going to keep growing and one day turn into cancer. Still, sometimes they become inflamed, rupture, or infected. In these cases, it’s time for Dr. Carter at Deschutes to remove them. How she removes them depends on the type of cyst and its location.

Removing cysts

Cysts RemovalThere are various methods for removing cysts.

  • Injections — Inflamed cysts may be injected with corticosteroids or triamcinolone acetonide to minimize the infection.
  • Aspiration — Dr. Carter uses a needle to drain the contents of a cyst. Prior to the aspiration, an enzyme is sometimes injected to make the contents of the cyst easier to remove. A steroid may be injected into the cyst after aspiration to prevent recurrence.
  • Incision and drainage — An incision is made on the cyst and it is drained. Cysts often recur with this method.
  • Total excision — Obviously, this is the most effective method of dealing with a cyst. If the cyst is inflamed, however, the inflammation must be addressed prior to excision.
  • Minimal excision — Because it creates minimal scarring, this method is preferred to total excision. A small incision is made to remove the contents of the cyst. Then, through the same incision, the cyst wall is removed.
  • Laser therapy — Dr. Carter may use a CO2 laser to vaporize cysts on the face or other sensitive areas. Laser removal creates minimal scarring.

Do you have a cyst that persists in bugging you? Call us at 541-330-0900 and let’s take a look at it.