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In The San Francisco Bay Area


In The San Francisco Bay Area

Sculptra Specialist in the San Francisco Bay Area

At PotozkinMD Skin Care and Laser Center, our board-certified dermatologists are experts in cosmetic injectable treatments like Sculptra.

What is Sculptra?

Collagen helps support the inner structure of your face. As we age, our body’s ability to stimulate collagen majorly decreases, and the results are lost volume, lost definition, and other common signs of aging.

Sculptra is a non-surgical cosmetic injectable that reduces wrinkles and facial lines while creating a fuller, more youthful appearance to your face. This FDA-approved injectable has the nickname ‘liquid facelift’ and works deep within the dermis. It stimulates your body to naturally produce more collagen over time. It is also the longest-lasting filler on the market.

Sculptra is composed of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA), a synthetic material that has been used for decades in dissolvable stitches and soft tissue implants. It’s a biodegradable molecule and is easily broken down and absorbed within the body. PLLA is the ingredient responsible for stimulating collagen. 

Though Sculptra doesn’t perform the typical filling action, it is still a dermal filler treatment. Your injector will use a small, thin needle to inject the solution directly into the target areas of the skin. The solution is slowly absorbed and metabolized by the body, which results in the increased elastin and collagen production deep within your skin.

Improvement in your face can be seen for at least two years after treatment. Sculptra is most commonly recommended for the following:

  • Hollow temples
  • Smile lines
  • Hollow cheeks

What makes Sculptra unique as a filler?

What makes Sculptra unique, is that it’s addressing the underlying cause of facial aging and not just the symptoms of aging you are experiencing. It continues to work with your body to keep producing more collagen long after treatment. Even after your tissue has absorbed the Sculptra, the new layer of collagen is there to stay.

Your natural-looking results will get better over time, and many patients have described these treatments as providing a more youthful appearance without looking like you’ve had work done.

What are expectations with Sculptra?

The number of injections during an appointment and the number of appointments vary from person to person depending on how much collagen they have already lost. On average, three injection appointments are needed over a period of a few months.

Treatments will typically take around 30 minutes to complete. Topical numbing cream is available to you prior to treatment. There is minimal downtime associated with these treatments, and you’ll be able to return to normal daily activities immediately.

As with any cosmetic injection treatment, technique is imperative when receiving Sculptra injections. Since Sculptra encourages collagen production, you cannot inject too much at once or nodules could form.

It’s important to find a board-certified dermatologist that you trust and that understands the anatomy of the face. Both Dr. Potozkin and Dr. Ellis specialize in cosmetic injection treatments and will be able to recommend the best personal treatment plan for your areas of concern.

Our Philosophy

“Our practice philosophy is simple — to deliver the very best care we can in the very best way we can. To us, that means we make each and every patient feel welcomed from the moment that they walk in the door until they leave the office. It means that we listen to what the patient has to say and address those concerns. It means we give advice and recommend treatments based on our extensive training with leaders in the field, our wealth of personal experience, and our commitment to excellence. For our cosmetic patients, it means working with the patient to achieve results that look natural, not overdone or exaggerated. It means that we always strive to do the right thing for the patient, as we value very highly ethics, honesty, and integrity. It means we stand behind what we do and will do everything in our power to get the best results we can for the patient. It means we carefully select the highest quality staff to represent us and help us carry out these goals. Lastly and most importantly, it means that we treat the patient the way we would want ourselves to be treated, with respect and kindness. Because at the end of the day, without all of our loyal patients, we wouldn’t have a practice.”

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"Dr. Potozkin is an amiable, thoughtful provider.  His expertise is evidenced by his ability to diagnose and determine the appropriate treatment or options to address the issue at hand.  His staff is always welcoming, friendly and helpful which makes for an overall great experience at each visit.  I highly recommend POTOZKIN MD Skincare Center if you are seeking an outstanding specialist and staff."

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"Dr. Potozkin and his team are the best! My skin issues/problems have drastically improved since I have been coming to this Doctor-over 5, maybe even 10 years. His staff is knowledgeable and friendly. The office is a flagship store that sells my favorite skin repair and healing products- by SkinCeuticals. I don’t live near this office, but I would never go anywhere else even if it’s closer. Absolutely worth the trip. The results are real!"

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