Smiling female patient happy with Sculptra collagen stimulation treatment

collagen stimulators

Our skin naturally loses volume and elasticity as we age, which can cause wrinkles, sunken spots and a dull complexion. We can address this using dermal filler to restore volume or treatments to restore hydration and elasticity, but sometimes the skin needs more comprehensive rejuvenation. That’s where collagen boosters like Sculptra® come in.

What sets Sculptra® apart is that it’s made to address the underlying cause of facial volume loss. Sculptra® is a bioactivator that stimulates the body’s collagen production, a fibrous protein that supports the skin’s structure. This collagen bloom helps restore facial volume and structure, improve skin tone, and smooth wrinkles and deep lines.

The best part? The effects of the treatment will last at least two years.

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What can Sculptra® do for you?

  • stimulate collagen production
  • improve facial volume and structure
  • improve and soften the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • soften facial folds
  • address skin laxity
  • smooth and rejuvenate the skin
woman showing positive results after receiving collagen stimulator treatment from Dr. Kuzel

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Collagen stimulators deliver remarkable results using your body’s natural components, but they’re not a solution for every aesthetic goal. Generally speaking, Sculptra® works best for overall facial volume and areas without much movement, like smile lines, cheeks, jawline, temples, neck and chest. Other areas are better suited to hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers. During your consultation, Dr. Kuzel will discuss your aesthetic goals with you and assess whether a collagen stimulator is the right approach.

Sculptra® must be injected in precise locations into the subcutaneous tissue. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers, which have an antidote called hyaluronidase which can reverse the effects of the filler, Sculptra® has no magic eraser, underscoring the importance of a skilled injector. Dr. Kuzel will ensure your Sculptra® treatment is safe and precise, producing radiant results.

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How Sculptra® works

Sculptra® is composed of a compound known as poly L lactic acid, which triggers the body’s natural collagen production. As the injection microparticles are absorbed, collagen production accelerates. Rebuilt collagen strands gradually help restore facial volume and fill wrinkles and folds.

It typically takes three treatments of Sculptra® to realize optimal results. You’ll see these results four to six weeks following your appointment, and they’ll continue to improve for about two years.

At Rejuvenation Dermatology, we use Sculptra® for our collagen stimulators.

What to expect from your treatment

We will cleanse the treatment area to remove makeup. Dr. Kuzel's nurse will prepare the Sculptra®, which is mixed with lidocaine for additional numbing, and begin injecting the targeted area, precisely controlling the amount of solution and the depth of injection to achieve the desired result. It is injected into the skin with a  cannula. The whole procedure typically takes 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the area being treated.

After your injections, Dr. Kuzel or his nurse will massage the Sculptra® in the injection area to ensure that it is evenly distributed and minimize the risk of any nodules or lumps forming.

Dr. Kuzel recommends that patients massage the treatment area for five minutes, five times a day, for five days after the procedure, which helps disperse the Sculptra® particles smoothly and evenly under the skin.

There’s not much downtime with Sculptra®. However, the most common side effects include minor bruising, swelling, and tenderness around the injected site. These usually resolve within the first 24 to 48 hours. After your injections, you might see some plumping in the treatment area caused by the saline solution that contains the poly-L-Lactic acid. This volume fades in about 24 hours, and then it takes four to six weeks for your body to begin building new collagen.

We’ll send you home with information on what to do and look for after the procedure. A few days after your appointment, we’ll check in to see how you’re doing. If this is your first treatment, Dr. Kuzel or his team will set a follow-up to assess your results. You can always call or email us too!

What to do before your treatment

Before your visit, you should stop taking all NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications) such as aspirin, as well as herbal supplements and alcohol a day or two prior to your appointment. Always discuss any history of allergies and current medications you are taking with your treatment provider.


“Dr. Kuzel is easily the most talented and artistic cosmetic dermatologist I have ever had the pleasure of seeing…the results are subtle, natural, and have so many of my friends and family constantly asking me what I do for my skin and commenting about how young and good I look!” Rate MD Review

“Very talented dermatologist and cosmetic injector! Truly takes a holistic approach to skin health and beauty and is amazing at making each of his patients a customized treatment plan. Thanks Dr. K for always helping me look and feel my best!!” Rate MD Review

“Such a talented injector!! Wow. I’ve been getting Botox and filler at various clinics around Calgary for years, was referred to Dr Kuzel by a friend, and I couldn’t be happier. He has such a keen eye for cosmetics and has an incredible technique and gentle touch as well. I’m looking the best I’ve looked in years, and so natural!” Rate MD Review

before & after

Tasteful, natural and rejuvenated. It’s what you can expect from aesthetic treatments by Dr. Kuzel. The results speak for themselves.

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