Skin becomes crepey with age for a variety of reasons: buildup of extensive UV damage, dryness, aging, and we lose that precious but unappreciated (in youth) tiny layer of fat under the skin that keeps everything firm and smooth. The result is withering and puckering of the skin that takes on the effect of a continually deflating balloon.
There are many topical products that can help this situation…but only a little. Retinoids are the mainstay for keeping skin younger and healthy from the top down. New cells are produced faster and the entire skin is healthier. Problem is that it does not replace that little layer of fat that is forever gone. Even if one were to gain weight (don’t consider trying this at home) the fat would not return to that spot, just to other inconvenient areas.
One topical system can help however. Brand new research has determined that it is possible to wake up the stem cells congregated in the hair follicles. This produces new skin rather than rejuvenating older skin therefore there is no past damage to surface later. The new skin is young and healthy. There are 3 steps to this system called DEFENAGE®. This still does not replace the fat layer however.
There is an answer to this dilemma…placing a collagen stimulant under the skin to grow brand new collagen that is healthy, firm, and tightly wound will make the skin appear much like it did many years ago. Sculptra® is such a collagen stimulant, in fact the only one on the market. While it does have to be injected, the injections are nearly painless and can be done in as little as five minutes. You start to see new growth in approximately four weeks. The skin is stimulated to grow for well over 6 months but the majority of growth is seen in 3 months. A second treatment may be needed but nothing will bring back the beauty of youth like the new skin seen with Sculptra®.