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Sculptra is a More Holistic Dermal Filler: Dr. Paul Stallone explains why this natural aesthetics solution is becoming so popular

Oct 31, 2013 03:44PM ● By By Paul Stallone, NMD

Medical aliments and certain symptoms can often leave us not caring much about our physical appearance. Just getting out of bed is an accomplishment, so primping is not even on the radar. But that might change when we actually wake up before the alarm clock rings and have more than enough energy to tackle our morning routine. We shouldn’t be surprised when we want to use a little makeup or for men, enjoy a nice shave. While some may think it’s shallow to want to look good, there’s actually a physiological need that makes us want to appeal to society.

A serious illness can leave the body physically changed, so even if we feel amazing on the inside, the outside may still reflect the old us. There are many options for people to regain their physical health back, and a naturopath is a great resource to discuss goals with, because they can help with certain dietary and supplemental options.

Being satisfied with the reflection in the mirror can make the day just seem better. Receiving a compliment about our “glow” can put a smile on our face in no time. If we feel beautiful, then that’s all that matters; it’s about self-acceptance and self-love. Returning to our vibrant self after an illness may be easier for some than for others. While many may think a naturopath would be one to advise against aesthetic injectables, they may be the person we need the most to make appropriate choices for someone wanting to improve their appearance.

There are many safe dermal fillers that are great for providing volume and muscle smoothers, which help smooth out forehead wrinkles and lift the eyebrow. One product, Sculptra, is making a lot of people very happy with its results, and it’s going to be very popular. Sculptra is kind of like a dermal filler because it provides volume, but the volume actually comes from our own biological matter. Regular dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane are injected into areas of the face for instant volume. Sculptra is a substance used very commonly in dissolvable stitches, and has been used safely for soft tissue injections in Europe and the U.S. by thousands of patients.

Sculptra is considered a “grower” because as the product degrades, new collagen is produced by the body, which results in gradual improvement of filled lines and wrinkles and restored facial volume. Full results can take a month or so. Many people love this method because it’s a slow, gradual correction. Probably the best thing about Sculptra is the time it lasts, which is more than two years. However, after two years, the results are not going to just deflate, and many patients report their results lasting much longer.

Sculptra is just one option available for those that want to look great. Naturopathic physicians can assist with any journey, whether it’s trying to get healthy on the inside or out, and patients can trust in their recommendations. Naturopaths can provide many choices to achieve wellness goals. Even without injectables, they can make suggestions to help attain physical beauty.

Paul Stallone, NMD, founded the Arizona Integrative Medical Center, located at 8144 E. Cactus Rd., Ste. 820, in Scottsdale. He combines natural/alternative/conventional treatments to best fit and benefit each individual patient’s needs. For more information, call 480-214-3922 or visit

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