A volumizing collagen stimulator
Sculptra is a relatively new FDA-approved filling agent used to add volume to the face and reduce fine lines such as those that occur on the mid cheek.
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As we age, many people lose volume in their cheeks and under their eyes. Sculptra can restore this volume to give the face a fuller, more youthful appearance.
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Sculptra is injected into the junction between the middle and deep layers of the skin. Once there, it stimulates the dermis (the second layer of skin) to thicken. Thickening the dermis makes it stronger, so it doesn’t wrinkle as easily.
Sculptra treatments take about 30 minutes and are done in the office. Prior to treatment, the affected areas are outlined and anesthetized. Sculptra is then injected. There is some mild swelling after treatment which subsides in a few days. The swelling is not so pronounced that it would prevent one from performing their usual daily routine, and many patients actually like the mildly swollen appearance because it gives them a fuller look. After the initial swelling subsides, the dermis gradually thickens over the next few weeks to months. There may also be mild bruising after the treatment.
For optimal results, most patients require 1 – 4 treatments spaced at least 4 weeks apart depending on the severity of volume loss being replaced. Results last about 2 years.
Quick Answers: Sculptra
What is Sculptra used for?
Sculptra thickens collagen and re-volumizes the face to a more youthful state. Results are gradual and subtle.
Who are the best candidates for Sculptra?
The best candidates for Sculptra are those whose face has become thinner with age. Thinning may result in hollow cheeks and depressed temples. Jowls and deepening of the nasolabial folds are often signs of thinning. All skin types can be treated.
How is Sculptra administered?
Sculptra is injected into the area to be filled.
Do Sculptra injections hurt?
We mix anesthetic into the syringe and use ice packs, so discomfort is minimal.
How long does treatment take?
Usually about 20 minutes.
How many treatments are needed?
Most patients require 1 – 4 treatments for optimal correction.
What is the recovery time?
Some patients will bruise as a result of treatment. Avoiding aspirin, ibuprofen, vitamin E, fish oil, and other non-prescription blood thinners will minimize the chance for bruising. Patients should avoid exaggerated facial movements for a day or two after injection.
How long do the results last?
Over 24 months.