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Sculptra

Sclulptra Aesthetic, also known as Poly-L-Lactic Acid, is a synthetic sugar made up of many individual lactic acid units. Lactic acid is a substance that is found naturally occurring in your body. Sculptra is a safe, synthetic, biocompatible product that restores global facial volume. Unlike traditional fillers, when injected deep into the dermis of the skin, Sculptra stimulates the body’s own collagen, creating fresh, new collagen and replacing that which is damaged with age.

Sculptra ultimately restores the youthful contours of the face by providing a significant increase in both volume and skin thickness. By strategically restoring collagen to specific areas, this process allows us to sculpt the face by correcting hollows, wrinkles, and folds, and highlighting your natural contours. Although the results are gradual, the subtle changes improve over time with repeated treatment. Most patients require a series of 2-3 treatment sessions, spaced 4-6 weeks apart. The gradual effects of Sculptra will build up over the course of each treatment, providing a natural and often undetected improvement in facial appearance.

Treatment with Sculptra is so much more than just treating a wrinkle or fold. Sculptra is used to treat all areas of volume loss such as the temples, mid-face, nasolabial folds and marionette lines. The exact areas to be treated with Sculptra vary from patient to patient, the consultation process will ensure that we address your individual needs. In general all areas of volume loss such as the temples, mid-face, nasolabial folds and marionette lines can be treated with Sculptra. Also, the wrinkling that occurs when one smiles can usually be addressed with Sculptra as it increases both the thickness and elasticity of your skin. More superficial wrinkles cannot however be treated with Sculptra, it is not recommended for use under the eyes, or in the lips. Sculptra has a FDA approval of lasting up to 2 years making it one of the longest lasting options for true pan-facial rejuvenation.

What is a Sculptra Treatment like?

Sculptra comes as a powder that is mixed with sterile water for injection, this needs to be done several days prior to treatment to ensure proper hydration and dispersion of the product. We also add local anesthetic, lidocaine, to the Sculptra mix before we use it making the treatment very comfortable. After your Sculptra session, patients may have some soreness and mild discomfort that can be alleviated with Tylenol. Immediately after your treatment, you will see a sneak peak of the end result, however what you are seeing is the sterile water that we use to mix the Sculptra into an injectable form. Your body then absorbs this sterile water solution in 24-48 hours leaving behind strategically placed particles of Sculptra. You will not notice the results immediately, so it is not instant gratification like other dermal fillers. The mechanism of action of Sculptra is the production of your own collagen in response to the material, this process takes about 6 months, however, results can be seen in as little as 8 weeks. Over the course of your treatments, you will notice gradual correction and a refreshed appearance. Following each injection you will need to perform post procedure massage, the rule of thumb is 5 minutes, five times day, for five days.

Lastly, like all injections, temporary swelling and bruising may occur, to help avoid this we recommend you start taking Arnica Montana a week or two prior to injection.

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