If your face has lost volume with deep creases, hollowed temples, or sagging jowls, Sculptra® Aesthetic can be a great non-surgical way to look younger. Sculptra® is injected into the areas that need more fullness and contours the face over a period of months. Sculptra® is best used if you are looking for a natural, gradual results. It is designed to reverse the signs of aging in the face by aiding in the creation of new collagen. For this reason, the results can last up to two years or more in some patients.
Sculptra® is made of poly-L-lactic acid, which is a synthetic substance, but it is biocompatible and approved by the FDA. It has been used safely for decades, so no allergy tests are required.
We will spend time with you in consultation, answering all of your questions so that you can decide if Sculptra® is a smart choice for you. Our philosophy is to provide you with a natural look that does not look as though you have had facial fillers. After examining you, we may advise a different dermal filler than Sculptra® or the use of Sculptra® in combination with another filler, such as Belotero Balance, Juvéderm®, Juvéderm® Voluma, Radiesse®, or Restylane®.
How does Roseville Facial Plastic Surgery Approach Sculptra® Injections?
Our physicians are well-versed in the way Sculptra® works in the face. For this reason, we know how to inject the filler without causing an overdone appearance. Using our extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, we can determine the best placement and dosage of Sculptra® to provide you with an excellent outcome.
Three treatments are usually necessary for the best results with Sculptra®. These are spaced out over a few months.
Sculptra® replaces lost collagen in and under the skin by stimulating your body to produce more of it naturally. Sculptra® also provides a subtle lift to tissues that have succumbed to the effects of gravity.Dr. David J. Kiener, M.D.
While Sculptra® is injected into a deeper layer of skin than some other dermal fillers, the needle is very small, and the formula includes Lidocaine to reduce discomfort. A topical anesthetic is also applied about a half hour before your injections.
What is Recovery Like After Sculptra® Injections?
While no recovery period is needed after Sculptra® injections, you might have some minor swelling and bruising for a few days. Ice packs are used immediately after the treatment and are helpful for the first 24 hours to minimize any bruising and swelling. Makeup can be used to hide any discoloration.
After injection, we recommend the “5-5-5” regimen. That means massaging the parts of the face where the Sculptra® was injected for 5 minutes, 5 times per day, for 5 days. This helps optimize the distribution of the material.
There will be some improvement in facial volume immediately after the injections due to the amount of Sculptra® injected. This will dissipate over the following day or two. The long-term improvement will begin over the next 4-6 weeks. The typical patient has three sessions of injections usually spaced about six weeks apart.
Of course, you can contact us at any time in between your Sculptra® injections with any questions or concerns.