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Welcome to Sculptra
Softening bony cheekbones
Nasolabial/melolabial folds (the area between your nose and your mouth/mouth and your chin).
Jawline (for definition)
WHAT IS IT?
Sculptra is a bio-stimulator, which makes it unlike any other filler available. You can think of it as a collagen “booster shot,” in that it stimulates the body’s own natural collagen production. The effect of Sculptra injection in the face and skin of the body is a youthful fullness and contouring that is natural and lasts significantly longer than other dermal fillers like Juvederm or Restylane.
HOW IT WORKS
Sculptra ( “poly-L-lactic acid” or PLLA) is a synthetic form of lactic acid, a naturally occurring substance our muscles make after we exercise. The addition of the “poly” in the word is simply lactic acid molecules stuck together in strings, better known as a polymer. Sculptra is produced under laboratory conditions and contains no animal products or human DNA.
Results & Recovery
You won’t see immediate results with Sculptra treatment, as it takes 4-6 weeks after the treatment before more volume is evident in the treated areas.
The reason for this is the bio-stimulant action of Sculptra, and it takes time for it to induce your body to build more collagen. In many cases, our providers may suggest combining Sculptra with other fillers to achieve optimal results, allowing Sculptra to work as a long-term foundation that builds skin support.
When you receive Sculptra injections, we’ll give you recommendations for post care. You’ll be advised not to exercise for a few days, and you may feel fullness in the area of the injection even though it isn’t visibly noticeable. You can also expect to see a little bruising and mild swelling, but both can usually be easily covered with makeup. The best way to keep bruising to a minimum is to avoid taking any medication that increases bleeding (e.g., aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, fish oil, omega 3 fatty acids) for one week prior to your treatment. If you are taking any of these medications on a daily basis for health and/or pain management, speak with your provider before discontinuing them.
Sculptra has been a favorite facial rejuvenation treatment in Europe for almost 20 years. It has a well-established safety record when injected correctly.
It lasts longer than other fillers. While other dermal fillers typically last for up to one year, Sculptra can last for up to two years once you’ve undergone the initial series of treatments. We do suggest that you come in for one maintenance treatment a year to maintain optimal volume in the treated areas.
There are places Sculptra doesn’t work. Although there are several “off-label” uses for Sculptra, there are places on the face where it cannot be used due to the nature of the way it works. We love Scuptra to smooth cellulite dimples and chest wrinkles the best! It creates a smooth finish without too much volume.
Many clients use Sculptra and Morpheus8 together. This powerful duo firms and tightens the skin unlike another other treatment combination.
New Treatment Areas
Cellulite and Skin laxity around the knee/elbow are great places to use Sculptra’s skin firming properties for Sculptra. It can be used to smooth out dimpling where cellulite is notable as well as volume in the buttock area where flatness occurs.
FACTS ABOUT SCULPTRA
As we age, we lose volume and fat deposits in critical areas on our face that result in a hollow, aged appearance. In fact, after the age of 18, your body reduces its collagen production by 1% each year, according to some estimates. This means that by the time you’ve reached 50, you’ve lost up to 30% of your body’s natural collagen production.
As the body’s natural collagen production slows, you’ll increasingly notice fine lines and wrinkles in places where the volume once was, and this is where Sculptra works as a “booster shot” for the face. The results are more natural-looking than those offered by using other dermal fillers alone and can last up to two years.