Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra Aesthetic

Sculptra Aesthetic® information

Sculptra Aesthetic is a biocompatible (does not harm the body) and biodegradable (able to be broken down by the body) material of small particles called Poly-L-lactic acid.  Poly-L-lactic acid has been widely used for many years in dissolvable sutures, so it is compatible with the body and no skin testing is needed.

Sculptra Aesthetic is volumizer NOT a filler for winkles like Restylane and Restylane Lyft.  It works by stimulating your own body to produce new collagen–Sculptra Aesthetic is a collagen stimulator.  When replacing loss volume, you will appear more rested and youthful.  It is used in hollow areas like the jowls, sunken temples, deflated cheeks, and to define the jaw line.

Unlike Restylane or Restylane Lyft, Sculptra Aesthetic usually requires more than one treatment to get best results. The results are very GRADUAL and your best results are seen about 3 months after you LAST treatment. Please be patient.

Is Sculptra Aesthetic safe?  Are there any side effects?

Sculptra Aesthetic is FDA approved (2004) in the US and has been used worldwide since 1999.   Side effects include injection site discomfort, redness, bruising, bleeding, itching, and swelling.  Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are noticeable when pressing on the treated area.  Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported, but are rare.

To decrease the risk of bruising, avoid NSAIDs like asprin, Ibuprofen, Aleve, Advil, Motrin etc.  Tylenol is fine to take if needed.  Arnica (found at vitamin stores and Whole Foods) is a natural product that may decrease bruising.

If you have any medical concerns with stopping or starting any medication or supplement, be sure to contact your physician first.  If you are on Wafarin or Coumadin, check with your doctor prior to taking Arnica and/or Bromelain.

Who should NOT use Sculptra Aesthetic?

You should not use Sculptra Aesthetic if you :

  • are allergic to any of its ingredients

  • have an active skin infection or inflammation.

  • have a history or susceptibility to keloid formation or scarring.

  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

How long will my results last?

Although outcomes vary person to person, most people receiving Sculptra Aesthetic injections experience results lasting at least 2 years after final injection. For best results, patients receive 1-2 vials every 6-8 weeks for 2-4 visits.

How many treatments do I need?  How far apart should my treatment be?

2-4  treatments at approximately 6-8 week intervals are needed to achieve your best results.  Sculptra dosage is usually 1 vial per decade.  Someone in their 30’s would need 1 vial  (every 6-8 weeks) for 3 visits, someone in their 40’s would need 4 vials, someone in their 50’s would need 5 vials etc. Many people in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s get 2 vials per visit.

Can I get a Restylane/Restylane Lyft filler treatment or a Botox/Dysport treatment along with a Sculptra treatment?

Yes, you can get filler in other areas that are not treated with Sculptra. Many people also want filler in the lips/pucker lines or other areas in the face.  Since Sculptra is not injected in the forehead, mouth/lip area, or eye area, you can get filler and Botox/Dysport the same visit.

How is this procedure performed?  Does it hurt?

Lidocaine  is mixed with the Sculptra along with sterile water.  Since there is lidocaine mixed with the Sculptra Aesthetic, most people do not require any further measures for discomfort.  Sculptra Aesthetic is injected deep in the dermis with the sterile water in areas where volume is lost—temples, cheeks, jaw line, jowls.  The treatment usually takes about 15 minutes, and Joann allows 45 minutes for this appointment.

How will I look after my Sculptra Aesthetic treatment?

Even though you can have bruising and swelling, most people are elated to see improved volume in their faces where hollows and wrinkles were before treatment.  Sculptra Aesthetic is diluted with sterile water along with lidocaine. This makes the collagen ‘seeds’ (Sculptra Aesthetic) spread out more evenly and more safely.  In a day or two, the water will reabsorb into your tissue, and your face will go back to the way it was prior to your treatment.  In a month or so, you will need another treatment.  You should notice a gradual improvement to the loss of volume in your face.

What do I do after my Sculptra Aesthetic treatment?

  1. Massage the treated area over 5 days, 5 minutes, 5 times a day.

  2. Apply an icepack (avoid putting ice directly on your skin) to the treatment area to help reduce swelling.

  3. You may apply makeup a few hours after your Sculptra Aesthetic treatment if no complications are present (example, open wounds or bleeding).

  4. Avoid sun and UV sunlamp exposure until swelling and redness have disappeared.

  5. Avoid anti-inflammatories such as asprin, NSAIDs (Aleve, Advil, ibuprofen etc).  Tylenol may be used for discomfort.

  6. Report any worsening or longer-lasting signs or symptoms to Joann, RN—720-352-4447.

How much does Sculptra Aesthetic cost?

One vial of Sculptra Aesthetic is $650.  Most people in their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s receive 2 vials for each visit.

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