What is Sculptra?
Sculptra Aesthetic is a new type of facial injectable made from poly-L-lactic acid. The main ingredient is a biocompatible, biodegradable synthetic material that has been used by physicians for decades.
What is Sculptra used for?
Collagen is a key structural component that keeps skin youthful looking and smooth. As you age, your body’s collagen production decreases, and you may begin to see wrinkles or sagging. Sculptra works to correct shallow to deep facial wrinkles and folds, as it replaces lost collagen, which can help provide a refined, more youthful looking appearance. It is important that you understand that Sculptra is simply a collagen stimulator. The Sculptra itself is NOT providing the filling action; the Sculptra causes a reaction in the skin, which forms new collagen. The Sculptra itself is absorbed by the tissue and is gone about 2 years after a treatment, but the new collagen layer which is left behind may last 2 or more years. Sculptra requires a SERIES of treatments to achieve adequate filling for most skin defects.
Do the injections hurt?
We use a very potent topical numbing agent to numb the skin prior to the injections. The Sculptra powder is also reconstituted with water and lidocaine, so you will feel more numb as the injections are being done. Most people are surprised at how comfortable the treatments are.
What is the usual treatment protocol for Sculptra?
On average, a minimum of three treatment sessions are needed over a period of several months. The number of injection sessions and the number of injections per session vary from person to person. Older patients, thinner patients, and patients who exercise extensively may require more product or more treatment sessions.
Are there specific instructions to follow around the time of my treatment?
You should avoid taking the following medications for at least 7 days prior to your injections to minimize bruising:
Any type of anti-inflammatory medication – including Aspirin, Advil, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Aleve, etc. Any type of Omega-3 supplements such as fish oil, flax seed oil, etc., and Vit E.
You can also take Arnica to help prevent bruising. There is an oral pill and a topical gel or cream form – I recommend you use both. T-Relief is my favorite brand – it contains Arnica and many other natural ingredients for healing. Start the pills 3-7 days before your treatment and continue the pills and add the gel afterward until any bruising is gone. This will cut the healing time significantly. You can purchase these products at The Village Lane Apothecary, which is located a block South of our office, or most health food stores.
We will send you home with an ice pack. I recommend that you ice the treatment area off and on for at least the first 24-48 hours.
Most IMPORTANT: Rule of 5’s Massage the areas injected for 5 minutes, 5 times daily, for 5 days.
This is critical to prevent formation of nodules – we want to keep the Sculptra particles dispersed in the tissue.
Read more and see before and after photos at www.SculptraAesthetic.com.