If you want to restore a younger look, but don’t want the dramatic instant changes of other treatments, Sculptra® is a great option to achieve gradual, long-lasting results. Together with our Medical Director, Joseph Perlman, MD, we will create a personalized treatment plan that can easily work with your busy schedule.
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WHAT ALTERNATIVES TO SCULPTRA® SHOULD I CONSIDER?
Our SKNCRAFT staff are highly skilled in a full range of cosmetic injectable procedures including Botox®, Juvéderm®, Radiesse® Dysport® Restylane™, Restylane Lyft™, PDO Thread Lift, and Laser Lift. We help each patient select the most appropriate treatment. For those seeking more permanent facial rejuvenation, our Medical Director, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Joseph Perlman, MD is highly skilled in surgical facelift procedures.
Sculptra® is an anti-aging facial injection treatment. Over a series of treatments, your treatment provider will inject Sculptra® Aesthetic in key areas of the face to gradually restore a youthful appearance.
Sculptra® can be a very effective alternative to surgical facelifts. By working beneath the skin’s surface, Sculptra® injections help replace lost collagen to add fullness and smooth wrinkles and deep facial lines.
Sculptra® is perfect for filling and adding volume to:
Deep nasal folds
Temples and cheeks
Sculptra® produces natural-looking results over a series of treatments. Your results will start with subtle improvements and you’ll ultimately enjoy significant, long-lasting facial rejuvenation.
Each Sculptra® appointment is just 15-30 minutes. To achieve the full benefits of Sculptra®, we schedule each patient for a series of 3-4 injection appointments over a few months. This allows for gradual collagen replacement and lets us monitor each round of injections for optimal smoothing and filling.
Sculptra® treatments require no special preparation. Once your treatment plan is determined, we will outline a customized schedule that works for your busy schedule.
During your injection you will apply cold air to the injection area with our Zimmer Cryo-chiller. This will help reduce swelling during the first 24 hours. In addition, we often recommend that you apply a soft cloth ice pack when you return home. This will further reduce swelling. It is also helpful to gently massage the face throughout the day. Be sure to avoid sun exposure and protect your skin with sunscreen.
Side effects of Sculptra® injections may include short-term redness, tenderness, and swelling.
Patients experiencing concerning or unusual symptoms after treatment are advised to call us immediately.
Sculptra’s long-lasting results make it a very popular facial volumizer. Our patients can typically expect their Sculptra results to last two years or more. Many patients even experience a subtle lift from their Sculptra treatment.
SAFETY AND SIDE EFFECTS
Sculptra is FDA approved in the U.S. and has been used worldwide since 1999.
Sculptra contains a synthetic material called poly-L-lactic acid, which is biocompatible, biodegradable substance that is gradually and naturally absorbed by the body and commonly found in dissolvable stitches.
Though allergy testing is not required prior to treatment, you should not use Sculptra if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. You should also not use the product when you have an active skin infection or inflammation in the treatment area, or if you have a history or susceptibility to keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring.
The best way to minimize side effects is to seek a skilled specialist. Treatments should always be administered by a healthcare practitioner who has been thoroughly and specifically trained on Sculptra. Find a trained specialist near you.
In a clinical trial, the most commonly reported side effects after treatment were:
Injection site pain
Itching and lumps
Sculptra should be injected into the appropriate plane. Superficial injections may be associated with small bumps and larger lumps under the skin in the treated area. In a clinical study, a few subjects reported these bumps and lumps, but none of these events were reported as serious adverse events by the investigator.
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Important Safety Information
Indication: Sculptra® (injectable poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA-SCA)) is indicated for use in people with healthy immune systems for the correction of shallow to deep nasolabial fold contour deficiencies, fine lines and wrinkles in the cheek region, and other facial wrinkles.
Sculptra should not be used by people that are allergic to any ingredient of the product or have a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring. Safety has not been established in patients who are pregnant, lactating, breastfeeding, or under 18 years of age.
Sculptra has unique injection requirements and should only be used by a trained healthcare practitioner. Contour deficiencies should not be overcorrected because they are expected to gradually improve after treatment.
Sculptra should not be injected into the blood vessels as it may cause vascular occlusion, infarction or embolic phenomena. Use at the site of skin sores, cysts, pimples, rashes, hives or infection should be postponed until healing is complete. Sculptra should not be injected into the red area (vermillion) of the lip or in the peri-orbital area.
The most common side effects after initial treatment include injection site swelling, tenderness, redness, pain, bruising, bleeding, itching and lumps. Other side effects may include small lumps under the skin that are sometimes noticeable when pressing on the treated area. Larger lumps, some with delayed onset with or without inflammation or skin discoloration, have also been reported.
Sculptra is available only through a licensed practitioner. View the complete Instructions for Use.