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What is Sculptra® Aesthetic?
Sculptra® is a new type of FDA-approved facial injectable that gradually replaces collagen lost in aging. It was initially approved in 2004 for the treatment of facial lipoatrophy patients to stimulate collagen and provide facial contouring. In 2009, the FDA approved Sculptra® for the expanded treatment of deep lines and wrinkles. It is composed of poly-L-lactic acid in a sterile water base that will gradually stimulate collagen. Sculptra® is safe, synthetic, and does not require allergy testing.
What is Sculptra® Aesthetic used for?
It is used for treating deep facial folds and wrinkles around the nose and mouth. It is also ideal for treating volume loss in the cheeks. Since it begins to work gradually, Sculptra® will slowly begin to correct deep folds and wrinkles and will restore facial composition. Sculptra® is not suitable for treating areas around the eyes or lips.
How long does the treatment take?
Typical treatments last approximately 30 minutes. Makeup will be removed first, if the patient is wearing any, and the area to be injected will be cleaned with antiseptic. For your comfort, we will integrate ice packs to help reduce the discomfort of the injection. After the treatment, the area should be thoroughly massaged to distribute the product evenly.
What results can I expect?
The unique component of Sculptra® is that it corrects gradually, providing long-lasting results. You will visually be able to see an improvement post injection but this is primarily due to the sterile water component of the injection. This effect will subside once your facial tissue absorbs the sterile water. It is important to be patient with this process as it can typically take 8 weeks before you begin to see true results. Some patients reach their goals after one treatment but the average patient will achieve maximum results after a series of 3 treatments over a period of a few months. Due to the nature of Sculptra® Aesthetic, the results have shown to last up to 2 years. This treatment is perfect for the discreet patient that desires less immediate, less obvious results.
What does Sculptra® Aesthetic literally do?
Upon injection into the deep dermis, you will immediately see correction from the sterile water component of the treatment and possible swelling from the injection. Once the sterile water is absorbed, the result will diminish and you may look like you did prior to the treatment. Within a couple of weeks, the support components of the Sculptra® injection will release and begin to build structure in your dermal tissue to replace missing collagen. This is not a rapid process but over the course of a few treatments and a little patience, you will receive correction of shallow to deep wrinkles and folds as well as replacement of collagen lost in the cheeks (provided that the cheeks were the area of treatment.)
Is the injection painful?
Utilizing a thin needle, ice packs and a skilled hand, Dr. Reinertson is able to make the treatment quite comfortable for her patients. Most patients feel a slight pinching at the beginning of the treatment and mild ache immediately post injection that usually goes away shortly after the treatment. Mild swelling is the most common side effect.
What are the common side effects of treatment?
People react to the injection process differently. Common side effects are tenderness, bruising, bumps/lumps and swelling at the site of injection and typically last 2-7 days but can last up to a few weeks in a small percentage of patients. Massage is a vital part of the treatment process for Sculptra® Aesthetic. Dr. Reinertson encourages patients to frequently massage the site of the injection for up to a week to help the product settle and reduce the chances of the formation of bumps or nodules. This is a normal part of the healing process and will subside as your body acclimates to the injection. Sculptra® is not recommended for patients with active skin infections, patients with a history of keloid formation or hypertrophic scarring, or patients that easily scar. Sculptra® is also not suitable for people with lactic acid allergies.
What can I do to reduce the side effects of treatment?
By discontinuing the use of blood thinners such as aspirin, fish oil, and ibuprofen a week prior to your appointment, the likelihood and duration of side effects significantly reduces. Arnica Montana, taken sublingually, will also assist in reducing the likelihood and longevity of bruising and swelling. We do not recommend you discontinue blood thinners if you are taking them by prescription or under the advice of a physician.
Where can I get more information about Sculptra®?
We have included a link from the website for Sculptra® Aesthetic if you would like more information from a patient who has used Sculptra® Aesthetic to correct deep wrinkles and folds. The patient testimonial explains how Sculptra® Aesthetic has made a difference in her life.
What does Treatment Cost?
Cost for treatment varies considerably based on the individual and his/her unique goals and desires. Sculptra® Aesthetic is sold by the syringe therefore price is determined based on the degree of correction desired. Greater correction may require multiple syringes. We endeavor to provide you the best combined value of cost and exceptional patient care under the skilled hands of Dr. Jodie Reinertson. In keeping with that desire, we offer a fantastic opportunity for our Seattle-based patients to save money on treatments with our Patient Recognition Program. Please ask to be enrolled in our program and you will receive monthly cost-savings opportunities at CosMedic Skincare. For your convenience, you can request to be registered online.