Recently I have been getting a growing number of questions regarding Sculptra, an injectable that I am very passionate about. In this quarter’s blog I wish to answer some of the questions you may have about Sculptra Aesthetics, starting with what is Sculptra?
Sculptra is a synthetic lactic acid injectable that fills out wrinkles or areas of volume loss within the face. It stimulates natural collagen production to restore youthfulness and softens your skin. In my experience it is best used for hollow cheeks, hollow temples, nasolabial folds, (lines from our nose to our mouth) and for defining the jaw line.
Sculptra will add volume to the face and give some “lift” without making you look overdone. The decision between Radiesse and other hyaluronic fillers and Sculptra, usually comes down to the age of the patient, the desired appearance, and maintenance. I really enjoy using Radiesse or Juvederm to restore volume but sometimes too much “filler” in the front of your face can have that “cosmetically done” appearance. Often the best results come with a combination of Sculptra and hyaluronic fillers. Treating different areas with different products, for a natural and beautiful replacement of volume and contour.
Sculptra will last 2 years or more in the most patients. I typically inject Sculptra every 4-6 weeks, with a total of 2-5 treatments, depending on the amount of volume loss. It can take between 4 and 6 weeks to form enough collagen to see a visible difference. Many of my patients love that the effects are gradual, making them appear more refreshed as time goes on, rather than having a sudden, or “drastic” change.
Sculptra has been used in the United States and Europe since 1999, and I have personally been injecting Sculptra since 2003. I have had multiple trainings in injection technique most recently by Dr Ulegger, from Switzerland. He has treated over 8,000 patients with very few problems, all of which were temporary. The most common problem with Sculptra are “bumps,” though increasingly less common as the product has been reformulated with smaller smoother particles.
A consultation is required before any treatment. I will assess your face and evaluate whether; Radiesse, Juvederm, or Sculptra would suit your face. Then we will plan a course of treatments that would work best for you, and of course for your budget. At CosMedic Skincare I will be the only one to perform your injections. I will be happy to answer anyone’s questions or concerns, regarding Sculptra that were not answered here, during a complimentary consultation.
I hope to see you in my downtown office soon!
Dr Jodie Reinertson