What is Sculptra?
Sculptra is composed of poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) which is dissolved into sterile water for injection. It acts to stimulate collage synthesis to allow for skin thickening, improvement of folds and sunken areas, and it helps to mask fat loss in the face.
Who is a good candidate for Sculptra?
Individuals who have lost volume in the face due to aging, weight loss, or other conditions, such as HIV Lipoatrophy may benefit from this product. Because it doesn’t provide immediate filling, it may not be ideal for the most severe situations, but is better for those looking for a gradual more subtle change, rather than the more rapid change in appearance of some of the other fillers.
Sculptra is administered through a needle, and this is done under sterile conditions to avoid infection. The sculptra is reconstituted in sterile water along with lidocaine anesthetic, so the injections numb the treated area as they are performed. There is some burning associated with this, typical of local anesthetics. Areas treated include the cheeks and nasolabial folds as well as the temporal region. Several injection points are used, depending on the treatment areas, and afterwards the face is massaged five times a day for five minutes for five days. After the treatment, there may be some initial swelling, and as this subsides, the reactive process starts to stimulate collagen production.
How many treatments are needed for best results?
Treatment with Sculptra doesn’t result an a rapid change in appearance. A series of three or four treatments several weeks apart can provide improvement that lasts up to two years.
Is it painful?
The product is administered with local anesthetic mixed into it, so there is some burning associated with the injection, but no significant pain afterwards.
What is the recovery time?
There may be some bruising and swelling associated with the treatment, though this is often less than what results from other products. Patients are advised to massage for five days, but during this time, there is little pain noted, and patients may conduct their normal activities.
What other procedures compliment Sculptra?
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If you are interested in Sculptra and would like to see if you are a good candidate, contact us at (617) 965-9500 to schedule a consultation. Our practice serves Boston, Newton MA and surrounding areas.