Why Come to Aesthetic Laser Care for Your Next Sculptra Treatment?
Dr. Lafkas has been performing Sculptra treatments at Aesthetic Laser Care since 2006 and is a big fan of Sculptra's ability to diffusely volumize the cheek zones of the face and temples. Sculptra provides a solid foundation of volume. Additionally, fillers can be used in combination to achieve optimal and natural results. In general, dermal fillers are used for pinpoint volume around the mouth and lips and cheeks and undereyes but Sculptra is ideal for stimulating collagen regrowth diffusely in the entire cheek and temple areas.
Sculptra runs $675/1st vial and $575/each additional vial during the same treatment session. In general, clients require 1 vial per decade after 25 years of age to achieve satisfactory results. Maintenance treatments are needed every 1 to 2 years thereafter. Maintenance treatments usually require half the original number of treatment vials.
Remember to stop all Aspirin for 7 to 10 days, and Motrin/ibuprofen, Advil, Aleve, fish oil, and Vitamin E for 4 days before treatment to minimize your risk of bruising.
If you suffer with sunken cheeks, temple indentations or hollows under the eyes, you will be happy to know that it can now be greatly improved with Sculptra. Sculptra is a safe and synthetic material, made of lactic acid, that is injected below the surface of the skin in the area of fat loss. Sculptra stimulates the regeneration of the body’s own collagen which causes a gradual increase of skin thickness. Sculptra stimulates more collagen production than lasers or dermal fillers can and the results last 2 to 3 years. Results can be seen one to two months after starting treatments.
What Does the Sculptra Treatment Entail?
Sculptra treatment is relatively quick. Make-up is removed and the area is cleaned. A topical anesthetic containing Lidocaine and Tetracaine is applied for 15 to 30 minutes to numb the skin prior to treatment. Lidocaine solution is also added to the Sculptra vial to further numb the deeper injection zones during your treatment. The Sculptra is injected in small amounts using a fine needle. Upon completion of the treatment, the injection zones are firmly and thoroughly massaged to ensure even distribution of the Sculptra. You will have to massage the areas firmly for 3 minutes, 3 times a day, for 3 days (The Rule of 3s). This can be rather uncomfortable the first 48 hours but is very important in helping to achieve the best results. Massage also helps minimize the relatively common risk of small palpable (not visible) lumps from the Sculptra treatment. These lumps/nodules are smaller than a pea and form just under the skin. They may occur one to two months after your Sculptra treatment. They can last anywhere from 6 months to 3 years and occur in about 5% of our clients. Most of these clients are not troubled by the nodules because they aren't visible.
It can take 2 to 4 treatment sessions, using 2 to 5 vials, over 3 to 9 months to see the final results. Most of our clients use 2 to 4 vials in combination with some dermal fillers to achieve satisfactory results. Patients with severe fat loss (lipoatrophy) may need 3 to 6 treatment sessions and 6 to 10 vials of Sculptra.
A patient should expect some minor swelling, pain, redness and/or bruising. Bruises may take 7 to 10 days to disappear. Facial soreness is common the first 2 to 3 days.
It takes time for one’s body to make new collagen, therefore the results are not immediate. The initial swelling is the result of the Sculptra treatment and most of our clients love the way it looks the first 2 to 3 days. However, when the swelling goes down, the patient may look the same as before the treatment.
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What Results Can Be Expected?
Sculptra is a facial volume enhancer that triggers the slow process of collagen regeneration. When that is complete, the patient can expect their face to be re-contoured to resemble a more youthful shape; their cheeks will be full and supple, hollows are filled in, and their skin has a soft, natural look. Additionally, skin folds between the nose and mouth and around the mouth are softened. The overall result is a younger, more beautiful you. The great news is the results can last up to 3 years!
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